Sign Here: Forward on climate, not one step back on Clean Power Plan

It’s no secret that Trump and his EPA toady Scott Pruitt are climate deniers. They’ll do (and have done) anything to give more power to the coal, oil and gas industry in their relentless pursuit of a more polluted and unequal union.

Now Pruitt’s EPA wants to repeal the Clean Power PlanObama’s signature rule to reduce global warming pollution from power plants.

But you can stop them: Sign here and we’ll deliver your comments to the EPA before their deadline on the 16th.

The CPP is far from perfect — giving way too many benefits to fracked gas and way too little emphasis to changing the power structure of how we generate electricity, among other flaws — but it DOES have the effect of incentivizing states not to burn coal. More importantly, it’s a step in the direction of climate action. And without this step the United States will have basically no chance of meeting its promise to cut emissions under the Paris climate agreement.

The EPA is taking comments on their reckless proposal until Jan. 16. And we’ve seen before that if we flood Trump with comments opposing a roll-back, he often backs down or can be forced to reconsider — it’s happened on health care, on immigration, the Iran nuclear deal, and even (this week) on offshore drilling in Florida.

It’s also essential that we have a strong record of comments opposing the roll-back so that our friends in the legal system can mount the best possible case to stop Pruitt. The whole Clean Power Plan is a response to a Supreme Court decision that Carbon pollution and climate change are real, and that the EPA has a duty and requirement to address this pollution under the Clean Air Act. No matter what Pruitt and Trump think, if enough of us submit comments before the deadline, there’s a good chance we can defeat them in court, and in the court of public opinion.

Sign here and we’ll deliver all the comments via the EPA’s official (and onerous) comment process by the deadline on the 16th.

Photo of Coal-fired thermal power plants in Singrauli by the International Accountability Project

Two pipelines a week

Last week the Army Corps of Engineers gave preliminary approval to the Bayou Bridge Pipeline (BBP). A few days earlier, the Virginia Water Control Board (VaWCB) voted 4-3 to approve the fracked gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP), but required a final review of several environmental studies. That second one is actually considered a partial victory, since the week before the VaWCB had voted to approve the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) — another, shorter, fracked gas pipeline — with no such condition.

This not to mention the FCC ripping apart #NetNeutrality and the Republican Congress poised to ram through a tax bill that will steal our healthcare, deport our neighbors and drop a depth charge on the middle class from a luxury yacht. So, yeah, the last week wasn’t great.

But here’s the thing, in moments of crisis this climate justice movement rises to the occasion in ways that never fail to startle and inspire me. So, short version – Can you chip in to support what we’re doing? Even $1.98 helps a lot, and there’s a ton of other (including non-monetary) stuff you can do to help that we’re supporting or participating in below.

Ok – how to help. First, if you haven’t already, you need to sign up to show up. Both the #NoBBP and the #NoKXl movement have launched “pledge to protect” campaigns that encourage you ti sign up to show up – when asked, that’s really important – to support thee campaigned with civil disobedience and direct aid.

If we stop the pipelines, and lose the economy, our democracy, and all our immigrant neighbors though, it wont count for much. So we also need to sign up to show up and stop congress this week. Some of the best organizing going right now is to stop the tax bill, or derail it by forcing a big fight about the DREAM act. All week long, brave young dreamers, people who rely on the Affordable Care Act have been showing up in force. If you can get to D.C. or a local rally and support them you should.

Coincidentally, putting pressure on the Senate might also be the best way to save #NetNeutrality, which some 8,822 (yes we keep count), of you signed up to protect. The FCC voted to shred net Neutrality last week, but the short version is that we can fix it — IF two bulwarks hold:

  1. The lawsuits already introduced in New York, Massachusetts and a bunch of states to overrule the FCC decision because the comment process was to flawed;
  2. Congress votes (in accordance with some 70% of their constituents wishes) to overrule them with a powerful tool called the Congressional Review Act. The CRA gives Congress 60 legislative days to overturn a rule issued by a federal agency with a “resolution of disapproval,”  and it is NOT subject to a filibuster, so it can pass the Senate with just 51 votes.

Last, I want to talk about California, and all the places recently ravaged by climate-fueled super-storms. The fires, now among the largest in California history, are being driven by strong winds and new evacuation orders were issued in the last 24 hoursOne firefighter, Cory Iverson, 32, has been confirmed dead. And like Puerto Rico, we expect the actual toll to be much much worse than the public account.

Some friends have been strategizing about Mutual Aid Disaster Relief, and I think there’s potential fir us to help. But to do so we’ll need a lot of logistics. Training, supplies, some sort of micro-grid on wheels. We need to get ready, and the climate chaos isn’t waiting.

If you chip in now, we’ll put 100% of the funds towards staging actions, protests and relief efforts where they matter. Even better, 100% of your gift is now tax-deductible as we apply for charitable status from the IRS. But I don’t know what the next few weeks will bring — whether there will be another disaster to respond to, another pipeline permitted, or whether the Trump team will order the IRS to disregard all new applications towards protecting the environment the way they told the CDC to stop using words like “fetus” and “science-based” last week.

What I do know is that, together, we can make a difference. But only if we show up however we can. Click any of the links in this email to get connected and show up to say #NoKXL, #NoBBP, #StopGOPTaxScam, clean #DreamActNow, or do stand in solidarity with the victims of #ThomasFire and ALL the #ClimateChanged disasters of the last few months.

Or, click here to chip in and help us fight back.

Photo Credit: Brandon Wu

EPA retracts fracked statement in report

Who says internet petitions don’t work?

I just wanted to send you a quick update and share some exciting news from this week — You’re one of the thousands of people and a host of partners who asked the EPA to retract their report which inaccurately stated that fracking caused “no widespread, systemic impact” on drinking water.

Thanks to your advocacy, and the tireless work of frontline activists in Pennsylvania, Wyoming and Texas (just to name a few of the places EPA studied during the 5 years they worked on this report), last week the EPA released a final version of that report that admitted the truth: Fracking can and does contaminate drinking water.

Coming so closely on the heels of our petition campaign, there’s no doubt that our advocacy and emails have helped make this happen. So THANK YOU again for signing on and speaking up – together, we made an impact.

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This is only a small step towards proving the dangers of fracking, and banning this dangerous and unnecessary drilling practice around the world. But the impact is real, and the media has taken notice. Dozens of newspapers and television stations covered the story of EPA’s retraction in the final report.

And because the report was ordered by Congress, not the Administration, there’s a good chance we can use these conclusions to delay or restrict fracking near the most vulnerable areas. Even Donald Trump can’t un-write this report, now that it’s finally been issued, and any moves he makes to expand fracking in our communities will have to be justified in light of these dangers.

Thanks again for all your work and advocacy on this issue,