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Happy Fractivist Thanksgiving

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I am always immensely grateful at this time of year for the incredibly effective hard work and strong financial support that our stalwart campaign receives from Fractivists across New York as well as from coast to coast. Thank you all so much for your help.

Please accept my very best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving on behalf of myself, my colleagues at Toxics Targeting and all of the New Yorkers we have collectively helped safeguard from shale fracking and nearly $5.0 billion in thwarted fossil fuel infrastructure projects.

We all have so much to be grateful for. Thanks to the willingness of so many activists to work together, Toxics Targeting's data research, public policy advocacy, grassroots organizing, coalition building and media outreach campaign played a crucial role in winning victories that are unsurpassed anywhere in America. New Yorkers can now see the devastating fracking fate that we avoided as oil and gas production skyrockets in other states despite concerns about global climate change.

According to the U. S. Energy Information Administration, the United States was the world's top producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons in 2016 for the fifth straight year: United States remains the world's top producer of petroleum and ... - EIA

Even worse, The New York Times recently reported that according to a new analysis by the International Energy Agency, "By the 2030s, largely because of production from shale-rock formations, the United States is expected to produce more than 30 million barrels of oil and gas a day, the report says. That is 50 percent more than any other country has ever produced in a single year (bold is emphasis added)."

See: America’s ‘Renaissance’ to Gains for Renewables: Global Energy Trends

As shale fracking engulfs the nation, our campaign is playing a key role in strangling to death all oil and gas production in New York. As a result, the difference between fossil fuel production in our state and across the USA is night and day.

See: New York's Stunning Decline in Natural Gas and Oil Production versus U.S. Natural Gas Gross Withdrawals and U.S. Field Production of Crude Oil

Even more importantly, New York has begun to reduce its overall energy use. This could have a profound impact on state and national energy policies.

According to the 2017 New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) Power Trends Report, energy use in New York was forecast to drop -0.16% in 2016. Our state's energy use is also forecast to decrease at an annual average rate of -0.23% from 2017 through 2027.

See page 14 at: POWER TRENDS

A less than three percent energy use reduction in a decade might seem extremely modest, but this trend is stunningly important because New York's energy use is now going down instead of up. As a result, fossil fuel consumption is dropping.

If New York can minimize energy consumption by maximizing insulation, weatherization and other cost-effective energy efficiency efforts, we could reduce energy demand by as much as one-third. That would cause our state's fossil fuel consumption to plunge to levels unprecedented in the nation.

For all these reasons, I implore all Fractivists to remain intensely involved in our highly coordinated efforts to end New York's addiction to fracked gas, oil and coal. Thank you for all of your incredibly dedicated advocacy and organizing efforts.

Onward and upward. Happy Fractivist Thanksgiving.

Very best regards,