Bad news & why we fight on

Bad news first: This week the Senate confirmed Kelly Craft to serve as Trump’s corrupt, climate-denying ambassador to the United Nations. The vote was mostly along party lines with only five Democrats betraying their principles, values and common sense vote for Craft.

There’s no upside to Craft being approved. But the vote frames two important reasons why we fight, and how we will fight on:

  1. It’s not our last chance to hold Craft accountable, and just like we fought the nominations of Rex Tillerson, Scott Pruitt, and Ryan Zinke – only to eventually get them to resign or be fired later – we need to keep at it until every member of this corrupt regime is impeached, removed, and gone.
  2. The five Democrats who voted for Craft – Sens. Maggie Hassan (NH.), Joe Manchin (WV.), Chris Murphy (CT), Jeanne Shaheen (NH) and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) – are still a problem, but they’re a vanishing breed. We need to keep pushing, and to hold these Democratic turncoats accountable.

So thank you to everyone who signed and shared and called and demanded action. We lost this battle, but the war for our future and climate goes on – and I believe that we can win.

If you believe it too, chip in $1.98 or more to support us, and we’ll lay out some of our plans and goals below the fold.

So, Kelly Craft, corrupt owner of coal mines and climate-denier-except-when-she-doesn’t is headed to the UN? Well, so are we. The next UN general assembly is just over a month away, and a lot of eyes will be on New York.

Greta Thunberg, the teenage campaigner whose started the global school climate strike movement is headed there by sailboat. And a global series of strikes and actions are planned for the week of September 20-28, right when Craft will be showing up to work at the UN.

More updates and details are coming soon – this week in fact. So stay tuned for updates and if you can, chip in $1.98 or more to support our organizing.

Just as important, Congress is home in their districts for the next 6 weeks. If you live in NH, WV, CT, NH or AZ, make sure to contact your Senator at a town hall meeting or public forum and tell them you’re sick and tired of Democrats enabling Trump’s climate-wrecking agenda.

Rex Tillerson and Scott Pruitt, two other famously corrupt Trump cronies who eventually resigned or were forced out, received only one or two Democratic votes in confirmation. Which makes Craft’s confirmation a troubling sign of back-sliding in the party.

As this excellent article from Dave Roberts at Vox points out, it’s becoming a bit of a fashion for Democrats to pledge big changes and actions on climate change, but always just far enough in the future that they never have to be held accountable.

They may think they’ve found a way to talk big on climate without any action or consequence, but we know better. Craft’s nomination was hustled through because she’s a long time donor and friend of Mitch McConnell. But when we’ve had more time to organize opposition – like against Barry Myers, or Trump’s climate denying FERC nominees – we’ve shown that we can be effective.

So if you’re game to keep fighting every nomination, every time, and deprive Trump of his enablers, chip in $1.98 or more and help us keep fighting.

Like I said, there’s no silver lining to Craft being confirmed. A corrupt, climate-denying UN ambassador is just a terrible idea, and even worse in practice. But we’ve got more opportunities to fight coming up soon, and when we fight, we can win. I hope you’ll stay in this fight for our climate and common home with me.

UN Fit to lead. Stop Kelly Knight Craft nomination.

UPDATE – Bad news: As expected the Senate Foreign relations committee voted to approve Kelly Craft to be UN Ambassador despite her being a corrupt, UN-qualified, climate denier.

Even more disturbing, Three Democrats — Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, Chris Coons and Chris Murphy— joined every Republican to approve her, despite the fact that she spent most of her time as Canadian Ambassador abandoning her post to spend time in Kentucky and Oklahoma, where she and her husband own several coal mines.

It’s bad enough that Craft is headed to the full Senate for Confirmation this week, where her old friend Mitch McConnell will try and ram through her nomination as a pay-back for all the dirty coal money she’s donated to Republican campaigns. But to think that Democrats might enable the Trump team’s lawless, corrupt, climate denying administration again after all we’ve seen in the last two years. Well, it makes me so mad I could spit nails.

But it hasn’t happened yet – if you haven’t already, please sign here to tell the Senate to reject Kelly Knight Craft’s nomination, she’s UN-fit to represent us at the United Nations. Then, use the share tools below, and/or call your Senator right away at (202) 224-3121 and tell them that Craft is UN-fit to represent us at the United nations.

UPDATE – Mitch McConnell is trying to force a vote on Craft’s nomination this week. This. Is. A. Terrible. Idea.But,…

Posted by 198 Methods on Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Donald Trump has nominated Kelly Knight Craft, the wife of coal baron whose family still owns coal mines and is a major Republican donor, to be our next ambassador to the United Nations. This. Is. A. Terrible. Idea.

I don’t have to tell you that The United Nations (UN) is an essential partner in the global fight to stop climate chaos. The UN is the arbiter of the Paris climate agreement, and has unique leverage over the nations of the world to cut pollution and steer us toward a more just and sustainable future.

Kelly Knight Craft is a coal baron, a friend to Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump, and was given the plum assignment of US Ambassador to Canada basically because she has given a huge amount of money to Republican candidates and causes, including Trump. While serving as US Ambassador, she has frequently violated ethics rules and mores to a shocking (even in the Trump era) degree – skipping work at an alarming rate and charging taxpayers for expensive private jets. In one instance, an email from the EPA to Ambassador Craft was replied to by her husband, coal magnate Joseph Craft.

Sign here to tell the Senate to reject Kelly Knight Craft’s nomination, she’s UN-fit to represent us at the United Nations.

No only is Craft a corrupt swamp-monster with a financial stake in pollution, she’s a fair-weather Climate Denier. She previously claimed that she believes in “both sides of the science” when it comes to the climate. But in an attempt to salvage her nomination before the US Senate, she claimed to believe the science and called for action.

Oh and, not that it matters to the Trump team, but she’s wildly unqualified. UN Ambassadors have to negotiate and represent us every day with dozens of countries and heads of state. But Craft has virtually no diplomatic experience. She had a symbolic post under President George W. Bush and 18 months as US Ambassador to Canada.

And yet, as much of the country swelters under a record-setting heat wave, Congress will return next week and consider Craft’s nomination for a THIRD time. We’ve already seen what Rex Tillerson, the former Exxon CEO, did when given a chance to lead the state department. Or what Andrew Wheeler, a formal coal lobbyist, has done with leadership at the EPA

We deserve a UN Ambassador who will support solutions to climate change, believes in the importance of humanitarian aid, and will be at least physically present to make important decisions on the world stage.

Sign the petition: Demand the Senate reject Kelly Knight Craft’s nomination.

About that Republican Carbon Tax

Editorial boards everywhere are positively swooning over the dulcet crooning of a new boy band called The Climate Leadership Council (CLC). That’s right, the carbon tax band is back together! But as usual, for backers of a carbon tax, the editorial boards are missing a fundamental truth: Climate change will not be solved by a bipartisan consensus of old white men. And we know this is so because 1) We’ve heard all this before; 2) This isn’t a sincere attempt to solve climate change, it’s grandstanding by paid pundits; and 3) Sincere, workable plans to solve climate change exist, but they’re never written by bipartisan old white men from the pundit class.

more “About that Republican Carbon Tax”

Reject Rex

Trump_Climate_Denial_CabinetFirst of all – great job on Monday with the #DayAgainstDenial events. Thousands of people rallied in all 50 states – marching, meeting with senators, demanding accountability for the least ethical, most racist, least qualified, and most climate-denying cabinet ever nominated. Those actions (which many of you attended) gathered media attention around the world – and they helped demonstrate a fierce resistance to Trump’s plans to govern in defiance of facts, science, and common decency.

But we can’t rest on our laurels – Trump and Republican leaders in the Senate are trying to ram through confirmation hearings on four nominees today. ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson is testifying today and is probably the highest profile, but certainly not the only, dangerous nominee.

To stop Rex Tillerson, or any of these nominees, we need every Democrat in the Senate and at least 3 Republicans to vote against them.

There’s good news: Some Republicans like McCain, Graham, and Rubio have voiced hesitations about Tillerson. We can win, but we need to put pressure on these senators.

Call your senators TODAY: Call the Senate switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and tell your senators to oppose the nomination of Rex Tillerson, Jeff Sessions, and ALL of Trump’s racist and climate-denying cabinet nominees. You can click here to tell us how it went, and also get links to more resources for contacting your senators.

We need to make sure every senator knows that the climate is changing and anyone who denies it should not be in the White House cabinet. Here’s who Trump has nominated:

  • Attorney General: Senator Jeff Sessions is best known as a racist (he was once considered too racist to serve on a federal court). But he’s also a Climate Denier, and both facts matters in an Attorney General because the AG oversees a specific unit on Environmental Racism. And as our top cop, Sessions would also have the power to quash investigations of companies like Exxon that lied about climate change.
  • Secretary of State: ExxonMobil’s CEO Rex Tillerson, a top funder of climate denial and attacks on climate action who helped in Exxon’s cover-up of its climate science.
  • Environmental Protection Agency: Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who has spent most of his time in office filing (and losing) lawsuits against the EPA. He even let an oil company write some of his official correspondence.
  • Department of Energy: Former Texas Governor Rick Perry, who is on the board of the company building the Dakota Access Pipeline, and said he wanted to eliminate the agency altogether.
  • Department of Interior: Representative Ryan Zinke, who has been fighting to dig up as much coal, oil, and gas from public lands as possible.

These men (and yes, almost all Trump’s nominees are white men) could do enormous damage in office. Big Oil would effectively be in control of our foreign policy, energy policy, and environmental policy. Senators should reject each of them.

The resistance to Trump is just beginning. In the coming weeks there will also be massive rallies in many cities on January 20, the day of Trump’s inauguration. And there will be many opportunities to fight Trump’s nominees in hearings, and up to 30 hours of floor debate for each nominee. But today’s the day to call and tell your senators to vote no on Session, Tillerson and other nominees who are being given hearings they don’t deserve to serve in posts they are unfit for.

Thanks,
Drew and the 198 methods to stop Trump crew

Day Against Denial – stop Trump’s Cabinet

This week Senators will begin hearings on Donald Trump’s picks for his cabinet — including the climate deniers he’s chosen for every major environment related position in the White House.

Tomorrow, Monday January 9, is our chance to push back. A huge coalition of groups are organizing actions at Senate offices in all 50 states to oppose the Climate Denier Cabinet.

The #DayAgainstDenial will put pressure on every single Senator to stand up against Trump’s reckless picks
— and there’s an event near you in Columbia.

RSVP here for the Day Against Denial action in Columbia on January 9th and help keep Trump’s climate deniers out of the cabinet.

trumps climate denier cabinet
Most Senators don’t have a position yet on Trump’s cabinet choices, and are waiting to hear from their constituents to pick a side.

We need to make sure every Senator knows that the climate is changing and anyone who denies it should not be in the White House Cabinet. Here’s who Trump has nominated:

  • Secretary of State: ExxonMobil’s CEO Rex Tillerson, a top funder of climate denial and attacks on climate action who helped in Exxon’s cover up of its climate science.
  • Environmental Protection Agency: Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who spent most of his time in office filing (and losing) lawsuits against the EPA. He even let an oil company write some of his official correspondence.
  • Department of Energy: Former Texas Governor Rick Perry, who is on the board of the company building the Dakota Access Pipeline, and said he wanted to eliminate the agency altogether.
  • Department of Interior: Rep. Ryan Zinke, who has been fighting to dig up as much coal, oil and gas from public lands as possible.

These men (and yes, almost all Trump’s nominees are white men) could do enormous damage in office. Big Oil would effectively be in control of our foreign policy, energy policy and environmental policy. Senators should reject each of them.

The resistance to Trump is just beginning. In the coming weeks there will also be massive rallies in many cities on January 20, the day of Trump’s inauguration. And there will be many opportunities to fight Trump’s nominees in hearings, and up to 30 hours of floor debate for each nominee. But it’s essential that we start with a bang this Monday – so every Senator knows that the climate movement will show up to stop them.