2021 FERC Year In Review

FERC 2021 Year in Review (Jan 2022)

Can FERC be reformed? Can pigs fly?

In January of 2021 Biden appointed longtime Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) commissioner Richard Glick to be the chair of FERC. FERC is the agency responsible for permitting all interstate energy projects, but has always been a rubber stamping agency for the fossil fuel industry. Since joining FERC Glick had been a stalwart critic of FERC’s lack of attention to greenhouse gas emissions and the kafkaesque process by which FERC makes decisions.

With Glick as chair and Democratic control over FERC, there was a great hope for major internal reform. FERC seemed destined to play an outsized role within the Biden administration’s climate agenda. A loose agenda in the early stages of 2021 outlined a focus on: updating transmission systems, the creation of the Office of Public Participation, environmental justice analysis, and cumulative greenhouse gas assessments within the energy project approval process.

Is it possible for FERC to be reformed from within? Beyond Extreme Energy has taken a long hard look at the first year of ‘progressive FERC’ and written a FERC 2021 Year in Review. We get into was promised, what has and hasn’t been delivered, and the limitations of ‘tinkering under the hood’ in the face of the climate crisis.

Check out the FERC 2021 Year in Review and a presentation version here:

https://bit.ly/3gubc5z


Join the Walk for Appalachia’s Future! May 24th-June 6th

Art by Josh Vana of Artivism

Community members, land defenders, activists, and people of all walks of life are joining the Walk for Appalachia’s Future!

Register here to join the Walk

https://forms.gle/DxJAbXSCubR27x2V8

From May 24th-June 6th we will be traveling along the route of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. We seek to amplify the voices of frontline Appalachian communities and others in their fight for environmental justice and renewable energy. We will be working to challenge the environmental damages being done by all fossil fuels, and to cancel the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) and the MVP Southgate extension, whose construction has already devastated parts of WV, VA and NC.

All along the pipeline route we will inspect damages to water, air, animals, and the Earth, and the people who depend on them; and we will every morning have ceremonies honoring the heroes in our states who have died during these fights to protect our Appalachia.

Communities affected by the Mountain Valley Pipeline and other destructive/extractive industries are invited to participate in the event in whatever way is best or most advantageous to them. For example, they can join our walk or have the walk come to them.

We plan to use the two-week journey on foot and by vehicle to support frontline communities first and foremost by listening. As appropriate, walkers may be called upon to support local campaigns for economic, racial and climate justice by amplifying their voices in various media, standing alongside them at rallies and protests, participating in and hosting workshops, and honoring the heroes of the struggle who are no longer with us.

Walk organizers consist of dedicated environmental justice workers from West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina and beyond, and members of seasoned organizations such as 7 Directions of Service, POWHR, Beyond Extreme Energy, Th!rd Act, NC Alliance to Protect the People and the Places We Live, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and others.

Join us!

https://forms.gle/DxJAbXSCubR27x2V8

Donate to support the Walk here: 

https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/donate-to-the-walk-for-appalachias-future/

No War, No Warming- BXE Thoughts on War in Ukraine

Security Through Renewable Energy Democracy

At a moment of profound crisis in Ukraine, and of profound turning in our global movement for peace and clean energy, we call on all US elected and appointed officials to use all nonviolent means to stop war, restore peace, and build a safe and sustainable future for all people.

All wars are fought over control of land and resources. And too many wars have been fought over, funded by, or justified on behalf of fossil fuels. As Ukrainian climate scientist Svitlana Krakovska has said, “Human-induced climate change and war against Ukraine have direct connections and the same roots. They are fossil fuels and humanity’s dependence on them.”

Other voices in our country are calling to increase our use and export of fossil fuels to Europe. We do not agree.

We believe that instead what is needed at this moment is a massive shift in spending priorities by the United States government, and the Biden administration in particular: We must stop paying for war, weapons and fossil fuels. And we must simultaneously increase investment in renewable energy, sustainable heating and transportation, and diplomatic, non-violent efforts to bring those technologies to scale all over the world

Consider only a few facts: The United states spends more on war and weapons than the next 11 largest military budgets combined

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US military spending has increased dramatically in the last weeks and months.

That spending is vastly more than the US invests in clean energy and climate change here at home or abroad.

Beyond Extreme Energy is a US-based activist collective that came together in 2014 to protest a gas liquefaction and export terminal in Maryland. Since then, we have continued to advocate that the governments of the United States and other nations must adopt clear, immediate and binding limits on greenhouse gas emissions and on the extraction and combustion of oil, coal and gas. 


We support calls to:

●        Use the Defense Production Act to rapidly, and radically, expand US production and worldwide distribution of clean fuel sources and heating technology like solar panels, heat pumps and wind turbines.

●        Enact specific changes in US policy to restrict the use and expansion of fossil fuels – including reinstating a ban on crude oil exports, banning exports of LNG, and halting the massive buildout of new fossil fuel infrastructure in this country – including pipelines, compressor stations, liquefaction facilities, export terminals and more.

●        Shift the bloated US $768 billion military budget to spending on clean energy, sustainability, economic and racial justice and the protection and expansion of democracy.

We see in this moment a crisis, and also an opportunity to vastly expand our nation’s commitment to energy efficiency and renewable energy. We also see the connection between the movement for de-militarism, de-carbonization, and democratization. We join the peoples of Ukraine, Russia and every nation in calling for an end to both war and global heating.

We welcome all to join us in nonviolent struggle. We look forward to a future of peace, freedom, and justice through clean renewable energy for all.

Frontline Community Support Fund

BXE is excited to announce that thanks to a generous donor we are re-launching our Frontline Community Support Fund!

The Frontline Fund offers small grants (up to $1,000) to help community groups take action against fossil fuel infrastructure and environmental destruction. Because of the nature of our fund, it is easiest to ask for specific items or equipment that you’ll need for an action rather than cash.

In general, we hope to fund actions that strengthen you or your group’s engagement with the entities you are opposing. The BXE Frontline Fund is primarily focused on fighting against fossil fuel infrastructure, environmental racism, and the social impacts of the energy industry such as man camps.

That means we’re more likely to support ongoing encampments, blockades, civil disobedience, non-violent direct action, or training for an action. We’re less likely to fund a conference, a legal review, or general operating expenses like staff and rent. We do not reject any application out of hand – tell us what you need and how we can help.

Click here to learn more and to apply.

Be sure to check out our list of other frontline resources, including training manuals and strategy guides! 

You can donate directly to the Frontline Community Support Fund here: https://org.salsalabs.com/o/676/c/4330/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=16213

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