Chesapeake Climate Action Network

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is the first grassroots, nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to fighting global warming in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Our mission is to educate and mobilize citizens of this region in a way that fosters a rapid societal switch to clean energy and energy-efficient products, thus joining similar efforts worldwide to halt the dangerous trend of global warming.

Recent Posts

05/13/2010 - 08:07

I have an urgent, important, and simple request. In short, CCAN needs your vote!

As you know, CCAN and our coalition partners are working to stop a $6 billion coal-fired power plant proposal just miles from the Chesapeake Bay in the Hampton Roads area. This is a must-win campaign for our climate and our region. The mining disaster in West Virginia last month was a reminder that coal is DEADLY and NOT part of our clean energy future! We have a...

05/07/2010 - 12:54

Rally small Wind not Oil!

As the Gulf Coast oil catastrophe quickly grows into one of the largest environmental disasters in United States history, Hampton Roads residents rallied in Virginia Beach today to call for a permanent moratorium on offshore drilling and a renewed focus on developing wind farms off Virginia’s coasts instead....

Wind not Oil!
05/07/2010 - 10:55

We have been shocked, outraged and deeply saddened by the events since the April 20th oil rig explosion in the Gulf.

Mike has been using every opportunity to spread the word that at this volume of operation, human error guarantees that BP-type spills will happen again. No new regulations will tame this beast. The only thing that will tame it is a reduction in the use of oil itself. If we don’t like massive, economy-wrecking spills, we must begin to transition rapidly to an...

04/29/2010 - 13:44

Several weeks before president Obama made the tragic decision to approve expanded offshore drilling, Maryland Senators Cardin and Mikulski joined eight other coastal-state senators on a letter to their colleagues Kerry, Lieberman and Graham pressing the trio to keep expanded offshore drilling out of their now-floundering climate and energy package.

In the letter the Senators warned about the serious threats such...

04/29/2010 - 13:58

Our very own Ted Glick is headed to a jury trial on May 11th in Washington, D.C. All the way back on Sept. 8th, 2009 (the day Congress returned from its summer recess) he hung a banner that said: “Green Jobs Now, Get to Work.”

It’s ironic and sad that this call for action is as relevant now as it was eight months ago.

The trial was originally set to take place in late February but was postponed until May 11th. Prosecutors have made it clear that they want to...

04/28/2010 - 10:31

Wow. Today is a great day for the climate movement and our nation as a whole. After months of hearing rumors about the possible dreadful components of the Senate climate bill and President Obama’s announcement to open our coasts for offshore drilling, with Virginia at the top of that list, we finally have a victory to celebrate. This afternoon, Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar announced his agency’s approval of the Cape Wind project. This project, nine years in the making,...

A BIG Victory!
04/29/2010 - 07:02

Rabbi Arthur Waskow and the Shalom Center recently announced their support of the CLEAR Act. Here’s a piece he recently wrote about the legislation:

Even if Senators Kerry and Lieberman can put Humpty-Dumpty back together again after losing Senator Graham’s support for what used to be the KGL (Kugel) bill for climate control, far better is the CLEAR bill introduced by Senators Maria Cantwell (Democrat) of Washington...

05/03/2010 - 10:01

Coastal Louisiana author and CCAN director Mike Tidwell spoke to Diane Rehm this morning about the oil spill and its impact on the already vulnerable Louisiana coasts. Tidwell’s 2003 best-selling book “Bayou Farewell: The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana’s Cajun Coast” catalogued how the Louisiana wetlands are vulnerable to oil drilling activity as well as the related consequences of climate change.

Mike has reported extensively from the drilling fields of the Gulf of Mexico...

05/04/2010 - 10:43

Of the many things lacking in the response to the BP spill, responsibility ranks pretty high on the list. From President Obama’s reluctance to reverse his decision to expand offshore drilling, to BP’s shameless attempts to play the innocent victim card, and the far right’s attempts to pin the blame on environmentalists, responsible words and actions have been in...

05/04/2010 - 08:21

When thinking of places ripe for victory, Orange, Culpeper, and Spotsylvania don’t often come to most people’s minds. However, that’s exactly where we have a strong chance of winning a step in the fight against ODEC’s proposed coal plant. These cities are part of the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC), which stretches from King William County all the way up to Clarke County, members of which would be footing the $6 billion bill for the plant and most of them don’t even know it yet....