MORE FOSSIL FUELS ARE BAD FOR THE EARTH, AND BAD FOR PEOPLE — STOP THE ALGONQUIN PIPELINE EXPANSION

PROVIDENCE, RI (May 23, 2014) — The Green Party of Rhode Island is joining forces with other local groups, and other state Green parties, to stop the Algonquin pipeline expansion. Spectra Energy's proposed $971 million project would move 34 million cubic feet of explosive gas—per day—from fracking wells of Pennsylvania and West Virginia, destined for markets in New England and beyond. We oppose this plan to move explosive gas, at higher pressure, through New England's neighborhoods, forests, rivers, and farms. To stop this disaster, we're joining grassroots activists from the No Pipeline Expansion Coalition (NOPE), and the Green parties of Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey in the Green Alliance to Stop the Pipelines (GASP), to expose Spectra's dangers and build public opposition. Want to help? Contact us at: TurnUpTheHeat2014@rigreens.org

Mahwah to Boston - High Pressure Gas Pipeline

WHY THIS PIPELINE PROJECT IS DANGEROUS. After fossil fuel catastrophes we've witnessed recently including explosions, fires, and massive spills, it makes no sense to put our children and environments at risk, by expanding a gas line which already runs from New Jersey, through New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. The gas will end its long trip, from the Marcellus Shale to the coast, in metropolitan Boston and in Boston Harbor. There's nothing safe about this project. Compressor stations will be rebuilt to handle much more gas—under higher pressure. Yet while more than 220 miles of older pipeline will face this higher pressure, only 40 miles of pipe will be replaced. Wetland, stream, and river crossings—including the Hudson, Connecticut, Thames, and Blackstone River watersheds—will be affected, but not all of these crossings will be inspected, redesigned, and reinforced. Some sections of the pipeline will be replaced with larger-diameter pipe, while others sections will face higher pressure—in narrow, older pipes.

MORE GAS = MORE GLOBAL WARMING. Just as important as health and safety risks are this project's contributions to climate change. Don't believe the hype that natural gas is a "clean" or "bridge" fuel. Far from it. From frack-poisoned waters of Pennsylvania and West Virginia, ruined by gas drilling companies, to the waterfront in Boston, higher-pressure pipelines will leak methane into the atmosphere. Methane pollution raises global temperatures more quickly than carbon dioxide, and the Algonquin pipeline will leak methane from accidents, old pipe fittings, and faulty seals. Burning natural gas may produce fewer emissions than coal or oil, but those emissions are still dangerous. To seriously fight global warming we'd be better off investing the same $971 million in efficient conservation and clean energy—including tidal, wind, geothermal, and solar.

We can stop this dangerous, climate-changing project, but only if we work together.

Do you want to help? Write to us at the address below, and we'll let you know what you can do!

FOR INFORMATION Please write to us at: TurnUpTheHeat2014@rigreens.org

Delaware River to Boston


END THE SPYING! — DEFEND YOUR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS

PROVIDENCE, RI (July 13, 2013) — The Green Party of Rhode Island has co-founded an alliance to build public awareness and resistance to government spying on the American people.

Why? Because the staggering problems we face as a nation—including economic and social inequality; perpetual war abroad and violence at home; the skapegoating of immigrants, labor, and students; escalating attacks on women's rights, voting rights, and civil rights; police brutality and racial profiling; inhumane treatment of prisoners; budget cuts that slash human services, education, health care, transportation, and housing; and unprecedented devastation of the natural world—are sparking public outrage and mass protest in many cities. At the same time, the general public is deeply concerned about how local police, the FBI, ICE, Homeland Security, and other agencies will violate human rights, and misuse their vast universal database of phone calls, emails, and Internet activity.

In alliance with Occupy Providence, the National Lawyers Guild, ISO, the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry, and others, the Green Party has co-founded the Coalition to Defend Human and Civil Rights.

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FOR INFORMATION Please write to us at: TurnUpTheHeat2014@rigreens.org

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