Illustration from Science – “Evidence builds that dirty air causes Alzheimer’s, dementia”
#1. – LAST DAY (4/23) Dirtier Air Courtesy of Trump’s EPA.
The Trump Administration has been determined to rollback and unravel the hard fought for rules protecting our air, water and soil from pollution. With strong support from the oil and fossil fuel industry, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has proposed to withdraw from the Control Techniques Guidelines (CTGs) that assist states in controlling air pollution from the oil and natural gas industry, and trigger related clean air planning requirements in many areas with ozone smog problems. Withdrawal of these guidelines would mean that, as a practical matter, much uncontrolled or under-controlled oil and gas industry equipment in impacted areas would continue to emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs), a group of chemicals that react in the atmosphere to form ground-level ozone (smog). Let EPA know we support keeping these guidelines and oppose allowing pollutants to dirty our air.
Deadline for comments to the EPA is TODAY – Monday, April 23. Comment here.
Read other comments here.
We have been reviewing comments already submitted. There are a number of conservative comments, including letter/attachments from energy companies eager to improve their profit margins, like this one…
So get your comments in right away. They do NOT have to be long. There are currently only 14,642 recorded comments.
Sample Written Script: Pick some of these points and mix and match. More information on air pollution issues here. If your health or someone you love has health issues from pollution, make it personal. Continue reading “Mon. 4/23 – Deadline TODAY for these comments on our environment!”
Just a note before we start this morning…
How many of you saw this article?
Not only is this a theft of our rights to access public land, as signs like this will go up everywhere…
Not only is it allowing private companies to destroy our most beautiful national treasures… Continue reading “Tues. 2/13 – Public Land Garage Sale! Guess who’s buying!”
Not a coincidence that this was planned to go off on a Friday…
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Open cut coal mine
The splashy news about “The Memo”, although part of Trump’s plan to eventually wipe Mueller off the playing board, has another purpose. Since we all know about his end game on that front, what else is happening? How about the beginning of an environmental tragedy that starts today?
At 9 a.m. EST Friday, the extractive industry will gain drilling and mining access to previously protected public land. Trump signing a proclamation last year that decimated two national monuments, most likely unlawfully. Bears Ears National Monument was cut by more than 85 percent and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument was reduced by half. This resulted in the largest elimination of protected areas in U.S. history. The move put tens of thousands of Native American sacred sites at risk, along with key wildlife habitat, and areas used for outdoor recreation. The lawsuits have already begun.
However, today, February 2, 2018, the areas excluded from the monuments become available to private mineral companies to stake out mining and drilling claims. “We’re working on getting information and new monument maps ready for people interested in claims,” Utah Bureau of Land Management (BLM) spokesman Michael Richardson confirmed to Reuters. “The costs of claiming are low: a $212 filing fee, and an annual maintenance fee of $150. The claims provide prospectors mineral rights, with no requirement to pay the government royalties, but not ownership of the land. The law covers mining for uranium, gold, silver, copper and other precious metals, but excludes coal and petroleum.” We’re being told not to worry about poisonous uranium mining, as it’s current market price is low. Hmm… we don’t believe low prices are permanent feature of the commodities market, unlike the pollution it leaves behind.
This is a bad business deal for us…
Continue reading “Friday – Squirrel!!! “The Memo” is diverting us away from this… (4 quick actions)”
Cup of coffee ready?
1. Rinse and Repeat.
If you missed any of the actions from yesterday, including calls on DACA and another wildly inappropriate nominee and some quick consumer actions on Motel 6 (seriously!) and a Breitbart advertiser, do them today. It takes 5 minutes or less, depending on what you want to say to Tom Bodett.
2. Did they really think we were going to let 3 corporate shills walk off with the Internet?
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Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) is introducing a Congressional Review Act resolution (actual draft here) that would restore the Open Internet Order and reverse the FCC’s historic mistake of repealing Net Neutrality. He needs 30 senators to co-sign to force a vote and only needs ONE more…
Here’s his list so far:
Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)
Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)
Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.)
Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii.)
Richard Blumenthal (D–Conn.)
Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)
Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.)
Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)
Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.)
Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.)
Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.)
Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)
Gary Peters (D-Mich.)
Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.)
Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)
Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
Sherrod Brown (D-O.H.)
ack Reed (D-R.I.)
Tim Kaine (D-Va.)
Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)
Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)
Michael Bennet (D-Colo.)
Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.)
Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.)
Ben Cardin (D-Md.)
Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii)
Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.)
Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).
Hey, where’s Dianne Feinstein? Ask her to sign this already.
Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I know that Senator [___] is a supporter of net neutrality. I want her to to sign on to the “Congressional Resolution of Disapproval” to force this issue to a vote.
And Julia Brownley. Really?
Continue reading “Casual Friday – Resist in your pajamas!”
The White House has just told us that on Monday December 4th, The President of the United States will fly to Salt Lake City Utah to sign documents to officially reduce the size by 90% of Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southeastern Utah.
The President will only make a quick stop in Salt Lake City to do this but we will have massive crowds on hand at the SLC airport to protect the President’s action. The American people do not want their national monuments tampered with.
On Tuesday December 5th we will be in court.
Sierra Club Protect Wild Utah Campaign
For a review of what’s at stake here:
Continue reading “Trump The Destroyer.”
Time is going by fast and soon we’ll be lost to turkey and relatives. So put this on your to-do calendar today!
The administration wants to gut funding
for the National Park Service while simultaneously arguing that the parks need more funding; the difference is, they want visitors to bear the burden. If we can’t, they have other options knocking on their doors…
ACTION #1 – Deadline November 23.
Please make your voices of opposition heard by commenting here.
Sample Written Statement: (Try to use your own voice)
I do not support the National Park Service’s proposal to increase entrance fees at 17 national parks to address the maintenance backlog. Visitors should not be forced to pay today for the years of inadequate federal funding that has led to this massive backlog. The solution to the parks’ repair needs should fall to Congress. There is a pending bill, the National Park Service Legacy Act (S. 751), that addresses the National Park Service maintenance backlog and it deserves the Department of the Interior’s support. This bipartisan legislation would provide a more substantial — and sustainable — investment in our parks. Thank you.
ACTION #2 AFTER you submit your statement from Action #1
Minimum Script: I calling from [zip code] and I want my legislators to tell Zinke that you strongly support our NPS system and believe it deserves adequate funding to keep our national parks accessible to all..
Continue reading “Reminder – Say “NO” to the increase in the National Parks fee – Deadline November 23! That’s in just 2 days!”
Greetings Public Lands Activists:
There is a flurry of activity going on at the U.S. Dept of the Interior right now. In the next few days concluding on Thursday (August 24th) we will see Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke make a number of recommendations to the President of the United States regarding the status of the most spectacular natural landscapes in the American west (and one in Maine) as well as 5 marine national monuments in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
Most recommendations have been agreed upon, several more are still being discussed by the executive staff at Interior. According to the draft which was circulated among Interior executive staff last week it looks like we are going to lose around 12 national monuments (either completely eliminated or reduced in size).
We are in a epic struggle for the very heart of America, YOUR national parks, national monuments, national marine sanctuaries, national conservation areas, national wildlife refuges and national forests.
Continue reading “Update on our National Monuments from Sierra Club’s Jim Hines – 8/22”
Best quote: “We sent Dennis Rodman. I can’t believe that didn’t work.”
(Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said of the retired American basketball player who has taken several trips to North Korea.)
For the most accurate analysis of what’s happening between Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, we once again turn to our nation’s comedians.
Continue reading “This Week in Resistance – “Playing Chicken with Kim” Edition”