BXE, Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund, Food and Water Action and Hip Hop Caucus are launching a drive to raise the profile of the FERC Into FREC campaign, doing so through a Candidate’s Pledge. Our intention is to gather as many signers as possible for this pledge from any candidate running for office in the US over the next four months leading up to the November 8 election. Through that work we can do education and raise consciousness about how problematic FERC continues to be and why it needs to be replaced. We would also then have in January of 2023 a group of people elected to Congress, and other elected officials, who have signed on whom we can work with.
As a candidate for public office in 2022, I pledge to support legislation to replace the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission with the Federal Renewable Energy Commission, whose job it will be to ensure just, safe and affordable green energy for all people in this country.
It is time to replace FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, with FREC, a Federal Renewable Energy Commission. There is historic precedent for this. FERC was created in 1977 when Congress enacted legislation to replace the Federal Power Commission, created in 1935, with FERC. Over 40 years later, with a very different energy reality than 1977, it’s time for a new FREC to replace the old FERC.
We must create an independent energy agency which leads the critically needed shift away from all fossil fuels to jobs-creating, justice-based, renewable green energy from proven renewable technologies including, but not limited to, ecologically-sound solar, wind, small-scale hydro and geothermal. FREC would be about renewables first, ensuring that distributed energy resources and transmission of sustainably-generated electricity are provided to all, with priority to environmental justice communities long damaged by fossil fuel production. Neither war nor anything else can alter this as a top, immediate priority.
FERC cannot play this leadership role given its decades-long history as a captured agency by industry.
A new FREC must center genuine public participation in decision-making from affected communities, particularly low-income, Indigenous and people of color communities which have historically suffered from environmental pollution and governmental injustice.
A new FREC would not be funded by fees on industries applying for permits, a reality which has corrupted FERC decision-making, but by Congressional appropriations.
And a new FREC would prioritize making information and data easily accessible and shareable to the public, as well as simplify the process for informed public participation in decision-making about proposed
new energy projects.
Support the Candidate Pledge Campaign:
Please fill out this form to indicate your interest in helping this new push in the FERC Into FREC Campaign. We need a federal energy agency that is serious about the urgently needed shift off of fossil fuels and onto a just transition to clean and safe renewable energy!
Check out this document for more details of FERC, Frequently Asked Questions, and sample phone and email scripts:
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- Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund
- Food and Water Watch Action
- Hip Hop Caucus
- Acorn In a Tuxedo
- ARTivism Virginia
- Berkshire Environmental Action Team
- Biss engineering
- Build A Better Planet
- Charlotte Mecklenburg NAACP
- Chop Wood, Carry Water (daily actions newsletter)
- The Climate Reality Project Charlotte – Metro area
- Chesapeake Climate Action Network Action Fund
- Coattails K9 Clothes
- Comeback Farm Organic Produce
- Concerned Citizens of Cattaraugus County
- Daily Essentials for Health, LLC
- dana power
- Dietrick Institute for Applied Insect Ecology
- Earth Accounting
- Eighty2degrees Design Studio
- Environmental Justice Team, Cedar Lane UU Church
- Experimental Cities, Inc.
- Flaherty & Associates
- Four Winds Gallery
- Geneva Management
- Honduran National Academy of Sciences Select Title
- HTLV/XMRV National Registry….(National NGO BioMedical/BioPolitical Group)
- Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship’s Climate Action Campaign
- Kickapoo Peace Circle
- Living Nature’s Design
- Marcellus Outreach Butler
- Matt Albert Ortho-Bionomy
- MelRose Ministries-Positive Transformative Change
- NJ State Industrial Union Council
- No Boundaries
- No Fracked Gas in Mass
- Parallax Perspectives
- People for Reason in Science and Medicine
- Pinelands Preservation
- Planet Earth
- Santa Cruz Climate Action Network
- Santa Cruz Climate Action Network
- Saving Energy NY LLC
- Sisters of Charity Federation
- SOMA Action
- Sugar Shack Alliance
- Sustainable Environment Institute of the LACCD
- Symbiosis Tree Care
- Sztompke Sound
- Taurus Tech LLC
- Terra Advocati
- the forest
- Third Act Virginia
- Vangarde Marketing Solutions
- Wallingford Indivisible Environment Action Group
- WESPAC Foundation, Inc.
- Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic for a Humane World
- WR Consulting, Inc.
- WV Mountain Party