Whales, dolphins, sea otters, sea lions and other marine mammals evoke a powerful emotion within us to protect these magnificent creatures which call the oceans home. We are dazzled by breaching whales, fall in love with cute sea otters and marvel at how dolphins seem to dance in the ocean.
America’s commitment to protecting marine mammals in federal waters has worked for the last 46 years ever since congress passed the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). No more killing of marine mammals allowed, federal actions in ocean waters have to address the impacts to marine mammals the MMPA requires.
But that is all about to change for there currently is legislation in congress to move the marine mammal protection program from NOAA a science-based agency, over to the U.S. Dept of the Interior, a politically driven agency.
HR 3916 The FISH Act (Federal Integrated Species Health Act) has passed the House Committee on Natural Resources. This bill by congressman Calvert (R-CA) was introduced at the request of U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke who would like to gain control over ALL federal ocean management programs. In fact the Secretary’s’ office is also working on legislation to move the National Marine Sanctuary System also currently within NOAA over to Interior.
“Marine sanctuaries need to be open for oil and gas drilling” the Secretary has often said to me. Continue reading “Tues 5/22: Protect marine mammals against H.R. 3916. (A Letter from Jim Hines)”
Zinke told us Monday, when he had the audacity to visit the site of our nation’s first major oil spill, that the way to reach him is via Twitter. Let’s make sure he knows he’ll encounter a wall of California resistance if he attempts to increase offshore drilling along our coast.
#Californians say NO to offshore drilling!
More Info: Visit by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke sparks protests
Trump’s Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke will be at the Reagan Center in Santa Barbara, Monday, April 17. He’s speaking at 6:30 PM.
Zinke and Trump are working to open our channel to new OFFSHORE OIL DRILLING, not to mention selling America’s national parks and public lands, getting rid of the Federal Endangered Species Act, etc.
We can’t let Zinke come to Santa Barbara, with our history of oil spills, without making a statement of opposition. So let’s RESIST!
When: Monday, April 17th, 6 PM
Where: Reagan Ranch Center, 217 State Street
Bring: Continue reading “Urgent! Protest in Santa Barbara while Trump’s Interior Sec. Zinke’s is speaking on his offshore drilling plans for Santa Barbara!”
Ryan Zinke refused to commit to a limited approach to allowing the excavation of coal and gas on federal lands and has opposed endangered species protections.
For Senators Feinstein and Harris – Call today and tomorrow (both): (DC switchboard (202) 224-3121, other #’s below.)
Script: Hi. My name is (______) and I’m a constituent from (city, zip.) I calling to urge Senator (Harris/Feinstein) to vote “NO’ on the confirmation of Ryan Zinke for Secretary of the Interior. We need principled leaders to stand up for regular Americans and protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the planet we share from polluters. Zinke refused in his nomination hearings to “…commit to a limited approach to allowing the excavation of coal, gas and minerals underground” on federal lands at the same time that Trump has said he intends to “to restore coal industry jobs by tapping federal resources. Zinke supports the Keystone XL Pipeline and has opposed endangered species protections for animals like the sage grouse. Thank You.
Feinstein Contacts: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
Harris Contacts: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (916) 448-2787, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884
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Continue reading “No on Ryan Zinke for Interior Secretary: Call Senators Feinstein & Harris”