5 MORE fun actions on climate change, along with some interesting videos!
Update 3/20: “Federal judge demands Trump administration reveal how its drilling plans will fuel climate change.” (Wapo)(the week)
Action #1 – Tell your senators to support S.J. Res. 9.
S.J. Res. 9 – “A joint resolution calling on the United States and Congress to take immediate action to address the challenge of climate change“. It asks Congress to certify that:
- Climate change is real.
- Human activity during the last century is the dominant cause of the climate crises.
- The United States and Congress should take immediate action to address the challenge of climate change.
Sen-check here. Feinstein and Harris have already signed.
Minimal script: I’m calling (email OK) from [zip code] to thank Sens. [___] for supporting S.J. Res. 9 – “A joint resolution calling on the United States and Congress to take immediate action to address the challenge of climate change.”
Action #2 – Tell your representatives to support H.R.330 – Climate Solutions Act of 2019
In case you want to see the National Assessment on Climate Change…go here.
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA-33) has authored H.R.330, – Climate Solutions Act of 2019. The bill creates a national renewable energy standard, a national energy efficiency standard, and sets minimum emission reduction targets – in 2035, by at least 40% below the quantity of such emissions in 1990; and in 2050, by at least 80% below. Progress would be reviewed every 5 years and targets may be adjusted if they’re not sufficient to avoid dangerous climate change.
Rep-check here. Brownley and Carbajal have already signed.
Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] to thank Rep. [___] for supporting H.R. 330 – Climate Solutions Act of 2019.
Action #3 – Tell your representatives to support H.R.1317 – Coastal Communities Adaptation Act
This bill’s intent is to improve the resilience of the built environment in coastal communities, including upgrades to model codes and recommendations for existing structures and exterior protection. It would coordinate and catalog research on risk reduction and resiliences measures and give grants and loans to improve flood risk mitigation features, sediment management, shoreline conservation, wetland protections, salt-water intrusion control and other related activities.
Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Rep. [___] to support H.R.1317 – Coastal Communities Adaptation Act.
Rep-check here. Carbajal have already signed, thank him. Brownley hasn’t yet..
Action #4 – If you haven’t finished last Friday’s actions, go back and do them.
Weaning politicians and banks off their fossil-fuel-money habit is as important as the bills themselves. Check out Friday’s actions here.
Look up who donates to your legislators here.
Rep. Julia Brownley: email, (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal: email. (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Senator Feinstein: email, DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
Senator Harris: email, DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884
Who is my federal representative?: hq-salsa.wiredforchange.com
Action #5 – Informational deeper dive – watch and share. If your legislator is still taking fossil-fuel money, be sure to send these on to them.
This is a quick overview…
We knew about rising seas in 1986. At that time, six senators asked the Office of Technology Assessment for policy options that could lead to the stabilization and minimization of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. Republicans subsequently destroyed the department…
Then they and the fossil fuels industry went to war on knowledge itself…
Here are the soldiers in the war against us – organizations and corporations that have created the same culture of gaslighting that once protected the tobacco industry against cancer claims.
Koch Industries, Exxon Mobil, Peabody Coal, The Reason Foundation, The Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy, the Hoover Institution, The Mercatus Center, (UnKochmycampus.org), American Petroleum institute, Annapolis Center for Science-Based Public Policy, Lexington institute, Western Fuels Assoc., Nevada Policy Research Institute, Heritage Foundation, The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition,The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, Competitive Enterprise Institute, The Virginia Institute for Public Policy, The Science and Public Policy Institute, The Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty, Cato Institute,The Energy and Enviroment Legal Institute, George C. Marshall Institute, The Heartland Institute, Americans for Prosperity, Environmental Policy Alliance.
Example: “CO Supreme Court rejects new oil and gas drilling restrictions.” – “The state Supreme Court’s decision will benefit Colorado, the nation, and the environment”, says Tracee Bentley, executive director of the Colorado Petroleum Council, which had filed a friend of the court brief supporting COGCC in the lawsuit…“We are confident in … the Colorado natural gas and oil industry’s ability to continue to reshape the global energy balance, fueling an American manufacturing revival and leading the world in environmental progress,” Bentley said.”
Just for general interest, here’s a map of dark money influence, created by the Center for Responsive Politics. It shows how $400 million dollars injected into the 2012 election were spread around, all without revealing the true authors.
The GOP and their fossil-fuel backers are still endangering our country. People are already dying in off-the-charts climatic events. But for the GOP, it’s really about the money, so in this next video, Sen. Whitehouse talks about money. He talks about warnings from Freddie Mac, and the Bank of England. He talks about 415 global financial managers who oversee $32 TRILLION dollars worth of investments who took time out at a UN conference to warn us of an oncoming financial crises because of global warming.
Meanwhile, the corrupt Trump administration, now completely at the whim of the fossil-fuel industry, has now taken more than 90 actions to weaken climate policies. And now our carbon emissions have grown 3.4%, after years of decline.
So yeah, share the kids’ message with your legislators. They were right all this time.