The IPCC report is out. Time to make changes. (3) easy actions.

Action #1: Ventura Climate Hub action – Ask members of Congress for a climate plan with carbon pricing with their sample letter and email.

  1. Send a letter to your legislators here with 350’s handy letter writing tool. Personalize as much as possible.

Please try to find unity for a real climate plan:

• Carbon pricing
• 100% clean, renewable energy by 2035
• Clean energy tax credits
• A civilian climate corps bill that doesn’t include extractive logging.
• Investments in frontline communities
• All of the other commitments in Biden’s jobs plan including capping methane emissions and ending fossil fuel subsidies.

A narrow window is open for you to call for everything necessary in a real climate plan in the reconciliation package that can put the nation on track to counter the threat of climate chaos.

The failsafe bipartisan policy for climate is carbon pricing that can achieve net zero by 2050, make the transition affordable for low-income people, and save hundreds of thousands of lives including in frontline communities by cleaning up the air wherever fossil fuels are currently burned.

Please be my compelling voice for climate action now.

2. Copy your letter as an email to: 

  • Rep. Julia Brownley (CA-26): email, DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
  • or Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24): email. DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
  • Who is my representative?: https://whoismyrepresentative.com

Action #2: Stop the Money Pipeline Action! Call Chubb Insurance and help flood their phone lines with messages to drop Trans Mountain

Why call insurance companies? Without them, pipelines can’t be built. Fifteen insurance companies have promised not to touch the toxic Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline. Help make it sixteen. If built, the pipeline violates indigenous rights and creates a sevenfold increase in oil tanker traffic in the Salish Sea, pushing the endangered resident orcas even closer to extinction. We can help stop this.

Chubb’s CEO Evan Greenberg is one of the few U.S. insurance executives who has been outspoken about the industry’s need to tackle the climate crisis, so we know the company is sensitive to its public image on climate.

Yet Chubb also increased its coverage for the Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline in 2020. Getting this company to fold would be a major blow for the struggling pipeline, but more public pressure is needed to make it happen.

Use the script below to call Chubb and demand they drop the Trans Mountain pipeline.

Go here to get the call system (https://stopthemoneypipeline.com/call-chubb/)

The link takes you to a button that calls your phone and after pressing 2 and then 1, you are put through to customer service. Has to be business hours ideally TODAY FRIDAY. The script is is short and easy to read on the screen. Try this. Lots of these calls can shake up these private sector bureaucracies. 

When you click the MAKE THE CALL button, the system will call your phone and patch you through.  PLEASE HAVE YOUR PHONE READY.

Here’s the script they’ll ask you to say below. You can personalize it. Just keep it polite.

Hi. I am calling today because I recently learned that Chubb is currently providing insurance for the destructive Trans Mountain pipeline. The existing Trans Mountain pipeline is a major environmental and public health hazard, and the Trans Mountain expansion project would multiply these risks tremendously.

To date, 15 insurers have committed to not insure Trans Mountain due to concerns around Indigenous rights and climate change. I urge Chubb to follow suit and rule out the pipeline, as well as adopt a policy to rule out insuring all tar sands projects and respect Indigenous rights.”

Action #3: Hmmmm…after that IPCC report, why does the infrastructure bill include $25 billion dollars in subsidies to fossil fuels? Call/email.

Exxon was aware of climate change and their role in it as early as 1977. Instead of using that time to actively reduce their products’ effect on the environment, the fossil fuel industry invested instead in creating a industry of global-warming denial. Now they want $25 billion in subsidies from us to solve their mess.

The subsidies would go toward technologies sold as dream fixes for ending the nightmare of the climate crisis without the colossal political hurdle of dislodging the fossil fuel industry from the U.S. economy. Such technologies include carbon capture and decarbonized hydrogen fuel. Both purported solutions in practice help fossil fuel companies mask the continued release of climate-warming gases. Neither of the technologies are currently commercially viable at a large scale, so the energy industry requires government help to carry out what critics see as a public relations scheme.” Meanwhile,  $10 billion in additional public transit funding agreed upon in the original bipartisan compromise blueprint were left out.

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want [Rep.[___]/Speaker of the House Pelosi] to remove the Senate’s addition of $25 billion in new subsidies for the fossil fuel industry to facilitate their corporate “greenwashing” efforts, including “solutions” that shore up their public image but do little or nothing to reduce — and in some cases even increase — actual greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. fossil-fuel industry already gets $20 billion per year in taxpayer subsidies and pays less than their share of taxes. If they were seriously interested in decreasing their contribution to global warming, they had the time and cash to pursue it before this latest IPCC report. Cut them off and reinstate the original $10 billion dollars in public transit funding.

Contact: 

  • Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi: email, (202) 225-4965 (If you are a San Francisco constituent of the 12th Congressional District of California, please use https://pelosi.house.gov/contact-me instead.)
  • Rep. Julia Brownley (CA-26): email, DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
  • or Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24): email. DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
  • Who is my representative?: https://whoismyrepresentative.com

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