Wed. 7/11: Three environmental actions

#1 – Ask our senators to join the push to finalize the Kigali amendment.

​In 2016, the Obama administration helped negotiate the “Kigali amendment” to the Montreal protocol, a treaty agreement meant to phase out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) around the world. HFCs, a greenhouse gas, are used mainly in refrigeration and air conditioning and are thousands of times more potent than carbon dioxide in warming the atmosphere. In the interests of American businesses who need to plan ahead for international requirements, a group of Republican senators has pushed Trump to let them approve the treaty.  The administration is stalling, probably because “Obama” and “environment”, but while the Senate GOP is heading in the right direction for whatever reason, let’s join in.

Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Senator [___] to join in with the Republican senators who are telling President Trump that the Kigali amendment is good for American business.

Contact:
Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884
Other Contactshttp://www.phoneyourrep.com

#2 – Pruitt tried to destroy the ban on HFC’s. – 11 State AG’s said “NO”.

In related news, 11 states (including CA and NY) and the District of Columbia have sued the Trump-Pruitt EPA, demanding enforcement of regulations on super-polluting greenhouse gases in air conditioners and refrigerators. The states contend that the agency’s April “guidance” document illegally removed the entire HFC ban when an earlier court ruling vacated just one part, rather than going through the necessary public rulemaking process. Sneaky and deceitful for no good reason, as the Kigali amendment will help to make manufacturing with HFC’s a thing of the past.

Send a “Thank you for standing up for our environment” postcard:

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra
1300 I St., Ste. 1740, Sacramento, CA 95814

Not your state?: Find your AG here.

#3 – On his last day in office, Pruitt had one more destructive action up his sleeve… California says “NO”

On his last day in office, the Pruitt effectively granted a loophole removing the annual production cap on glider trucks, allowing the largest manufacturer, Fitzgerald, to increase their production from 300 to their 2015 pre-regulation production rates of about 10,000 a year. “Glider” trucks, with re-built and unregulated 1990’s-era diesel engines packed into new truck bodies, are regulatory loopholes on wheels. They cost 25% less to buy and are cheaper to run than trucks with modern emission controls and create 55 times the air pollution. Agency staff estimated that over the life of every 10,000 trucks without emissions controls, enough soot will be created to cause up to 1,600 premature deaths, alongside illness such as bronchitis and heart attacks. (Apparently, along with his mattress and $50/night room, Pruitt got a deal on a lifetime source of clean air we don’t know about.)

Opposition to these pollution-nightmares is bi-partisan, and includes major truck makers like Volvo and Navistar; fleet owners like the United Parcel Service; lobbying groups like the National Association of Manufacturers; health and environmental groups like the American Lung Association and the Consumer Federation of America; and some Fitzgerald competitors in Tennessee, Texas and Oklahoma, Mr. Pruitt’s home state.

Nothing to see here: Pruit based his approval of the regulatory rollback on a study from  Tennessee Tech University, which showed that glider trucks manufactured by Fitzgerald were as safe and clean as new engines. However, the study, funded by Fitzgerald, conducted in Fitzgerald’s facilities without graduate-level engineers, while the company was also offering to build the university a new research center on Fitzgerald-owned land, contradicted the EPA’s own tests. An embarrassed faculty at Tennessee Tech is reviewing the whole affair.

Nothing to see here either: Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) received at least $225,000 from Fitzgerald business entities. In return, she introduced failed legislation in 2015 to protect the loophole from stricter requirements under Obama, but in 2018, she found a willing participant in Pruitt.

California steps up: The California Trucking Association sponsored AB-2564 Civil Penalties: glider vehicles, which is flying through the legislative process with bi-partisan support. The bill calls for fining truckers who drive gliders through CA, violating our strict air-pollution controls. If just 7% of trucks in CA were gliders, it would entirely offset the state’s diesel regulations for clean air.

Minimal Script for CA state senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Sen. [___] to vote “YES” on AB-2564 Civil Penalties: glider vehicles. (Hannah-Beth Jackson voted “YES” on the Judiciary Committee)

Contacts:
State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (SD-19):
SAC (916) 651-4019, SB (805) 965-0862, OX (805)988-1940 email
Did your assemblymember vote “YES”? Thank them. (Monique Limón did!)
State Assemblymember Monique Limón:(CA-37): SAC (916) 319-2037, SB (805) 564-1649, VTA (805) 641-3700 email

 

#4 – No action…Just some last thoughts on Pruitt’s last day, as we wonder if he tucked all those expensive pens into his briefcase…

(from Jamelle Bouie) “Citizenship carries obligations, and citizens who enter into the public sphere take on particular responsibilities. We ask them to act with honor and integrity, to do best by the people they are selected to serve. From his career in Oklahoma to his time in Washington, it’s clear Pruitt rejects this. But so does the president, and his children. And a number of other Cabinet officers who use their positions for self-dealing.

The story of Scott Pruitt isn’t just about his attacks on the environment or his corruption or his obvious political ambitions—he reportedly lobbied President Trump to fire Jeff Sessions and appoint him attorney general—it’s about the administration’s larger hostility to public service, its disdain for common interest, and its contempt for the collective good. Pruitt is just one example among many, enabled and even encouraged by a political movement so hostile to government that it allows the president and top officials to use public institutions for personal gain.

‘If we do not provide against corruption, our government will soon be at an end,” said George Mason at the start of the Constitutional Convention. Let’s hope that wasn’t a prophecy.'”

(Read the rest of this great article here.)

Reading/Resources:

  • 11 States Sue EPA’s Scott Pruitt Over Climate Super-Pollutants (climateinsider)
  • Trump White House quietly issues report vindicating Obama regulations (VOX)
  • Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks Put Thousands of Lives at Risk, Harvard Analysis Finds (climateinsider)
  • Climate Deregulation Tracker actions (Columbiaclimatelaw.com)
  • Pruitt Starts Rewriting How EPA Weighs Costs, Benefits of Regulation (insideclimatenews)
  • On his way out the door, Scott Pruitt says a final…(splinter news)
  • A loophole for dirty diesel trucks: Yet another attack on science by Trump’s EPA (lattimes)
  • How $225,000 Can Help Secure a Pollution Loophole at Trump’s E.P.A. (NYTimes)
  • Pruitt grants loophole to ‘super polluting’ diesel truck manufacturers on last day at EPA (the hill)

  • Commentary: The EPA Wants More of These Really Dangerous Trucks on the Road. Why? (fortune)

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