Tues – 4/17 – Bookmark this – Environmental comments and calls!

However, these kids are schooling them now.

eco watch

A trial date, Oct. 29th, has been set for the Kids’ Climate Lawsuit! (EcoWatch). If you haven’t been following this, 21 plaintiffs between the ages of 8 and 19 are suing our government, alleging that their constitutional and public trust rights are being violated by the government’s creation of a national energy system that causes dangerous climate change.

But we need to do our part. Make your calls! Make your comments!

#1. “Dear Public – are you SURE you don’t want to turn the Ruby Mountains of Nevada into an oil patch?” Comment by April 23rd.

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Environment URGENT ACTION: Due to high negative feedback, the Park Service has re-opened a public comment period for a proposal to allow fracking in the pristine Ruby Mountains of Nevada.

Comment hereIf you have been to the Ruby Mountains, please include personal stories and photos. You can also just write a few lines saying you oppose opening up park lands to oil and gas companies; these comments are generally counted as pro or con. Don’t worry about making a complex appeal; it’s the numbers that matter!

Not sure what to say? Check out other people’s comments here.

The Center for Biological Diversity is encouraging the public to share personal stories and experiences in the Ruby Mountains. The Center is compiling photographs and stories for submission to the Forest Service before the deadline. They can be sent to RubyMountains@biologicaldiversity.org by April 22.

#2 – Protect Migratory Birds – Hard “NO” on H.R. 4239

In a startling new interpretion of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, oil and gas interests so beloved by this administration will be relieved of their responsibility to take basic precautionary measures to prevent the needless death of migratory birds. Seventeen former Interior Department officials who had served under the last eight presidents, including Ronald Reagan, wrote in protest of loosening of these rational protections.  Netting over waste pits, for example, prevents the death of between 500,000 to a million birds A YEAR!

This nightmare revision has been snuck into H.R. 4239 – “SECURE American Energy Act”, along with clauses to eliminate the Arctic Rule, which enforces the highest safety rules for drilling in Arctic environments, and to terminate a future president’s authority to establish marine national monuments. Apparently, this is more important to lobbyists than stopping a president from waging war in violation of the Constitution.

Action: So how do we stop this? Call your representatives! According to govtrack.us, this monster has a 41% chance of passing, so make some noise. Call multiple days, and get your friends and family in red states involved, especially if they are constituents of these oil industry shills who are cosponsors. Note that two Democrats from Texas, Rep. Cuellar and Rep. Gonzales, are on the list.

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep. [___] to not only vote ‘NO’ on HR 4239, but to vigorously protest against this bill.

More action?Send a message to Zinke and Trump here, care of the American Bird conservancy.

Contact your Legislator
Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Other Rep Contacts: www.phoneyourrep.com

Bookmark review from April 6th… Have you gotten your comments in on these yet?

#1. (4/21 deadline) – Protect the birds and bees from neonicotinoid pesticides.

honey comb
See recent discussion of this here.

Help them and ourselves by commenting  here.
Read other people’s comments for inspiration here.

(Currently only 51,103 comments!)

#2. (4/23 deadline) – Stop the attack on our protections from methane.

Flames from a flaring pit near a well in the Bakken Oil Field. The primary component of natural gas is methane, which is odorless when it comes directly out of the gas well.  (Source: http://www.earthworksaction.org)

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, and alongside other toxic gases emitted from oil and gas drilling, is linked to increased asthma rates, birth defects, and cancer. The .  Obama administration put commonsense safeguards in place that set limits to the amount of pollution that was allowed to escape providing critical health protections for surrounding Indigenous communities and those who live near public lands. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and the Bureau of Land Management have submitted a proposal to repeal the Waste Prevention Rule, an Obama-era rule which reduces methane emissions. While the courts have struck down Zinke’s efforts to delay the implementation of the original Waste Prevention Rule, his proposal in the Federal Register is a separate attack which is open to comments until April 23rd.

Comment here directly or here through the Sierra Club’s portal.
Read other people’s comments for inspiration here.

(Currently 76,415 comments.)

#3. (4/30 deadline) – The Beaufort Sea needs to remain off-limits.

polar bear

In Dec. of 2016,  Obama said that the  Beaufort Sea and the entire Chukchi Sea was tp be off-limits to drilling per “the scientific assessment that, even with the high safety standards that both our countries have put in place, the risks of an oil spill in this region are significant and our ability to clean up from a spill in the region’s harsh conditions is limited. By contrast, it would take decades to fully develop the production infrastructure necessary for any large-scale oil and gas leasing production in the region—at a time when we need to continue to move decisively away from fossil fuels.”

Trump don’t care. His administration is proposing to resume leasing areasof Alaska’s Beaufort Sea to oil drilling as soon as next year.

Comment here by Apr 30, 2018 11:59 PM ET.  Tell him to leave the Beaufort Sea off-limits.
Read other people’s comments for inspiration here.

(Currently 25 comments.)

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