Thursday – 4 easy actions on drilling, bump stocks, kids’ lunches, and who’s in charge of our bodies

(photo from https://www.nokidhungry.org/who-we-are/hunger-facts)

#1 – No, we want to keep drilling safety protections. Really! – Deadline Jan. 29th.

duck in oil

It’s ridiculous that we have to beg to keep basic protections that experts have created after assessing the causes of multiple devasting oil spills. But this is a new era…

So, please join in and write to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement to keep offshore drilling safety practices as-is here. As of this morning, they only have 491 comments!

Your comment doesn’t have to be amazingly original. Cruise through here for some ideas, find something that sounds sort of like you after coffee and mix it up a bit.

Here’s a sample of comments already submitted: 

  • Please protect our coastal environment! Do not weaken the current regulations on offshore drilling. The current regulations incorporate valuable lessons learned from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, when 4.9 million barrels of oil spilled into the sea, killing nearly a million seabirds and still causing effects in the Gulf. The proposed rules loosen controls on blowout preventers and third party certification that safety devices will work under the extreme conditions in which they are placed. The impact of another spill like the Deepwater Horizon, which the new rules practically guarantee, will far outweigh the benefits of reducing operating costs for oil companies that can well afford them. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement should be committed to the safety of offshore drilling operations, not with oil company profits. Strong regulation and an independent BSEE are needed to ensure that offshore drilling can coexist with other important uses of our coastline, including recreation, tourism, fishing and wilderness.
  • I am writing to inform you of my concern for the announced drilling for oil off the coastline of the US. What a terrible idea! We should be preserving our environment instead of destroying it. This country already has enough sources for oil production. Why do this? Do the oil companies really need more money? Just asking.

#2 – Please comment on “bump stocks” to the ATF. Deadline Today!

Link here.

#3 – They’ve already attacked protections on clean water and air. Now they’re coming after kids’ nutrition. Comment thru Jan. 29

Apparently, kids in the South don’t like the little black flakes in whole grain grits, so USDA head Sonny Perdue, former agribusiness leader and current climate-change denier, says we gotta remove protections on schoolkids’ health…

Put your comments here.

Sample text: 30.3 million kids depend on free or reduced school lunch programs to get the calories and nutrition they need to be healthy. We have a growing number of kids with chronic food insecurity.  Students who do not get nutritious meals at home are often lethargic and unable to learn or play during this crucial stage of development. Food insecurity can also lead to obesity, as kids fill up on the low-nutrient foods their families can afford. “Low nutritional content” should never be a descriptor for food offered during school lunches. Teaching kids about healthy food is key, not reducing access to it.

#4 – They’re voting on the 20-week abortion ban January 29th. Get your phone calls in. Call again if you haven’t called before. 

My legislators are Democrats. Why do I need to call them? Click here.

Why do I need to do this, who do I call and what should I say? Click here.

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