Tues 5/14: Protect our wolves – Part 3. More time = more comments! Also, call your state senator on CA anti-trapping bill AB 273!

Part #1 – Deadline for Wolf comments has been EXTENDED!!! – Jul 15th!

Message from Jim Hines of the Sierra Club:  “Greetings Activists: We did it…..after our official appeal and my recent face-to-face meeting with the new Interior Secretary, just minutes ago, the Secretary’s office announced that the public comment period for the proposed delisting (removal of federal endangered species act protections) for gray wolves in the U.S. has been extended from May 14, 2019 to July 15, 2019!  This administration has not only provided very short public comment periods but …refused to provide any public hearing venues for people to attend, learn about the issue and comment. (Note: the Sierra Club and our partners on the gray wolf issue set up 7 public hearings on the gray wolf issue across the nation in May and they were well attended and we had a court reporter take down the comments and we sent them onto the Dept. of the Interior). All of the above is the result of citizen action (YOU) at work, public pressure put on the administration to get public comments and public hearings on the many issues which matter to all Americans.” – For the wild, Jim.

Write a comment: Let’s not squander this hard-won gift of time. In Part 1 on Friday, 4/26, we asked you to write a comment using this link to prevent the Trump Administration from removing Endangered Species Act protections from wolves and declaring open season of an animal that is still functionally extinct in much of its former range.  Please join in and share! There are currently only 78,373 comments.

Part #3 – Stop the trapping our wild critters for “fun” and commercial profit. “YES” on AB 273!

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Tues 5/7: Wolf Protection – Part 2. Your taxes fund the slaughter of millions of wild animals a year…

Deadline for Wolf comments is coming up – 5/14!

In Part 1 on Friday, 4/26, we asked you to write a comment to prevent the Trump Administration from removing Endangered Species Act protections from wolves and declaring open season of an animal that is still functionally extinct in much of its former range. (Why? See Part 2, below) Please join in and share! There are currently only 55,000 comments.

In Part  2, below, we ask our own government to stop killing them, along with millions of other animals, with our tax dollars.

Part 2 – How much of your tax money goes to snuffing wildlife? Or “How much does a burger cost, really?”

The USDA Wildlife Services spends over $100 million a year to exterminate over 2.3 million native and wild animals a year at the request of ranchers who bring us “cheap” hamburgers. Their targets are usually predators like wolves, coyotes, bobcats, bears, and mountains lions, but the collateral damage includes thousands of non-target animals and birds, including endangered species and household pets, who are trapped or poisoned by mistake. Even people have been injured when they’ve accidently triggered spring-loaded M-44 cyanide cartridges meant to kill coyotes.

A growing body of research has found the agency’s war to protect livestock against predators is altering ecosystems in ways that diminish biodiversity, degrade habitat and invite disease. The public’s attitude towards wild animals has also evolved. “People want to see bears. They want to see wolves. They want to see mountain lions. It’s part of the natural heritage of the United States. We should be stewards of the system, not wiping out species and damaging ecosystems.” – Michael Mares, president of the American Society of Mammalogists.

Action #1 – Vote “YES” on HR 2471/S 1301 – Ban sodium cyanide and Compound 1080 poisons for predator control.

Continue reading “Tues 5/7: Wolf Protection – Part 2. Your taxes fund the slaughter of millions of wild animals a year…”

Mon 5/6: Join in to stop the reopening of three oil platforms off Santa Barbara and 24/7 trucking of crude oil on Hwy. #101!

On January 28, 2019, protesters from all our coastal communities, including Santa Barbara,  gathered together in Camarillo to protest against offshore oil leases at the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Our protests have an effect. Time for us to stand indivisible again in SB!

Action – Attend the Santa Barbara Planning Commission hearing Monday May 6th

Date: Monday, May 6th
Time: Gather at 5:00 pm for pre-meeting rally.
Where: Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, Fourth Floor, Santa Barbara County Administration Building, 105 E. Anapamu  Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

  • Sign on to this action letter here.
  • Thank our federal legislators for bills to stop all west coast offshore drilling here.
  • Go to this meeting. Facebook event listing here, RSVP: here.

What’s happening: The Santa Barbara Planning Commission will consider ExxonMobil’s “Interim Trucking” proposal to restart three oil platforms in the Santa Barbara Channel, all of which have been shut-down since the disastrous 2015 Plains Pipeline oil spill, and to transport crude oil to their refinery with a continuous stream of tanker trucks on local highways, including Hwy. 101. The project page on County’s website is here. The draft supplimental Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is here. Exxon’s project description here.

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Mon 5/6: Moving beyond oil – “YES” on the West Coast Ocean Protection Act.

Action – Thank Senator Feinstein for introducing this bill.

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced S.1318 –  West Coast Ocean Protection Act to permanently ban offshore drilling in federal waters off the coast of California, Oregon and Washington. Companion legislation H.R.310 was introduced by Congressman Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) in the House of Representatives.

Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to thank Rep./ Sen.  [____] for their support of (Rep.) H.R.310 /(Sen.) S.1318 – West Coast Ocean Protection Act.

  • H.R.310: Rep-check here. (Brownley is a cosponsor, Carbajal is missing!)
  • S.1318: Rep-check here. (Both Feinstein and Harris are all over this.

Continue reading “Mon 5/6: Moving beyond oil – “YES” on the West Coast Ocean Protection Act.”

Fri 4/26: A judge stopped Trump’s offshore pillaging. So now he’s coming to frack CA: Public Hearing – May 23/ Comment period open!/Call Newsom.

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Action #1: Mark your calendars for May 23. Work out your carpools to the Santa Barbara meeting! 

Kern County is the most-fracked county in California by a wide margin. This region also has the worst air quality in the nation, as well as highly elevated rates of cancer and respiratory illness. For the people that live here, fracking means more oil extraction, more crippling climate impacts, and more impacts on their health.

Yesterday, while we were busy writing comments against the administration’s proposal to strip “streamline” the power of states to control drilling activities off their own coastlines, Trump had to delay his plans to give offshore drilling leases to his favorite donors, due to a court decision blocking fossil fuel activity in parts of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. But he and his EnergyDominance™ team (fossil-fuel-lobbyists-now-getting-government-paychecks) are concentrating on striking back at coastal states who oppose him and turning America into one big corporate-owned Superfund site.

Jim Hines, our Sierra Club advisor and early warning system sent this today…

Greetings Energy Activists:
On this morning’s conference call with the executive staff at the U.S. Dept. of the Interior, the major topic was the advancement of the President’s ‘America’s Energy Dominance Program’, and wouldn’t you know it, but Ventura and Santa Barbara counties were mentioned. Continue reading “Fri 4/26: A judge stopped Trump’s offshore pillaging. So now he’s coming to frack CA: Public Hearing – May 23/ Comment period open!/Call Newsom.”

Tues 3/19: Share this message with your legislators!

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:

  1. Climate change is real.
  2. Human activity during the last century is the dominant cause of the climate crises.
  3. 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.”

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Join in – be an ally! Youth Climate Strike this Friday, 3/15!

Find the strike nearest you here!

We, the youth of America, are striking because decades of inaction has left us with just 11 years to change the trajectory of the worst effects of climate change, according to the Oct 2018 UN IPCC Report. We are striking because our world leaders have yet to acknowledge, prioritize, or properly address our climate crisis. We are striking because marginalized communities across our nation —especially communities of color, disabled communities, and low- income communities—  are already disproportionately impacted by climate change. We are striking because if the social order is disrupted by our refusal to attend school, then the system is forced to face the climate crisis and enact change. With our futures at stake, we call for radical legislative action to combat climate change and its countless detrimental effects on the American people. We are striking for the Green New Deal, for a fair and just transition to a 100% renewable economy, and for ending the creation of additional fossil fuel infrastructure. Additionally, we believe the climate crisis should be declared a national emergency because we are running out of time.

California Youth Climate Strike: Thousand Oaks #Youthclimatestrike

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Fri – 3/8: What’s wrong with this picture? Say “YES” to CA’s AB-1080/SB 54.

Action 1 – No, no, it’s not the cucumbers…(They’re great!)

This is the season for articles on what to give up for Lent. This year, instead 40 days without chocolate, alcohol or binge-watching TV shows, many churches are asking their parishioners to give up single-use plastic, some even specifying different types each week, like shopping bags, drinking straws, water bottles, styrofoam  and food wrappers. In the secular world, Trader Joe’s announced in February’s Fearless Flyer, that they will be taking more steps to reduce plastic and other packaging waste due to increasing customer criticism for their perceived “overuse of packaging,” especially in the produce section. (See cucumbers, above.)

Why is plastic in the news everywhere? Because China has CUT US OFF! The recycling giant isn’t taking our plastic recyclables anymore, or anyone else’s – nearly half of the world’s excess plastic waste. So what is the US going to do about our little 4000-shipping-containers-A-DAY plastic trash habit?  Although 2018’s Earth Day motto was a warning about plastics pollution, we hadn’t hit bottom yet. We need to make changes fast, beyond bags and straws, and CA can lead the way.

Environmental groups (see below) are supporting AB-1080SB 54 – “California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act.” It will address the collapse of foreign recycling markets by reducing solid waste generation, encourage transition to compostable or recyclable materials, and foster domestic recycling markets. Businesses selling products into California would also have to comply with our packaging requirements, spreading the benefits to our environment beyond state lines.

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code and I want Senator/Assemblymember [____] to follow and support AB-1080SB 54 – “California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act.” This is a really important issue for the future of California.

Continue reading “Fri – 3/8: What’s wrong with this picture? Say “YES” to CA’s AB-1080/SB 54.”

Thurs 2/28: Say “NO” to Andrew Wheeler, the once and future coal lobbyist nominee for the EPA.

(Graphic from opinionfront.com)

Action Update – Let’s use our power of oversight to hem this guy in.

He’s in, on a basic party-line vote with only Sen. Collins crossing the aisle. Our EPA, as well as the GOP itself, are now completely owned by the fossil-fuel industry (read “Background” below). So where do we go now? RESIST, of course! We propose a serious email to all your legislators.

New minimal email:

Until we are in a position to remove Andrew Wheeler, coal-industry mole and climate-change denier, from his new position at the EPA and repair the damage he’s causing, we want you to commit to using our power of Congressional oversight to investigate the following issues:

Corruption: Wheeler, after it was first rumored he would be considered for the EPA last March, raised funds for Republican senators on the committee that makes the preliminary decision on confirming appointments to the agency.  (intercept)

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Thurs 1/31: Positive Legislation Day! 3 actions – Title IX, paying workers and keeping our government going.

Hey, while Betsy’s minions have to read through over 104-THOUSAND comments (updated 2/1 – great job, everybody!) and our legislators are arguing over how to say “wall”, let’s put out encouragement for some positive legislative actions.

Action #1 – Remind Congress to reintroduce and support pro-Title IX legislation.

There were some great laws proposed last session to protect students from harassment and arbitrary rule changes by ideologues like Secretary of Education Betsy Devos. Let’s get them reintroduced and through the system this time.

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep. [___] to sponsor, cosponsor and support these proposed laws:

  • H.R.4030, the Title IX Protection: (check here – Carbajal signed, Brownley didn’t)
  • H.R.6464, the HALT Sexual Violence Act  (check here – neither signed)
  • H.R.1949, the Campus Accountability and Safety Act. (check here – neither signed)

Continue reading “Thurs 1/31: Positive Legislation Day! 3 actions – Title IX, paying workers and keeping our government going.”