Monday – Stop the Drilling – 3 Actions

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has officially released the draft OCS 5 year leasing plan which includes areas for new oil drilling in the Pacific Ocean among other areas currently closed to leasing. Jim Hines, our intrepid Sierra Club connection, has officially requested through the Secretary of Interior office that two full days of public hearings be held in Ventura and Santa Barbara so that people in the affected area can attend and comment on the 5-year plan. The Secretary promised him this last year and that there will be a public comment period and then a re-write of the plan depending upon public comment.

Here is the comment website which is open for comments TODAY, MONDAY Jan. 8th.  https://www.boem.gov/National-Program/

Call #1 – Federal 

Co-sponsor HR 2272 and S. 999 – COAST Anti-Drilling Act
Despite bipartisan agreement that offshore drilling endangers our coastal communities and harms their economies, Trump’s administration announced they were throwing out protection acts and allowing offshore drilling in nearly all coastal areas off the continental US, opening areas in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic Oceans along with the Gulf of Mexico. Apparently, our government is now an arm of BP and other oil and gas companies.

Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Senator [___] to co-sponsor the COAST Anti-Drilling Act. We must stop Trump’s plans to sell off America’s coastlines for oil & gas development — including plans for six new leases off California’s shores.
http://beta.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-california-offshore-drilling-20180106-story.html

Enviro-pocalypse Now! Fight back against corporations ruining our environment!

OK, don’t freak out at this action list!

We personally tested this list for time. If you’ve “optimized” your phone for fast dialing, you can do this whole thing in under 10 minutes!

However, you may need a cup of coffee for this part…

One thing you’ll notice as you read through these actions, is that almost every one of them is a “taking” from us, the American public. Rich people and corporations, both foreign and domestic, are taking our public land, our forests and our mountain tops, our clean water and air, the right for numerous species to exist and the livelihoods of those in our thriving “outdoor recreation” industry that depends on unspoiled land to draw visitors.

Those involved in this theft will respond that they pay us for these things, but they’ve actually been cheating us for a long time. Oil, gas, mining and timber interests will pay far less taking resources from public land than they would on the open market and they leave behind uncompensated environmental destruction when they’re done. EPA administrator Scott Pruitt has just billed us $25,000 so he can conduct more deals like this in private. Certainly, he doesn’t need his shiny new cone of silence for the 1% of his meetings that are with environmental groups…

The corporations will also argue that they create jobs and tax revenues. Let’s look at one state as for a reality-check. Oil and gas in Utah produces only $2.4 billion of it per year, and that industry employs fewer than 7,000 people in the state. Conversely, “Outdoor recreation contributes more than $12 billion to the economy, employs more than 122,000 people, and is the primary driver behind the tourism industry. Not only does Utah outdoor recreation create $856 million in state and local tax revenues, it is the reason for $3.6 billion in wages and salaries.”

Please keep all this in mind as you make 10 minutes worth of calls this morning. Repeat as necessary.

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The War on Women is on…Fight back! +3 Actions! (HHS Deadline Oct. 27)

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Chapters #1 – 100  “In the beginning…”

In case you haven’t been keeping track, the contraception and “pain capable” issues are just the tail end in a long line of federal assaults on the rights and interests of women.

Catch up here: tinyurl.com/100-ways-to-hurt-women

Amongst the states, almost 400 anti-abortion bills, of various types, were introduced last year.

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Battle #1 – Rolling back of ACA contraceptive coverage

Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] ask Rep. [___] to take any and all actions to ensure all women have affordable access to healthcare, including no-copay contraception.

Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779

or Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348

Other Rep Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

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Deadline tomorrow at 11:59 EST! Pile it on! Only 2662 comments so far!

US Homeland Security Will Start Collecting Social Media Info on All Immigrants October 18th. Just say “NO”!Calendar blank - 9:29

We see this as part of a larger process of high-tech surveillance of immigrants and more and more people being subjected to social media screening,” Schwartz told BuzzFeed News. “There’s a growing trend at the Department of Homeland Security to be snooping on the social media of immigrants and foreigners and we think it’s an invasion of privacy and deters freedom of speech.” (Adam Schwartz, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation)

This would also affect all US citizens who communicate with immigrants, Schwartz said, who could self-censor out of fear that information they exchange with someone overseas could be misconstrued and used against them.

Action you can take: Click here to link to the Federal Register  to register a comment before the Oct. 18th deadline.

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Last day (11:59 pm EST) to comment!

WRITE! – Save the Clean Water Rule! Protect our drinking water. – Deadline Sep 27, 2017  TODAY 11:59 PM ET

The EPA is moving forward with a Clean Water Rule repeal by revising the definition of “Waters of the United States” covered by the Rule. The 30-day public comment period is now open.  The rollback threatens drinking water for 117 million people. For more information on this,  go to tinyurl.com/waters-definition.

Link to regulatory site: tinyurl.com/waters-of-the-united-states

Link to blog page, additional details here.

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Nominee Watch – “EPA Science Advisors” Edition – Written Comment Deadline 9/28

So here’s the scoop…

The EPA is filling up vacancies on the EPA Charter Science Advisory Board.

They’ve got all the official biographies of the candidates listed here. Frankly, they are very dull reading.

However, a least 11 of the bios are missing some REALLY INTERESTING BITS! Both E&E News and Scientific American are warning us about them in this article and this one.

11 of the nominees are climate change deniers! 

And they are each angling for an important scientific advisory job with the power to corrupt our country’s environmental legislation for years.

“The Science Advisory Board (SAB) is a scientific/technical advisory committee. The objective of the SAB is to provide independent advice and peer review on the scientific and technical aspects of environmental issues to the EPA’s Administrator. While the SAB reports to the EPA Administrator, congressional committees specified in Environmental Research Demonstration and Development Authorization Act may ask the EPA Administrator to have the SAB provide scientific advice on a particular issue.” (EPA)

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