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Anti-Fracking Activists Surround California Capitol

Thousands turned out to rally against fracking in California and called for Governor Brown to institute a statewide ban on the practice.

Today is a big day for anti-fracking activists in Sacramento as they marched on the Capitol to protest fracking throughout the state.

ThinkProgress:

The protest, called Don’t Frack California, also attempts to point out that the oil and gas produced from fracking ultimately contributes to climate change, which leading climate scientists have said is the reason why California’s drought has been so bad in the first place.

California Governor Jerry Brown has been catching flak from environmentalists for his support of fracking, despite his claims that he is dedicated to fighting climate change. Brown, a Demoract, has supported policies including that state’s cap-and-trade law, as well as advocating high-speed rail and renewable energy investments. But last year he also supported SB4, a state bill that went into effect at the start of 2014, and which drew the anger of environmentalists for failing to place a moratorium on fracking.

“Governor Brown likes to think of himself as climate champion,” Jamie Henn, co-founder of 350.org, wrote in the Huffington Post. “But just like President Obama, Brown has refused to stand up to Big Oil.”

At the last report, they had circled the Capitol and surrounded it.

The rally is broadcast on UStream here, and you can follow hashtag #DontFrackCA for the latest updates.

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