Quick update – Andrew Wheeler, Trump’s climate-destroying nominee to lead the EPA is on the Senate calendar today for a so-called “unanimous consent” vote.
That’s the same motion that Lisa Murkowski used more than a year ago to whisk through several nominees to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. At that time, no single Senator objected, and as a result we’ve had approvals of dozens of new gas pipelines and export terminals.
The damage that Andrew Wheeler could do as head of the EPA is even greater, and touches on a wide range of issues – from climate chaos, to poisoning farmworkers and contractors with chemicals, to poisoning whole communities (usually communities of color) with mercury pollution from power plants.
We need ever Senator who cares about the planet to vote against Wheeler this week. If we convince Senators this is a litmus-test on energy and environment, we’ll have a much better chance when it comes time to prosecute the Trump team for their corruption, collusion with polluters, and criminal neglect of our climate.
More than 12,000 198 methods supporters have signed a petition opposing Wheeler. And we know this strategy can work because Wheeler’s vote in committee was on party lines. Now, I need your help to melt the phones in the Senate with calls opposing Wheeler.
Click or call (202) 224-3121 and tell your Senators you want them to vote NO on making climate-wrecking coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler the permanent head of EPA.
Last year, we convinced every Senate Democrat to vote against a Trump nominee for FERC. Now, we’re trying to repeat that vote with Wheeler – and maybe add a few Republicans too since some of them have voiced concerns about Wheeler.
Need a little more on Wheeler? No problem, we’ve got you covered in the blog. You can also mention that, just this month, Wheeler said that the Green New Deal would threaten the entire electric grid – belying both a failure to understand how Renewable Energy works, and willingness to lie to the press in service of the Trump administration and the coal industry.
If you’re ready, click here or call (202) 224-3121 and tell your Senators you want them to vote NO on making climate-wrecking coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler the permanent head of EPA. And don’t forget to call back, everybody has two Senators!
Next month, representatives from every country in the world will meet to decide how to implement the Paris Agreement at the COP24 UN climate talks. Donald Trump is the only world leader to have rejected the agreement, and the science of Climate Change.
And Trump is coordinating with fossil fuel companies, polluters and dictators to block progress at the climate talks.
The most recent report from UN Scientists clearly shows that we have only 12 years to achieve a massive transformation in our entire energy economy. The People’s Demands for Climate Justice is one such solution. And I need your help to make sure it’s seen and read by all the delegates before millions of people around the world experience climate devastation.
Our best chance is to demonstrate a groundswell of support for the People’s Demands for Climate Justice — a joint global call to government delegates demanding that this year’s climate talks actually lead to meaningful, just climate solutions. Will you sign on with thousands of people from around the world right now?
These demands have been shaped by people’s movements from around the world that are directly experiencing climate change’s impacts. Early supporters include the Indigenous Environmental Network and Plataforma Boliviana frente al Cambio Climatico.
We need to show that people everywhere, including in the U.S., widely echo and support these demands.
Please add your name now to demonstrate your support — and to ensure that the Paris Agreement isn’t weakened by Trump and his fossil-fuel cronies.
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 Plan — Obama’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