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Let's Change the World! (CA;NV)

 At the Toiyabe Chapter, our primary purpose is to defend our region's air, water, wildlife, public lands, public health and communities in Nevada, Tahoe and the eastern Sierra. 

(If you are interested in outings, click here.)

Our job is to identify opportunities for you to make a difference. We will be your strong voice at the NV & CA legislatures, at city halls, town councils, in the halls of Congress, and wherever else decisions are made, where we can influence our priorities above. 

But our true power lies in YOU. When caring citizens like you weigh in with public officials, or work together to make a difference in your communities, that's when we change the world. 

The future belongs to those who step up to take action. And our job in the Sierra Club is to connect you with others who also want to make a difference. You can make a difference in as little as 1-2 hours a week.

Check your causes you care about most in the check boxes on the next page. We will contact you only about the issues you care about most.

And if there's something important we don't cover here. Send us an email and let us know.

Stop Rollback of Water Protections! (AZ)

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water supply; adequacy; exemptions (Griffin) weakens the requirements for adequate water supply for subdivisions outside of active management areas (AMAs).
 
Current law allows the boards of supervisors in counties outside of AMAs to unanimously approve a provision to limit approval of the final plat for a subdivision unless the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) director has determined that there is an adequate water supply or the subdivider of the land has obtained a written water service commitment for the subdivision from a city, town, or private water company that has been certified to have an adequate water supply.
 
This bill allows a county board of supervisors that has adopted this adequacy requirement to also rescind the provision unanimously. If the county rescinds the adequacy requirement, it cannot readopt the adequacy provision for five years. 
 
Requiring that subdivisions have adequate water supplies is common sense. Instead of providing a path backwards to eliminate water adequacy requirements, the Arizona Legislature should make it easier for counties to adopt county ordinances that protect homeowners and Arizona’s limited water supply. Better yet, the Arizona Legislature could require that every subdivision in Arizona demonstrate an adequate or assured water supply. This would better protect consumers and our water resources.

Reversal of the adequacy requirements will further harm the San Pedro River, at a minimum, and will also create greater uncertainty for consumers in Cochise County and take Arizona in the wrong direction relative to water planning and further risk our remaining flowing rivers, as well as the people and economies that depend on them.

Please modify the message below and send it to your representatives. Tell them you want more responsible water policies in Arizona.

Thank you!

 
 

Stop the NV Legislature's Water Grab! (NV)

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YOU CAN HELP stop State lawmakers from enabling the largest transfer of groundwater in Nevada history. On Wednesday February 27, at 4 PM, the Assembly’s Natural Resource Committee will hold a hearing on two dangerous bills, AB30 and AB51, which will facilitate the Las Vegas Pipeline and Water Grab

The bills will undermine Nevada water law and aid the Southern Nevada Water Authority in its effort to pump 58 billion gallons of water annually from Eastern Nevada and send it to Las Vegas via a 300-mile, $15.5 billion pipeline. The bills will threaten Nevadan’s due-process rights* (see below) and their rights under the Constitution’s Takings Clause*(see below). The bills will empower deep-pocketed interests, and endanger our scarce water resources, wildlife and wild places. 

Three ways you can oppose these dangerous proposals:
  1. Send this petition to the members of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee before Wednesday;
  2. Attend the Assembly Natural Resource Committee hearing in person. Wednesday, February 27, 4pm, in Nevada Legislature Room 3138. Public live-stream is also available from the Grant Sawyer Building in Las Vegas. You don’t need to speak; simply signing in as "opposed" will convey how important this is.
  3. Go to the Legislature’s website and submit your opposition to the bills. Feel free to use the talking points below.
Tell them to stop the pipeline!
According to the BLM, SNWA’s plan will destroy 305 springs, 112 miles of streams, 8,000 acres of wetlands, and 191,000 acres of shrubland habitat in the heart of the Great Basin.
 
AB30: It gives the Nevada State Engineer unfettered discretion to approve Monitoring, Management, and Mitigation plans (3M) that will all but guarantee the continued over-appropriation of our limited groundwater resources. The bill does not offer long-term due process rights for water users and environmental advocates, ignores climate change, and pushes unsound and scientifically dangerous water permitting schemes that favor deep-pocketed interests over conservation.  

AB51: The bill upends the tenets of Western water law by undermining the Prior Appropriations doctrine and violating the U.S. Constitution’s Taking’s Clause. The bill will attack Nevadans’ property rights (water rights are property rights), incentivize monetary payoffs to approve water permits, and validate unsound mitigation schemes in order to compensate those whose property is being taken –– all of which threaten the public interest, the rule of law, and our environment.     

*Due Process rights. Right now, you have 30 days to appeal a decision in Nevada District Court on a permit granted by the state engineer. What happens if a problem arises on day 31, or in year 6 of a 3M plan? There is nothing spelled out in statute that provides a recourse to someone experiencing harm.   

*Takings occur when a government regulation or action limits the uses of private property to such a degree that the regulation effectively deprives the property owners of economically reasonable use or value of their property to such an extent that it deprives them of utility or value of that property, even though the regulation does not formally divest them of title to it. 

Wind and solar energy are affordable, job-creating technologies. Make sure the Oklahoma legislature supports them! (OK)

The next 90 days will be critical in ensuring the success of Oklahoma’s wind farms and in allowing solar energy to grow.

If we succeed in the legislature, Oklahomans will continue to enjoy the benefits of affordable, job-creating clean energy technology.

But if we fail -- lawmakers could pass dozens of measures to stop and roll back the wind industry. In addition, there are bills in the legislature to kick start the growth of high-tech solar power. Out-of-state coal special interests and their utility friends in Oklahoma are working hard to stop solar.

Please join us in asking your state senator and state representative to support Oklahoma’s vital wind industry, and to fight back against efforts to stop solar power.

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Fund Clean Transportation in Minnesota (MN)

Governor Walz's budget is a good start, but we need more funding for transit, bicycling, walking, and electric vehicles. 
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Governor Walz released his budget proposal, which is the initial stage in negotiations at the State Legislature and is a big deal as it decides how we spend billions! There’s a lot to support in this budget, as well as some areas in need of improvement. Now is the time for the Governor and your state legislators to hear from you. Send your message and remember to add a personal note, it makes a BIG difference! 

Since transportation is now the leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions in Minnesota, transit, walking, bicycling and electric vehicle funding is the most notable section for the Sierra Club’s legislative priorities. The budget proposes a critically needed increase in funding for faster, more efficient bus service and to purchase 150 new zero emission electric buses.

We applaud these steps in the right direction, but they are not as much as we need to address climate change in our state.

​We need to provide robust transit service, safe and convenient walking and bicycling connections, and accelerate electric vehicle adoption now. Providing these clean transportation options will result in cleaner air, a healthier climate, and help give all Minnesotans equal access to opportunities -- from getting to jobs, school, the doctor, and grocery store.

Email the Governor and state legislators to tell them to fully fund clean transportation options!

Help Protect Endangered Species in Illinois (IL)

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The Illinois Endangered Species Protection Act is at risk of being weakened through the passage of HB 2425 & SB1336. These bills are similar to efforts we were able to defeat last year and we need your help to do it again!

These bills would weaken the expert composition of the Illinois Endangered Species Protection Board by removing qualified scientists, making it hard to protect fragile populations. We must stand on the side of science.

Take action now: ask your state legislators to oppose the rollback of the Illinois Endangered Species Act.

Additionally, these bills would let the Trump Administration call the shots on how to protect endangered species. There could not be a worse time for Illinois to defer to the Trump administration, which is pursuing many anti-wildlife policies, when it comes to protecting our most vulnerable species.

Please ask your State Representative and Senator to oppose the rollback of the Illinois Endangered Species Act. Take action now to ask your state legislators to OPPOSE HB 2425 & SB1336. 

Take Action to Protect Fossil Creek (All States)

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The 17-mile Fossil Creek riparian corridor was designated by Congress as Wild and Scenic in 2009. Now, the Forest Service is in the process of crafting a Comprehensive Resource Management Plan (CRMP) and an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This long-overdue planning effort will guide actions and policies on Fossil Creek for decades.  

 
Fossil Creek is a unique and important water that provides habitat for our imperiled native Arizona fish. It and the surrounding wilderness areas are also popular for many activities, including hiking, birding, fishing, nature study, equestrianism, photography and more.
 
Through the EIS/CRMP, the Forest Service presented a range of alternatives; some emphasizing resource protection with others placing greater emphasis on recreational access. The Forest Service’s preferred alternative, Alternative E, is contrary to the provisions in the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and its requirements to establish outstandingly remarkable values and to develop a plan that protects them. Recreation is grossly over-emphasized throughout the plan, especially in Alternative E. The preferred alternative includes not only visitor numbers inconsistent with protection of all other values; it also calls for infrastructure development to support those numbers that threatens the wild and scenic nature of the corridor.
 
The Forest Service should create and offer as a new alternative provisions found in both Alternative B and Alternative C with some modifications to protect travertine features, water quality, wildlife habitat, and cultural values.

There is one public meeting remaining.
  • Feb. 27, 2019: 5:30-7 p.m., Coconino National Forest Supervisor’s Office, 1824 S.Thompson St., Flagstaff 
Please attend the meeting, if you can, and send a comment to the Forest Service here. Modify and add information on why you care about Fossil Creek. The comment period will close on April 4, 2019.
Thank you!

 

Help Restore our Salmon and Orca by Increasing Spill! (WA)

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Southern Resident orca are one of the most endangered marine mammals in the world. The Chinook salmon populations these whales rely on for food are just a remnant of their former levels, leaving these whales with far less to eat.

The decline of salmon populations across the Northwest is complex, but the most significant factor is the degradation of salmon habitat--particularly the damming of its rivers. Large reservoirs on the Columbia and Snake rivers make it difficult for young salmon to quickly and safely migrate to the ocean where they can mature into adults. Decades of scientific research show that spill is the safest way for juveniles to reach the ocean and return as adults in subsequent years. In turn, this supports the Southern Resident orca populations, which migrate down to the mouth of the Columbia to feed in the spring.

The survival of our Southern Resident orca depends on restoring our Chinook salmon populations. We must push for increased spill at the federal dams on the Snake and Columbia rivers because it is our most effective, near-term way to increase salmon populations and feed our starving orca.

Tell your Representative to vote YES on the Every Kid Outdoors Act! (All States)

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Today, our kids are spending an average of just four to seven minutes playing outside every day -- a trend that could do long-term damage to their physical and mental health. Steep entrance fees and high transportation costs can make our parks inaccessible to low-income families, but the Every Kid Outdoors Act, as part of S. 47, would help remove those barriers.

Take action: Tell your Representative to vote YES on the Every Kid Outdoors Act, by passing the public lands package. 

Last week, the U.S. Senate passed the Natural Resources Management Act, S. 47, voting to protect more than 2 million acres of public lands with an overwhelming show of bipartisan support: 92-8 -- and the Every Kid Outdoors Act was part of the package deal. 

Now this bill moves to the House, where we expect a floor vote by the end of the month. Send a message to your Representative today -- tell them to vote YES so that 4th graders can explore their public lands as part of the Every Kid Outdoors program.

In addition to formally authorizing the Every Kid Outdoors program, this bill will:

  • Permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund;
  • Strengthen conservation career pathways for youth and young veterans
  • Designate 724,628 acres of wilderness in southern Utah;
  • Designate a new National Monument in Mississippi in honor of civil rights leader Medgar Evers;
  • Creates Wilderness and Mineral Withdrawals in New Mexico, Washington state, Montana, Oregon and California; and designates Wild and Scenic Rivers in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. 

All told S. 47 would protect more than 2 million acres of public lands across the country.  

This bill takes historic steps forward in protecting and investing in our public lands and our children -- two of our nation’s greatest treasures. The chances look good for it to pass, but we’re not taking anything for granted. 

Playing outside is one of the best parts of being a kid. Send a message urging your Representative to vote YES on the Every Kid Outdoors Act and keep the outdoors accessible for fourth graders and their families!

*To amplify the impact of your voice, consider adding a personal message to your Representative explaining why getting kids outdoors is important to you and why you hope they will support access for more families.*

Green New Deal Week of Action Drop-By Visits (All States)

When the Green New Deal launched two weeks ago, Mitch McConnell and his Big Oil buddies were caught off guard by the huge amount of public support for this bold vision.

Underlying their effort to dismiss the Green New Deal is a real fear that the popular movement to fight climate change and inequality jeopardizes their hold on power.

Oil Money Mitch's latest ploy is forcing a rushed Senate vote on the Green New Deal resolution in an attempt to stall public momentum and sow division among Democrats. With a likely vote coming up the week of February 25th, we need to make sure Mitch McConnell regrets playing dirty with something this important, and sees just how much support there is for the Green New Deal. 

Sign up to drop by your senators' or representative's offices to ask them to support the Green New Deal resolution!

Our Drop-By Visit Toolkit has everything you need, including step by step instructions:

1. Look up the location for your member of Congress' office.
2. Find a friend to go with you, ideally on Monday the 25th or Tuesday the 26th. 
3. Print out information to leave behind at the office. (We provide this in the toolkit.)
4. Do the thing! Go meet with your member of Congress or their staff and ask them to sign on to the Green New Deal resolution. 
5. Take a photo of your visit (selfies are great!) to document it.
6. Send your photos to chelsea.watson@sierraclub.org!

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Keep Our Streams Clean! Stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (VA)

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Act now to demand a stop to the damage and a stop to construction of the pipeline. Even now, after MVP has been sued by the Virginia Attorney General for breaking the law over 300 times, streams are still flowing red with sediment pollution. MVP’s failed erosion control devices, careless construction, and blatant disregard for Virginia’s mountain terrain and sensitive ecosystems have led to this.

Now it’s time for the State Water Control Board to step in and rescind the Water Quality permit for the MVP, starting at their March 1 meeting.

Rescinding the permit prevents further damage to our streams and rivers. If work is not stopped, sediment pollution and severe damage to our waters will continue. The Board should act fast to rescind the permit.

The construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) has polluted our streams with sediment, killing fish and aquatic life.

Tell your state senator: No blank checks for monopoly utilities! (IN)


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Monopoly utilities are seeking a blank check from state legislators to spend their customers’ money through House Bill 1470. HB 1470 strengthens the utilities’ stranglehold over Indiana regulators and allows them to raise bills at a whim through additional fees on your bills called “trackers.” The bill steals more power from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) - a body that is entrusted to serve as a check on utilities’ monopoly power.

Tell your state senator: Vote no on HB 1470! No more blank checks for monopoly utilities!

National actions to support a Green New Deal! (All States)

Mitch McConnell and the fossil fuel industry were caught off guard by the sudden interest in a Green New Deal. Underlying their effort to dismiss the Green New Deal resolution is a real fear that the popular movement to address climate change and inequity jeopardizes their hold on power.

Oil Money Mitch's latest gambit is forcing a rushed Senate vote on the GreenNew Deal resolution in an attempt to stall public momentum and sow division among Democrats.1

With just days before a likely vote, join a local action near you asking key senators to support a Green New Deal!

Colorado: Senator Cory Gardener 
Tuesday, February 26 at 10:00 AM
Sen. Gardener's office, 2001 S. Shields Street, Fort Collins, CO
Event details not yet confirmed. Sign up for more details.

Georgia: Senator David Perdue

Friday, February 22 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
3280 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 2640, Atlanta, GA

Iowa: Senator Joni Ernst
Tuesday, February 26 at 2:00 PM
Senator Ernst’s office, 111 Seventh Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, IA

Tuesday, February 26 at 2:00 PM
Neal Smith Federal Building, 210 Walnut St, Des Moines, IA

Kansas: Senator Jerry Moran
Tuesday, February 26 at 12:30 PM
Senator Moran's office, 1900 College Boulevard Suite 203, Overland Park, KS

Maine: Senator Susan Collins
Tuesday, February 26 at 3:00 PM
TBD, Portland or Augusta, ME
Event details not yet confirmed. Sign up for more details.

Missouri: Senator Roy Blunt
Tuesday, February 26 from 3:45 PM to 5:00 PM
Sen. Blunt's office, 1123 Wilkes Boulevard Suite 320, Columbia, MO

Montana: Senator Steve Daines
Wednesday, February 27 at 3:00 PM
Sen. Daines' Office, 222 North 32nd Street, suite 900, Billings, MT

North Carolina: Senator Thom Tillis
Tuesday, February 26 at 1:45 PM
Moore Square, 200 S Blount Street, Raleigh, NC

South Carolina: Senator Tim Scott
Monday, February 25 at 12:00 PM
Sen. Scott’s office, 1901 Main St., Columbia, SC

Tennessee: Senator Lamar Alexander
Tuesday, February 26 at 1:45 PM
Sen. Alexander's office, 3322 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN

Tuesday, February 26 at 4:30 PM
Sen. Alexander's office, Howard H. Baker, Jr., U.S. Courthouse 800 Market Street, #112, Knoxville, TN

Can't Come to Hartford for Climate Action Lobby Day? Take Action Online! (CT)

On February 21st environmental activists from around Connecticut are gathering to urge state Senators and Representatives to take action on climate.  If you couldn't come to Hartford in person, you can take part by contacting your legislators today.  Fill out your information and send a message to let your legislators know what they can do to address the issue of climate change.

Add your name and tell PREPA we want clean, reliable solar -- not dirty fossil fuels. (PR)

PREPA, our public utility, has just released an Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) describing how they will invest and rebuild over the next twenty years.

The IRP shows an increasing reliance on distributed, reliable, renewable solar power and battery storage, including a target of 2220 megawatts (MW) of solar energy and 1080 MW of energy storage. The plan also includes a goal of creating microgrids to support rural areas.

Solar -- distributed, renewable, reliable -- is exactly the direction our island's energy infrastructure needs to go, but PREPA's plan also includes three new import terminals for liquified natural gas.

Add your name and tell PREPA we want clean, reliable solar -- not dirty fossil fuels.

Join SierraAction (MN)

Minnesota is our home. Join us to build our political power so we can protect our communities and environment. 
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Together we did amazing work in 2018 -- bringing in many new voices to the MN legislature and setting the stage for future victory. SierraAction is the team working to turn this momentum into real action. Sign-up to get regular invitations to events and actions.  We need you!  

SierraAction volunteers support: 

  • Calling other Sierra Club supporters to ask them to contact their representatives on timely bills.
  • Attending public hearings at the capitol
  • Writing letters to the editor
  • Hosting house parties
  • And more 
The key legislative priorities SierraAction works to support are: 
  • A commitment by the state to achieve 100% Clean Energy by 2050 
  • Dedicated, long-term funding for transit, bicycling and walking
  • A Prove it First Sulfide Mining Policy to protect our waters. 
  • Read more about our legislative priorities here. 
Please add your name to this form to join the team and get regular invitations to events and actions.  We need you!  

You can join the team remotely and take action from anywhere in Minnesota! 

Tell AQMD to adopt strong rule 1410 (All States)

Dear South Coast Air Quality Management District Board,
I ask that the SCAQMD adopt a strong Rule 1410 mandating MHF replacement with a safe alternative as expeditiously as possible. I oppose any agreement between the SCAQMD and refineries that allows HF/MHF alkylation to continue.  Mitigation systems might reduce but can’t eliminate the effects of a larger MHF release and could fail completely.
HF/MHF alkylation is too great a risk in LA County, which is the most densely populated urban area in the US and an earthquake hotspot. The US CSB and SCAQMD have both affirmed that a MHF release could be catastrophic, killing tens of thousands and permanently harming hundreds of thousands. Evacuation is impossible due to high population density.
I oppose the MOU approach; we need a formal Rule 1410. An MOU would hide the dangers of MHF from public scrutiny for a third time. Two similar government efforts to eliminate HF alkylation hazards failed: the 1990 Torrance-Mobil Consent Decree and 2003 SCAQMD-Valero MOU.  We can’t afford another failure.
Commercially viable and affordable alternatives are available. No extra time should be allotted for new technology.   Residents have been trying to eliminate HF alkylation since 1987. 35 years is a long enough transition time.
 

Don’t Let Governor Justice Change the Rules of the Game for Pipelines! (All States)

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is currently considering modifications to the 401 Water Quality Certification for US Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide Permits that would make it easier for pipeline developers to destroy our waters. Those proposed changes are an unlawful attempt by the Justice Administration to overturn court victories we won in challenges to the Mountain Valley Pipeline and Atlantic Coast Pipeline.  Don’t let Governor Justice change rules only because a polluter cannot comply with them!

 

Take action NOW, tell DEP no rule changes for polluters!

Tell Your Legislators: Support the HEAL Act! (WA)

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Environmental health hazards disproportionately impact communities of color and low-income communities.
From air pollution to water contamination, factors like race, income, and location make some communities more susceptible to health and safety issues.


But, merely acknowledging inequity is insufficient. We can only truly build an equitable, green future for all of Washington State if we address systemic inequities and environmental health disparities. Together we can rectify a history of environmental injustice by supporting the Healthy Environment for All (HEAL) Act which was introduced in both the Senate and the House (Senate Bill (SB) 5489 and House Bill (HB) 2009). This bill will commit state agencies to the fight for environmental justice by providing a framework for understanding the basis of these disparities and incorporating an equity lens when making strong public policy, enforcement, and investment decisions.


We have a shared responsibility to ensure that every Washingtonian has the right to a healthy living environment. Please take a moment to send a message to your legislator in support of the HEAL Act.

Tell the Maryland House to vote YES on HB 275 to ban chlorpyrifos! (MD)

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Tell the House of the Maryland General Assembly to pass HB 275 and ban chlorpyrifos, the dangerous neurotoxic pesticide which is being applied in our state! 
Chlorpyrifos has been found to harm brain development in young children, devastate bees, and decimate fish and the insect populations that many birds rely upon.

House legislators can protect our environment and the health of Marylanders, especially our children, by passing this bill to end the use of toxic chlorpyrifos.

Send a message to your House legislators urging their support for the chlorpyrifos bill. Add a personal note in your own words, so they know why it's so important for them to represent you and all of Maryland by voting yes!

Thank the CA Energy Commission for their landmark vote in support of clean, zero-emission, all-electric homes and buildings (CA)

Buildings are among the top three largest sources of climate pollution in California and roughly 90% of residential and commercial buildings in California use gas. But, on Wednesday morning, February 20, the California Energy Commission (CEC) unanimously approved a groundbreaking report calling for clean, zero-emission, all-electric homes and buildings.

Phasing out gas use in buildings is a major gap in California’s climate policy, and the report serves as a call to action for state and local policymakers and utilities alike. Send a message to the CEC thanking them for demonstrating bold climate leadership by charting a path to 100% clean energy homes and buildings and saying ‘no’ to more gas.

In order to stave off the worst impacts of climate change, we must drastically reduce gas use in our homes and buildings by replacing old gas appliances with climate-friendly electric alternatives that can be powered with clean energy. And this all needs to happen within a decade. Gas appliances in our homes and buildings consume more gas than all of California’s power plants and are a major source of climate and air pollution.  

As we shift to zero-emission electric appliances, we can replace fracked gas with clean energy, improve air quality and safety, slash climate pollution, and save energy and money on our utility bills.

Thank you California Energy Commission

 

Tell Governor Whitmer: Move Forward On Executive Order (MI)

Governor Gretchen Whitmer sent a strong, clear message in her State of the State address on February 12 that fighting climate change, protecting public health and the Great Lakes, and assuring that the people of Michigan have clean drinking water are top priorities for her administration. Just two days later, the Michigan Legislature struck down her Executive Order that would have created the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.

But this fight is far from over.

Please take a moment to urge Governor Whitmer to move ahead with creating the new Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, move forward in fighting climate change and restoring the voice of our state's people by creating the Public Advocates for Clean Water and for Environmental Justice.

Let Colorado leaders know it’s time for more protection from fracking. (CO)

The practice of fracking for oil and gas has exploded in Colorado in the past decade, encroaching on homes, neighborhoods, and schools. The oil and gas industry in Colorado has enjoyed virtually unrestricted access to Colorado land, operating under outdated regulations and a poor enforcement system designed in the 1940s.

Loopholes and poor enforcement of current standards, combined with the rapid expansion of oil and gas development, have put the lives and safety of Coloradans at risk for years. Coloradans face immediate risks from fracking operations, and longer term impacts to our health and climate from fracking pollution. According to studies from scientists with the National Center for Atmospheric Research and NASA, pollution from oil and gas operations is one of the largest contributors to smog pollution along Denver’s Front Range. Other studies found that smog from oil and gas extraction in Colorado contributed to an average of more than 32,000 asthma attacks for children in our state each summer.

The lack of common sense, modern protections from fracking for oil and gas in Colorado has endangered the health of our children and put firefighters, police, and other first responders in harm's way. It's time for change. It's time for Colorado’s public officials to act.

We need your help to safeguard Colorado’s natural resources for present and future generations. Colorado's leaders need to hear from you that it’s time for stronger protections and accountability for the oil and gas industry in Colorado.  Will you send an email to your Colorado legislators today? With your help, we can ensure that the health and safety of Coloradans come first.

Toma Acción: ¡No dejes que derroten al Monumento Nacional de las Sequoias Gigantes! (All States)

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La declaración de emergencia de Donald Trump, para que pueda construir su muro racista en la frontera, es un uso ilegal de la autoridad ejecutiva. No hay crisis en la frontera (excepto la que él ha creado). Tenemos tres ramas de gobierno iguales.

El Congreso controla cuándo y cómo se gasta el dinero, no el presidente. Si el presidente quiere dinero para su proyecto de vanidad racista, entonces tiene que conseguir que el Congreso lo apruebe. La gente ha hablado, y no queremos un muro fronterizo racista y ambientalmente desastroso. Y ciertamente no queremos pagar por ello. Son el único cheque que queda contra una Casa Blanca cada vez más fuera de control.

El Congreso puede, y debe, anular cualquier declaración presidencial de emergencia con un simple voto. Es hora de recuperar nuestro poder. 

Dígale al Congreso que anule la falsa declaración de Trump.

The Line 3 pipeline legal appeal continues! Thank Gov. Walz and Lt. Gov. Flanagan (All States)

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We keep building momentum. Thousands of us called for the Army Corps to give us more time for public input on the Line 3 permit, and we got it. Thousands of us called on Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan to continue with the legal appeal we fought so hard for under their predecessors, and we got it.

Make no mistake, neither of these wins were guaranteed. If thousands of us hadn't stepped up, we could be in a much different position today. Now, Gov. Walz and Lt. Gov. Flanagan need to hear from you --  so they'll know we'll have their back when they make the hard choices needed to realize a clean, just energy future, and  to stop this dirty Line 3 tar sands pipeline once and for all.

Send a message to Gov. Walz and Lt. Gov. Flanagan to thank them for doing the right thing. 

Tell Your Representative to Protect Over 2 Million Acres of Public Lands (All States)

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The Natural Resources Management Act, S. 47, would protect more than 2 million acres of public lands. The bill passed with an overwhelming show of bipartisan support, proving once again that our public lands are America's common ground. Now this bill to protect moves to the House, where we expect a floor vote by the end of the month and we need your help.

Take action: Tell your Representative to vote YES on the public lands package.

The Natural Resources Management Act, S. 47 will:

  • Permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund;

  • Congressionally establish the Every Kid Outdoors program;

  • Designate 724,628 acres of wilderness in southern Utah;

  • Designate a new National Monument in Mississippi in honor of civil rights leader Medgar Evers;

  • Creates Wilderness and Mineral Withdrawals in New Mexico, Washington state, Montana, Oregon and California; and designates Wild and Scenic Rivers in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Send a message to your Representative today: Encourage them to support the Natural Resources Management Act, S. 47. Add a personal personal message about the national park, monument, or other public lands you love and why. Let them know why you think the outdoor spaces should be around for all to enjoy and explore for generations to come.

Tell your Louisiana colleges and universities to make EV charging available for all of their students. (All States)

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Each year, American passenger cars and trucks, through vehicle tailpipe and oil extraction and transport emissions, spew upwards of three trillion tons of carbon pollution into the air by burning about 121 billion gallons of gasoline. In addition to worsening climate change, our dangerous dependence on oil has resulted in countless catastrophes like the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In almost in every region of the country, carbon emissions from the electricity sources used to power EVs are lower than the emissions from conventional cars (doing a full lifecycle analysis).

But the possibility to adding to these gains remains largely out of reach for a large portion of the new vehicle-buying population: recent high school graduates.  Many families choose to send their new grads off to college with a new vehicle (or, at least, new to the kid). Todays high school graduates care about the environment and often want to make a more environmentally-friendly choice in their transportation; however, lack of EV charging stations on college campuses remains a barrier nationwide to EV ownership for college students. Students who live in dorms would need an EV charging station near their dorm to make EV ownership realistic. Students who rent locally are prevented in most cases as renters, rather than property owners, from installing EV chargers at these residences. These students would require on-campus parking garages equipped with EV chargers in order to own an EV.

Speak up - ask Louisiana colleges and universities to provide EV charging stations at all dorms and parking garages on their campuses.
 

Make EV ownership accessible for our state’s future leaders!

Prove it First: Protect Minnesota's water and communities (All States)

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New proposals to mine for copper and nickel and sulfide ore threaten to pollute our water for generations, destroy sensitive wetlands and habitat, and expose downstream communities to new and unreasonable risks.  Sulfide ore mining has never been done in Minnesota; the first sulfide mining proposal, PolyMet, is going through the final approval process.  The mine tailings dam that PolyMet is proposing utilizes the same cheap and obsolete construction practices as the dam that collapsed in Brumadinho, Brazil in January 2019, tragically killing over 157 people -- and PolyMet's Environmental Impact Statement shows that water at the mine site would require treatment for 500 years or more. 

Minnesota needs a Prove it First law to prohibit metallic sulfide mines until they have been proven safe through long-term operation and closure of similar mines elsewhere. In 1999, the Wisconsin Legislature passed Prove it First, which remained in place until its repeal in 2017.

Ask your legislator to protect Minnesota's communities and precious resources for future generations! 

Tell your legislator: It's time to pass a strong Clean Energy Jobs bill! (OR)

It is long past time for Oregon to take bold action on climate. Now finally, we have an opportunity to pass the Clean Energy Jobs bill in the 2019 Legislative Session, to begin tackling the urgent and immense problem of climate change. The cap-and-invest system set up by the Clean Energy Jobs bill (House Bill 2020) not only guarantees harmful pollution will be reduced, but it will also strengthen our economy with living-wage jobs at the same time. We hope this bill is just the beginning of the Oregon Legislature taking the threat of the climate crisis seriously. And while we are advocating for it to be strengthened in many ways, we need your help to see it through to the finish line.

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The initial version of HB 2020 provides a great start for where Oregon needs to be leading on climate action, but it still needs to be strengthened - and that’s where we all come in. Over the next few weeks, the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction (the committee that wrote HB2020) is hearing comments from constituents about the bill. 

We can make polluters pay for the damage they are doing to our climate. We can create thousands of jobs in the clean energy economy. And we can bring in hundreds of millions of dollars to invest in our communities. But we need your help to do so. Please join us in making your voices heard, by sending a message here to your legislators or giving them a call! We can make this bill stronger, and we can make sure it passes.

Tell the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council to approve large-scale offshore wind! (RI)

If the Vineyard Wind offshore wind project is approved it will be the Nation’s first large-scale offshore wind project. It will create an entirely new, responsible ocean industry and jobs to secure our future and help protect the climate by delivering affordable clean energy for New England families and businesses.
 
But dirty energy companies and their allies in Congress and the Trump administration would like nothing better than to see the Vineyard Wind offshore wind project rejected this month.
 
Tell the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council to approve Vineyard Wind offshore wind project and help make history!
 
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URGENT: Tell Congress: Overturn Trump's Illegal Emergency Declaration, No Border Wall (All States)

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Donald Trump's declaration of emergency -- so he can build his racist border wall -- is an illegal use of executive authority. There is no crisis at the border (except the one he has created).

We have three equal branches of government. Congress controls when and how money is spent -- not the president. If the president wants money for his racist vanity project, then he has to get Congress to approve it.

The people have spoken -- and we do not want a racist, environmentally-disastrous border wall. And we certainly don't want to pay for it.

Congress is a necessary check against an increasingly out-of-control White House. Congress can -- and must -- override any presidential declaration of emergency with a simple vote.

It's time to take our power back. Tell Congress to overturn Trump's phony declaration.

TVA Continues Transition Away from Coal. Take Action to Support Equitable Next Steps. (AL;GA;KY;MS;NC;TN)

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Board of Directors voted for a plan to phase out two old, polluting, uneconomic coal-fired power plants -- the Bull Run plant in Anderson County, Tennessee, and the Paradise plant in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.

Before Bull Run and Paradise officially stop operating, TVA has an exciting opportunity to work closely with elected officials, impacted workers, and local residents to prepare fair and equitable economic transition plans for each community.

Send your message to the members of the TVA Board of Directors to let them know you support their decision to phase out these coal plants, and you want them to focus on creating a fair, equitable transition for workers based around clean energy.

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St. Louis 100% Clean Energy Survey (MO)

Unfortunately, most facilities burn wood or wood pellets to generate electricity, which destroy forests andMany cities across the US are transitioning to 100% clean energy. Such a transition can create good local jobs, clean up pollution from fossil fuels, and reduce rates.  

The St. Louis Board of Alderman has made the decision to commit the City to 100% clean energy by 2035. This clean energy will be in the form of wind, solar, and energy efficiency. As a first step, the City will focus on its energy usage to save tax dollars.

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen enacted Resolution 124 also know as 100% Clean Energy.  This resolution would change how we power St. Louis  -- from dirty, expensive coal-burning technology to cheaper, cleaner energy resources.  But they need to hear from you!   can create nearly as much or more carbon pollution, are not covered under this rule

No First Use of Nuclear Weapons (All States)

A nuclear war is unwinnable. Decades of nuclear weapons negotiations are based on the understanding that nuclear weapons are too powerful and too destructive ever to be used.
The current administration has abrogated two nuclear treaties and plans to create a new generation of "low yield" nuclear weapons for "tactical" use.

Threats to use nuclear weapons offensively are dangerous and irresponsible. Congress must intervene by declaring illegal the first use of nuclear weapons as proposed by Representative Adam Smith in his bill, HR 921. 

Our Action Plan to Protect Maryland’s Forests (MD)

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Support legislation to better protect Maryland’s disappearing forests – write your Maryland legislators to urge them to enact a package of three bills to move us forward in this critically important effort.

Forests are the backbone of our environment.  They filter our waters, give us cleaner air, fight climate change, are a wildlife habitat, and improve public health.  But we are losing forests at an alarming rate to development: in 2018 alone, we lost nearly 2,000 football fields of forest land.

The three bills before the General Assembly will:

  • Establish a true "no net loss of forest" standard – Maryland law currently provides for no net loss of forest land, but defines “forest” to include forests and individual trees in urbanized areas.  We must define “forest” as “forest land,” nothing more, nothing less (SB203/HB120).

  • Ensure that when local governments collect tree-replanting fees from developers, they then properly use the fees to replant forest land (SB234/HB 272).

  • Establish a Forest Conservation Task Force to create a comprehensive plan to prevent future forest loss, while protecting economic growth and development (SB729/HB735).

To volunteer, email legislation@mdsierra.org.

Be sure to register for our Annual Lobby Night in Annapolis on February 25th!

Make your voice heard for a Climate Package in the Budget. (All States)

The Vermont Budget should make strategic investments to act on Climate Solutions. Your voice is needed today.

The Vermont House and Senate Committees on Appropriations are seeking public input on the Governor’s Recommended FY2020 State Budget and your voice is needed to ensure Vermont Acts on Climate.

Submit a comment here to sign the online petition requesting the following.

Transportation Electrification
  • Allocate $4.5 million to create an electric vehicle incentive program, prioritizing low- and middle-income Vermonters, using all state VW and Chrysler settlement dollars. This is a good start, however in order to reach Vermont's transportation goals we need to do even more in future years.
  • Dedicate all the remaining federal VW Settlement funds (Appendix D) to electric vehicles and EV infrastructure.
Transportation Study
  • Provide Funding to undertake a robust analysis of the state’s transportation system and develop a transportation and climate pollution reduction strategy that will be ready for action in 2020.
Home Weatherization
  • Double the number of low- and moderate-income homes weatherized every year. Vermont is far behind its goals for this crucial program that assists households with limited incomes to save money, stay warm and reduce carbon emissions.
You can submit our pre-written comments with a personal message and the Sierra Club will deliver your comments to the committee.
 
Or if you are available you can attend in person at one of the community-based public hearings on Monday, February 25, 2019, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the following 5 locations.

Morrisville – People’s Academy High School, Auditorium, top of Copley Avenue
Rutland City – Rutland Public Schools, Longfellow School Building, Board Room
St. Johnsbury – St. Johnsbury House, Main dining room, 1207 Main Street
St. Albans City – St. Albans City School, Library, 29 Bellows Street
Winooski – Community College of Vermont, Room 108, 1 Abenaki Way

An additional location in Springfield will be held from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Springfield – Springfield Town Hall, 96 Main Street, 3rd Floor Conference Room (Selectmen’s Hall) 

If you can't attend you can submit your comments here and we will hand deliver your comments to the committee.

Support 50% Clean Energy in AZ by 2028! (All States)

In 2019 Arizona has a new chance to pursue a clean energy future that benefits the economy and environment of all Arizonans. 

The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) could soon consider a new Renewable Energy Standard (REST) that could bring 50% clean energy to Arizona by 2028. This would be a huge win for America's sunniest state. It would not only benefit our climate, but our economy and electric rates too. 

But the ACC needs to hear our support. The fossil fuel industry will be trying to stop this plan despite the clear benefits to Arizona electric customers and our public lands.

Send your message to the ACC now and tell them why you support 50% clean energy 2028. Your personal testimony will help us win!

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Protect Clean Missouri! Tell your state representatives to respect the will of Missouri voters. (MO)

Last November, Missourians overwhelmingly said YES to Amendment 1 (Clean Missouri), a common sense package of democracy reforms, with 62% voting in favor -- but now our state lawmakers are trying to repeal it.

It's time to fight once again to protect our democracy. Send a message to your representatives and demand they respect our votes and leave Amendment 1 alone!

These lawmakers don't want to listen to us voters. They want to keep partisan gerrymandering in place so they can choose their voters instead of the other way around. They want to keep their sketchy and lucrative relationships with lobbyists. And state Senator Dave Schatz has gone so far as to say “I think the initiative petition itself, there’s a lot more to it than what the standard person can understand." In other words, he thinks that we the people aren't smart enough to know what we voted for!

We know exactly what we voted for, and it's time to make sure our elected officials respect our vote. Send a message and demand your representatives keep Amendment 1 in place.

It's Time to End Connecticut's Dirty Fuel Policies (CT)

Connecticut is ready for a clean energy future, but we can't get there with policies on the books that encourage dirty fuels. "Natural" gas is far more dangerous to the environment than coal and oil.  In fact, shale gas is 97% methane, the second most common greenhouse gas in the atmosphere, and the one that will be most dangerous to the climate over the next 10 years. Methane has 80 to 100 times the global heating potential of carbon dioxide. 

Take a moment today to ask your legislators to end policies that expand gas pipelines (with ratepayer dollars!), and that allow up to 3% methane gas to leak from pipelines.  Also ask them to support a ban on fracked gas waste here in Connecticut. 

Say NO to Any Budget that Raids Special Funds (PA)

Governor Tom Wolf's recent budget proposal will reduce funding from the General Fund for the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources by nearly $58 million. To make up for this funding shortfall, the administration proposes to strip funding from both the Keystone Fund and the Environmental Stewardship Fund (ESF) to balance the budget.

Considering the significant investments needed to improve and maintain our water quality, reduce damage from flooding, and the estimated $1 billion in deferred maintenance for our state parks and forests, we should be investing more, not less, in our communities and our environment.

These funds were established to provide lasting investments and improvements in our communities like stormwater management and flood reduction, land conservation, and outdoor recreation. Currently, these funds cannot meet demand and roughly half of all proposals are rejected due to lack of sufficient funds.

We ask the Governor to reconsider this strategy and for the General Assembly to reject this proposal.

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Stop Fracked Gas in Tampa Bay! #TellTheTruthTECO (FL)



TECO is proposing the largest fossil fuel expansion in county history. Tell Nancy Tower, the CEO of TECO, that you oppose her company’s plans to make us pay for a nearly $1 billion fracked gas plant.

To further add insult to injury, TECO wants to raise a 20-foot sea wall to protect the gas plant from rising seas -- which they are causing by burning fossil fuels! Meanwhile, the water rises higher and higher around the places we love. We must demand better from our utility. We must act now to protect our environment. We need clean, renewable energy now!

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Support Solar Energy In Oklahoma! (OK)

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States across the country with far less solar radiation than Oklahoma have vibrant and lucrative solar markets. Oklahoma’s potential is great but we lag behind other states.
  • Oklahoma ranks 6th in the nation in average peak sunlight hours.
  • Oklahoma ranks 45th in Solar Energy production.
We could be a national leader in solar energy, as we are in wind power. Unfortunately, regulatory barriers and the lack of clear legislative support have hindered the growth of the solar industry in Oklahoma. Current barriers include:
* Uncertainty as to allowable third-party financing alternatives
These leasing arrangements are the most attractive option available to residential consumers looking to invest in solar power.
* Unfair compensation and net metering programs for small scale energy producers
Under Oklahoma’s policy, if the customer produces more electricity than they use in a given month, the excess is donated back to the utility, with no compensation to the customer.
* Technical requirements for interconnections that vary from place to place
Each utility can set their own standards now. We need to standardize the technical requirements for solar energy installations.

Bills have been introduced at the Legislature this year to deal with these issues. HB 2184, SB 525, SB 526, SB 529, SB 530 and SB 952 all address various aspects of these barriers.

These bills are currently pending in the Senate Energy Committee and the House Utilities Committee. But before we can make any progress, they have to get a hearing in the committee before February 28.

We need your help.

Committee chairs have complete control over which bills are heard in their committee. Your legislators can help make that happen - if they hear from enough people. Please send your Senator and Representative a message asking them to support solar energy and help get these solar bills moving. If we take the right steps, we can reap the economic and environmental benefits a strong solar industry has provided many other states. Let’s unleash our solar potential!
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Act on Climate: Urge the NYS Legislature to PASS the CCPA (NY)

There is no denying that climate change is hurting New York. In the past few years the state has been pounded by superstorms, deluged with floods and scorched with record heat due to the advancing effects of a warming planet. Beyond the growing frequency and intensity of severe weather events, New Yorkers will be facing the economic and social costs of dying oceans, agricultural blight, rapid changes to ecosystems, and rising sea levels if we do not work together to significantly reduce carbon emissions.

Send a message to NY lawmakers demanding that they address the urgency of Climate Change by passing the Climate and Community Protection Act (CCPA)!
This groundbreaking legislation will put New York State on the path to 100% renewable energy and set benchmarks and reporting requirements to ensure we are meeting our goals along the way. In addition to systematically reducing greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors, the CCPA will guarantee good jobs and environmental protections for disadvantaged communities, which are often hardest hit by climate change.

Send a message to your Assemblymember, Senator and Governor Cuomo urging them to pass the CCPA! Leaders in Albany have to understand that the direction of the global economy favors those that embrace the financial benefits of renewable energy and efficiency technologies. Those that ignore climate science and adhere to fossil fuel dependency will suffer the adverse economic consequences. Ultimately, if we don’t act resolutely together, irreversible cycles will perpetuate temperature rise and cause out- of-control warming. 

Want to do more?
The NYS Assembly has passed the bill for the past three years and Senate Majority Leader Stewart Cousins has declared that in 2019 “CCPA is the main vehicle through which we will address climate change…..” To this end, Senator Todd Kaminsky, the bill’s Senate sponsor, is holding three public hearings to determine how New York can lead on the fight against climate change through legislation.

We will be rallying outside of each hearing location to show our support for CCPA. Please come and join us! The hearing schedule is as follows: (click on links for more information) Thank you for all you can do to help us pass the Climate and Community Protection Act!

Tell Your Legislators: Support Strong Clean Fuels Standard Legislation! (WA)

Nearly half of our climate changing pollution comes from transportation fuels like diesel and gasoline. But these pollutants aren’t just bad for our planet, they’re also bad for our health. Health professionals have linked these contaminants to respiratory issues ranging from asthma to lung cancer!

However, oil companies have a monopoly on our fuel choices, forcing us to buy the very gasoline and diesel that continue to pollute our air and bodies.

Washingtonians deserve better. The Clean Fuels Standard requires all oil refiners and importers to reduce the carbon intensity of fuels by 10% by 2028 and 20% by 2035. This transition will also support expanded transportation electrification and create more local jobs in the production of low-carbon fuel alternatives.

Send a message to your legislators today and tell them to support the Clean Fuels Standard for Washington!

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Take action to reduce waste and keep our waters clean!  (MN)

Tell your Saint Paul City Council Member to vote yes on a sustainable to-go packaging ordinance. 
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The Saint Paul City Council will be voting on February 20th on an ordinance which will require restaurants and businesses to provide to-go containers that are reusable, recyclable or compostable. This is an important step. It will reduce the creation of plastics and styrofoam. It will reduce the amount of trash going to landfills, or ending up on our streets and in our waters. 

Requiring this via an ordinance will keep everyone on a level playing field. As with any change, we must think about how to create an equitable transition. We support creative means of compliance, including financial support for initial investments especially for small businesses and minority and women owned business, cooperative purchasing, along with educational support. 

Please contact your Council Member and ask them to vote ‘Yes’ on this. Act locally for big change!

Your Help is Needed TODAY to Protect Governor Whitmer’s Bold Public Health and Environmental Plan From Legislative Attacks! (MI)

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On February 4th, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took a bold step to put Michigan back on track on protecting public health, our drinking water and moving our state forward in the fight against climate change. In the three actions, Gov. Whitmer put our state’s future above the greedy interests of polluters who undermined Michigan’s protections for the past eight years.

But Michigan’s legislative leaders want to stop her in her tracks. Listening to powerful lobbyists who want to continue the lax environmental enforcement and rollbacks of public health protections, House Speaker Lee Chatfield and other Republican legislators voted to block Governor Whitmer’s steps to protect the health and well-being of Michiganders. Why? Because they are putting the profits of their donors above a clean and healthy future for Michigan’s children. Now, the Senate could be taking up the same vote real soon! 

We can’t let them succeed!
 
Fill out the form on the right to send an email to your lawmaker or you can call their office directly! Tell them to oppose all efforts to reverse Gov. Whitmer’s actions on toxic chemical PFAS, on climate change and creating the new Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.
 
Here is where to find your legislator’s contact information.

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Join with thousands of Sierra Club members throughout Michigan as we hold Michigan' Legislature accountable for protecting our public health, our communities, the Great Lakes and our future. Click here for more information

La Crosse Area: Let's Commit to Clean Energy! (WI)

Wisconsin will not be immune to impacts of climate change, but we can be part of the solution!  Climate scientists agree that we must limit global temperature increases to 1.5 degrees Celsius to avoid the most destructive and dangerous effects of climate change. This will require net zero carbon emissions by 2050, which means ditching fossil fuels and transitioning to clean, renewable energy.

We can take action on climate change while saving money and creating jobs with clean energy. It's time for the City of La Crosse and La Crosse County to join 100+ cities and 10 counties across the country in their commitments to 100% renewable energy!

St. Louis 100% Clean Energy Survey (MO)


The St. Louis Board of Alderman has made the decision to commit the City to 100% clean energy by 2035. This clean energy will be in the form of wind, solar, and energy efficiency. As a first step, the City will focus on the City’s energy usage to save tax dollars.

The City is currently developing a plan for achieving its 100% clean energy goal and seeks your input.
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Speak out against LG&E and KU's rate hike request! (KY)

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The utilities have filed with the Public Service Commission to raise their mandatory fixed charge by about $4 per month. A typical customer’s monthly bill would be around $16 without even using any electricity! The average residential customer’s bill would rise by around $13.50, or nearly 12%, if the utilities’ requests, PSC Case 2018-00294 (KU) and 2018-00295 (LG&E), are approved.

This anti-consumer and anti-business proposal not only seeks to hike company profits at the expense of Kentucky households, but also rewards energy waste while penalizing those who work hard to be efficient or to generate their own energy. Low-income customers tend to use less energy and stand to lose more under a rate structure that raises fixed monthly charges.

KU/LG&E’s proposal raises revenue at the expense of their most vulnerable and responsible customers. It discourages energy conservation and homeowner investments in clean energy. It restricts the growth of clean energy industries—like solar and energy efficiency—just when Kentucky needs the jobs from those promising industries the most. It will also limit our freedom to choose our energy source by penalizing the use of renewable energy.

Tell the Public Service Commission (PSC) to reject Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities unjust rate increases!

Submit comments to the WV DEP on the Mountaineer Gas Pipeline extension (All States)

We all know by now that we do NOT want Mountaineer Gas to build its pipeline extension to Rockwool, enabling that company to pollute our air and water.  The DEP, however, will only examine a narrow scope of issues pertaining to the pipeline in their public hearing on the 20th.  

Comments to the agency are supposed to cover the “discharge of stormwater during the pipeline construction process.”  If you have previously made a comment to the DEP or the Public Service Commission about Jefferson County’s Karst Geology, those will also be relevant in this comment.

Additionally, the stormwater that could flow from the work area would end up in the Potomac River, by way of Shaw Run, Evans Run and the Opequon Creek.  The Potomac Watershed has seen increasing sedimentation in the past year due to heavy rainfall. It could be said that work on ALL pipelines should be stopped as long as the weather in our region is as wet as it has been.

An increasing number of sinkholes are appearing in our area due to heavy rain and snowfalls this year.

The Danish multinational, Rockwool, encountered sinkholes while doing site work near the proposed pipeline route in September, and was cited for not reporting them to the WV DEP.

Numerous sinkholes have also appeared in the karst regions of Pennsylvania, where the Mariner East 1 pipeline is now in service.

The Mountain Valley Pipeline is also being built through karst in SW Virginia.  Dr. Ernst Kastning, a geologist who lives in the area, warned against building the 42-inch pipeline through the region in a paper written and submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in July of 2016.

On the route of this mammoth pipeline, a new pond has formed at the intersection of Cove Hollow Road and Rt. 460 in Elliston VA.  Mountain Valley Pipeline, which had tried to fill in the pond, was ordered to stop work by the state of Virginia in December, 2018. Eventually, they managed to fill in the pond, but water has since re-emerged at the site.

Becky Crabtree, of Monroe County, WV, also had the Mountain Valley Pipeline built on her property. She believed that even the presence of heavy equipment on the land could cause a sinkhole to open up. “They want to go through the edge of it (sinkhole). You cannot put equipment on this terrain, heavy equipment will crush this. The roofs of these caves are not that deep. The DEP calls this Swiss cheese (because) from space it looks like Swiss cheese.” Ultimately, a sinkhole did appear on her land after the construction.  

In a paper on Karst Geology, Jim Cummins, retired Director of the Living Resources Section at The Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin, explains that (the PDF is the top link on page). “The comparatively low number of streams in our county is because there are many sinkholes and related caverns and conduits draining our landscape, all with little or no filtering of what is running into them. Contaminants can go directly into our groundwater”.  As we know, most of the county uses well-water, so the pipeline construction process could contaminate people’s wells.

Cummins also states that sinkholes can also compromise the safety of the pipeline.  “Not only are the many sinkholes of concern, but also land subsidence, or collapse of land due to changes in the landscape. Land subsidence is the suspected cause of two recent pipeline explosions in our region, one in Marshall County, WV in June and one in Beaver County, PA in September. Subsidence most often occurs when voids in the limestone have been plugged with soils (called “covered karst,” which is what we have in Jefferson County) and those plugs become saturated and eroded due to a change in stormwater runoff, that water softens the plug, collapsing it and overlaying material.”

For more details, you can check the permit application on the DEP website.

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Tell WA Senators: Approve a strong 100% Clean Electricity Bill! (WA)

Momentum for climate action is growing in the Washington State Legislature! Right now your legislators are working on a historic bill and need your support!

Legislation is being voted on in a key committee this week that would bring an end to coal power by 2025 and achieve 100% Clean Electricity by 2045. 

There is no understating how big this is. Fossil fuels are dirty, expensive, and endanger the very future of our planet. This historic legislation will move us toward a sustainable future while fighting climate change, but fossil fuel-friendly utilities and lobbyists are trying to weaken it! That's why your senator needs to hear from you now!

Send a message to your state senator today and tell them to pass strong bill! 

Help Washington go from the Capitol to 100% clean electricity

 

Michigan Lawmakers: Mitigate Climate Change and Invest in Clean Energy (MI)

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In 2016, the Michigan legislature raised our state's renewable energy standard to 15% by 2021 and protected our 1% annual efficiency standard. This was a good start, but we need a stronger proposal in order to truly mitigate climate change. Michigan residents should be entitled to clean air to breathe, clean water to drink and affordable electricity. Depending on dirty fossil fuel energy sources like coal and fracked gas threatens the air we breathe and our Great Lakes, rivers and streams. In addition to harming our health, coal-generated electricity is expensive—coming in at almost twice the cost of recent wind contracts. Clean energy such as wind, solar and energy efficiency are the solution to these problems. 

Please take a moment to ask your legislators to do their part to mitigate climate change and invest in clean energy!

Tell Michigan Lawmakers: Protect the Great Lakes From Manure Pollution (MI)

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Michigan has at least 272 industrial-scale livestock facilities, commonly known as CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations). These aren’t small family-owned operations with a few dozen animals. These are industrial facilities with thousands of animals that produce enormous amounts of waste -- waste that contains a toxic slurry of manure, chemicals, pathogens, and nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus. The nitrogen and phosphorus feed algae blooms like the one that poisoned drinking water for Toledo and southern Michigan in 2014.

A common CAFO practice is to dispose of animal manure by using it to supplement synthetic fertilizer and provide nutrients to farmlands. However, the amount of animal waste produced is normally many times greater than the amount needed by the land, and if applied on frozen or snow-covered ground, it can end up in our rivers, lakes, and streams as runoff or through underground drainage tiles that send it directly to waterways and on to the Great Lakes.

It is time for Michigan lawmakers to outlaw the practice of applying fertilizer, manure, and waste from livestock operations on frozen and snow-covered soil. Complete the form below to send a letter to your lawmakers and the Governor demanding an end to this polluting practice!


 

Tell Governor Whitmer: Move Forward on Executive Order (MI)

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer pictured with activists on the Straits of Mackinac.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer sent a strong, clear message in her State of the State address on February 12 that fighting climate change, protecting public health and the Great Lakes, and assuring that the people of Michigan have clean drinking water are top priorities for her administration. Just two days later, the Michigan Legislature struck down her Executive Order that would have created the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.

But this fight is far from over.

Please take a moment to urge Governor Whitmer to move ahead with creating the new Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, move forward in fighting climate change and restoring the voice of our state's people by creating the Public Advocates for Clean Water and for Environmental Justice.

Tell your members of Congress to support a Green New Deal! (All States)

We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to enact bold Green New Deal policies that will tackle climate change and inequity. With presidential candidates beginning to embrace the idea and public enthusiasm for it growing, we need to convince members of Congress to sign on.

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey recently introduced landmark resolutions in support of a Green New Deal in the House and Senate. Getting as many members of Congress as possible to sign on now is the first step in our plan to build long-term power and lay the groundwork for enactment of a Green New Deal under a new administration.

Ask your members of Congress to sign on to resolutions calling for a Green New Deal!

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Prevent Trump's USDA from kicking 755,000 off food assistance (All States)

The Trump administration wants to severely restrict eligibility for the nation's main program that reduces food insecurity. Speak up for nutrition assistance programs!

By tightening waivers for states with high unemployment rates, the Trump administration would force an estimated 755,000 people off the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) if they can't find work or have other obligations.

Undermining nutrition assistance would exacerbate food insecurity. This is not just immoral, it doesn't even make economic sense: Every dollar invested in SNAP generates $1.70 in economic activity! More people buying food also helps neighborhood groceries and farmers, who have seen their margins collapse due to tariffs.

This is a deliberate end run around the legislative branch, and another escalation in the Trump administration's campaign against working-class people. Please oppose the carving up of critical food assistance programs!

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Deny ERG's 233 Well Oil Project (CA)

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On March 13, 2019 the Planning Commission will consider ERG's proposal to drill 233 oil wells through the Santa Maria groundwater basin, the local source of drinking water for northern Santa Barbara County. 

ERG is bankrupt, has the highest spill volume of any county oil company, and their proposed project is just 1900 feet away from an elementary school. They would use cyclic steam and steam flooding which increases well failures, air pollution and climate emissions.

This is the first of three large oil projects proposed in the same area that would triple onshore oil production in the county.  Ask the Planning Commission to deny this dangerous project.

Tell Utah representatives to extend the Legacy Highway Truck Ban! (UT)

This ban has been in place for 20 years and has helped to preserve the high quality of life enjoyed by the residents of the communities along the Legacy Parkway. Removal of this ban would exacerbate already poor air quality by increasing harmful diesel particulate pollution, would dramatically alter neighborhoods through increased noise pollution, and would threaten the ecosystem of the Great Salt Lake - a critical migratory bird habitat. 

Sign Up for the Georgia Clean Power Campaign Team (GA)

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Why it's our time to rise up for clean energy

Over the next several months, supporters like you have the opportunity to shape Georgia’s energy future. Why is the opportunity so good right now, you ask? Well, Georgia Power Company just released a draft of their long-term energy plan, which is a blueprint for how they will meet the energy needs of residential, business, and public customers. This plan is formally known as an Integrated Resource Plan, or IRP.

We can use public pressure to improve the plan by prioritizing clean energy and energy efficiency to replace dirty fossil fuels and expensive nuclear power.

Later this year, the Georgia Public Service Commission (GPSC) will decide whether to accept Georgia Power’s plan or to require changes to it.

What is the campaign team is for, and what will we do?
Sierra Club is bringing together activists and concerned community members across Georgia to take action during this energy planning process. 

We will work together to hold our elected leaders accountable and educate our friends, families, and neighbors about how we can make sure Georgia plays a huge role in combating climate change.

What's possible if we succeed?
With your help, we can push forward Georgia’s transition to clean solar and wind power and phase out the dirty fossil fuel plants that are worsening the climate crisis and polluting our land, water, and air. When we come together, we can build the people power needed to create a vibrant, healthy, sustainable economy for all Georgians!

Ditch Dirty Fuels: Demand Lawmakers Protect Our Communities from Fossil Fuels (All States)

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The dirty oil and gas industry continues to push fracking and the construction of dirty fuels infrastructure projects that pollute our water, land, air, and climate -- and risk locking America into decades of more climate-polluting fossil fuel production.

Corporate polluters behind these projects do things like frack our public lands, abuse eminent domain to snatch away private land for pipelines, create permanent threat of pollution. Water pollution is an especially looming threat for the communities that have little say in the matter, and so is potent climate disrupting pollution from methane, a greenhouse gas that is 87x as powerful as CO2.

As the Trump administration pushes more and more to put oil and gas leases up for sale, we need to call on lawmakers to safeguard America's natural beauty, preserve wildlife habitat, help keep our air and water clean, and combat climate disruption. Public lands and waters should never be threatened by oil and gas drilling.

We don't need more fossil fuels to power our economy -- clean energy is abundant and affordable right now. Let's invest in clean energy and a clean economy, not more dirty fuels.

The more of us that step up, the better. Make sure your elected leaders know where you stand.

Tell LA PSC Not to end Net Metering (LA)


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Louisiana consumes more energy per capita than any other state,

but our regulators and utilities have been slow to adopt policies that would make solar more attractive. (“How Louisiana solar power prospects shifting to business, utility-scale projects,” The Advocate, July 28, 2018.)

Your energy independence is under attack.

Louisiana Public Service Commissioners are considering an end to solar

Net Metering for LA residents.

Commission staff is recommending changes to solar policy that will cut the value of your solar in half. Ask your Commissioner to protect your rights!

Louisiana’s energy freedom is under attack again as new rules to end Solar Net Metering for Louisiana residents are proposed to the Louisiana Public Service Commissioners.

The new rule would eliminate the 1-for-1 credit that people with solar panels get from their utility company for producing clean energy and delivering it to the grid. Without the credit utilities can take the energy generated on private property, at below market value, and re-sell it for a profit. They can also charge additional fees, allowing costs to vary widely by utility, leaving customers and businesses with no statewide standard to rely on. 

Read the rule here

WE NEED RULES THAT PROMOTE COMPETITION AND PROTECT CONSUMERS 
OVER  UTILITY MONOPOLIES

  • There is no economic justification for this change despite multiple calls from experts for a cost-based analysis. A flawed and outdated report from 2015 is no substitute for fair analysis.
  • The draft rules are out of step with national practices and ignore the increasingly important role of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) in diversifying generation and strengthening reliability
  • Despite the stated purpose of the rules, they inhibit and do not encourage growth in distributed generation and solar adoption.
  • These proposed changes could hurt small businesses owners and stifle job growth among solar installers

ARE YOU AN EXISTING SOLAR CUSTOMER? You signed up for net metering under fair rules but this proposal would change the rate on you. As drafted, the proposal only covers ‘Grandfathering’ for FIVE years. Our Commissioners must protect consumers by locking in the rates as they were when you invested in your future and signed up for Louisiana’s net metering system.

IT'S YOUR ENERGY

Would you want the utility to TAKE the energy that YOU generate on YOUR property at below market value, and RE-SELL it for a profit?

You made an agreement to put clean energy on the Louisiana grid.  The utility agreed to compensate you for it at a fair rate.  Don’t let the utility renege on their agreement!

 

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!
Show your commitment to Louisiana’s future by demanding that the Louisiana Public Service Commission KEEP Net Metering in Louisiana!
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Connecticut! Take action today on Fracked Gas in CT (CT)

On February 4, Connecticut’s Environment Committee will have a public hearing on two bills that will reduce the damage that fracked gas is doing to our climate and our communities (Senate Bills 232 and 753).  These bills are important to address climate change.  We need your help to make sure legislators support them.

Send your message today by completing the information on the right-hand of the screen.

Thank you!  We will keep you informed as other bills to address climate change need your support.

Tell Bucks County officials you're Ready For 100% clean energy! (PA)

Let's make sure we let our Buck County leaders know we are ready and excited to welcome transition plans towards renewable sources and energy efficient ways and new technology. Let's let our leaders know we want to save money on our energy bills, healthcare, and to prepare for a cleaner future. Taking an action here and now means you are committed to sharing this effort with your friends and family. Help us share this campaign and take action to let our our local leaders know that we are Ready For 100% clean energy!   

Tell the EPA not to put our clean water at risk! (All States)

Despite the fundamental necessity of clean water, politicians in Washington are trying to dismantle the Clean Water Act, which has kept our nation’s waters clean for nearly 50 years. This bedrock environmental safeguard is a central tool used by state and local governments to shield and protect clean water needed for healthy communities and families. Without it, polluted waters would threaten America’s local economies, communities, and way of life.

Allowing open dumping into upstream waters spells trouble for everyone downstream. Pollution dumped by industry flows from smaller streams into our rivers and lakes, across state lines and downriver, contaminating waters used by families and communities for drinking and recreation. The best way to protect clean water is to stop harmful pollution at its source, before it reaches our waterways.

At least fifty percent of North Carolinians get their drinking water from sources that rely on small streams that may lose critical Clean Water Act protections under the administration’s proposal.

The Katy Trail is No Place for a Subdivision (All States)

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Around 1940, this land was taken from Missouri residents to help with WWII efforts. After the war, the land was sold to the University of Missouri for just $1 as a way of acknowledging the sacrifices of the people who previously lived there and to leave the site as a space that all Missourians could benefit from.

This land is adjacent to the world-famous Katy Trail State Park, a 240 mile hiking and biking trail, as well as two State Conservation Areas that are home to endangered Indiana bats.

The deal to sell this land was negotiated behind closed doors. The public should have a say in what the future looks like for this public land. The University of Missouri System should stop the sale and start a robust public engagement process to determine the future of Weldon Woods.

Tell the LA Dept. of Natural Resources we don't want a hazardous materials injection well in St. Landry Parish. (All States)

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Tell the LA Department of Natural Resources to deny Eagle Oil, LLC's, application for a permit to construct a hazardous waste injection well in St. Landry Parish, LA.  This permit is riddled with errors and oversights, including the following:
  • Within a one mile radius of Eagle Oil’s proposed commercial facility, there are seventy-three homes.  Many of these properties, both residences and farm property, are multi-generational family owned property.  The property owners value their family property and wish to maintain their family legacy. This facility threatens these family legacies, the aesthetic and ecological value of the land, including wetlands on and adjacent to the site, as well as a wetland restoration conservation project adjacent to the site.  
  • Further demonstrating the ecological and environmental value of the area, Thistlethwaite Wildlife Management Area covers over 11,000 acres just over one mile from the proposed facility site.
  • The local people don't want it either - the property owners’ objections are wholly supported by St. Landry Parish Council, and the Parish Council, via resolution, requests that Eagle Oil’s application be denied (Resolution No. 001-2018, adopted January 24, 2018).  The Town of Washington, and the St. Landry Parish Solid Waste Board of Commissioners also support denial of Eagle Oil’s permit application.
  • Despite the fact that the St. Landry Parish Landfill is located about a half mile  from the proposed commercial facility, Eagle Oil does not recommend groundwater monitoring at the proposed facility site in its permit application.  In order to protect our drinking water in light of the variable depth of the Chicot Aquifer and potential recharge area as indicated in the application, groundwater monitoring  by an independent professional consultant should be required. Otherwise, potential USDW contamination and its source will not be identifiable.
  • Eagle Oil does not acknowledge that it will be required to obtain a Section 404 permit prior to any construction on the site for the wetland area and for the non-wetland water area within the proposed facility location.  Eagle Oil does not address the impact to wetlands, drainage, and flooding from the onsite road construction.

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(Aerial imagery of the proposed site location taken on December 27, 2018,  shows extensive flooding conditions on the property at approximately 5:00 p.m. after a 1.7 inch morning rain.)
  • Eagle Oil’s application contains no discussion of the adverse impact of greatly increased truck traffic through the area.  The application estimates an additional maximum of 144 trucks a day (average of 75-90 trucks) on part of the same route the landfill truck traffic travels.  The application does not examine the increased burden to infrastructure and nearby residents from the increased truck traffic, nor does the application discuss the risks of spills associated with vehicular transport of wastes comprised of hazardous substances.  Instead, the application categorically and summarily concludes there will be no adverse impacts to public roads, but there is no submission of documentary evidence of actual, current road conditions. Eagle Oil did not consult with local residents or St. Landry Parish regarding conditions or minimizing road impact and spill risks.
This photograph is taken on Highway 10 just before truck traffic would turn onto Highway 182.
(This photograph is taken on Highway 10 just before truck traffic would turn onto Highway 182.)

Click below to send an email to LA DNR telling them to deny this permit!

 

Support 100% Renewable Energy in NV (NV)

Nevada has a real opportunity to tackle climate change and jump start a renewable energy economy that cleans our air, water and communities, and creates jobs right here at home. 

Please sign this petition to Nevada’s Legislators and Governor, encouraging them to support renewable energy and clean transportation every time it comes up in the legislature. We're asking for your complete address, because we're sending this message directly to your legislators in the state senate and assembly.

Then please share this with friends. The more our leaders feel supported by the citizens of Nevada, the bolder they will be in making climate policies that work.

Thank you!
 

Tell your senator WV is ready for Power Purchase Agreements! (WV)

Please ask your State Senators to support SB409, to make Power Purchase Agreements available in West Virginia.

Power Purchase Agreements, also known as PPAs, are a way to allow consumers to purchase electricity from third-party financed distributed energy projects. Developers would be able to install and operate an energy system (such as rooftop solar, or wind turbines) on a customer's property; the customer would benefit from purchasing power from the developer at a fixed rate (usually lower than that charged by local utilities), without the upfront cost of purchasing solar panels themselves.

Currently, West Virginia does not allow PPAs, so solar power is not cost-effective for many landowners, small businesses, municipalities, or tax-exempt entities such as schools and churches. Expanding access to distributed energy and allowing PPAs will help drive economic growth and jobs in West Virginia, and it will help our state build a diversified, cleaner energy grid. Help us get this bill moving. Contact your senators today!

Protect local municipalities’ right to regulate plastic waste! (UT)

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Local governments must be able to advocate on behalf of the needs of their communities. HB 320 - Container Regulation Act introduced by Rep. Mike Mckell (R-Spanish Fork) would undermine local government’s ability to address local issues - This is not the Utah way. Resurrected from the 2018 legislative session, the HB 320 essentially prohibits cities from regulating, restricting, prohibiting, or imposing any fee on auxiliary containers, including plastic bags.

If this legislation passes, it will negate Park City and Moab’s local ordinances banning plastic bags that were established to address trash and landfill problems in their communities. A strong local democracy provides an effective way to enact the policies our communities need and want, and this bill would rob local governments of the power to make certain decisions to improve their communities. 

Help oppose this bill and empower cities to meet public needs. Ask your representatives to vote no on HB 320!

Protect Utah’s local voice; help oppose HB 78 (UT)

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Utah is home to some of the world’s most renowned federally managed public lands. Our five national parks and eight national monuments draw millions of visitors and billions of dollar to our state each year. While Utah undoubtedly cherishes its great outdoors, the discussion around our state’s federal lands management is contentious. Moving the conversation forward equitably and productively is critical to safeguarding our state’s economic, environmental, and public health and HB 78 Federal Designations threatens to hinder any hope for progress.

HB 78 Federal Designations introduced by Carl R. Albrecht bill is inherently biased favoring governmental entities (i.e., University of Utah, local governments, public institutions, utilities) advocating against a congressional land designation like a national park, national conservation area, or national monument while hampering those that lobby on its behalf. Whether an entity agrees with a particular designation or not, the reporting requirements for advocating for or against it should be the same. With this bill, that is not the case.
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bill passes, governmental entities planning to advocate in favor of a federal designation would be forced to submit a proposal to the state for review by the Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Interim Committee. Amongst the bill's flaws is vague language with no clear outline of what would constitute approval or rejection from the committee for an advocacy proposal.

Of further concern is the undue burden that this places on both political subdivisions and the state by requiring the passage of a concurrent resolution anytime that a political subdivision wishes to express support for a designation. We believe HB 78 Federal Designations would functionally halt any future advocacy on behalf of a designation, despite the will of a community. We believe this means that local elected officials would effectively be silenced.

 

Don’t let communities be silenced; take action and tell your representatives to vote NO on HB 78 Federal Designations!

NO to EnergySolutions' bid to bring depleted uranium and higher level nuclear waste to Utah! (UT)

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Representative Carl Albrecht introduced HB 220, which would allow for the disposal of higher class nuclear waste than is currently allowed by the State including depleted uranium and blended waste, simply at the discretion of the Division Director. Furthermore, the bill would permit Utah to take in radioactive material and judge the material only when it is approved -- not considering how the waste may change over time - language that was specifically added because of EnergySolutions bid to bring Depleted Uranium.

Depleted Uranium is an extremely long-lived nuclear waste byproduct, and unlike most radioactive materials which become less hazardous as they decay, DU becomes more radioactive over time! In fact, DU can become nearly 14 times more radioactive at its peak than when it is first stored. DU also persists in the environment for millennia and ramps up regarding radioactivity -- eventually exceeding standards for Class C waste and violating our current state laws.

This bill would make it easier for EnergySolutions' proposal--that was denied because of public opposition-- to permanently store up 6,000 tons of DU at its Clive facility in Utah’s west desert with quick approval, while allowing the transport of nuclear waste from outside the state placing countless individuals at potential risk. The transportation of depleted uranium poses adverse health effects namely associated with low-level external exposure to radiation, and if transport vehicles experience accidents, high exposure can result in cancer, kidney damage, or in rare cases, death. We simply cannot allow this activity to occur, so stopping this bill is critical!

You spoke up once to stop EnergySolutions; now we need you to raise your voice and tell the Utah Legislature that Utah shouldn’t be used as a radioactive dumping ground and to oppose HB220!

 

 

Protect California’s Central Coast from offshore oil drilling by establishing a National Marine Sanctuary! (All States)

Area in need of protection

Oil-soaked pelicans, dead dolphins, closed beaches, fishing bans, and economic hardship for coastal businesses as a result of the most recent Santa Barbara-area spill remind us that Oil and Oceans Don’t Mix!

California’s Central Coast is an area of extraordinary biodiversity. Endangered whales, dolphins, sea otters, seals, pelicans and other wildlife thrive here, feeding on rich nutrient upwellings. 

The Sanctuary would stretch from Gaviota to Cambria, just south of the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary, and would prohibit oil development, seismic testing, dumping agriculture wastewater and other threats. Comprehensive ecosystem management would ensure the health of the marine habitat.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently expanded two Northern California sanctuaries and is evaluating potential new national marine sanctuaries. The California Central Coast is a prime candidate. We need a strong push from the public to get them to act now!

Ask your senator to help protect voting rights! (AZ)

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We already have plenty of barriers in place that impede voting and limit greater voter participation -- the last things we need are more. Unfortunately, the Arizona Senate has several bills that do just that. One of the most outrageous is SB1046 early voting list; mailing ballot (Ugenti-Rita), which says that voters who request an early ballot can only have that ballot counted if it is returned by mail. It cannot be dropped off at an early voting location or the polls on Election Day, which many people like to do for a variety of reasons, including feeling assured that it arrived where it should. Close to a quarter of a million Arizonans dropped off their early ballots at polling places on Election Day in November 2018. This bill would take that option away from them and other future voters. This bill would also actually make the process less efficient, not more, as the bill sponsor claims.

Please modify and send the message to your senator, indicating your support for voting rights and opposition to SB1046.

Thank you!

The fight's not over! Tell Congress: Pass a clean funding bill with No Beds, No Boots, No Wall! (All States)

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After Trump backed down to end the shutdown in late January, Congressional leaders have until February 15 to negotiate details on what to do with the southern border.

Congressional Democrats have stood strong so far, and they need to know they have our support. At the same time many Republican members of Congress continue to pit our communities against each other, and back the President's harmful agenda.

We'll continue to stand strong as one progressive movement against Trump's anti-immigrant, anti-environment agenda. The Trump administration's actions have continued to threaten the health and well-being of immigrant families, border communities, and their local environment with its racist, inhumane deportation agenda.

Join us in standing strong with our partners in the immigrant rights community and our members and allies along the border in opposing any new money for further militarization -- that means no to more border agents, no to more detention centers, and no to more wall.

Governor Walz: Line 3 is a danger to our communities (All States)

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After more than 20,000 of us stepped up, we got the comment period extension we were asking for! Now we need the leader of the state most affected by the Line 3, a massive dirty tar sands pipeline, to step up. 

Right now newly elected Minnesota Governor Tim Walz is in the process of deciding the positions he's going to take on Line 3. The more he is hears about the risks of this project, the more likely it is that he will stand with us against a dirty tar sands pipeline that could affect all of us for generations to come. We need leadership to stop this dangerous tar sands pipeline expansion from moving forward.

Line 3 would transport 760,000 barrels of dirty tar sands oil through our communities every day and Enbridge, the Canadian company pushing Line 3, has a terrible track record of devastating pipeline spills. The truth with these hazardous pipelines is it's not a matter of if a pipeline will spill, but when. Tar sands are one of the dirtiest sources of oil on the planet, and when they spill into water they are nearly impossible to clean up.  

Too much is at risk for Governor Walz to let this pipeline run through our waterways. 

Get lead out of hair care products for good! (All States)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did the right thing when they banned lead in hair dye. Unfortunately, Combe Inc. -- makers of Just for Men -- is placing consumers at risk by blocking the ban. Will you demand they remove their opposition?  

There is no safe level of exposure to lead. That's why the FDA banned lead acetate as a color additive in hair dye last October. Unfortunately, Combe objected to the ban, an action which could push the implementation date back years.  

Contact with lead acetate in products like hair dye could result in serious health consequences. These could include: hemolytic anemia, nervous disorders, reproductive toxicity, and kidney impairment. It is also listed as a possible carcinogen, meaning it might cause cancer.

Canada and the European Union have banned the use of lead acetate in cosmetics and companies such as Combe are already using alternative ingredients in their products. There is no good reason to keep lead on our store shelves!

Combe claims they no longer use lead acetate, but their actions are keeping a potentially hazardous project on store shelves and in our homes.

We must demand Combe revoke their opposition and get rid of lead in hair dye for good!

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Act to Stop Sediment Pollution of Virginia's Waters (VA)

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Rivers are running red with sediment pollution from failed erosion control devices and careless construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). 

Constructing the MVP has polluted our streams with sediment, killing fish and aquatic life. Act now and demand a stop to construction of the pipeline and the destruction it's caused. 

Last month, the Virginia Attorney General sued the MVP for over 300 erosion control violations. It’s time for Attorney General Herring to do even more.

Take action here and send him a message calling for a Stop Work Order for the MVP. Customize your message to have the biggest impact!

Ask Lafayette Public Utilities Authority (LPUA) to keep Lafayette Utility System's (LUS) Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) Renewable & Sustainable (All States)

As the Lafayette Public Utilities Authority (LPUA) ’s utilities department embarks on the process of developing an open and transparent Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for the parish electric system, we urge you to support the replacement of dirty, environmentally-destructive, non-renewable fossil fuel energy sources with clean, sustainable renewable energy sources, including wind and solar power and storage, in this 2019 IRP.

Unfortunately, existing climate measures aren’t cutting it – literally. Current national policy pledges under the Paris Agreement would put the world on course for 2.4 to 3.8°C of warming, a catastrophic outcome.

Curbing our use of fossil fuels does not mean turning off the taps overnight. Rather, it means stopping new projects that would lock in new pollution for the coming decades. It makes it possible to plan for a just transition for workers and communities.

We can be part of the solution - right here in Acadiana.  We can start the just, equitable transition to renewable energy by replacing fossil fuel energy sources for LPUA with clean, sustainable renewable sources.  We can be a leader in Louisiana’s clean energy future.

Contact your Lafayette City Parish Council Member by clicking below to send an email telling them that you want this IRP to be renewable and sustainable!

Submit a Comment for a Strong Carbon Reduction Plan in Virginia! (VA)

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is accepting public comments on an updated proposal to reduce carbon pollution from power plants, until March 6, and they need to hear from you!

Last spring, hundreds of Virginians came out to hearings across the commonwealth to show their support for swift action to reduce carbon pollution. By finalizing this plan, Virginia can become the first state in the Southeast to implement a statewide plan reduce carbon pollution from power plants. However, we must act to ensure we make this standard as strong as possible, with impacted communities put front and center and no loopholes for corporate polluters like Dominion Energy.

The last thing we need is to allow companies like Dominion to have more exemptions to and control of Virginia energy policy. Virginia should choose the best energy policy– not Dominion’s energy policy.

Submit a comment to the DEQ  today letting them know you support a strong carbon pollution reduction plan. 



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Ask Governor Parson to respect our vote (MO)

In the November 6th, 2018 election, 62% of Missourians voted Yes on Amendment 1 (Clean Missouri). We voted to virtually eliminate lobbyist gifts to our elected officials. We voted to make Missourians' voices heard with fair legislative districts. We voted to to take our government back from special interests.

Unfortunately, Governor Parson has made overturning the vote of the people his top priority this session.

“Fundamentally, you think when the people vote, you shouldn’t be changing that vote,” Parson told the Associated Press back in December. “But the reality of it is that is somewhat what your job is sometimes, if you know something’s unconstitutional, if you know some of it’s not right.” 

What makes Governor Parson feel like he can disregard our vote? When he was elected Lieutenant Governor in 2016, he was more than happy to respect the 53% of the vote he received then. Amendment 1 received 63% of the vote in Missouri in 2018. Does he only respect the vote when his side wins? That's not how a democracy works, Mr. Governor!

Sierra Club members collected over 11,000 signatures to put Amendment 1 on the ballot. We knocked on doors. We called voters. Now it's time for us to tell Governor Parson to respect the people's vote and keep his hands off of Amendment 1!

Support Affordable Housing in Seattle Today! (WA)

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Green Neighborhoods Grow.

Our climate change goals — combined with Seattle’s desperate need to address the dramatic shortage of housing in our city — means that supporting more affordable housing in the Seattle is an essential piece of the puzzle. Having more affordable housing will make it easier for people to use sustainable transportation options like walking, biking, and taking transit, reduce energy use overall, and preserve more of our region’s beauty by growing our urban neighborhoods from within (instead of growing out). 

That's why we support Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) in Seattle. MHA is a policy that will ensure that growth brings affordability through changes that encourage increased housing options and also require affordable housing to be built, therefore helping people who could otherwise be priced out of living in our city. This policy underlines the connections between housing, the environment, and social justice.

Take action today!

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Tell Your Senators to Oppose Andrew Wheeler as EPA Administrator (All States)

An ex-coal lobbyist is unfit to lead the EPA. PERIOD!

Andrew Wheeler is a dangerous threat to the health of our children, communities, air, and water. He is not the leader our kids deserve.

Yet Senate Republicans are rushing to get him approved as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As Acting Administrator, this ex-coal lobbyist has already continually protected the interests of polluters over families -- taking countless actions to increase climate-harming pollution.

In his short tenure at EPA, Wheeler gutted the coal ash rule, dismantled America's clean car standards, weakened methane standards, and is putting forward a Dirty Power Plan that the EPA's own analysis says will cause an additional 1,400 deaths each year due to more pollution. He is also pushing plans to reverse how the EPA calculates public health impacts from its own rules. This would ruin the lifesaving Mercury and Air Toxics Standards finalized in 2012, opening the door to more toxic mercury pollution from coal plants and directly jeopardizing the health of kids and our communities. To add insult to injury, Wheeler is pushing to redefine which U.S. waterways are covered by the Clean Water Act, putting drinking water for one in three Americans at risk. 

Our children deserve an EPA administrator who will protect them. And we all deserve better than an ex-coal lobbyist with a toxic agenda. 

Tell your senators to oppose his nomination!

Join our Legislative Team! (MI)

Want to help us fight for a clean environment at the Michigan capitol or from the convenience of your own home? Tell us a little about yourself so we can find the right fit for you!

Sign the Petition: Demand Modernization of the Metra Electric (IL)

Tired of slow buses and high Metra Electric fares? Sick of living in a transit desert? Want transit justice for residents of the South Side and south suburbs?

Residents of the South Side and south suburbs deserve a more efficient and affordable Metra Electric. Improving service will create job opportunities, encourage investment in the region, and decrease vehicle emissions that fuel climate change. That's why Sierra Club Chicago Group is proud to support the Coalition for a Modern Metra Electric.

Sign the Coalition's petition to demand that state and local officials make Metra Electric service more frequent, accessible, and affordable.

A modernized Metra Electric would offer the sort of fast, frequent, and flexible service enjoyed by major metro regions around the world. Chicago is a world-class city, and all its residents deserve world-class public transportation. Help us achieve that by showing your support for a modernized Metra Electric!

These petitions will be delivered to Metra and our elected officials: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Cook County Commissioners, Chicago Alders, and state and federal senators and representatives.

Learn more about the benefits of modernizing Metra Electric at modernmetraelectric.org

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It’s time for the IL Pollution Control Board to deny Dynegy-Vistra’s proposal (IL)


Dynegy-Vistra is a Texas-based company and the largest power producer in the country. They own 11 power plants in Illinois. Dynegy merged with Vistra Energy in April of 2018 ( a deal worth $20 billion), while at the same time asking the state legislature for a rate-payer bailout, and working with former Governor Rauner’s Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) to rewrite and ease their air pollution rules (called Multi-Pollutant Standard or MPS).

After three hearings before the Illinois Pollution Control Board (IPCB) and thousands of public comments in opposition to the pollution bailout, the PCB rejected this draft rule. However, the IPCB modified the draft to create a new proposal that has some improvements but still allows Dynegy-Vistra to increase its pollution in Illinois by 40%.

That is not acceptable and now is our last chance to ask the IPCB to stop the changes proposed by Dynegy-Vistra and keep the current MPS in place. Send your message now!

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Protect Local Democracy From Big Polluters (TX)

Texans have the most power to adopt policies they need at the local level, but corporate special interests are using their influence at the Capitol to strip local laws that protect us from pollution. Enough is enough. 

Tell the Legislature you've had it up to here with state interference with local democracy!

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There are ongoing attempts in the Texas Legislature to take away the power of citizens and local governments to protect their community and environment. One of the most egregious examples was the passage HB 40 in 2015, which severely limited the power of local governments to limit oil and gas activity in their own jurisdictions. In 2017, the Legislature made several attempts to prevent local communities from protecting their own heritage trees. The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that local government cannot regulate the use of plastic bags after communities from Austin to Brownsville had attempted to better manage plastic waste. Similar restrictions on local democracy have been passed in recent sessions limiting the ability of citizens and citizens’ groups to comment or protest pollution permits. 

Local government exists to create laws that most accurately reflect the unique views, values, and needs of the people who live there. If the people in our communities want to protect themselves from pollution - whether it’s from cement kilns, aggregate and sand mining, petrochemical refineries, or other polluting sources, they should be able to, free from state interference.

A strong local democracy is the best, most effective way to enact the policies our communities need and want. Robbing local government of its power robs the people of power to improve their lives and communities.

We must strengthen citizen and local government roles in oil and gas regulation at the Railroad Commission of Texas. We must defend against any attacks that would limit the rights of citizens and local governments to participate in environmental and water rights permitting, enforcement, and development of safeguards, including those related to aggregate and concrete production and sand mining.

We must also pass legislation to clarify that local governments have the right to adopt and enforce ordinances intended to manage plastic wastes, and to adopt and enforce standard building construction codes. 

Approximately six million Texans, in urban and rural areas, are served by public power utilities. These publicly accountable utilities must maintain their ability to set their own policies and make their own decisions about investments, rates, and governance. So long as they comply with PUC and ERCOT rules and protocols, and as they work to improve transparency and responsiveness to customers, they must be allowed to maintain independent, local control. 

Don’t Turn West Texas Into A Radioactive Waste Dump (TX)

The Texas Legislature must reject any attempt to authorize Texas statutes that allow so-called “interim” high-level radioactive waste storage in our great state and allow the current low-level radioactive waste company to bring in more imported waste.

Contact your state lawmakers today to reject any attempt to change Texas statutes to allow more radioactive waste to enter our state.

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In 2009, Texas made a fateful decision to accept low-level radioactive waste from nuclear power plants in Texas and Vermont. Since then, the “deal” has changed several times and now Andrews County is a storage site for low-level radioactive waste from many more states and Federal facilities. In addition, the company that runs the facility stores depleted uranium and some forms of mercury.

What started as a trickle is turning into a flood of radioactive waste, and now Waste Control Specialists wants to store high-level radioactive waste, and also wants to change Texas statutes to allow it to import even more low-level waste from other states, and pay little or no state fees.

Who would guarantee financial assurance if the project goes belly-up? What if there is an accident bringing waste from nuclear reactors to storage pads in West Texas? Is it really going to be “interim” storage? Why would we bring waste to West Texas only to then send it somewhere else once a final disposal site is identified for our nuclear waste issue?

The Texas Legislature must reject any attempt to authorize Texas statutes that allow interim radioactive waste storage in our great state, and reject attempts by WCS to increase low-level waste, or remove the current fees. Transporting high-level waste through our communities to sit and bake in the West Texas sun near the Dockum and Ogallala Aquifers, geological fissures, sinkholes, and oil and gas production is a bad idea. Indeed, the Legislature should require further financial and other safeguards in case the NRC approves this ridiculous idea.

Help Protect Nevada's Public Lands! (CA;NV)

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Sign up to receive information and updates on how to protect our beautiful and threatened lands in Nevada. It takes people like you willing to be engaged to protect our state. Your voice is needed to speak out on the following issues:
  • Oil and gas leasing in the Ruby Mountains and Great Basin National Park;
  • Protecting our national monuments; 
  • Designating wilderness;
  • Saving open spaces from sprawl;
  • Defending Desert National Wildlife Refuge from military invasion!
We ask for your complete address so we can direct your comments to your specific elected officials at every level when necessary. We will try very hard not to waste your time, or annoy you with too many emails. But when it's important, your voice can and does make a difference.

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Añade tu nombre: Alto al Muro Fronterizo de Trump (All States)

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URGENTE: Trump y sus aliados en el Congreso han decidido cerrar el gobierno por culpa de sus ridículas demandas de financiar un muro fronterizo que es racista y destructivo.

Dile al Congreso que rechace cualquier financiación para el muro de Trump y que proporcione un acuerdo de financiación justo para abrir al gobierno de inmediato

Texas Legislature: Treat Water Like Lives Depend On It (TX)

Texans know how critical and precious water is. Effective water management and a strong conservation ethic are crucial to ensuring Texas has sufficient water to meet the needs of our people and our natural environment.

Make sure your state lawmakers build upon past progress and take steps this year to enhance the management and conservation of our water resources.

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Texas legislators have enacted some important measures in the past to better manage and conserve existing water supplies, plan for future needs, and recognize the importance of water to maintaining our fish & wildlife and coastal bays & estuaries. Often, however, these efforts have fallen short due to inadequate funding and a continuing emphasis on costly and unnecessary water infrastructure. We are at a critical point where our progress on managing and conserving our water resources may falter if additional steps are not taken now and if efforts by some interests to weaken existing management activities are not stopped.

The 86th Texas Legislature needs to do the following:

Provide adequate funding through the appropriations to the Texas Water Development Board to 
  • Conduct necessary research on groundwater sources, instream flow and freshwater inflow needs, climate impacts on water, and the viability of proposed water strategies
  • Provide grants for pilot projects by water utilities to validate their water loss audits so that they have an accurate picture of how much water is lost in their distribution systems
  • Provide technical assistance to smaller water utilities to enhance their efforts to determine water loss and reduce that loss of existing water supplies.
  • Finance a public awareness program to educate all Texans on the need to conserve water and how they may use water more efficiently
Maintain the authority of and provide resources to groundwater conservation districts to manage groundwater effectively in a manner that recognizes hydrologic connections between surface water and groundwater, respects the needs of rural communities whose water resources are being targeted by urban water suppliers, and helps assure the future viability of aquifers.

Incorporate regional-scale “green infrastructure” (nature-based solutions) for stormwater management in flood management and planning. 

Support innovative water supply options that avoid costly and energy-intensive movement of water around the state, minimize environmental impacts, and emphasize efficiency and equity.

Nuevo acuerdo de Trump pone a árboles de 800 años de edad en la tabla de cortar (All States)

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Los funcionarios de Trump acaban de firmar un acuerdo por el cual Alaska no estaría sujeta a una de las medidas de conservación más importantes de los últimos 100 años y abriría el Bosque Nacional Tongass a la tala. No tenemos mucho tiempo para oponernos a este acuerdo y mostrar nuestro apoyo a Tongass, su mágico paisaje de fiordos y bosques, y la gran cantidad de flora y fauna que lo considera su hogar. Firma nuestra petición hoy.

Dile al Congreso que proteja el Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre del Ártico de una vez por todas. (All States)

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URGENTE: Trump y los líderes republicanos del Congreso están preparados para entregar el Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre del Ártico a las Grandes Petroleras. Esto destruiría uno de los paisajes más emblemáticos e importantes del mundo. Dile al Congreso: ¡No a la perforación en el Refugio Ártico!

Se necesitan firmas: oponte a la perforación en el Monumento Nacional Grand Staircase-Escalante (All States)

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Añade tu comentario e informa a la Oficina de Administración de Tierras que te opones a cualquier propuesta para abrir el Grand Staircase-Escalante a la minería, perforación y otras industrias sucias.

Toma acción: Protege la Ley de Especies en Peligro de Extinción (All States)

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El oso grizzly de Yellowstone. El búho moteado del norte. El lobo gris. ¡El águila americana! Todos podrían extinguirse sin la Ley de Especies en Peligro de Extinción.
Y ahora el Departamento de Interior de Trump quiere acabar con ella. Increíble. Toma medidas ahora para proteger esta importante ley.

Prevent the Reckless Use of Antibiotics on Citrus Plants (All States)

Antibiotics are a staple of modern medicine, without them millions of people could die from simple infections. Yet Trump's EPA is attempting to approve the use of antibiotics as a pesticide on citrus fruit, despite the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria worldwide. Will you help put a stop to it?

Trump's EPA has proposed the unprecedented expansion of the use of the antibiotic streptomycin to treat a disease called citrus greening, which affects plans such as oranges and tangerines. This decision could have dire consequences for human health and our environment.

Streptomycin is used to treat bacterial infections like tuberculosis in humans. When we overuse medically important antibiotics -- by overprescribing, dosing healthy animals, or sprayed recklessly on agriculture -- we increase the risk of creating antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The development of these bacteria places millions of lives at risk from infection and could make simple surgeries and medical procedures far more deadly.

And the EPA's own analysis acknowledges that the widespread use of antibiotics on citrus plants could have adverse, long-term effects the wildlife in the region.

The  U.S. Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization, and United Nations all agree that we must take immediate action to limit the overuse of antibiotics to protect both our health and environment. Will you speak up to stop the reckless overuse of streptomycin as a pesticide?

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Tell The Texas Legislature: Clean Up Oil And Gas Operations! (TX)

No state produces more oil and gas than Texas. While it has enriched some, oil and gas development has degraded our lands, poisoned our waters, and endangered many lives. Our oil and gas regulatory agency, the Railroad Commission, does not have the resources, statutory authority, or political will to improve oversight and accountability of the oil and gas industry. Texas has had to endure too much: seismic activity from wastewater injection wells, methane leaks, flares and fugitive emissions, water contamination, and road wear and tear. It’s time the Texas Legislature takes this issue seriously.

Take a minute to let your state lawmakers know you want to see better oversight of the oil and gas industry.

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There are many solutions to reduce the harmful impacts of oil and gas activity that the Texas Legislature can pass right now. There are bills are being filed to ensure that basic inspection, enforcement, and complaint data is accessible and downloadable on the Railroad Commission's website. 

Transparency of information is key in holding elected officials accountable. Texas must also increase its commitment to enforcement by increasing maximum fines allowed under state statutes for companies that violate our water and air pollution laws. Maximum fines were last established back in 1983, and a 1983 dollar is not the same as a 2019 dollar. 

Texas needs modern rules on flaring, venting, and leak detection to prevent the worst operators from polluting our air and cooking our climate. We can do what most other oil and gas-producing states have done, and enact modern regulations to prevent air pollution. Texas has done little to properly regulate the oil and gas wastes that are commercially disposed, and we need laws to properly ensure safe injection of liquid wastes and above-ground solid wastes.

In short, we will work to increase the number of inspectors at the RRC, require more robust and modern enforcement measures, ensure transparency and access to information, and modernize our venting, flaring, injection, and waste disposal rules. The people of Texas demand better rules for the oil and gas industry, which would help protect our communities and sensitive water resources as we continue to develop these non-renewable resources.

Hey Texas Legislature, Fund Our Public Lands! (TX)

The Texas Legislature must maintain progress to improve our state parks. This includes acquisition, development, and management of new parklands and protected habitats, providing outdoor recreation opportunities to meet public needs, as well as exploring options to enhance protection of wildlife diversity in Texas. Texas should explore both laws and constitutional amendments that ensure funding from the sporting goods tax is dedicated to our parks and wildlife system. 

Tell your state lawmakers how you feel about protecting our state parks and properly funding them!

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Our parks and public lands need protection, but they also need funding to stay open and accessible to the people who enjoy them. The Texas Legislature should provide adequate funding to address deferred maintenance and capital construction at state parks, wildlife management areas, hatcheries, and other field locations across the state. But our public lands need more attention in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. There are still significant damages from Harvey to both Texas Parks & Wildlife offices and facilities that must be addressed.

It’s a great thing that so many people love our state’s open spaces, but with increased visitors and usage, more money is needed. Additional Sporting Goods Sales Tax appropriations, including a guarantee that sporting goods taxes can not be spent for other state priorities, would support additional personnel and funds to purchase needed vehicles, equipment, and support communications technology.

Texans also love their local parks, but the Local Park Grant program budget has shrunk. These grants have been funded through the Sporting Goods Sales Tax, so that means that tax revenue gets back to the communities it is collected from in the form of local parks! Finally, the Legislature needs to support developing land that has been acquired by Parks and Wildlife. Five undeveloped state parks require funding for staffing and facility development before they will be available for public use. A number of important facilities, including Palo Pinto Mountains State Park and the expansion of the Devils River SNA, are still underway, but additional support is needed to complete their planning and development. 

Get Maryland on the path to 100% clean energy by 2040 (MD)

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Write your Maryland legislators to urge support for important clean energy legislation, a 2019 Sierra Club priority --

Maryland must respond NOW to the grave threats posed by climate change and set a bold course forward to achieve 100% clean energy by 2040.

To do this, the General Assembly in its 2019 session should: (1) pass the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA), with strengthening amendments (SB516/HB1158); and (2) pass a companion bill to increase investment in clean energy, and benefit ratepayers, by having a portion of our electricity purchased through long-term clean energy contracts (SB910/HB879).

CEJA includes: a “100% by 2040” plan to be developed within five years; ambitious targets to incentivize continued growth of offshore wind and in-state solar; and support for clean energy jobs and businesses.  The Senate version also will end the subsidy for burning trash to generate electricity; in the House, this important reform would be accomplished through a separate bill (HB961).

The strengthening amendments would: increase the 2030 target for the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to 60% from CEJA’s proposed 50%; and not only eliminate the trash incineration subsidy, but also eliminate or limit the current subsidy for generating electricity by burning wood and wood products.

To volunteer, email legislation@mdsierra.org.

Be sure to register for our Annual Lobby Night in Annapolis on February 25th!

Ban Foam Food Containers in Maryland (MD)

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Write to your Maryland legislators to urge support for the following Sierra Club priority legislation -- HB 109 & SB 285

The bill, sponsored by Delegate Lierman and Senator Kagan, will ban disposable single-use food containers made from expanded polystyrene (commonly referred to as styrofoam), beginning in 2020.

Plastic pollution is overwhelming our oceans.  If we continue on our present course, there likely will be more plastic than fish (by weight) floating in the Earth’s seas within 30 years.   

Expanded polystyrene (EPS) food containers are a major contributor. EPS is nearly indestructible and is not recyclable. EPS litter breaks into tiny pieces, absorbs toxic chemicals, and is mistaken for food by marine life, injuring and killing fish, seabirds, and marine mammals.

Several counties and cities in Maryland have successfully banned EPS food containers. Now the ban should be made statewide.

To volunteer, email legislation@mdsierra.org.

Be sure to register for our Annual Lobby Night in Annapolis on February 25th!

Protect Maryland from Fracked Gas Pipelines (MD)

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Write to your Maryland legislators to urge support for the Pipeline and Water Protection Act (SB387/HB669), a Sierra Club priority in the 2019 session.

This legislation will require the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to better protect our water resources by fully utilizing its authority under the federal Clean Water Act to conduct independent reviews of new, proposed interstate gas pipelines.

Even though Maryland banned fracking in 2017, the state is still facing expansion of fracked gas infrastructure in Maryland.  New fracked gas pipelines pose significant risks to our state’s water resources and threaten communities and our climate.

Under the Clean Water Act, states have broad authority to review new proposed interstate gas pipelines.  In 2018, however, MDE granted a Clean Water Act permit for a gas pipeline underneath the Potomac River, risking the drinking water of over six million people, without conducting the full, independent review it was authorized to undertake.


To volunteer, email legislation@mdsierra.org.

Be sure to register for our Annual Lobby Night in Annapolis on February 25th!

Protect our Air and Climate from Expanded, Polluting Highways (MD)

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The transportation sector is now the largest source of carbon pollution in Maryland and the largest contributor to premature deaths attributed to air pollution.

Tell Your Maryland Legislators:  We need the climate impacts of highway expansion projects thoroughly studied before vendors are selected, and to affirm Maryland’s participation in a regional effort to reduce emissions from transportation and increase support of clean transportation alternatives.

The Transportation Climate Accountability Act (HB 695 & SB 788) would require the state to conduct a thorough review of greenhouse gas emissions, other air pollution, stormwater runoff, and environmental justice issues for all major transportation projects to be financed through a public-private partnership (P3), including Governor Hogan’s proposal to add 4 toll lanes (totalling hundreds of miles) to the Capital Beltway, I-270 and the Baltimore-Washington Pkwy.

P3 Presolicitation Reports - Environmental Impact Statement Requirement (HB 91) would prohibit the state from submitting a “presolicitation report” to justify P3 procurements for a major transportation project (including Governor Hogan’s highway expansion proposal) until after a draft environmental impact statement is available.  

Regional Transportation and Climate Protection Act (HB 277 & SB 249): would authorize the Maryland to join a multi-state effort to limit or reduce climate-damaging climate pollution from the transportation sector. Such an agreement could raise funds to invest in clean transportation alternatives like public transit, walking and biking, and electric vehicles.  

Attend a hearing to support the the Transportation & Climate Accountability Act on February 26th at 1:00 PM in Annapolis.

To volunteer, email legislation@mdsierra.org.

Be sure to register for our Annual Lobby Night in Annapolis on February 25th!

A Just Harvey Recovery (TX)

In the wake of the largest disaster in modern Texas history, the Texas Legislature must ensure equitable and adequate funding for housing, environmental monitoring, disaster relief, and planning. This also includes better planning by state agencies for the extreme climate realities we are facing.

Tell your state lawmakers to make adequate funding for housing, environmental monitoring, disaster relief, and planning a top priority in the 86th Legislature. 
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Hurricane Harvey is still very fresh in our minds, but the clock is ticking on the next major disaster to strike Texas. We need to prepare for it. Many decisions have been made that will affect our ability to recover from Harvey and deal with future climate disasters, but it’s not too late to prepare and make improvements that will save lives and reduce undue suffering from natural disasters.

Enabling local governments to adopt better building codes would mean more buildings developed that can withstand greater weather extremes as well as reduce the number of homes that might otherwise be destroyed in the next natural disaster.

Installing better environmental monitors could help prevent more unintentional releases of harmful pollutants. The Texas Legislature can also make sure our state agencies have better plans to deal with climate change influenced disasters.

Raise Our Energy Efficiency Goal! (TX)

Texas used to be a national leader on energy efficiency, but we’ve sunk to 25th nationwide. Energy efficiency reduces energy bills, improves our local economies, and protects the environment.

It’s time the Texas Legislature adopt a stronger statewide goal for energy efficiency!

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Despite Texas creating a modest energy efficiency standard for our investor-owned utilities back in 2011, we have fallen well behind other states in energy efficiency programs and goals. We have an energy demand reduction goal to reduce energy use at peak summer use, but the state lacks an overall energy savings goal.

A goal of 1% of energy sales would spur the development of cost-saving energy efficiency programs for residential and commercial energy customers.

From improved insulation, to better air conditioners and buildings, and even incentives for on-site solar and energy storage, a bump in our energy efficiency programs would produce jobs, save money, and reduce air emissions and water use at a fraction of the cost of trying to build new supplies.

Thank Governor Wolf for Acting on Climate (All States)

Today, Governor Wolf set the first-ever statewide limit on carbon pollution in Pennsylvania!

Gov. Wolf signed an executive order committing Pennsylvania to reducing greenhouse gas emissions 26 percent by 2025 and 80 percent by 2050 from 2005 levels, consistent with the 2015 Paris Climate Accord. In this action, Gov. Wolf also set clean energy, efficiency, and electric vehicle targets for state agencies - join me in thanking the Governor for this commitment!

Don't forget to leave a personal message letting the Governor know why climate matters to you!

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Thank Governor Wolf for Acting on Climate (All States)

Today, Governor Wolf set the first-ever statewide limit on carbon pollution in Pennsylvania!

Gov. Wolf signed an executive order committing Pennsylvania to reducing greenhouse gas emissions 26 percent by 2025 and 80 percent by 2050 from 2005 levels, consistent with the 2015 Paris Climate Accord. In this action, Gov. Wolf also set clean energy, efficiency, and electric vehicle targets for state agencies - join me in thanking the Governor for this commitment!

Don't forget to leave a personal message letting the Governor know why climate matters to you!

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Renewable Energy Is A Success In Texas - Let’s Keep It That Way! (TX)

Right-wing “think” tanks like the Texas Public Policy Foundation, which is funded by polluting special interests, are on a mission to destroy renewable energy in Texas despite the undeniable benefits it has been for our state.

Tell your legislators we must ensure our transition to a clean energy economy continues!

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Texas is a world leader in wind energy production. In 2018, solar and wind provided 20% of our electricity with no fuel costs, low water needs, and no air pollution. Wind and solar have not only produced low-cost electricity, they have brought thousands of jobs to Texas.

Unfortunately, conservative groups backed by fossil fuel interests who feel threatened by this historic growth have targeted renewable energy gains in recent years. It is likely that some members of the Texas Legislature will attempt to make the playing field more unfair for solar and wind companies, making local tax abatements available to some energy companies but not them. If the legislature decides to continue tax incentives for power production and manufacturing, it would be wrong to remove those same incentives for renewable energy facilities. 

All energy resources get subsidies. We must ensure that if Texas uses them, we maximize benefits for our people. Incentivizing renewable energy means lower energy bills for Texas families, more local jobs, and a cleaner environment.

Tell Gov Little we need a plan to save our salmon & steelhead from extinction! (ID)

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After 2O years and more than $16 billion spent on failing federal recovery efforts, Idaho's salmon and steelhead face extinction. It's time for Idaho to forge a new path forward to save our fish.


​​​​​​The story of Idaho's wild salmon, steelhead and rivers is one rooted in communities across the state. The Columbia-Snake River ecosystem was once one of the top salmon producing ecosystems in the world. Nearly 50% of the Columbia River’s legendary runs of wild salmon and steelhead historically came from the Snake River and its tributaries. 

Unfortunately, when four dams were completed on the lower Snake River in the 1970s, Idaho's once abundant anadromous fish populations plummeted.   These dams created a deadly corridor for salmon migrating to and from the high-quality stream habitats in the Snake River basin. The once-huge runs of wild Snake River salmon have plunged near to extinction.  

The results of business as usual have been disastrous for folks around the state. Idaho's wild salmon and steelhead face declining trends, with major stocks in the Salmon and Clearwater Rivers on the edge of extinction. In 2017 only 250 pairs of wild Middle Fork Salmon Chinook returned to over 600 miles of Idaho habitat,  some of the best  in the lower 48 states. This year's returns are near record lows. These important stocks are at  immediate risk of extinction. 

The good news is that science informs us that corrective action can still be taken to recover salmon and steelhead. What we require now is new leadership from Idaho's elected officials to build a solution that recovers our salmon while protecting  agriculture, affordable electricity rates for Idaho customers, and promote vibrant economies for our river communities. 
 

Protect our right to vote! Ask your member of Congress to co-sponsor H.R.1, the For The People Act (All States)

With recent attacks on the right to vote and the continued intrusion of corporate money into our elections, the foundation of all our environmental progress is at risk.

The only way we can protect communities and ensure clean air and water for all is to have a functioning democracy that is free from the money of billionaires polluting our elections, that stops the dismantling of voting rights, and that puts people in the driver seat of our government priorities.

H.R. 1 will help to safeguard our democracy and our elections from the influence of corporate polluters, ensuring that every voice will be heard both at the ballot box and in Washington. And a fairer and stronger democracy that works for everyone will be better equipped to not only act, but to lead on climate. H.R. 1will:

  • Create a nationwide automatic voter registration system and have same day voter registration, restore the Voting Rights Act, safeguard our election infrastructure from hostile actors, and put an end to partisan gerrymandering;

  • Strengthen ethics laws to curb the influence of corporate polluters by requiring the President to disclose their tax returns, put tougher restrictions on lobbying, prevent elected officials from spending taxpayer dollars to settle sexual harassment lawsuits; and

  • Fix our broken campaign finance system to empower small donors, support public financing of elections, and combat the influence of “dark money” unleashed by Citizens United.

For more than 125 years, the Sierra Club and the American people have relied on a healthy democracy to protect our public lands for future generations to explore and enjoy, to pass common sense, life-saving legislation like the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act, and to safeguard our health. Without a functional, fair, and representative democracy -- where the American people are the ones who hold the power, not corporate polluters and the super rich -- we won’t be able to continue the fight. Ask your Representative to co-sponsor H.R. 1 to support a healthy democracy.

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Oppose the BLM's sloppy, reckless Arctic drilling plan (All States)

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In 2017, the Trump administration snuck language into the tax bill that would open the Arctic Refuge to oil drilling. Since then they've only gotten greedier -- and sloppier. They're clearly rushing to hand the Refuge over to Big Oil before their decision can be reversed in 2020. And we need to do everything in our power to make sure they miss that deadline.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) just released a detailed Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that outlines their drilling plans. And while the tax bill recommended opening 800,000 acres to drilling, this new plan ups that number to a minimum of one million.

The EIS is also supposed to consider the harm that drilling could do to wildlife and Alaska Native tribes, but the BLM is intent on ignoring any concerns that might get in the way of short-term profit. 

There would be lots of harm -- burning the oil in the Refuge would be the carbon equivalent of adding 776 million cars to the road. It would also threaten the human rights of the Gwich'in, who consider the Refuge sacred and rely in its caribou population for 80% of their food supply. 

Add your comment and tell the BLM that this sloppy, reckless oil grab is an outrage.

Tell Boston City Council to Restore Widett Circle! (MA)

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Widett Circle is one of the lowest-lying parcels in the City of Boston, and already floods regularly.  As sea levels rise and storm surges grow, Frontage Road is likely to flood more frequently and endanger neighboring residents and businesses.

Rather than redevelop the site, the City Council should consider restoring part or all of the land as a natural wetland to help alleviate flooding for surrounding areas and to build resilience to sea level rise.

Please contact your City Councilor TODAY and urge them to:
1) Oppose surplusing the property at this time;
2) Engage in a community based process in order to educate residents and businesses about the flooding risks, as well as determine what Boston residents -- who actually own this public property -- think should be done with it.

Thank the DC Council for voting unanimously for the Clean Energy DC Act! (DC)

On Tuesday, December 18, the DC Council voted unanimously to approve the "Clean Energy DC Omnibus Act of 2018," a bold climate bill that includes a commitment to achieve 100% renewable electricity supply across the District by 2032.

After years of working with a diverse coalition of over 100 community groups and DC legislators, we're excited that the District is leading the country with ambitious, attainable climate action -- especially in the absence of federal leadership.

The legislation establishes a goal to use 100% clean, renewable electricity across the District, meaning all municipal operations, residences, and businesses within DC will be powered entirely by renewable sources - including the White House!

Additionally, the bill has strong provisions for maximizing energy efficiency and low-income energy programs, and encourages the transportation sector to transition away from fossil fuels and toward renewable electric power.

Say thanks to the DC Council now for passing this historic legislation and showing their support for a community-wide goal of 100% clean energy for all!

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Mayor Bowser: Sign the DC Clean Energy Act of 2018! (DC)

The D.C. Council unanimously approved the “Clean Energy D.C. Omnibus Act of 2018,” a bold climate bill that includes a commitment to achieve 100 percent renewable electricity supply across the district by 2032.

Now it's up to DC Mayor Muriel Bowser to act.

Sign our petition and ask Mayor Bowser to act on this strong climate legislation right away!

Take Action: Save the Bee (All States)

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The "bee-apocolypse", the massive death of bees, is not science fiction. It's science out of control. According to a recent report from the Department of Agriculture, in just the last year, 33% of hives of honey-producing bees died.

If we lose the bees, we will lose more than their honey. We will lose our strawberries, avocados, peaches, pumpkins and more than 140 fruits and vegetables that depend on the work of bees for pollination. We will lose about 15 billion dollars in agricultural income, small family farms and local businesses. We lose our traditions. But together - with you on our side - we are stronger and we can have a better chance of saving the bees.

Sign the petition to EPA Interim Administrator Andrew Wheeler, to require him to adhere to the Acute Risk Mitigation Policy Representing Pesticides for Bees

Take Action: Save the Bee (All States)

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The "bee-apocolypse", the massive death of bees, is not science fiction. It's science out of control. According to a recent report from the Department of Agriculture, in just the last year, 33% of hives of honey-producing bees died.

If we lose the bees, we will lose more than their honey. We will lose our strawberries, avocados, peaches, pumpkins and more than 140 fruits and vegetables that depend on the work of bees for pollination. We will lose about 15 billion dollars in agricultural income, small family farms and local businesses. We lose our traditions. But together - with you on our side - we are stronger and we can have a better chance of saving the bees.

Sign the petition to EPA Interim Administrator Andrew Wheeler, to require him to adhere to the Acute Risk Mitigation Policy Representing Pesticides for Bees

Take Action: Tell Administrator of the EPA to leave a healthy planet for our children! (All States)

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We know that we need to protect people from the pollution of thermal power plants and coal, car emissions, waste in rivers and oceans.

These are problems that cause serious illnesses such as asthma and cancer. Mr. Wheeler has annulled the protective measures that Nelson Santos, his local organization IDEBAJO and the Sierra Club fought so much to turn into law, putting the interests of those who pollute over protecting public health, risking our right to have clean air and water clean for the benefit of all of us, including our children.

Sign this petition to help families and communities fight for the rights to clean air and pollution-free water, to live, work and play in a healthy environment.
 

Take Action: Tell Administrator of the EPA to leave a healthy planet for our children! (All States)

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Behind the curtain of the Trump administration, the EPA and its allies in the industry continue to discreetly promote policies that

We know that we need to protect people from the pollution of thermal power plants and coal, car emissions, waste in rivers and oceans.

These are problems that cause serious illnesses such as asthma and cancer. Mr. Wheeler has annulled the protective measures that Nelson Santos, his local organization IDEBAJO and the Sierra Club fought so much to turn into law, putting the interests of those who pollute over protecting public health, risking our right to have clean air and water clean for the benefit of all of us, including our children.

Sign this petition to help families and communities fight for the rights to clean air and pollution-free water, to live, work and play in a healthy environment.
 

Take Action: Sign this petition to help communities fight for clean air and water (All States)

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We need your signature to help the Brownsville community conserve clean air and clean water for future generations and curb the polluting effect of industrial plants and maquiladoras. Brownsville could become home to three Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export terminals. An industry that will bring an estimated air pollution of 1 million tons. The type of pollution that causes cancer.

Tell the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that you oppose the construction of any LNG plant in South Texas. These projects are proposed because they could endanger the health of communities throughout Texas, damage the local environment of South Texas, destroy indigenous cultural sites and damage local industries such as shrimp, fishing and ecotourism.

Sign this petition to help families and communities fight for the rights to clean air and pollution-free water, to live, work and play in a healthy environment.

Toma Acción: Firma esta petición para ayudar comunidades en la lucha por aire y agua limpio (All States)

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We need your signature to help the Brownsville community conserve clean air and clean water for future generations and curb the polluting effect of industrial plants and maquiladoras. Brownsville could become home to three Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export terminals. An industry that will bring an estimated air pollution of 1 million tons. The type of pollution that causes cancer.

Tell the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that you oppose the construction of any LNG plant in South Texas. These projects are proposed because they could endanger the health of communities throughout Texas, damage the local environment of South Texas, destroy indigenous cultural sites and damage local industries such as shrimp, fishing and ecotourism.

Sign this petition to help families and communities fight for the rights to clean air and pollution-free water, to live, work and play in a healthy environment.

Decide the Future of Two of Oklahoma's Dirtiest Coal Plants (AR;OK)

2019 has the potential to be a landmark year for Oklahoma's transition from fossil fuels to clean energy.

Sean Trauschke, the CEO of Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E), can decide to be a clean energy leader in 2019. To do so, he must stop buying electricity from the infamous Shady Point coal plant in eastern OK near Poteau and phase out the Sooner coal plant near Ponca City. Sign the petition to him and add your personal reasons for supporting clean energy.

Here's the rundown on each polluting coal plant and how we can replace them with clean energy:
  1. Sooner
    • The bad - It's costing you a lot of money, and OG&E wants to charge you even more. The 40-year-old Sooner coal plant lacks modern pollution controls. Instead of switching to cheaper clean energy sources, though, OG&E has tried for years to make customers pay the $500 MILLION bill to update it and keep it running.
    • How and why you can help - Before the CEO of OG&E tries for a third time to make us pay for the dirty Sooner coal plant, we can convince him to make the right economic and environmental choice to transition to clean energy. Let's tell him that if he applies to increase electricity rates to cover Sooner's costs, we'll loudly oppose him!
  2. Shady Point
  • The bad - The Shady Point coal plant creates air pollution, including mercury that eventually contaminates Oklahoma's lakes and streams. To make matters worse, the plant has its toxic coal ash -- the leftovers from burning tons of coal in the boilers every day -- dumped in pits and piles near the community of Bokoshe, Oklahoma. The people of Bokoshe have been suffering from and fighting the coal ash problem for years. When the wind blows, the people of Bokoshe are exposed to coal ash dust containing toxic heavy metals.
  • How and why you can help - In 2009, Oklahoma Sierra Club supporters helped stop a 200% increase in coal-fired electricity at Shady Point.  Now, we can take the next big step for clean energy.
    • The contract between OG&E and Shady Point will expire in January. This means OG&E can choose to buy electricity from clean, affordable, local energy sources instead. If OG&E does not create a new contract with Shady Point, the plant's owners say they'll shut down the coal plant for good.
Add your name and personal message today!

Why are you #ReadyFor100% clean energy? Sign up to share your story now! (All States)

We all have a story to share. Consider Haven Coleman, for example. Haven is a 12 year-old climate activist from Denver, Colorado who's excited about the future for clean energy. She believes in the powerful potential of young people taking action, and using their stories to inspire the next generation of unstoppable climate activists.

When we launched the Ready For 100 campaign nearly three years ago, about 10 cities and towns across the U.S. had committed to transitioning to 100% clean, renewable energy. Today, over 100 communities are committed to this goal, and over 100,000 activists have taken action for our shared vision of 100% clean energy for 100% of the people.[1]

It's supporters like you who have helped us build a strong, diverse movement of residents, businesses, faith leaders, community groups, and city leaders all across the country who are calling for 100% clean energy. We believe that we all deserve cleaner air, healthier communities, local economic development, affordable electricity bills, and an energy system that works for everyone.

The truth is, no two people have the same reasons for wanting clean energy for all. That's why we're collecting #StoriesFor100% to uplift voices like yours! Sharing the "who" and "why" of this work helps build public will for issues like 100% clean energy, because ultimately, this movement is not about wind turbines and solar panels -- it's about all of us.

Why are you ready for 100% clean, renewable energy in your community? Watch Haven's story -- and join her in sharing your story about why a future powered entirely by renewable energy matters to you.

Add your name and mobile number here, or visit sc.org/storiesfor100 to submit your story now!

Tell the Dept. of State Lands: No Fracked Gas Pipeline and Export Terminal in Oregon! (All States)


A Canadian company wants to ship dangerous and explosive fracked gas through a pipeline across our state, then ship the gas to markets overseas, endangering public and private lands, water, Tribal lands, and wildlife. We say: NO WAY. 

The Jordan Cove export terminal and Pacific Connector pipeline would be a disaster for the climate -- projected to emit 15 times the amount of greenhouse gases than the retiring Boardman coal plant. The 229-mile pipeline would impact 485 rivers, streams, and waterbodies in Oregon on both public and private lands, and require a 95-foot wide clearcut through southwest Oregon’s forests, farms and rivers. Organizers, landowners, Tribal nations, young people, and volunteers have already successfully defeated this project twice. The Trump Administration has resurfaced the project with a national aim of turning Oregon into the only West Coast state with a fracked gas export terminal. 

On Dec 6, 2018, the Oregon Department of State Lands opened a 60-day public comment period on a critical permit needed for this project to move forward -- a "removal fill" permit, which judges the impacts of the dredging needed to build this massive pipeline. We know the dangerous effects this project would have on our state's lands, waterways, wildlife, and communities. Here is a chance to stop this project once and for all.

We encourage you to add in personal anecdotes to your comment about why you care about stopping this project. 

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Construction of the Jordan Cove LNG terminal and pipeline will harm clean water, fishing, navigation, and public recreation by:
  • Cutting down streamside trees, resulting in warmer stream temperatures that harm fish;
  • Disturbing and re-suspending toxic materials in and around waterways;
  • Permanently destroying wetlands;
  • Potentially releasing drilling chemicals and other contaminants into rivers and streams;
  • Crossing the rivers and streams that are the drinking water source for 12 public drinking water systems and more than 116,000 Oregonians;
  • Fundamentally altering the Coos Bay estuary, increasing murkiness and degrading habitat for salmon and shellfish, like oysters and clams;
  • Modifying the navigation channel at Coos Bay that would interfere with the ability of the public to access these areas for fishing and recreation; and
  • Increasing ship traffic in the navigation channel that could increase invasive species released through ballast or engine cooling water.

Tell Your Senators: The Next Interior Secretary Must Protect Our Public Lands, Not Sell Them Out to Big Oil. (All States)

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Almost two years ago, Interior Secretary Zinke rode into office on horseback. Now he’s slinking back to Montana in disgrace after resigning in a cloud of scandal. But this wannabe cowboy can’t run from the law forever -- his own agency just referred his case to the Justice Department for criminal investigation.

When the Trump administration refused to hold Zinke accountable for selling out our public lands, we stepped in. With rallies, emails, phone calls and tweets, we made sure his scandals stayed in the spotlight -- from private flights to shady energy contracts and an unprecedented move to raid public lands for profit.

But his likely replacement, David Bernhardt, is a former oil and gas lobbyist whose firm sued the DOI four times over endangered species protections. And he’s just as eager to sell out our public lands for short-term profit.

Confirming Zinke was a mistake from day one -- and Congress needs to do better this time. Tell your senator to confirm a nominee who will protect our public lands, not sell them out to Big Oil and corporate polluters.

Don’t let Trump’s EPA allow more dirty, climate-disrupting coal plants! (All States)

Trump’s EPA is proposing to make it easier to build more coal-fired power plants, but we have a chance to stop them. Under the Obama administration, millions of people just like you demanded EPA set limits on how much carbon pollution new coal plants could dump into the atmosphere. Because of efforts like this -- as well as the poor economics and strong grassroots opposition to new coal plants -- there are almost no proposed coal-fired power plants in the U.S. right now.

At a time when we see the effects of climate change affecting our communities, we must stand up to the Trump administration and support limits of how much carbon pollution they can spew in our atmosphere. You can submit your comment directly to the EPA, but it will be even more effective if you tell EPA how climate change and other pollution affects you personally and  your community.

Tell your story today and tell the EPA to keep limits on carbon pollution from dirty coal-fired power plants.

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Tell the House Natural Resources Committee to stop the Trump administration's reckless oil leasing in 2019. (All States)

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By now, former Interior Secretary Zinke is infamous for selling out public lands to Big Oil. While Zinke recently resigned in shame, many of his worst policies are still in place -- like the "energy dominance" agenda that has quadrupled the speed of oil and gas leasing on public lands across the West. 

Fortunately, the balance of power is changing -- and the new House Natural Resources Committee is part of that change. The committee has the oversight power to halt these lease sales and protect millions of acres of public land from Big Oil.

Congress has a lot of work to do in 2019, and we need to make sure that stopping these reckless lease sales is a top priority. Tell your representative to take immediate action on this issue in the new year.

Sign up and Make a Difference in the 2019 Legislative Session! (MN)

Thank you for helping us to welcome our new Governor and set the tone for climate action over the next few years. 

Minnesota’s legislative session is just a month away and we’ll need all hands on deck to pass good climate and clean energy policy and defend the progress we’ve already made.

We’ll need all of you to pitch in by making calls to your legislators and showing up to important hearings and lobby days.

Sign up to be added to our rapid response list and we’ll make sure to send you opportunities to make a difference at the Capitol.
 

Toma Acción: ¡Salva las Abejas! (All States)

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El “apicalipsis”, la muerte masiva de abejas, no es ciencia ficción. Es ciencia fuera de control. Según un informe reciente del Departamento de Agricultura, en apenas el último año, murió el 33% de las colmenas de abejas productoras de miel. 

Si perdemos a las abejas, perderemos más que su miel. Perderemos nuestras fresas, aguacates, melocotones, calabazas y más de 140 frutas y hortalizas que dependen del trabajo de las abejas para su polinización. Perderemos unos 15 mil millones de dólares en ingresos agrícolas, pequeñas granjas familiares y empresas locales. Perdemos nuestras tradiciones. Pero juntos — contigo de nuestro lado — somos más fuertes y podemos tener mejor oportunidad de salvar a las abejas. 

Firma la petición dirigida al Administrador Interino de la EPA Andrew Wheeler, para exigirle que se adhiera a la Política de Mitigación del Riesgo Agudo que Representan los Plaguicidas para las Abejas

Toma Acción: ¡Salva las Abejas! (All States)

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El “apicalipsis”, la muerte masiva de abejas, no es ciencia ficción. Es ciencia fuera de control. Según un informe reciente del Departamento de Agricultura, en apenas el último año, murió el 33% de las colmenas de abejas productoras de miel. 

Si perdemos a las abejas, perderemos más que su miel. Perderemos nuestras fresas, aguacates, melocotones, calabazas y más de 140 frutas y hortalizas que dependen del trabajo de las abejas para su polinización. Perderemos unos 15 mil millones de dólares en ingresos agrícolas, pequeñas granjas familiares y empresas locales. Perdemos nuestras tradiciones. Pero juntos — contigo de nuestro lado — somos más fuertes y podemos tener mejor oportunidad de salvar a las abejas. 

Firma la petición dirigida al Administrador Interino de la EPA Andrew Wheeler, para exigirle que se adhiera a la Política de Mitigación del Riesgo Agudo que Representan los Plaguicidas para las Abejas

Toma Acción: Firma esta petición para ayudar comunidades en la lucha por aire y agua limpio (All States)

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Necesitamos tu firma para ayudar a la comunidad de Brownsville a conservar el aire limpio y el agua limpia para las generaciones futuras y poner freno al efecto contaminante de las plantas industriales y las maquiladoras. Brownsville podría convertirse en el hogar de tres terminales de exportación de Gas Natural Licuado (LNG por sus siglas en inglés). Una industria que traerá una contaminación atmosférica estimada en 1 millón de toneladas. El tipo de contaminación que causa cáncer. 

Dígale a la Comisión Federal Reguladora de Energía (FERC) que se opone a la construcción de cualquier planta de GNL en el sur de Texas. Estos proyectos propuestos porque podrían poner en peligro la salud de las comunidades en todo Texas, dañar el medio ambiente local del sur de Texas, destruir sitios culturales indígenas y dañar industrias locales como camarones, pesca y ecoturismo.

Firma esta petición para ayudar a familias y comunidades en la lucha por los derechos a tener aire limpio y agua libre de contaminación, para vivir, trabajar y jugar en un ambiente saludable.

Toma Acción: Firma esta petición para ayudar comunidades en la lucha por aire y agua limpio (All States)

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Necesitamos tu firma para ayudar a la comunidad de Brownsville a conservar el aire limpio y el agua limpia para las generaciones futuras y poner freno al efecto contaminante de las plantas industriales y las maquiladoras. Brownsville podría convertirse en el hogar de tres terminales de exportación de Gas Natural Licuado (LNG por sus siglas en inglés). Una industria que traerá una contaminación atmosférica estimada en 1 millón de toneladas. El tipo de contaminación que causa cáncer. 

Dígale a la Comisión Federal Reguladora de Energía (FERC) que se opone a la construcción de cualquier planta de GNL en el sur de Texas. Estos proyectos propuestos porque podrían poner en peligro la salud de las comunidades en todo Texas, dañar el medio ambiente local del sur de Texas, destruir sitios culturales indígenas y dañar industrias locales como camarones, pesca y ecoturismo.

Firma esta petición para ayudar a familias y comunidades en la lucha por los derechos a tener aire limpio y agua libre de contaminación, para vivir, trabajar y jugar en un ambiente saludable.

¡Únete al movimiento para cambiar de la energía sucia a la energía 100% limpia y renovable ahora! (All States)

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¡Sabemos que con el poder de más de 55 millones de latinos en los Estados Unidos podemos lograrlo todo!

Por ejemplo, juntos podemos lograr el cambio de la energía fósil --energía sucia proveniente del carbón o el petróleo-- a la energía renovable --energía limpia proveniente del sol o el viento-- y garantizar buenos empleos, aire limpio, agua limpia y una mejor calidad de vida en nuestras comunidades. Las plantas de carbón son una gran fuente de contaminación y gases de efecto invernadero, que a su vez son la causa del cambio climático. Son malas para nuestra salud y para la salud de nuestro planeta. De hecho, el cierre de plantas de carbón ha salvado más de 7,000 vidas y prevenido más de 81,000 ataques de asma. Pero es necesario hacer más que detener lo que es malo y nocivo para nuestras comunidades y el ambiente. Por eso el Sierra Club lanzó la campaña #ReadyFor100, para convencer a los alcaldes de este país a que operen sus ciudades con energía 100% limpia y renovable, como la energía solar o del viento. 

¿Estás listo para un futuro impulsado por un 100% de energía limpia y renovable para todos? ¡Únete al movimiento para cambiar de la energía sucia a la energía 100% limpia y renovable ahora! 

¡Únete al movimiento para cambiar de la energía sucia a la energía 100% limpia y renovable ahora! (All States)

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¡Sabemos que con el poder de más de 55 millones de latinos en los Estados Unidos podemos lograrlo todo!

Por ejemplo, juntos podemos lograr el cambio de la energía fósil --energía sucia proveniente del carbón o el petróleo-- a la energía renovable --energía limpia proveniente del sol o el viento-- y garantizar buenos empleos, aire limpio, agua limpia y una mejor calidad de vida en nuestras comunidades. Las plantas de carbón son una gran fuente de contaminación y gases de efecto invernadero, que a su vez son la causa del cambio climático. Son malas para nuestra salud y para la salud de nuestro planeta. De hecho, el cierre de plantas de carbón ha salvado más de 7,000 vidas y prevenido más de 81,000 ataques de asma. Pero es necesario hacer más que detener lo que es malo y nocivo para nuestras comunidades y el ambiente. Por eso el Sierra Club lanzó la campaña #ReadyFor100, para convencer a los alcaldes de este país a que operen sus ciudades con energía 100% limpia y renovable, como la energía solar o del viento. 

¿Estás listo para un futuro impulsado por un 100% de energía limpia y renovable para todos? ¡Únete al movimiento para cambiar de la energía sucia a la energía 100% limpia y renovable ahora! 

Tomar Acción: ¡Solicito al Administrador de la Agencia de Protección Ambiental (EPA) que deje un planeta saludable como legado para nuestros niños! (All States)

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Detrás de la cortina de la administración Trump, la EPA y sus aliados en la industria continúan impulsando discretamente políticas que

Sabemos que necesitamos proteger a las personas de la contaminación de plantas de energía térmica y carbón, emisiones de automóviles, de desperdicios en ríos y océanos.

Estos son problemas que causan enfermedades serias como asma y cáncer. Sr. Wheeler ha anulado las medidas protectoras que Nelson Santos, su organización local IDEBAJO y el Sierra Club lucharon tanto por convertir en ley, poniendo los intereses de quienes contaminan por encima de proteger la salud pública, arriesgando nuestro derecho a tener aire limpio y agua limpia para beneficio de todos nosotros, incluyendo nuestros niños.

Firma esta petición para ayudar a familias y comunidades en la lucha por los derechos a tener aire limpio y agua libre de contaminación, para vivir, trabajar y jugar en un ambiente saludable.

Tomar Acción: ¡Solicito al Administrador de la Agencia de Protección Ambiental (EPA) que deje un planeta saludable como legado para nuestros niños! (All States)

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Detrás de la cortina de la administración Trump, la EPA y sus aliados en la industria continúan impulsando discretamente políticas que

Sabemos que necesitamos proteger a las personas de la contaminación de plantas de energía térmica y carbón, emisiones de automóviles, de desperdicios en ríos y océanos.

Estos son problemas que causan enfermedades serias como asma y cáncer. Sr. Wheeler ha anulado las medidas protectoras que Nelson Santos, su organización local IDEBAJO y el Sierra Club lucharon tanto por convertir en ley, poniendo los intereses de quienes contaminan por encima de proteger la salud pública, arriesgando nuestro derecho a tener aire limpio y agua limpia para beneficio de todos nosotros, incluyendo nuestros niños.

Firma esta petición para ayudar a familias y comunidades en la lucha por los derechos a tener aire limpio y agua libre de contaminación, para vivir, trabajar y jugar en un ambiente saludable.

Dile a Dow Chemical: Prohibir Pesticidas Tóxicos (All States)

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Detrás de la cortina de la administración Trump, la EPA y sus aliados en la industria continúan impulsando discretamente políticas que son peligrosas. ¿Quiénes son las víctimas de su última decisión? 

Niños, trabajadores agrícolas y especies en peligro de extinción. La EPA ahora ha anulado una prohibición que estaba planeada para el clorpirifos insecticida fabricado por Dow, que se ha relacionado con el daño cerebral, esto hace que los niños y los trabajadores agrícolas sean los más vulnerables. 

Defiende la ciencia y la salud pública hoy. Firme nuestra petición: dígale a Dow Chemical que deje de envenenar a las personas y al planeta con pesticidas altamente tóxicos.

Tell Ford to Protect Clean Car Standards! (All States)

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The clean car standards enacted by the Obama administration were a huge step toward reducing climate pollution, and they helped Americans save money at the gas pump. But just two days after Donald Trump's inauguration, auto executives started plotting to turn them back. Now companies like Ford are working hand-in-hand with the Trump administration to get these standards overturned in a blatant attempt to rig the system for corporate polluters at the expense of public health and our climate. 

That's why the Sierra Club is building a coalition to hold the auto industry accountable to clean car standards. Partnering with Public Citizen, Greenpeace, and other grassroots organizations, we're fighting to keep our air clean and our climate safe. Transportation is the single largest and fastest-growing source of emissions in the U.S. For now, clean car standards are helping us drive away six billion metric tons of dangerous carbon pollution and keep 12 billion barrels of oil in the ground. Rolling back the standards might be what the auto industry lobbyists in Washington want, but it would be a catastrophe for American families.

Tell automakers we need to strengthen clean car standards -- not roll them back -- for clean air, a healthy climate for our families, and creating more high-paying jobs for the next generation building tomorrow's clean cars.

Dile a Dow Chemical: Prohibir Pesticidas Tóxicos (All States)

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Detrás de la cortina de la administración Trump, la EPA y sus aliados en la industria continúan impulsando discretamente políticas que son peligrosas. ¿Quiénes son las víctimas de su última decisión? 

Niños, trabajadores agrícolas y especies en peligro de extinción. La EPA ahora ha anulado una prohibición que estaba planeada para el clorpirifos insecticida fabricado por Dow, que se ha relacionado con el daño cerebral, esto hace que los niños y los trabajadores agrícolas sean los más vulnerables. 

Defiende la ciencia y la salud pública hoy. Firme nuestra petición: dígale a Dow Chemical que deje de envenenar a las personas y al planeta con pesticidas altamente tóxicos.

Toma Acción: ¡No dejes que derroten al Monumento Nacional de las Sequoias Gigantes! (All States)

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El presidente ha pedido que se revise la categoría del Giant Sequoia National Monument como monumento nacional, poniendo en peligro nuestras preciosas secoyas gigantes que, hasta ahora, gozaban de completa protección. El monumento podría quedar reducido de 328.000 acres a tan sólo 90.000

¡Haz algo! ¡No permitas que abran el Giant Sequoia National Monument a los madereros!

Don’t let President Trump’s EPA put drinking water at risk (All States)

Too many communities throughout the country can’t access safe, reliable drinking water. The Trump administration’s latest proposal would make that problem worse.

For more than 46 years, thanks to the Clean Water Act, we have made significant progress in making our water safer for swimming, fishing, and drinking, yet it’s clear there is still much more to be done. But instead of doing more to safeguard our water, the Trump administration’s Dirty Water Rule will turn back the clock to a time when fewer protections existed to safeguard people and wildlife from harmful pollution in our waters.

Drinking water sources are interconnected. Streams flow into larger rivers and lakes and wetlands are connected to watersheds. No body of water, no matter how small, is safe to pollute.

The Trump administration is putting the profits of corporate polluters ahead of the needs of our communities, businesses, and drinking water. Tell the EPA to withdraw this outrageous scheme to wipe out protections for water.

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Thank Mayor Hagerty for supporting Evanston's commitment to 100% clean, renewable energy for all! (IL)

On Monday, December 10, the Evanston City Council unanimously approved the city’s new Climate Action and Resilience Plan [1], which includes a commitment to achieve 100% clean, renewable electricity supply community-wide by 2030, along with other bold goals to act on climate change.   

This historic commitment means that Evanston is the first municipality in Illinois, and the 102nd city nationwide [2], to establish a goal of transitioning to 100% clean and renewable electricity for all. The plan calls for carbon neutrality by 2050, zero waste by 2050, and 100% renewable electricity by 2030, among other steps to combat climate change. The plan was developed by a 17-member working group appointed by Mayor Stephen Hagerty. The plan identifies critical actions that Evanston must take to help avoid cataclysmic effects of climate change, as well as key strategies to ensure that Evanston is prepared to deal with those climate hazards.  

Evanston is blazing a trail in the Prairie State by being the first city in Illinois to commit to powering itself entirely with clean energy. A transition to 100% renewable electricity by 2030 means cleaner air, energy bill savings, local solar development and job creation, and a healthier community for all Evanstonians. As a Mayor For 100% Clean Energy [3], Mayor Hagerty’s leadership in prioritizing and developing Evanston’s Climate Action and Resilience Plan has helped ensure that Evanston will pursue a better energy system for everyone, and we thank him and city council members for passing this ambitious plan.

Let Mayor Hagerty know you’re proud of Evanston’s leadership and their support of a just and equitable transition to 100% clean, renewable energy for all! Say thanks now!

Evanston is committed to 100% clean energy!

Remove SE USA from 2019-2024 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program (FL;GA;MD;NC;SC;VA)

The Cypress Group of the North Carolina Sierra Club represents most of the Atlantic coast of North Carolina. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, led by Trump and Big Oil, just released a draft of the proposed 2019-2024 Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas leasing program. This risky plan blatantly disregards permanent protections in the Atlantic Ocean, along with the voices of hundreds of thousands of coastal residents and fishing families who depend on clean water and clean beaches to thrive.

Thousands of Americans -- and especially North Carolinians like you -- have stated their steadfast opposition to offshore drilling loud and clear. It would not only be a danger to our climate, but also to our huge tourism economy, our world-renowned marine resources, and our military. We must raise our voices again and this time we must be even louder. President Trump’s reckless plan for a drilling “do over” must be rejected.

Submit your public comment today and speak out against Trump’s risky drilling plan!

Toma Acción: ¡No dejes que derroten al Monumento Nacional de las Sequoias Gigantes! (All States)

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El presidente ha pedido que se revise la categoría del Giant Sequoia National Monument como monumento nacional, poniendo en peligro nuestras preciosas secoyas gigantes que, hasta ahora, gozaban de completa protección. El monumento podría quedar reducido de 328.000 acres a tan sólo 90.000

¡Haz algo! ¡No permitas que abran el Giant Sequoia National Monument a los madereros!

Make Greenville a "Cool City!" (NC)

Let's make sure that our Greenville City Council continues to fight global warming by completing the implementation steps for Cool Cities that they approved in 2007. 

North Carolinian's are aware of and supportive of the role of state and local government in bringing about the necessary changes. Gov. Cooper signed Executive Order 80, "North Carolina's Commitment to Address Climate Change and Transition to a Clean Energy Economy," on this fall. Our cities and towns must follow this example of leadership on climate!

We want:
1. Commitment to a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40% below 2005 levels by 2025. 
2. Requirement that a plan of action to achieve these objectives be incorporated in the work of all departments of city government, and its adoption be promoted among all organizations and residents of the city.
3. Creation within city government of an entity, to include staff and relevant stakeholders, which will be responsible for this program, to include responsibility for development, implementation and evaluation of programs and activities that will achieve a transition to renewable energy concomitant with state plans.

Add your voice in support of this critical plan for Greenville's future!

Help protect Lake Michigan against invasive Asian carp! (IL)

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Lake Michigan is Illinois’ largest recreational resource, one of our biggest tourism drivers and economic assets, and our largest public drinking water supply, serving nearly 6.6 million people. The Lake Michigan watershed in Illinois is home to half of our state’s total population.

Illinois is also home to the main connection between the Mississippi River system (including the Illinois River) and the Great Lakes basin. This connection presents a real concern that invasive Asian carp, now living in the Illinois River system, will reach Lake Michigan and put everything it provides for us at risk.

Asian carp are already wreaking havoc on the Illinois River system, presenting a safety risk to all who fish and recreate on it and eating the food source of native fish species. The damage they could do on Chicago area waterways -- including the Chicago River which has recently seen major investment and recovery of native aquatic species -- is of high concern.

Just last year, an Asian carp was found only 9 miles from Lake Michigan in the Calumet River. While this news is alarming, it doesn’t mean it’s too late to stop the Asian carp population from reaching the Great Lakes.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been working on a plan to stop Asian carp, and they’re currently accepting comments from the public on their final plan. The plan includes installing additional protections at a choke point in the Des Plaines River,  just downstream of Chicago and Lake Michigan at the Brandon Road Lock & Dam.

Make your voice heard in the struggle to stop Asian carp. Tell the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers you support their plan and urge them to commit funding for the next phase of the project, complete construction quickly, and allow for additional protections to be added in the future to further reduce the risk that Asian carp and other invasive species will reach Lake Michigan.  

We’ve drafted a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for you that outlines the issue and urges them to move swiftly to protect the Great Lakes. Simply enter your information and hit send on the next page. Edit the comment letter or add a personal message to make it even stronger. Tell the Corps why this issue matters to you.

No fracking way: Join Our Team of Southerners fighting gas (All States)

We need Southerners like you to step up and fight greedy utilities polluting our water, air, and land.

Sign up to learn about the fight for cleaner energy in the South. You'll hear about updates, action alerts, and events about energy near you.

Folks across the South are calling out the greed from utilities like Southern Company, FPL, Duke, and Dominion who claim fracked gas is a clean alternative like renewable energy. Instead of investing in clean, safe, job creating renewables; utilities are doubling down on dirty fossil fuels--putting their bottom line above your health and protecting the planet.

Tell BBRS to support Better Building Codes for Massachusetts (MA)

State agencies are currently modeling scenarios for energy use in our state, a large portion of which is consumed by operating our buildings. These scenarios are finding that we must aggressively increase building efficiency in order to meet the legally mandated reduction of emissions laid out by the 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act, and reiterated by Governor Baker’s 2016 Executive Order on Climate Change. These emissions reductions will not be possible without a fast transition to electric air-source heat pumps for building space heating and water heating, improved thermal envelopes, reduced overall building energy use, and support for electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

100+ Cities Committed to 100% Clean Energy -- Let Your Mayor & Local Leaders Know You’re #ReadyFor100% Clean Energy Too! (All States)

Across the United States, 100+ cities and towns have now committed to transition to 100% clean, renewable energy. This means that 1 in 7 Americans -- 48.7 million people in total -- now lives in places that are committed to a future powered entirely by renewable energy, like wind and solar.

Together, these 100+ cities and towns prove that local action is driving national and global impact. 

Take action now and ask your mayor and local leaders to move your community to 100% clean, renewable energy for all!

Broad and bipartisan public support for 100% is at an all-time high -- and utilities know it [1]. According to a recent poll, over 80% of the population thinks 100% clean energy is a good idea [2]. In addition to the 100 cities and towns, 11 counties, and two states [3] that have now committed to going all-renewable, over 200 mayors [4] and 155 companies [5] have made similar commitments.

But despite our shared success, this movement will not relent until all communities have access to cheap, healthy, clean and renewable energy.

Let your mayor and local leaders know that you're ready for 100% clean, renewable energy, for 100% of your community now!

100 Cities Committed to 100% Clean Energy!

References:
1. Roberts, David, “Utilities Have a Problem: the Public Wants 100% Renewable Energy, and Quick.” Vox Media, 11 Oct. 2018
2. “New State Surveys Show Broad Support for Transition to 100% Clean Energy.” Sierra Club, 19 Mar. 2018
3. “100% Commitments in Cities, Counties, & States.” Sierra Club, 3 Nov. 2018
4. “Mayors For 100% Clean Energy.” Sierra Club, 4 Oct. 2018
5.  “Companies.” RE100
6. "100 Cities Agree: 100% Clean Energy For All." Sierra Club, 6 Dec. 2018

Tell MidAmerican: Make 100% = 100% (IA)

Join us in calling on MidAmerican to show a path to REAL 100% clean energy.

MidAmerican recently claimed that it will generate 100% of its energy from renewable energy sources, yet they're still one of the country's top carbon polluters. The company still owns FIVE coal plants in Iowa -- producing enough energy to power 1.6 million homes.

Clean energy is now more affordable than coal, and Iowa's renewable energy leadership has attracted good-paying jobs to our state.We can't let MidAmerican continue to cover up its coal use. 

Send a message to MidAmerican CEO Adam L. Wright and demand a true 100% commitment!

Take Action on Climate Change, Iowa! (IA)

Join us in fighting MidAmerican Energy's coal fleet to help protect Iowa's climate!

Climate action is more urgent than ever. Recent reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) show that we have less than 12 years to get our act together to avoid catastrophic climate change. Here in Iowa we already have seen the effects of drought, flooding, and dangerous heat waves. 

Meanwhile, MidAmerican Energy still owns FIVE coal plants in Iowa -- dumping pollution into our skies and contributing to our climate crisis. Worse, they have no plans to retire these plants! 

Send a message to MidAmerican CEO Adam L. Wright and demand he take action on climate change by ditching coal!

Sign up to hive mind better food and agriculture in 2019! (All States)

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It's time to get serious about the birds and the bees pollinating our food crops, the dangers of toxic pesticides, and sustainable agriculture's major role in providing critical solutions to cool our climate. Sign up to stay informed in 2019 and let us know if you want to help us take action! Grassroots leaders are prepping a better future for pollinators, clean food in safe communities, and sustainable agriculture next year. We need people with all kinds of skills from across the country to come together and take responsibility to ensure a safe environment, eco-safe agriculture, healthy pollination, and a robust food and water supply for the next seven generations. 

Join us to take action if you have concerns about the following: 

  • pollinators 
  • pesticides and other agrochemicals
  • public health or reproductive rights
  • sustainable agriculture
  • food sovereignty and security
  • farmworker justice
  • pollution from corn ethanol and soy biodiesel production
  • clean water 
Take a brief survey on your volunteer skills so we can connect you to a hive with like-minded interests in 2019. If we all do our parts and unite our efforts, we can be unstoppable!

Please check all categories that apply and provide additional details in the 'Other' category. Thank you and way to bee!

MILES FROM NOWHERE - STOP PARADISE VALLEY (CA)

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HELP PROTECT MY HOME - STOP PARADISE VALLEY DEVELOPMENT
   (photo credit David McChesney)

The Glorious Land Company (yes, that's really the name….) proposes to build a new town called "Paradise Valley" in the desert many miles east of the Coachella Valley. Paradise Valley would occupy 5,000 acres sandwiched between Joshua Tree National Park and the Mecca Hills Wilderness, including 8500 homes  and 1.38 million sq. ft. of commercial, retail, and public facilities. 

Paradise Valley is leap frog development at its worst, with all that signifies  -  greenhouse gas emissions, air quality impacts, loss of dark night sky, habitat disruption and uncertain water supply in the desert.

Everyone deserves to breathe clean and healthy air -- Sign our petition today! (CA)

For more than 12 million Californians, breathing polluted air has become an almost daily reality -- and it's killing us. More than 5,000 Californians die prematurely from air pollution every year -- that's more than from traffic accidents and crime combined! [1]

Most of SoCal's air pollution is caused by increased trucking and goods movement across the region, and the polluting diesel and gas trucks that come with it. Southern California has some of the busiest cargo and freight corridors in the nation. [2]
 
***Facts alone don't quite paint the picture, so we captured the footage shown on the video on this page to demonstrate the scale of the pollution to our neighborhoods.***

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has the power to create rules and drive policies that will clean up our air and protect our children's health while simultaneously keeping our economy strong. And they work for us, the public, so let's hold them accountable to their responsibility to keep our air clean.

Sign the petition to urge the SCAQMD Governing Board to do more to improve air quality and protect our health. Tell them to adopt a strong Indirect Source Rule that puts investments in zero-emission vehicles and electrification at the forefront of the rule.

It's time to prioritize the investment in clean technologies like zero-emission vehicles and battery electric trucks. Our health and our children's future should not be at risk simply by breathing.

Sign the petition and please don't forget to add your personal comment -- Tell the SCAQMD why you want them to do more to improve air quality in your community. 
 

Pledge to Repower Indiana (IN)

It’s time for Hoosiers to demand an end to a legacy of Super Polluters and sacrifice zones in Indiana. Take the pledge and join our campaigns to Repower Indiana and ensure clean energy for all!

Tell Your Senators to Oppose Andrew Wheeler as EPA Administrator (All States)

User-added imageDonald Trump has nominated former coal lobbyist and current Acting EPA Administrator, Andrew Wheeler, to head the agency full time.

As Acting Administrator, Andrew Wheeler has already worked to allow more pollution into our air and water and done the bidding of corporate polluters. This includes gutting the coal ash rule, clean car standards, weakening methane pollution safeguards, and putting forward a Dirty Power Plan that EPA's own analysis says will cause an additional 1,400 deaths each year due to more pollution. He is also pushing plans to reverse how the EPA calculates public health impacts from its own rules. This would ruin the lifesaving Mercury and Air Toxics Standards finalized in 2012, opening the door to more toxic mercury pollution from coal plants and jeopardizing women and children. Furthermore, Wheeler is pushing to redefine which U.S. waterways are covered by the Clean Water Act, putting drinking water for 1 in 3 Americans at risk.

As if that weren't enough, Wheeler, like his ousted predecessor, Scott Pruitt, has seen his share of scandal. Wheeler has shared and liked racist posts on social media and engaged with right-wing trolls and conspiracy theorists.  

Tell your senators to oppose his nomination!

Protect the Alaskan Coast from Dangerous Drilling! (All States)

The Arctic is warming at a rate of almost twice the global average. Yet the Trump administration is fast-tracking a process to approve the first-ever drilling project in federal waters off the Alaskan coast.
 

Hilcorp Energy has been approved to build a 9-acre artificial island close to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The company has an abysmal record for environmental protection, with various spills, leaks, and other disasters in their history. With no current plan in place to address such a catastrophe our climate, local people, and wildlife will be at risk.


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Tell BlackRock's CEO: Stop Funding the Climate Crisis (All States)

As the world’s biggest owner of fossil fuel companies, BlackRock is biggest driver of climate destruction on the planet today. They are the number one investor in new coal plant production, one of the largest investors in oil and gas, and the top US investor in companies destroying the world’s rainforests. BlackRock is also a top shareholder of many of the big banks that fund the development of new dirty fuels and pipelines.

It’s clear that BlackRock has a big climate problem, but they also have a big opportunity to fix it. BlackRock CEO Larry Fink says he wants to be a climate leader and has been vocal about the need for greater corporate social responsibility. Right now, that's mostly talk -- but if enough of us raise our voices, BlackRock will have to square its actions with its leader’s words.

It’s time for BlackRock to put their money and power where their mouth is. Send a message now to CEO Larry Fink to be a true leader and stop investing in climate destruction!
 
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Tell This Seismic Testing Company to Meet With the Gwich'in! (All States)

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This winter, a little-known oil services company called SAExploration wants to begin seismic oil testing in the Arctic Refuge -- the first step in opening the area to Big Oil. The company wants to send 90,000-lb "thumper trucks" crawling across the tundra, slamming into the ground in search of oil deposits.

SAExploration executives know that seismic testing will scar the tundra, harm denning polar bears, and hasten the destruction of this landscape. But they won't sit face to face with the people who will be left with their mess. They've been ignoring requests to meet with the Gwich'in, an Alaska Native tribe that holds the Refuge sacred and would be directly impacted by drilling.

Companies like SAExploration have an obligation to address the concerns of the people who will be impacted by their work. Send a message to their Board of Directors and demand that they meet with Tribal leaders.
 

100+ Cities Committed to 100% Clean Energy -- Say Thanks now! (All States)

Across the United States, 100+ cities and towns have now committed to transition to 100% clean, renewable energy. This means that 1 in 7 Americans -- 48.7 million people total -- now lives in places that are committed to a future powered entirely by renewable energy, like wind and solar.

Together, these 100+ cities and towns prove that local action is driving national and global impact.

Thank your mayor and local leaders for believing in the vision of 100% clean energy and committing your community to 100% clean, renewable energy for all!

Broad and bipartisan public support for 100% is at an all-time high -- and utilities know it [1]. According to a recent poll, over 80% of the population thinks 100% clean energy is a good idea [2]. In addition to the 100 cities and towns, 11 counties, and two states [3] that have now committed to going all-renewable, over 200 mayors [4] and 155 companies [5] have made similar commitments.

But despite our shared success, our work is far from over. Now it's time to roll up our sleeves and act on our commitments. From Denver to Cleveland to Atlanta and beyond, cities are making it clear that the transition to 100% renewable energy must be equitable and just. And we're already seeing progress:
  • Voters in Portland, Oregon just passed the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Initiative, a measure that will require large businesses to help fund clean energy projects that will benefit frontline communities, ensuring that the city puts local residents first as it meets its 100% goal.
  • In Southern California, San Diego and cities in L.A. and Ventura Counties are pursuing Community Choice Aggregation as a pathway to reach climate and clean energy goals, allowing communities to have greater control over where their energy comes from.
  • Atlanta is prioritizing energy efficiency and local solar generation as it maps its path to 100% renewable energy with the intent to reduce electricity burdens for all residents.
  • Utilities like Xcel Energy and Platte River Power Authority are responding to the growing number of 100% renewable commitments established by cities in their service areas by issuing ambitious clean energy goals of their own. 
Thank your mayor and local leaders for their commitment to clean energy, and let them know it's time to take the next step towards a just and equitable transition of your community to 100% clean energy for all!

100 Cities Committed to 100% Clean Energy!



​​​​​​References:
1. Roberts, David, “Utilities Have a Problem: the Public Wants 100% Renewable Energy, and Quick.” Vox Media, 11 Oct. 2018
2. “New State Surveys Show Broad Support for Transition to 100% Clean Energy.” Sierra Club, 19 Mar. 2018
3. “100% Commitments in Cities, Counties, & States.” Sierra Club, 3 Nov. 2018
4. “Mayors For 100% Clean Energy.” Sierra Club, 4 Oct. 2018
5.  “Companies.” RE100
6. "100 Cities Agree: 100% Clean Energy For All." Sierra Club, 6 Dec. 2018

Louisville Metro Council: Support the 100% Clean Energy Resolution (KY)

Please fill in the boxes and click on the action buttons to tell all members of Metro Council’s Parks and Sustainability Committee to support a fast, just transition to 100% clean renewable energy.   Also, please “add a personal message” in your own words (here are more talking points). 

Last September, a group of citizen leaders presented to Metro Council “A RESOLUTION FOR 100% CLEAN ENERGY FOR METRO LOUISVILLE OPERATIONS BY 2030 AND COMMUNITY-WIDE BY 2035.”  Council President David James sponsored and introduced the resolution.  The Parks and Sustainability Committee held two hearings on the Resolution last fall, but no vote was taken.  The issue has now been put on the agenda for the committee meeting on March 14, 2019.  Also, the membership of the committee has changed since last year.  The seven committee members are now:  Chair Cindi Fowler (D-14), James Peden (R-23), Kevin Triplett (D-15), Marilyn Parker (R-18), Mark H. Fox (D-13), Nicole George (D-21), and Pat Mulvihill (D-10).

So why make this transition now:  (1) Overwhelming scientific consensus says that there is no way forward to a livable climate without stopping the use of all fossil fuels.  (2) In particular, the increased rainfall associated with a warming climate is an existential threat to Louisville.  (3) A clean energy economy will provide cleaner air and a healthier community.  (4) A clean energy economy will provide lots of jobs.  (5) There is a global movement calling for 100% clean energy, and ninety U.S. cities have already adopted 100% clean energy goals (including Atlanta and St. Louis). 

Last December, Mayor Fischer announced that the city has a set of goal to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050.  This is good news.  However, the accelerating pace of climate change means Louisville needs to take bolder action.  So, no more delay:  urge the Parks and Sustainability Committee to support the 100% Clean Energy Resolution.
 

Prevent Trump from firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller (All States)

Donald Trump fired his attorney general just hours after criticizing the Robert Mueller investigation. This is an emergency for our democracy: tell Congress to take immediate action!

Trump announced that the new acting attorney general is Matt Whitaker. He shares many of his former boss's toxic beliefs on civil liberties, but Whitaker differs from Sessions in his criticism of the Mueller investigation:

  • Whitaker wrote an article saying that Mueller had gone too far, calling on Rod Rosenstein to limit the investigation.
  • Whitaker shared an article telling Trump's lawyer not to cooperate with the "Mueller lynch mob."
  • Whitaker chaired a failed 2014 political campaign for Sam Clovis, a former Trump aide who is a witness in the investigation.
  • Whitaker remarked on CNN that a replacement attorney general could theoretically obstruct justice by reducing the investigation's budget until it "grinds to almost a halt."

Trump is appointing Whitaker to oversee this investigation precisely because Whitaker has said publicly that he doesn't think the investigation should exist in the first place. That's why Whitaker must recuse himself immediately.

It is essential for the investigation to continue independent of -- and unimpeded by -- Trump's influence. It is equally critical for the next nominee for attorney general to demonstrate a true commitment to investigative independence, voting rights, and justice for all.

Write to your members of Congress today to block Whitaker and Trump from any interference!

Protect our waters! Stop toxic sulfide mining. (All States)


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The PolyMet Mine is one step closer to approval, join our team working to stop toxic sulfide mining. 

On November 1st, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced the issuance of multiple permits related to the proposed PolyMet NorthMet Mine near Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota. This leaves only the air and water permits from the EPA before PolyMet can move forward with what would be Minnesota’s first ever toxic sulfide mine. 
 
This decision threats Minnesota’s iconic waterways – from Lake Superior to the Boundary Waters – and the people who depend on them. Our people and waters deserve better treatment from the people and agencies entrusted with their protection.

The stakes are high: PolyMet’s proposed mine would threaten the health and safety of downstream communities with the toxic waste produced by sulfide mining, destroy thousands of acres of wetlands and habitat, and expose Minnesota taxpayers to massive financial risk. 

Tens of thousands of Minnesotans have participated in the permitting process to ask for caution and protection for their waters. This action is a clear signal that their voices have not yet been fairly heard and considered. 

Despite the issue of these permits, the are not at the end of the road. We will keep fighting to protect the Lake Superior Watershed from the toxic acid mine drainage that would come with this mine. 

We know we will need a team of volunteers ready to take action to stop sulfide mining in Minnesota. Please join this team to receive updates and action alerts. 

With any questions, please contact Courtney.cochran@sierraclub.org, our Sierra Club organizer based in Duluth. 

Democracy & the Environment are being threatened at the Statehouse! (OH)

Local democracy is being threatened at the Statehouse! Ohio Senate Bill 210 would prevent cities from placing a fee on items, such as single-use plastic bags and bottles, as a means to discourage overuse. A minimal charge for bags and bottles has proven to be an effective disincentive to wasteful over-consumption. Senate Bill 210 would take away a city’s right to address pollution as it sees fit and instead take a broad brush approach determined by the state. Local governments should have the power to decide what is best for their own community.

Keep local democracy in Ohio!

Why is a bill being proposed in Ohio, a state with no current plastic-bag fees? Because Big Oil and Gas is coming to Ohio and wants to sell plastic! Ohio’s Utica Shale region contains a vast amount of ‘wet’ natural gas that is perfect for making plastic pellets. Five proposed ethane crackers are coming to the Ohio River Valley, with the goal of producing 7 million metric tons of plastic pellets per year. The future of Ohio’s environment and human health are at great risk!  

Fracking for plasticImage Courtesy of DeSmogBlog

What does this mean for Ohio? More pollution! Currently only 8% of Ohio’s rivers are safe for human recreation. The dangerous emissions from five ethane cracker hubs will overwhelm Ohio with air and water pollution. Corporate greed is changing the landscape of Ohio: polluters are reaping our natural resources, compromising our democracy, and will leave Ohio with a wasteland of pollution. 

Take action today, say no to SB210!

End support for plastic polluting our oceans (All States)

Plastic waste is filling our waterways and destroying our ecosystems. Yet the Plastic Industry Association is working to overturn local ordinances passed to fight plastic pollution. They've succeeded in stopping 70 million Americans in 10 states from taking local action, and they're doing so with the support of popular consumer companies.

Every minute the equivalent of an entire garbage truck of plastic gets dumped into our oceans. In the United States, stores distribute 100 billion single-use plastic bags per year, many of which end up in our waterways.

Dolphin with plastic bag, SierraRise

Rather than address this problem, the Plastic Industry Association is working diligently to keep us reliant on disposable plastic products and these nine companies are supporting their efforts.

  • Ascena Retail Group -- apparel retailer (owner of Ann Taylor, LOFT, Justice)
  • Clorox -- consumer products (owner of Burt’s Bees and Britta)
  • Coca-Cola -- food and beverage products
  • PepsiCo -- food and beverage products
  • General Motors -- automotive products
  • Ford Motor Company -- automotive products
  • Milliken -- textile products
  • Newell Rubbermaid -- consumer products
  • SC Johnson -- consumer products

Let's tell these businesses their support of the plastic industry's work to subvert our local democratic efforts has not gone unnoticed.

Becton Dickinson, a medical technology firm, recently left the plastic industry after learning of their lobbying efforts on local plastic ordinances.

Speak up to get these companies to do the same!

End support for plastic polluting our oceans (All States)

Plastic waste is filling our waterways and destroying our ecosystems. Yet the Plastic Industry Association is working to overturn local ordinances passed to fight plastic pollution. They've succeeded in stopping 70 million Americans in 10 states from taking local action, and they're doing so with the support of popular consumer companies.

Every minute the equivalent of an entire garbage truck of plastic gets dumped into our oceans. In the United States, stores distribute 100 billion single-use plastic bags per year, many of which end up in our waterways.

Dolphin with plastic bag, SierraRise

Rather than address this problem, the Plastic Industry Association is working diligently to keep us reliant on disposable plastic products and these nine companies are supporting their efforts.

  • Ascena Retail Group -- apparel retailer (owner of Ann Taylor, LOFT, Justice)
  • Clorox -- consumer products (owner of Burt’s Bees and Britta)
  • Coca-Cola -- food and beverage products
  • PepsiCo -- food and beverage products
  • General Motors -- automotive products
  • Ford Motor Company -- automotive products
  • Milliken -- textile products
  • Newell Rubbermaid -- consumer products
  • SC Johnson -- consumer products

Let's tell these businesses their support of the plastic industry's work to subvert our local democratic efforts has not gone unnoticed.

Becton Dickinson, a medical technology firm, recently left the plastic industry after learning of their lobbying efforts on local plastic ordinances.

Speak up to get these companies to do the same!

Sign up to help build an equitable and green future for Washington State: Join the Legislative Action Team (WA)

By joining our Legislative Action Team, you will be the first to know about opportunities to advocate for important legislation on the things you care about. 

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Sign up to to support Nevada clean energy and environmental legislation in 2019! (CA;NV)

Complete the contact form to receive legislative updates and opportunities to advocate for clean energy and other environmental goals in Nevada! Submitting your address allows us to connect you directly with your state legislators for more effective outreach.

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Pledge to get outdoors and advocate for access to nature (All States)

Today, far too many communities suffer from polluted air, contaminated water, and a lack of access to open spaces. Fewer than half of all people in the United States live within walking distance of a park. The greatest disparities in access are found in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color, clearly highlighted by examples of exclusion in pools and other recreation spaces. For those without cars or reliable public transportation, access to parks and open spaces is even further limited.
 
Research shows the positive health benefits of time spent in nature. It also improves learning and strengthens our communities. Adding more green space can even help mitigate some of the impacts of climate change. Yet far too few people have safe access to nearby nature.
 
No matter where you live, everyone deserves to breathe fresh air, drink clean water, and benefit from a connection to nature. Pledge to get outdoors and to promote access to nature. There are many ways to get involved:

  • Volunteer at a school or community garden
  • Walk to work or to your next errand
  • Talk to local leaders about how important it is that the outdoors be safe and available for all communities
  • Share this pledge with family and friends to spread the word

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Sign up to to support Nevada clean energy and environmental legislation in 2019! (NV)

Complete the contact form to receive legislative updates and opportunities to advocate for clean energy and other environmental goals in Nevada! Submitting your address allows us to connect you directly with your state legislators for more effective outreach.

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Frisco: let's commit to clean energy! (CO)

Colorado mountain communities like ours are experiencing first hand the impacts of climate change, and we want to be part of the solution!  Every home lost to a wildfire, and every ski season with low snowpack and lower tourism numbers have significant impacts on communities like Frisco. 

Colorado is already taking major steps to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, with nine cities committing to be powered by 100% clean electricity. Xcel Energy, the utility that serves the town of Frisco, found that solar and wind power are significantly cheaper than any other form of new electricity in the state. This year, Xcel announced in its Colorado Energy Plan, which would bring Xcel’s generation mix to 55% renewable in just the next eight years, by 2026. The transition to renewable energy is expected to save customers $442 million compared to operating business-as-usual with more polluting fossil fuels. 

We can take action on climate change while saving money with clean energy. It's time for the town of Frisco to join Breckenridge and Summit County in their commitments to 100% clean electricity!

Stop a Dow Chemical pesticide executive from becoming chief scientist of the USDA! (All States)

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Tell your U.S. Senators to deny Trump's efforts to appoint the head of Dow’s pesticide division as chief scientist of the USDA. Scott Hutchins' career advocacy for dangerous pesticides has left women, children, and farmworkers especially vulnerable to the impacts of his company's products -- while exposing our food supply to even more harmful chemicals.

Pesticide pollution of our water, soil, and air is unacceptable and a toxic agrochemical executive is deeply inappropriate for a chief scientist role at our federal agricultural regulatory agency that is supposed to protect the public. This is Trump's third Dow Chemical nomination to the USDA and it must be stopped before the hearing on November 28! 

**Add a personal message in your own words to strengthen your signature and show your Senators you are paying very close attention** 

Tell the Mackinac Bridge Authority to Stop the Line 5 Utility Tunnel! (MI)

On October 3rd, Governor Snyder sided with Enbridge, instead of the people of Michigan. The Mackinac Bridge Authority was chosen as the entity to manage the Line 5 Straits of Mackinac crude oil tunnel. The Mackinac Bridge Authority currently does not have the jurisdiction over the pipeline, nor authority to oversee a tunnel for a private, foreign corporation to run crude oil and natural gas liquids under the Great Lakes.

The Oil Tunnel is the wrong choice for Michigan and threatens the long-term protection of the Great Lakes and their tributaries. The proposed Line 5 Oil Tunnel will continue to use the old damaged pipeline for the next decade as the tunnel is built, continuing the threat to Michigan businesses and communities that depend on the Great Lakes for clean water, fisheries and tourism. The Oil Tunnel could expose the Great Lakes to dangerous tar sands oil running through the more than 500 miles of Line 5 pipeline running through Michigan, crossing 400 lakes, rivers and streams. Snyder and Enbridge want the Line 5 Oil Tunnel to be approved by Mackinac Bridge Authority as an effort to evade Michigan’s Great Lakes Submerged Lands Act, common law public trust doctrine, and other critical Michigan laws. It would violate the 1836 Treaty with Michigan's tribes, who have clearly told the Governor that they will not accept this attempt to end run this federal treaty. 

An independent governmental agency, the bridge authority has extraordinary powers, including the ability to condemn property, borrow money, issue bonds and Enbridge may even try to use the authority to bypass state environmental laws. Those powers and ambitions are what attracts Enbridge and Snyder, who see the bridge authority as a tool to keep the Line 5 oil pipelines flowing regardless of who takes office come January.

We need to Stop Enbridge's Oil Tunnel, to not only protect the integrity of the Mackinac Bridge Authority, but for the sake of democracy and the protection of the Great Lakes. Tell the Mackinac Bridge Authority to Stop the Tunnel and Protect the Great Lakes now and forever! 

SURVEY: How We Use Plastics (All States)

Plastics are a common material of modern life, and they're used in everything from medical equipment to shampoo bottles.

Most of us use plastic items every day without thinking about it. Will you take the two-minute survey to the right to help us learn how you're using plastics? 

Reusable plastic water bottle SierraRise

Just say no to grazing in the Grand Staircase-Escalante (All States)

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Decades ago, the Bureau of Land Management retired grazing in the Grand Staircase-Escalante River's canyons. Willing ranchers accepted payment from the Grand Canyon Trust to
retire grazing in 59,000 acres, covering roughly 3% of the National Monument. The retirement
was supported by the governor of Utah and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

The BLM primarily closed Grand Staircase to grazing to eliminate conflicts between recreational users and livestock. The river bottoms of the Escalante River and its tributaries receive high use from both day and overnight hikers, and at the same time are vital habitat for wildlife and vegetation and crucial arbiters of water quality. While recreation has increased substantially in Escalante, wildlife and vegetation in its canyons and river bottoms has notably increased all the same. 

In the past decade, nearly one thousand volunteers and conservation workers have
been working to remove Russian Olive trees from these canyons -- an invasive species that chokes the rivers so much that paddlers can barely get around them, and which crowds out native species. The result has been a remarkable recovery of native Cottonwood trees, willows, grasses and forbs. With this recovery, the wildlife is rebounding. This ecological recovery would be undone in a season or two if the BLM follows through on their plan to open 96% of Grand Staircase-Escalane -- including 30 miles of river bottom habitat -- to grazing.

Please write and tell the BLM NOT to reintroduce grazing to this area!

 

Amplify your voice! Be a Citizen Lobbyist (All States)

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Did you know that this year your legislators will only spend 45 days in Baton Rouge deciding how Louisiana laws are changed? That's right! The best time and place to talk to your elected officials about environmental policy is right where you are: in the district where you and your legislator both live.

 

Join the Club's team of citizen lobbyists. We advocate for the environment without the long trips to Louisiana's Capitol. We meet our elected officials in the districts we call home. For 45 days this year, your legislator's ears are ringing with the cacophony of voices in Baton Rouge. Talk to them before they leave the peace and quiet of home, on any one of the remaining 320 days of the year.

 

Citizen Lobbyists. Reminding legislators to vote for the environment where it really matters: in their own backyard. Join today.

It's time for North Coastal San Diego to have the choice for cleaner energy! (CA)

Cities across California have listened to the call to create a Community Choice program for residents and businesses that provides cleaner energy, and local economic growth through clean energy jobs.

Recently, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer took a major step toward powering the City with 100% clean energy. With San Diego moving forward with Community Choice, it's time for Carlsbad, Encinitas, and Oceanside to do the same!

Community Choice would enable our cities to form a local, nonprofit power agency, allowing residents and businesses to have a say in where your electricity comes from, and how the money from the program should be used for the benefit of your communities. 

Let your city leaders know that you want a clean energy choice!

Support Community Choice Energy


 

Support a Ban on Single-Use Plastic Straws in The Commonwealth of Massachusetts (MA)

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Plastic straws are produced in enormous quantities. People in the U.S. use hundreds of millions of plastic straws -- one straw per person every day. Plastic straws are among the top ten items found in beach cleanups. Plastic straws never biodegrade, and harm or kill wildlife when ingested. 

By signing this petition, you pledge to stop using plastic straws as much as possible, and express your support for legislation introduced by the Back Bay Girl Scouts that would limit the use of single-use plastic straws and encourages consumers to use environmentally friendly alternatives.

Support a Ban on Polystyrene / Styrofoam in The Commonwealth of Massachusetts (MA)

Polystyrene (which includes styrofoam) is produced in enormous quantities for consumer applications such as food containers and packaging. The manufacture and use of polystyrene can cause the release and exposure of many harmful and toxic substances. Polystyrene cannot be recycled curbside, never biodegrades and only degrades into microplastics, and injures wildlife. And it is the only plastic used in food packaging that is based on a carcinogen

You can help by pledging to avoid polystyrene and other toxic plastics such as PETE where possible. Choose sustainable alternatives (such as paper plates), don't use straws where possible, and bring your own reusables (such as a water bottle or coffee/tea thermos). Tell your food establishments that you'd like them to offer reusable or compostable utensils and serving ware. When ordering by mail, tell shippers that you prefer not to use polystyrene foam packing peanuts.

You can also support state-wide efforts to make polystyrene a thing of the past: a bill to ban polystyrene foam statewide (H.3252) has been introduced in the current session by Rep. Smizik (Brookline) and Sen. Barrett (Lexington). Join us in supporting this important legislation!
 

Protect Tom’s Creek from Hazardous Mountaintop Removal (DC;MD;PA)

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (Pa DEP) is in the final stages of reviewing a permit for Specialty Granules, Inc., LLC (SGI) to mine and process greenstone, a metabasalt which is crushed into a fine grit to make asphalt shingles. Greenstone is known to contain naturally occurring asbestos, a carcinogenic material hazardous to human health, and the crushing process introduces contaminants into the air and water. If permitted, the project will blast and excavate right next door to residential properties, within 100 feet of scenic, historic roads, and within 300 feet of Tom’s Creek and four ecologically-diverse wetlands containing unique and endangered species. 

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Tell LA County to Consider 100% Clean Energy (CA)

Let's flood the LA County Board of Supervisors with emails urging them to choose the 100% renewable energy default when we launch our community choice energy program next year. There are now 10 communities out of the 31 in Clean Power Alliance going for 100% clean energy, including Ventura County! 

SURVEY: How We Use Plastics (All States)

Plastics are a common material of modern life, and they're used in everything from medical equipment to shampoo bottles.

Most of us use plastic items every day without thinking about it. Will you take the two-minute survey to the right to help us learn how you're using plastics? 

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Pledge to Vote YES on Prop B! (MO)

This election is our chance to support Missouri families by raising the minimum wage.

No one who’s working full time should still be living in poverty and struggling to provide for their family. Costs are going up, but our wages aren’t keeping pace.

Increasing the minimum wage is a tested solution that has been shown to work. Over half of the states in America have found that raising the minimum wage increases employment, unlocks opportunities for workers, and strengthens local economies.

Someone in Missouri working full time for minimum wage only earns $314 a week, or barely $16,000 a year. Prop B will gradually raise Missouri’s minimum wage to $12 by 2023.

Proposition B will help hardworking Missourians earn enough to support their families. Pledge to vote YES!

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Protect Angelenos from Neighborhood Oil Drilling: Sign up to organize for our health and safety (CA)

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Currently there are about about 3,500 active oil wells within LA county. The Inglewood Oil Field is the largest urban oil field in the country[1], spanning about 1,000 acres. A growing movement lead by local impacted community leaders and environmental justice organizations have pushed back against the polluting oil and gas industry. 

To fight oil and gas companies, we need to come together and show decisionmakers that communities will no longer tolerate the oil and gas drilling putting our health at risk.

Residents living near these drill sites are experiencing higher rates of asthma, reproductive issues, nosebleeds and respiratory illnesses. It’s unacceptable. In Los Angeles, the risks from oil drilling are increased because of how oil development takes place in the heart of communities within a dense city.

No one should be exposed to the toxins from oil drilling. The reality, however, is that most of these drilling sites are in low-income areas and communities of color.

To prepare for this push, we'll be:
  • Dreaming and co-creating a world where the health and safety of all people are protected and prioritized over profit
  • Organizing to demand transparency and accountability from the oil operator
  • Fight for regulations and policies that protect residents from the dangers of neighborhood drilling
  • Learning essential allyship skills to fight in solidarity with our friends leading the fight against neighborhood drilling across LA County
  • Getting updates from the field -- learning from their successes and strategies
  • Learning how to host house meetings, develop your own local actions, and so much more
Add your name to help us protect LA’s health and safety!

Download this factsheet to learn about drilling in LA.

Take NYC to 100% -- Join a Clean Energy Campaign in Your Borough! (NY)

Our current federal climate is hostile to climate action. But we know that local action can make a huge difference -- especially in a city like New York. 

Already, New Yorkers have:
  • Marched for climate action in 2014 and 2018
  • Weathered Sandy and loudly lamented state and city inaction
  • Campaigned successfully for offshore wind
  • Shut down dirty fossil fuel plants
  • Begun addressing historic inequities of race and class that show up in access to clean air and clean water

As Sierra Club members and supporters, we know that the power of organized people can beat the power of organized money. That’s why we’re coming together borough by borough to build power with each other and with other organizations. Together, we are rising in solidarity with existing clean energy campaigns and building popular momentum toward 100% renewable energy. 

Help move NYC to 100% clean, renewable energy. Take the pledge. Join the fight in your borough! 

Demand Action to Protect O'ahu’s Water from the Red Hill Fuel Tanks (All States)

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For 75 years the US Navy has stored millions of gallons of fuel inside a mountain ridge on Oʻahu, known today as Red Hill, just 100 feet above Oʻahu’s primary drinking water aquifer that serves 400,000 residents and visitors. Since construction the tanks have leaked over 200,000 gallons of fuel into the surrounding environment, with the last known leak occurring in 2014, when 27,000 gallons of fuel was released at once from a single tank. This leak resulted in a 20-year agreement between the U.S. Navy, Environmental Protection Agency, Defense Logistics Agency, and the Hawaiʻi Department of Health to study, monitor and consider improvements to the storage facility.

It is 5 years into this agreement and progress is slow. The leaked fuel has never been located nonetheless cleaned up. Hydrology models created by the Navy are based on assumptions and have big knowledge gaps. The latest study conducted was to to verify their assumptions about how these unique fuel tanks have aged over the last 75 years. The Navy predicted that there would be minimal corrosion, however, half of the samples revealed extensive corrosion—one sample was only 0.079-of-an-inch thick—less than a third of the width of the original quarter-inch steel lining.

Within the agreement, the agencies were also required to choose a method of upgrade to apply to the tanks. After much consideration, the Navy’s has chosen to maintain the current tank system, leaving what exists of the original steel liner and recoat only the bottom of the tanks with epoxy. In other words, the Navy is choosing the least expensive, least protective option—to maintain status quo.

The tanks at Red Hill were not meant to last forever. With thinning steel walls and no plan to update tank structure to ensure protection of our water, we are calling on the Navy to shut down the Red Hill facility and relocate the fuel away from the drinking water supply.

Click here if you wish to receive updates on the Red Hill campaign and learn more about upcoming events and actions.

Help Make Gainesville a 100% Clean Energy City! (FL)

Gainesville can soon become Florida's next 100% Clean Energy for All city - with your help! You can help encourage the City Commission to act now by sending a message to the mayor and commissioners to ask Gainesville to make a commitment for 100% clean energy and clean transportation.

The Commission will vote at its next meeting, Thursday October 18, on a resolution to commit to a goal for 100% clean energy for the entire Gainesville community by 2045, as well as clean, zero emission electric transit and city fleet vehicles. This is exactly the action we need to take now to fight climate change - while we still can. Gainesville needs to plan to achieve net zero community-wide greenhouse gas emissions in all energy sectors (electricity, transportation, and buildings) by 2045 at the latest or sooner if at all feasible.

Please ask the Gainesville City Commission to join Orlando, St. Petersburg, Largo and Sarasota as Florida cities now moving to a 100% clean energy future.

Send your message to Mayor Poe and the City Commission today!

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Hold your senators accountable. We will remember their vote to confirm Kavanaugh. (AZ;IA;ID;KY;LA;NC;NE;SC;TX;UT;WV)

On October 6, the Senate narrowly voted to confirm a dangerous and unfit judge, Brett Kavanaugh, to the Supreme Court.

There was an unprecedented outcry from brave sexual assault survivors, inspiring justice fighters, and passionate constituents. Over 100,000 Sierra Club supporters sent emails and called their senators. But Senate Republicans ignored us. And for that, it's time for them to go.

While we faced this setback, our fight doesn't end here. Let's hold these 51 senators accountable for their vote to confirm Kavanaugh. [1]

Tell them you're deeply disappointed with their vote confirming Kavanaugh and that you will be voting in November and in future elections for candidates who instead reflect our values.

Tell the EPA to Prioritize Children's Health (All States)

The Trump administration continues to turn its back on our children’s health and safety. Over the past couple months, the administration has rolled back the Mercury and Air Toxic Standards, effectively shut down the EPA’s Office of Children’s Health Protection by putting its leader on administrative leave without explanation or cause, proposed to weaken methane emissions safeguards, and removed any mention of the impact of climate change on children from a proposed rule change on the most powerful greenhouse gases.

The mission of the EPA is to protect us from threats to our health, safety, and environment. Millions of children in the United States are already suffering from asthma at record rates. Children suffer disproportionately from fossil fuel pollution and are the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Assistant Administrator Wehrum must reverse course and prioritize children’s health and well-being over fossil fuel profits.

Tell Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler not to roll back mercury or methane safeguards, to reinstate the head of the Office of Children’s Health Protection, and to prioritize children's health and well-being!

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Take Action: Tell DEC to Conduct Environmental Reviews on Large Water Withdrawal Permits (All States)

Nine months after a state appeals court in Brooklyn invalidated the water withdrawal permit issued to a subsidiary of Helix Partners for operation of the Ravenswood electric generating station in Queens, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) announced its plans to reissue exactly the same permit. The permit authorizes Ravenswood to take up to 1,528,000,000 gallons per day from the East River in the Hudson River estuary and is the largest water withdrawal permit issued by DEC to date.

Reissuance of the same permit directly contradicts the ruling in Sierra Club and Hudson River Fishermen's Assn v. Martens, 158 A.D.3d 169 (2nd Dep’t 2018). The court found that, contrary to the arguments DEC made in the case, DEC had discretion in setting the terms and conditions of Ravenswood's 2014 water withdrawal permit.  The court stated that whether ‘the proposed water withdrawal will be implemented in a manner that incorporates environmentally sound and economically feasible water conservation measures’ (ECL 15-1503[2][g]) will almost certainly vary from operator to operator, or from water source to water source. . . .  Whether a condition is ‘appropriate’ for a given operator is a matter that falls within the DEC’s expertise and involves the exercise of judgment, and, therefore, implicates matters of discretion." Because the court found that DEC had discretion in setting appropriate terms and conditions for the Ravenswood permit under the provisions of the water withdrawal permitting law, the court invalidated the permit on the ground that issuance of the permit was not exempt from review under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) as a non-discretionary act.  The decision makes clear that reissuance of the 2014 Permit will not be in compliance with the water permitting law. 

DEC must use the court’s directives as an opportunity to revamp its water withdrawal permitting program for existing users and begin to set appropriate terms and conditions in all permits issued to existing users.

Tell DEC to start implementing the court’s decision by preparing a new draft permit for Ravenswood that contains appropriate terms and conditions.

Tell DEC to rescind its determination of no significant environmental impact for issuance of the Ravenswood permit and require preparation of a draft environmental impact statement (EIS).  An EIS must be prepared if a proposed action may include the potential for at least one significant adverse environmental impact.  Any fair assessment of the impacts of Ravenswood’s withdrawals of up to 1,528,000,000 gallons per day from the East River would find that these withdrawals will have a significant adverse impact on the Hudson River estuary, one of the most diverse estuaries in the world.  An EIS must evaluate the impacts that the installation of closed-cycle cooling at the plant would have on fish kills in the estuary.  An EIS must also evaluate the cumulative impacts of the Ravenswood cooling water intake system and the other water withdrawals from the estuary, including withdrawals by the Astoria Generating Station, the East River Generating Station, and the Arthur Kill Generating Station.  

Tell DEC to deny the Ravenswood application, prepare a new draft permit, revoke the negative declaration, require a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) and revamp its water withdrawal permitting program.

Comments on the proposed reissuance of the Ravenswood permit are due by Saturday, November 17th (the comment period was extended by 30 days, as the original due date was Thursday, October 18, 2018). Take action today by sending your comments here, or if you'd like to mail them, they can be sent to Kent P Sanders, DEC Headquarters, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233. The ENB notice is posted at here

Additional documents pertaining to this case, including copies of the permits and the 2017 court decision can all be found here. 
 

Tell Oceanside City Council you care about climate protection! (CA)


My grandson, Eliot, just started kindergarten in Oceanside this year. I often wonder what our coastal city will look like for him in thirty years. We, as a community, can take the lead on climate action. And we can do that by holding our elected officials accountable to their responsibility to reduce our use of fossil fuels

Send a message to your Oceanside City Council members demanding a strong Climate Action Plan (CAP), which would lay out the policies and programs the City would employ to reduce greenhouse gases city-wide. 

In just the last few years, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar, San Diego, Chula Vista, and La Mesa have risen to the occasion, adopting excellent CAPs, with nearly every one of them setting a goal to power their city with 100% clean energy. Oceanside, however, continues to delay.

Please tell your city council we don't have time to wait -- future generations are depending on us.  
 
Oceanside Sierra Club volunteer Ellen with her daughter and grandson.

Tell TVA you want more clean energy and less coal in its long-term plan (AL;GA;KY;MS;NC;TN)

TVA leaders are currently working on their next long-term energy plan, known as the "Integrated Resource Plan," or IRP. In this plan, they have the opportunity to make the right economic and environmental choice by investing in clean energy and moving away from dirty coal, gas, and nuclear.

TVA has already acknowledged that their customers are using less electricity, so they don't need to generate as much at their power plants. Therefore, it makes perfect sense for TVA to keep shutting down its expensive, inefficient coal-burning plants!

Dirty energy industries will try to influence TVA's decision, so we need to tell TVA loud and clear that we need a clean energy transition now.

TVA can improve our health, curb climate change, lower utility bills, and create new family-sustaining jobs across the region. All they have to do is replace dirty coal, gas, and nuclear power with energy efficiency and reliable, affordable solar and wind energy. It just makes sense.

Sign the petition now!

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Add Your Name: Support a Green New Deal! (All States)

A Green New Deal would put people to work in good union jobs, while enabling communities to invest in projects like removing lead from drinking water, retrofitting buildings to make them more efficient, and expanding our clean energy grid. These investments can play a critical role in fighting climate change and reducing racial and economic inequity by prioritizing benefits for working class families, communities of color, immigrants, and others who’ve borne the brunt of the fossil fuel economy.

Many states and cities already have a head start in adopting Green New Deal policies, creating momentum for national action! Take Illinois, for example. One month after Trump was elected, the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition -- including Sierra Club's Illinois chapter and environmental justice, labor, and consumer allies -- succeeded in enacting the Future Energy Jobs Act. The law includes a Solar for All program to massively expand installation of solar panels in the state, prioritizing solar access and job training for low-income families and formerly incarcerated people. The law also is creating thousands of union jobs, slashing energy bills, and cutting climate pollution by boosting energy efficiency standards.

From California to Minnesota to New York, similar efforts are underway -- a growing movement that unites workers and environmentalists, despite Trump’s attempts to divide us. Nationwide, a broad majority of the public -- across geographic and racial lines -- supports Green New Deal policies like a federal guarantee of high-wage jobs in projects that accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy. 

Add Your Name: Support a Green New Deal to create good union jobs and jumpstart the transition to clean energy!

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Tell Butler's Orchard to Protect Children's Brains, NOT the Dangerous Pesticide Chlorpyrifos! (MD)

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In 2015, after 20 years of risk assessment, EPA scientist's determined chlorpyrifos to be unsafe at any detectable level, especially for children and pregnant women. Chlorpyrifos is used on fruits and vegetables, and on golf courses, and can pollute Maryland's waterways. Scientists have linked exposure to chlorpyrifos with brain damage, reduced IQ, autism, ADHD, neurodevelopmental issues and childhood cancers. EPA's national ban for all uses of chlorpyrifos was overturned by then-EPA administrator Pruitt shortly after taking office. 

This year, Maryland lawmakers were blocked from passing a chlorpyrifos ban bill that would protect Marylanders and our children from chlorpyrifos applications. Unfortunately, one of those working to kill the bill was Butler's Orchard.

Please help protect our babies - email Butler's Orchard and tell them to stop protecting chlorpyrifos - and protect Maryland's children.

Tell your members of Congress to oppose Trump’s climate-denying NAFTA deal (All States)

After more than a year of secretive backroom dealing, the text of Trump’s NAFTA deal is finally out.

What’s in the rebranded U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement? A shameless handout to Chevron and ExxonMobil, terms that encourage the outsourcing of jobs and pollution, a weak environmental chapter that would fail to protect our air, water, and wildlife, and rules that promote fracked-gas exports and pipelines.

Trump’s NAFTA even includes new rules that could prolong Trump’s polluting legacy for years after he leaves office.

What’s NOT in the deal? There’s not a single mention of climate change, even after more than two decades of corporate polluters outsourcing their climate pollution under NAFTA.

Tell your members of Congress to oppose the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement -- a climate-denying deal that would perpetuate NAFTA’s damage to our communities!

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Tell Wells Fargo: No more money for dirty tar sands oil (All States)

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Indigenous leaders, environmental advocates, and faith leaders are fighting back and even risking arrest to stop dirty tar sands oil projects like Enbridge's Line 3 through the Midwest. There's another way we can all fight back, too -- by stopping the financing that these dirty pipeline companies rely on from big banks like Wells Fargo.

Tar sands are one of the world’s dirtiest, most carbon-intensive sources of fuel. From TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would cross the Ogallala Aquifer, to Enbridge’s system of pipelines across the Great Lakes region -- including the Line 3 tar sands pipeline and the Line 5 crude oil pipeline -- these projects pose a grave threat to our largest freshwater resources.

Enbridge wouldn't be able to build and maintain their dirty tar sands oil pipelines without financing from big banks like Wells Fargo. A key $1.48 billion Wells Fargo loan for Enbridge is coming up for renewal on October 16th. If enough of us raise our voices, we'll send a strong message to banks that business-as-usual is unacceptable while our climate and communities are put at risk by fossil fuel companies.

Delta Chapter Member Interest Survey (All States)

When you joined the Sierra Club, you joined over 3,000 other Louisiana residents as members of the Delta Chapter, an organization that addresses statewide environmental issues, coordinates with national staff on major Club initiatives and campaigns, and supports the local groups of the Club within Louisiana with funding, training, assistance with litigation, and related administrative roles.

Sierra Club Delta Chapter is primarily a volunteer-run organization.  The chapter remains dedicated to making its Louisiana programs more responsive to members' concerns and more respectful of the valuable time and resources that volunteers provide.

Help us help you!  By answering this short survey, you will help make Sierra Club Delta Chapter both stronger and more effective by telling us what issues and Club activities you care most about.
 

Tell Albertsons to Eliminate Single-Use Plastic! (All States)

Our planet is drowning in disposable plastics, many of which are made to be used only once, yet last forever. By 2050, there's expected to be more plastics than fish in our oceans if we don't take bold action to eliminate these wasteful, single-use products.

Fortunately, companies are taking action. Kroger, the nation's largest grocery chain, recently committed to phase out all single-use plastic products and go waste-free. We need Albertsons, the second largest chain and owner of stores such as Safeway, Shaws, and ACME, to do the same.

If companies take action it can make a big dent. You can help eliminate an estimated three billion plastic bags by asking Albertsons to discontinue their distribution of single-use plastics now.

 

Tell the Ohio PUC: Approve AEP's Renewable Energy Projects! (OH)

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AEP has proposed 900 megawatts (MW) of new renewable energy installations -- 400 MW will be solar energy, which is enough to power the equivalent of half the homes in Cincinnati!

AEP's proposed projects would lower our bills, help reduce pollution, and bring many needed jobs to Ohio, especially areas that have faced tough economic times, like Southern Ohio, if the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) approves the projects. The PUCO is accepting public comments on AEP’s proposed renewable energy projects and a strong showing of public support will help the projects get approved. 

Submit a public comment today telling the PUCO to approve AEP's proposed renewables projects! Add a personal message about why clean energy, lower bills, and clean air are important to you, to have more impact.
 

Tell the TVA to shut down its coal plants and invest in affordable, clean energy (AL;GA;KY;MS;NC;TN)

Photo of coal slurry from Bull Run coal plant exiting a pipe into a local waterway

We surpassed our goal of 2500 letters to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC)! Together we urged TDEC to update the expired water permits for TVA's Kingston, Bull Run, and Gallatin Coal Plants. 

And... We... Won!!! TDEC agreed that TVA’s coal-burning power plants have been dumping unacceptably dangerous pollution into our state’s local waterways.

For TVA to comply with its new permits, it would have to spend approximately $480 million from 2018 to 2024. That’s on top of about $1 billion TVA has to spend to address its coal ash problem.
 
But there’s a simple solution. TVA can save its customers money by shutting down its oldest, least efficient coal plants and investing in low-cost, clean renewables, especially utility-scale solar, that fit better with Tennessee's long-term needs.

TVA is working on a new long-term energy plan right now, and the TVA Board will vote on the plan in August 2019. Your sustained advocacy is critical to ensure they vote in favor of clean energy for all Tennesseans.

Take action now to put the pressure on and keep it on until we win again!
 

Re: EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0794 (All States)

Over the last two decades, we fought and won to reduce toxic pollution from coal plants including mercury, arsenic and other heavy metals as well as acid gases and fine particulates. These new standards protect the most vulnerable in our communities, from those with asthma to pregnant mothers and developing children to the elderly. But these protections are now in danger as Trump and former coal industry lobbyist, Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, are trying to roll back the benefits of these lifesaving standards. This action is so heinous, even the industry opposes the rollback!

The Obama era EPA air toxics protections are estimated to prevent: 
  • up to 11,000 premature deaths;
  • nearly 5,000 heart attacks;
  • 130,000 asthma attacks;
  • 5,700 hospital and emergency room visits; and
  • 540,000 days when people miss work and school.
Trump and Wheeler’s proposal is open for public comment. Send them a message that we oppose any weakening of protections against mercury and other toxic pollution. Our families, our children, our air and water can’t tolerate it. Send in your message today! 

And if you have a personal story -- a family member, friend who struggles with asthma, developmental disorders linked to mercury exposure -- please share them as well! There is power in your story and a personalized comment will always mean more.

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To the 48 senators who opposed Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court: Thank you! (All States)

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Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, is extreme on almost every issue and unfit to serve. He will be on the court for decades, putting generations at risk.

Today, 48 senators voted to oppose Kavanaugh's confirmation. They are standing up for our country's values at a time when it matters most. Tell them thank you.

Tell the Army Corps: Deny the 404 Permit for the National Fuel Northern Access Pipeline! (All States)


Currently, there are still two 404 US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) permits pending on the Northern Access Pipeline (NAPL), one in NY and one in PA. The decisions on these permits were put on hold when NYDEC denied the 401 Water Certification. Now with the latest FERC ruling, USACE is in the process of determining their decision on these 404 permits. Like FERC, USACE is known for approving projects, but let’s make our voices heard, express our concerns and request a denial. The Buffalo USACE Office is handling the NY permit and they do not have a deadline or timeline for their decision so it seems that time is of the essence for our action. Send your message today!

Personal additions to the letter are always important and impactful. Any personal concerns you have regarding impacts on particular waterways or wetlands the pipeline would cross can be added to the letter, as well as any of the issues that were raised in the NYDEC’s denial (see denial letter here).

A few additional pieces of information you can ask in your letter, or additional points to include:
  • Is the Army Corps considering the future impacts of climate change on the integrity of the pipeline, flooding, erosion? According to Energy Transfer, this pipeline explosion in PA earlier in September was likely caused by a landslide.
  • Like FERC, USACE seems to work from the premise that the pipeline must be built and their job is to help National Fuel find the least impactful AND economically viable way to build it. You could point out that if impact on our waterways and wetlands cannot be avoided the pipeline should not be built.
We hope you'll take action and spread the word on this very important issue!
 

Tell SAExploration: Stay Out of the Arctic Refuge (All States)

Tell SAExploration: Stay Out of the Arctic


Earlier this spring, Trump and Zinke made a deeply unpopular move to open the Arctic Refuge to drilling. Since then, we’ve been waiting to see which companies would take them up on their offer -- and we finally have some answers.

A company called SAExploration just applied for a permit to conduct seismic testing for oil in the Refuge. The reality of seismic testing is brutal -- their 90,000-lb “thumper trucks” would send shock waves deep into the ground, carving tracks into the tundra and disturbing polar bear dens. And they could start as early as this December.

As Arctic sea ice retreats, more vulnerable polar bears are denning on land. Much of the coastal plain is designated as critical bear habitat, and seismic activity could frighten mother bears out of their dens, reducing the chances of cub survival.

Small companies like SAExploration usually fly under the radar on these projects -- it’s the oil companies that make front-page news. But seismic testing will do permanent damage to the Arctic, and we need to show them that moving ahead will be toxic to their reputation; making them infamous for harming threatened polar bears, undermining the human rights of the Gwich’in Nation, and destroying our country’s last great wilderness.

Our Nation's Biggest Climate Action Is Under Attack. Speak Up to Defend It! (All States)

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Carbon pollution and other emissions from coal power plants continue to harm our families and make climate change worse. Issued under the Obama Administration, EPA's Clean Power Plan would have reduced carbon emissions from the electricity sector by 32 percent, avoided 90,000 asthma attacks per year, and prevented 3,200 premature deaths per year by 2030. Now, the Trump Administration has announced its intention to scrap the Clean Power Plan and replace it with a rule that does virtually nothing to reduce these dangerous emissions.

The harmful effects of coal plant pollution disproportionately affect communities of color and low-income families. That's why the Trump Administration's decision to get rid of the Clean Power Plan is an added assault on the most vulnerable among us. With the recent extreme weather events -- hurricanes, floods, and wildfires -- it's clear we need stronger climate action, not less.

Clean energy is winning nationwide, helping reduce the pollution that harms our climate, our air, and our water. We need to encourage the growth of our clean energy economy.

The EPA will look for comments on its recent decision and we want to demonstrate that there is a large and loud movement that supports strong climate action like the Clean Power Plan. Will you join us and submit a comment?

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Join #TeamPuertoRico and demand action to protect the island from climate change (All States)

One year has passed since Hurricanes Maria and Irma ravaged Puerto Rico, and the island is not ready for the next disaster. Thousands of lives were lost to preventable, senseless deaths in the hurricanes. Now the island is under threat from new hurricanes and Trump just robbed over $10 million from FEMA to fund his immigrant detention camps.

Without a reliable clean energy grid, Puerto Rico is not safe. Every day thousands of people on the island lose access to power as the unreliable, decrepit grid flickers on and off. Imagine what will happen during the next hurricane: just like last time, hospitals will go dark and vulnerable people will die for lack of access to basic health care like oxygen and dialysis. Until Puerto Rico builds a reliable, distributed clean energy grid, millions of lives will be at risk every hurricane season.

Join #TeamPuertoRico to lift up stories from the island and demand action from federal decision makers as climate change worsens the impact of extreme weather.

Sign the petition: Tell the Public Utilities Commission to support clean energy development in Nevada (NV)

Nevada has some of the best renewable energy resources in the U.S., namely solar and geothermal. But, about two-thirds of Nevada's electricity comes from gas, all of which is imported from out-of-state. Let's stop sending our money out-of-state and invest it right here in the working people of Nevada.

Tell the Nevada Public Utilities Commission (PUC) you support harnessing Nevada’s renewable energy potential to create clean, affordable energy produced right here in Nevada!

Large, utility-scale solar, located in Nevada, produces some of the cheapest electricity you can get anywhere in the US, and there is no fuel price risk. Once renewable energy infrastructure is built, there is no price for fuel that will be subject to market volatility -- wind and sun are free. 
 
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Cut down on confusing & wasteful food date labels (All States)

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Companies put a range of date labels on food: Sell By, Freshest Before, Enjoy By, Display Until. These communicate different concepts, increasing confusion and the amount of food we waste. Tell food manufacturers and retailers to switch to standard labels!

We throw out up to 40 percent of our food in the United States, and confusion over the meaning of date labels is estimated to account for 20 percent of that consumer waste. 

Standardizing food date labels could divert 398,000 tons of food waste, reduce 1,593,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, and save $1.8 billion.

Even better: making the switch to standardized food date labels is quick and easy. Companies just need to know their customers want this change to happen. That's where you come in.

We are telling food retailers and manufacturers around the country to use new, industry standard labeling terms: Use By (for food safety) and Best If Used By (for food quality). Please join us in reducing food waste by improving food date labels.

Lead Bills Are Only 2400 Years Overdue (CA)

Hippocrates, the famous Greek physician, wrote about lead poisoning around 400 BC. Since then, the record on lead’s impacts has grown only more detailed.

Today, it is known to affect nearly every part of the human body when people are exposed to it. It can cause everything from slight tremors to death. In children, early exposure to lead can cause serious and persistent developmental disabilities.

Exposure can come in many forms. Lead pipes or lead soldering in water pipes can contaminate drinking water. Working with lead-containing products can cause exposure through contact or by breathing in lead particles. Flaked lead paint in and around older homes can be hazardous. Air pollution from lead smelters have exposed entire communities to lead.

California has been on a steady path to reduce lead exposure and increase education about lead. The latest package of bills, AB2122, AB 2370, AB 2963, SB 1041 and SB 1097 add to those efforts.

Some of these bills have attracted more opposition than others. For instance, employers have opposed AB 2963, which will require more action by state agencies to protect workers from lead exposure.

All of these bills are needed to help fully get the lead out of our environment.

Please urge the governor now to sign the lead bill package.

Nevada's Ruby Mountains are too precious to pollute (All States)

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The Ruby Mountains of Northeastern Nevada have 10 peaks above 11,000 feet, dozens of lofty waterfalls, and breathtaking alpine lakes. It's been called America’s “Little Yosemite” and “the Swiss Alps of Nevada,” and it's a place worth protecting from the Trump Administration's relentless drive to exploit oil and gas reserves.

The administration is pushing the Bureau of Land Management and US Forest Service to to allow oil & gas exploration in 54,000 acres of Nevada's beloved Ruby Mountains. This threatens both the health of the Ruby Mountains landscape and the local economy depending on outdoor recreation. 

The economic value of places like the Ruby Mountains and public lands in general is particularly important to Nevada, where outdoor recreation industry contributes a lot. In Elko County two-thirds of the tourism comes from outdoor recreation primarily on public lands. Outdoor recreation generated an average of $165 million annually through commercial retail sales, services, lodging and personal income in Elko County.

Oil and gas development in the area would threaten several federally threatened Lahontan Cutthroat Trout streams and other high-quality fisheries, sage-grouse habitat; priority crucial mule deer winter habitat and migratory corridor; and other game habitat, like elk, mountain goat, bighorn, Himalayan snowcock. The areas affected by oil and gas development would overlap with 17,000 acres of inventoried roadless areas that were classified as having high wilderness value by the Forest Service in 2005. 

Additionally, traditional and cultural use of the area and associated activities for the Te-Moak Western Shoshone within or near the proposed lands would be impacted by oil & gas exploration.

Sign the petition to protect the Ruby Mountains!

Commit Manitou Springs to a renewable energy future (CO)

As concerned citizens, we ask that Manitou take a bold step toward a better future by committing to 100% renewable electricity by 2030 and 100% renewable energy across all sectors by 2050. In doing so, Manitou will join more than 50 other cities nationwide, committing to shifting from dirty fuels to a cleaner, healthier future based on renewable energy.

Our changing climate has already effected Colorado and Manitou, and its effects will become more intense.  Colorado’s average temperature is increasing at about twice the rate of the rest of the country.  Increased heat waves, wildfire, drought, floods, and reduced snowpack (of particular concern for Colorado) have already been the result.

Manitou has been directly effected by the Waldo Canyon fire and the floods which have followed. 2018 will be remembered in Manitou as a time of drought, and at the same time floods and destructive hail. 

Manitou is a leader in the Pikes Peak region on environmental and renewable energy issues.  More than a decade ago, Manitou set a goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% from 2005 levels by 2020, and that all new development will be carbon neutral by 2030.  The city has undertaken greenhouse inventories in 2005, 2010 and 2017.  

Manitou aready produces 120% of its municipal buildings' electrical needs via solar and micro hydro.  The real strength of Manitou is its progressive people, who are dynamically involved in virtually all environmental issues that affects the community.

We are proud and grateful for the leadership of past city management in tackling climate challenges and are particularly proud of Mayor Jaray for actively pursuing this challenge. By committing to 100% renewable energy, Manitou will establish us as leaders in climate action and accelerate the change we need.  

Ask LA PSC for Renewable Portfolio Standards (LA)


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Louisiana consumes more energy per capita than any other state,

but our regulators and utilities have been slow to adopt policies that would make solar more attractive. (“How Louisiana solar power prospects shifting to business, utility-scale projects,” The Advocate, July 28, 2018.)

“While most other states have Renewable Portfolio Standards — programs that set goals for the amount of renewable energy sold or generated — the Louisiana Public Service Commission several years ago opted not to adopt such a program.” (Id.)

Setting tangible, defined Renewable Portfolio Standards for Louisiana embraces the reality that “[w]e cannot continue to live off fossil fuel. First of all it’s not going to be there forever, and second of all, as the supply diminishes, the price will go up.” (“A Southern Republican mayor is going all-in on solar,” Yale Climate Connections, August 27, 2018, quoting Abita Springs Mayor Greg Lemons.)

In 2016, Mayor Lemons took the Sierra Club Ready for 100 Program pledge, which seeks to transition our power grid to 100% renewable energy by 2030, and notes, “I’m a realist. I understand business. I understand we have to live in this world and we have to exist in this world. And we have to make sure that it is safe, secure, and affordable, and environmentally friendly for our future generations. I believe sustainable energy is for the future.” (Id.)

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!
Show your commitment to Louisiana’s future by demanding that the Louisiana Public Service Commission set Renewable Portfolio Standards for Louisiana. 
Put Louisiana at the top of a good list!

Tell Congress: Stop Trump's Toxic New Trade Deal (All States)

Trump continues to rush toxic NAFTA deal without Canada. Instead, he announced a U.S.-Mexico trade deal that ignores the climate crisis.

NAFTA must be replaced. NAFTA empowered corporate polluters to challenge environmental protections, boosted destructive mining and displaced millions of farmers in Mexico, and contributed to the rise of Canada's toxic tar sands industry. 

But replacing NAFTA with a rushed deal that ignores the climate crisis isn't acceptable. After concluding an agreement with Mexico with little time to spare, Trump now intends to strong-arm Congress and rush the deal through before the new Mexican president takes office on December 1. As negotiations with Canada to join the agreement continue, we must demand changes including strong climate protections.

If approved, any new trade deal could stand for decades, leading to more oil and gas pipelines, more fracking, and more climate pollution. Members of Congress must push back against Trump's pro-polluter trade agenda and demand strong protections for our environment.

Don't let Trump's trade agenda get in the way of climate action! Tell your members of Congress to reject any deal that doesn't include strong climate protections.​

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Utah's Expired Solar Credits Should Benefit Low Income Families (UT)

Every year in March, thousands of dollars in unused rooftop solar credits get redistributed by Rocky Mountain Power. This year, make sure those funds - roughly $160,000 - get put to good use. Provide your public comment to let the Public Service Commission know you want to see those funds go toward energy efficiency savings through programs like the Weatherization Assistance Program and making solar power more accessible for low income families!

Urge the governor to sign Senate Bill 100 (CA)

The California legislature has just passed a historic bill that will put California on a path to 100% clean energy. The last hurdle for Senate Bill 100 is Governor Brown.

Please send a message to the governor today urging him to sign the bill.

This year climate disruption has wreaked havoc around the globe. California cannot afford to slow down its pace in transitioning from dirty climate-polluting fossil fuel generation to clean sources of renewable energy if we are to meet our climate goals.

SB 100 will preserve California’s leadership in clean energy. Please urge the governor to sign this bill right away.

Tell Pacific Power to ditch coal! (OR;WA)

As customers of Pacific Power, we deserve to know how our money is being spent. 

But right now, PacifiCorp -- the owner of Pacific Power -- is trying to keep secret how much coal plants are costing customers across Utah.

A recent report assessing the costs of each of PacifiCorp's 22 coal plants compared to market alternatives found that 20 plants are more expensive than wind and 12 are more expensive than solar. Yet PacifiCorp gets less than 8% of its power from these cheaper, cleaner alternatives.

Hanging on to expensive coal plants could unnecessarily burden Utah residents and industry with millions in extra costs. And beyond our wallets, our public lands and National Parks are flooded with coal pollution.

Send your message telling Pacific Power President Stefan Bird to pursue  clean energy, not an expensive past.

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Dear Governor: Invest in Clean Water for All (IL)

Clean water is a basic human right, but pollution and aging infrastructure are depriving many Illinois residents access to a healthy water supply. Now more than ever, with federal protections under attack, Illinois must step up to guarantee clean water for all. Send a message to our Governor urging him to invest in clean water for all by taking action to:
  • Update our water infrastructure
  • Fully fund and staff critical state agencies
  • Put people before polluters


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East St Louis Deserves Clean Air! (IL)

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The US EPA recently proposed a new air permit for the Veolia hazardous waste incinerator in Sauget, Illinois (near East ST louis).  The Veolia incinerator is a significant source of hazardous air pollutant emissions in East St. Louis and surrounding areas. Among the pollutants Veolia emits are hazardous metals including arsenic, cadmium, mercury, and lead, which have known negative health effects. 

The EPA issued Veolia an air permit in January 2017 after years of effort. That permit included new monitoring and testing requirements that EPA said were necessary to ensure that Veolia is in compliance with federal limits on emissions of hazardous metals. 

However, when Veolia challenged the permit, the Trump EPA quickly agreed to settle instead of standing up for nearby residents’ health. As part of the settlement agreement EPA is proposing a new permit to replace the permit it issued in 2017, with changes sought by Veolia. Send a message to the US EPA asking for the monitoring to be put back in the permit. 

Can you pledge to take one action to reduce plastic? (All States)

By 2050, there may be more plastic in the ocean than fish.

By taking this pledge/petition, you'll join the thousands of other people, communities, researchers, and organizations who are working create a more sustainable world by helping say goodbye to plastics.

Pick one (or more!) of the seven examples of ways cut back on your plastic waste:

  • If able, avoid using plastic straws. Try a reusable straw, compostable straw, or skip it altogether.
  • Buy products (like snacks) in bulk instead of purchasing individually-wrapped packages.
  • Clean plastic food containers before recycling them so they don't end up in the landfill.
  • Use reusable food containers and try to buy storage containers made of other materials, like glass.  
  • Make sure to drink your water out of a reusable bottle rather than buying the disposable variety.
  • Use a razor with replaceable blades rather than disposable razors.
  • Tell restaurants that you don’t want plastic cutlery: carry your own utensils or plan to bring take-out food home with you.

Pledge to commit to at least one action today!

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Our Nation's Biggest Climate Action Is Under Attack. Speak Up to Defend It! (All States)

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Carbon pollution and other emissions from coal power plants continue to harm our families and make climate change worse. Issued under the Obama Administration, EPA's Clean Power Plan would have reduced carbon emissions from the electricity sector by 32 percent, avoided 90,000 asthma attacks per year, and prevented 3,200 premature deaths per year by 2030. Now, the Trump Administration has announced its intention to scrap the Clean Power Plan and replace it with a rule that does virtually nothing to reduce these dangerous emissions.

The harmful effects of coal plant pollution disproportionately affect communities of color and low-income families. That's why the Trump Administration's decision to get rid of the Clean Power Plan is an added assault on the most vulnerable among us. With the recent extreme weather events -- hurricanes, floods, and wildfires -- it's clear we need stronger climate action, not less.

Clean energy is winning nationwide, helping reduce the pollution that harms our climate, our air, and our water. We need to encourage the growth of our clean energy economy.

The EPA will look for comments on its recent decision and we want to demonstrate that there is a large and loud movement that supports strong climate action like the Clean Power Plan. Will you join us and submit a comment?

Keep fossil fuel money out of our democracy (All States)

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) took an important step for our communities when they announced a plan to refuse fossil fuel donations.

Unfortunately, they have now reversed that decision -- placing corporate polluters' profit over our health and environment. 

We're already witnessing the disastrous effects of climate change, from drought to wildfires. Yet the Trump administration continues to roll back policies that protect our public lands, air, water, and health -- actions that have been heavily backed and supported by the fossil fuel industry, who have made it clear they place profit over people.

The DNC's support of an “all-of-the-above energy economy” does not benifit workers or our communities.

Speak up to tell the DNC that our communities, health, and environment are more important than dangerous fossil fuel interests.

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Take Action: Storm Surge Barriers on the Hudson River (All States)

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After the devastation of Superstorm Sandy in 2012, decision makers recognized the need for a plan to stop further Sandy-like storm surges from wreaking havoc. Earlier this summer, the Army Corps of Engineers released a series of plans for potential responses to "manage the risk of coastal storm damage" to New York Harbor and the Hudson Valley. 

These six alternative responses/proposals are under consideration as part of the New York - New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries (NYNJHAT) Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study, affecting more than 2,150 square miles of estuarine and coastal habitat. 
The Army Corps has stated that it intends to choose one more two of the six alternatives by mid-2018, even without the thorough review of the environmental impacts of each alternative and without meaningful public input and participation. 

Despite the potential massive impacts of the proposals on New York City and the entire Hudson Valley region, very limited public information has been released and there was extremely short notice of the public hearings. All of the proposals involve serious risks and enormous expense. The public comment period on these plans has been extended through November 5th and we are urging folks to make their voices heard! 

We are asking for:

  • 120-day scoping period, including more public information;
  • a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and NEPA review;
  • additional scoping meeting throughout the impacted region (the furthest north a meeting was held earlier this summer was in Poughkeepsie, NY)
Additional information on the six proposals can be found here

Thank you for taking action on this important issue!

Ask the Dunedin City Commission to pass a resolution to set a goal for 100% renewable energy! (FL)

Clean energy is the cheaper, safer option for our state.  We need Dunedin to join St. Pete, Largo, Sarasota and Orlando in their commitment to transition to 100% clean energy, which would save taxpayers money on municipal operations, grow our economy, create good local jobs, and clean up our air & water. 

Investing in energy efficient city buildings powered by solar would generate a rapid and lasting Return on Investment (ROI) that will free up funds for other types of city improvements. 

Dunedin is one of Florida’s most livable cities; we also need to make it one of the most sustainable! It’s time to plan to make clean, renewable energy available to all residents and businesses in the community.
 

Tell Mayor Hagerty and Evanston City Council to Support a Goal of 100% Clean, Renewable Energy! (IL)

Across the U.S. nearly 100 cities and towns, 11 counties, and 2 states [1] have already adopted ambitious 100% clean, renewable energy goals -- but none are in the Prairie State, yet.

Last year, Mayor Steve Hagerty, along with hundreds of other mayors, joined Mayors For 100% Clean Energy [2] and pledged his commitment to moving U.S. cities and towns, like Evanston, to 100% clean and renewable energy.

In the September 2018 draft Climate Action and Resilience Plan [3], Evanston proposed setting a goal of 100% clean, renewable energy for the entire city, along with other bold steps to act on climate change. Now, Evanston City Council is getting ready to review the final plan. If City Council approves it, Evanston will be the first community in the state to make the bold commitment to clean energy for all!

Help Evanston become the first city in Illinois to commit to a community-wide goal of 100% clean, renewable energy for all -- tell Evanston City Council you support a goal of 100% clean, renewable energy and urge them to approve the plan!

Evanston is Ready For 100% Clean Energy Action Now!

Add your name: Stop the EPA from censoring science! (All States)

**Are you a scientist or do you work in a medical or public health field? Have something to share about how this might affect your life or work? Don’t forget to share your personal story!**

The EPA has proposed a new rule to limit the use of scientific studies in policy making.

This strategy is right out of the tobacco industry’s playbook, where they used blatant attempts to obscure and disregard studies that linked cigarettes to harmful health effects. Just like we know cigarettes are dangerous, we also know that pollution and climate disruption pose a threat to our families. But the Trump administration wants to try Big Tobacco’s tricks to hide the truth.​

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If finalized, this outrageous rule would limit the use of long-standing landmark public health studies linking air pollution and pesticide exposure to harmful health impacts. Because the studies rely on medical and health data, they are confidential to protect patient privacy. Trump's EPA wants to disregard these studies in order to give polluters a free pass and cause thousands of people to suffer.

We have until the middle of August to make public comments on this harmful rule. Let’s rise to support sound science, not Trump's polluting pals.

Tell Rocky Mountain Power: We want cheap renewables, not expensive coal (All States;ID;OR;UT)

Rocky Mountain Power's reliance on coal is costing us!

PacifiCorps, which includes Rocky Mountain Power, just released data showing that the majority of its coal fleet is uneconomic when compared to market alternatives like wind and solar. 
 
Rather than hanging on to expensive coal plants that pollute our air and water, we should build new clean energy infrastructure and spend the savings on the things that matter most, like health care, education, and new business development.

Join us in sending a message telling Rocky Mountain Power President Gary Hoogeveen to pursue clean energy, not expensive, dirty coal.

And don't forget that your personal message goes a long way!

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Tell Oregon Public Utilities Commission: Hold PacifiCorp Accountable! (All States)

As customers of Pacific Power, we deserve to know how our money is being spent.

But right now, PacifiCorp -- the owner of Pacific Power -- is trying to keep secret how much coal plants are costing customers across Oregon, and our Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is letting them get away with it.

A recent report assessing the costs of each of PacifiCorp's 22 coal plants compared to market alternatives found that 20 plants are more expensive than wind and 12 are more expensive than solar. Yet PacifiCorp gets less than 8% of its power from these cheaper, cleaner alternatives.

Hanging on to expensive coal plants could unnecessarily burden Oregon residents and industry with millions in extra costs. And beyond our wallets, our communities and public lands are flooded with coal pollution.

Send your message now telling Oregon PUC to hold PacifiCorp accountable and require investments in cheaper, cleaner energy!

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Tell the EPA to protect workers & communities from chemical disasters! (All States)

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The EPA has proposed to eliminate the Risk Management Plan, an EPA rule that requires companies to take steps to prevent chemical disasters that may result in fires and explosions based on previous accidents. The lifesaving protections in this rule require facilities that handle hazardous chemicals consider safer technology and practices, and that they share information with first responders to improve local emergency preparedness. Rescinding these amendments would remove safeguards requiring safer technology, independent audits, incident investigations, and local emergency coordination.

Currently, over 177 million Americans live close enough to an industrial facility to be at risk from the impacts of a chemical accident. One out of every three school children attend a school in a vulnerability zone for an industrial chemical plant. Low-income communities and communities of color are disproportionately at risk. The Chemical Disaster Rule was a response to community members who called for increased protections for years.

Under former administrator Scott Pruitt, the EPA delayed the implementation of the rule after industry groups filed multiple petitions. Now, the EPA is proposing completely eliminating these safeguards. We have seen the impact of a lack of EPA attention to hazardous chemical facilities in West, Texas and again when communities in Texas and along the Gulf were hit by climate-driven hurricanes like Maria and Harvey.

The original Chemical Disaster Rule will improve public safety and prevent future deaths and injuries. Rolling it back puts communities at greater risk from toxic exposure and health impacts. 

Tell the EPA to protect the lives of workers, first responders, and communities over polluting corporations by submitting a comment before August 23rd.

Tell Wells Fargo to protect the Arctic Refuge and stop funding extreme fossil fuels (All States)

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Drilling in the Arctic Refuge would threaten Indigenous rights, industrialize one of America’s last wild places, and accelerate the climate crisis. Fortunately, a growing number of banks and financial institutions are refusing to fund these extreme oil projects.

So why is Wells Fargo staying silent while increasing its investments in dirty fuels? 

Drilling in the Refuge is opposed by the vast majority of Americans, but we know the Trump administration is only listening to their Big Oil buddies. That’s why we have to stop banks and investors from funding drilling projects that could wreck the Arctic Refuge. 

Earlier this year, institutional investors with more than $2.5 trillion in assets sent a letter to oil companies and banks (including Wells Fargo) urging them not to invest in drilling in the Arctic Refuge. In addition, some of the world’s largest banks -- like HSBC, BNP Paribas, Societe Generale, and others -- have committed not to finance oil and gas development in the Arctic region.

Wells Fargo is investing heavily in a PR campaign to repair its image (you’ve probably seen the ads). The bank could actually earn some goodwill by pledging not to support drilling in the Arctic Refuge. But if Wells Fargo remains silent and continues pumping billions of dollars into extreme fossil fuels, it's image might never recover.

Take action: Tell Wells Fargo to take a stand against drilling in the Arctic Refuge and stop funding extreme fossil fuels!

Tell the Trump administration to stop its rollback of the clean car standards! (All States)

The Trump administration just announced it would roll back the Obama administration’s clean car standards that sought to double fuel economy by 2025. Not only that, it plans to challenge the right of states like California to set stronger standards to protect communities from toxic vehicle emissions. Today, 13 states and the District of Columbia follow these standards, resulting in cleaner air for their 113 million residents.

The transportation sector recently surpassed the power sector as the largest source of carbon pollution. That makes reducing pollution from motor vehicles a key component of improving air quality and addressing climate change.

The Obama administration put cleaner cars in the fast lane, now the Trump administration is trying to slam on the brakes.

Take Action: Demand the Trump administration stop its assault on clean cars!

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Tell Interior to re-list LA Black Bear on Endangered Species List (All States)


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Ask RYAN ZINKE, Secretary, U.S. Dep’t of Interior, and GREG SHEEHAN, Acting Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, that the decision to remove the Louisiana black bear from the U.S. List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife be reversed.

The Louisiana black bear has lost 99% of its historic population and more than 97% of its historic range.  Surely, the 2015 decision to remove this species from the protections of the U.S. Endangered Species Act was premature, considering that fewer than 1000 Louisiana black bears likely remain in the wild. These population densities are well below normal for a sustainable black bear population.

Not only is the Louisiana black bear an iconic figure in Louisiana culture, but the bear plays an important role in the diverse ecosystems across Louisiana, including the Atchafalaya Basin. The delisting decision puts remaining populations and the habitat they depend on in greater peril.

The U.S. Department of Interior must consider the continued threats to the bear, including:

  • Steadily increasing loss of bottomland forest and other critical habitat due to climate change;
  • Uncontrolled and rising human-caused mortality, from vehicular collisions, poaching and other causes; and 
  • The severe threat of hybridization with a non-native bear population introduced for sport-hunting.


Delisting the Louisiana black bear was a premature claim of “Mission Accomplished.”  But it’s not too late to save this important species - the US Department of Interior can restore the protections of the U.S. Endangered Species Act to the Louisiana Black Bear, and protect this species and its critical habitat for generations to come.

Sign this petition asking RYAN ZINKE, Secretary, U.S. Dep’t of Interior, and GREG SHEEHAN, Acting Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, that the decision to remove the Louisiana black bear from the U.S. List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife be reversed.

Help elect the next generation of leaders in Illinois! (All States)

This election year is incredibly important for the future of Illinois, and we need your help to make sure we can elect the environmental leaders our state needs.

The stakes are high: Governor Rauner has pledged to expand fracking, has been silent in the face of President Trump’s relentless attacks on the environment, and has left our parks system in disarray. Even while states across the country have pledged they were “still in” after Trump abandoned the Paris Climate Agreement, Governor Rauner is STILL SILENT. It’s time for a bold new direction, from the top of the ballot to the bottom.

Can you pledge to get involved and join our fight between now and November? Join us. Sign up today to be the first to know about opportunities to help elect environmental champions between now and November.

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We're scheduling events such as trainings to help you be a more effective activist, and Sierra Club canvasses and phonebanks where we talk directly to voters. We’ll also send you important news to share, and reminders to vote before Election Day. Join us!

Save the Louisiana Black Bear (All States)

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Nearly every American home has a replica of the Louisiana black bear.  At least, those homes with young children do. That’s because the Louisiana black bear is the species President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt refused to shoot during a bear hunting trip in 1902.  The story of the “gentlemanly” pity the president took on the animal spread like wildfire, inspiring the creation of a commemorative toy: the “Teddy Bear.” The true reason for Roosevelt’s refusal lay in the fact that, due to habitat destruction and over-hunting, the Louisiana black bear that had been cornered and prepared for the president’s kill shot was mangy, thin, and exhausted - hardly a fair match for an armed sharpshooter on horseback.

This habitat loss and over-hunting continued until 1992, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed Louisiana black bears as a threatened species.  The Louisiana black bear is the only one of the 16 sub-species of the American black bear to be federally protected. Before listing, it was estimated that as few as 150 bears remained in their historic geographical habitat range.  

The decline in black bear abundance can primarily be attributed to human disturbance, which includes habitat loss, unregulated harvest (hunting), and lack of management. Because of land drainage and clearing for agriculture, the original 24 million acres of bottomland hardwood forest in the lower Mississippi River Valley, which comprised a large part of the bear’s habitat, was reduced to less than 5 million acres by 1980.  Because black bears have a low reproductive rate, the loss of female adults is also serious concern. Unregulated harvest and illegal kill can depress population growth, especially when population numbers are low and separated from one another. While habitat loss surely contributed to declining black bear populations, mismanagement of harvest and poaching may have be a factor limiting recovery.

The Louisiana black bear’s listing on the U.S. List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife likely saved the bear from extinction. However, failure to use the best scientific data available and reliance on faulty scientific assumptions erroneously led to the delisting of the bear in 2016, despite the fact that it has not achieved recovery.

The delisting and the possible lifting of the ban on hunting the bear present a continuing threat to the viability of the Louisiana black bear and its habitat.

Act now by sending this email telling the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary and Commission we need to keep the current ban on hunting the dwindling population of the Louisiana black bear.

Demand clean air and 100% clean energy in your community now! (All States)

Sierra Club’s #ReadyFor100 and Climate Parents campaigns and Seventh Generation are partnering to mobilize people across the country work for climate and clean energy solutions that benefit our kids and communities. 

Watch the new video and sign the petition to ask your mayor and local leaders to commit to 100% clean energy now!

Already, nearly 100 U.S. cities -- from Atlanta, Georgia to San Diego, California -- have committed to 100% clean, renewable energy, showing that clean air and clean energy is important for all cities -- big and small, red and blue, locally and globally. 

#ReadyFor100 is a movement of people working to inspire our leaders to embrace a vision of healthier communities powered by 100% clean energy. Local campaigns are springing up in cities and states all around the country led by local folks who want good jobs, clean air and a better quality of life in their communities by moving to 100% clean energy.  

Join the movement for 100% clean, renewable energy -- take action now!

Add the gender-neutral “Mx.” option to Congressional web forms (All States)

To submit a comment to almost any elected official these days, the first thing you are required to submit is a title. You’re included in the pre-set list if you’re a Mr., Mrs., or even a Dr., Honorary, Professor, or Dean. But if you’re a non-gender-conforming individual – and chances are that if you’re not one yourself, someone you care about is – the message is clear: you don’t belong. And it is the hundreds of seemingly small exclusionary instances like this that make life so difficult for non-gender conforming people in the United States and around the world.

As it stands, organizations such as the Sierra Club, who strongly believe in building a more inclusive country, are still required to cause potential harm to their supporters by requiring titles whenever comments need to be submitted directly to an elected official. We hope to help all senators and House members to realize their obligation to make their constituents feel heard by offering the gender-neutral “Mx.” option on their web forms by the time the next Congress gets underway in January 2019.

While momentum to offer gender-inclusive title options on webforms has made progress in recent months, it remains stalled at the moment, and we hope you’ll join us in getting this one over the finish line!

Tell your City Council member to support 100% clean energy! (WA)

Right now, the city of Spokane can lead our region to 100% renewable energy and ensure a cleaner, healthier and more prosperous community for all. Our City Council will be voting on a measure soon, but not all of our city council members are convinced that Spokane is ready.

We've been collecting petitions for months, asking the Spokane City Council and Mayor Condon to commit to a sustainable future for our city and region. Clean energy and energy efficiency creates jobs, reduces pollution, and builds stronger communities. Let's let the City Council know. 

Send a message to your city council member telling them that you support a 100% resolution.

Don't forget to add a personal message! It goes a long way.

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Bryan Can Move Beyond Coal (TX)

We’re looking for people who are interested in learning more about clean energy choices Bryan Texas Utilities and city leaders could make that would help clean our air, conserve water, and keep utility bills affordable.

Bryan’s coal plant, Gibbons Creek, is no longer economically viable. Bryan and its business partners in the coal plant know this and are talking about parting ways with it and hopefully shutting it down for good. When and how that happens is not yet decided, and that’s where the people of Bryan, like you, can play an important role in shaping the livability of the city. In addition, Bryan Texas Utilities is considering making some major solar power investments, and your voice could help tip the balance. 
 
The people of Bryan need a voice in this conversation that will affect everyone in town, and everyone affected by the potential sale or retirement of Gibbons Creek. If you are interested in being part of that conversation, please let us know.

Get Omaha in the game! Tell OPPD to commit to 100% clean energy (NE)

In Nebraska we have the great fortune of living in a Public Power District, and that means we have say in how our utility serves us. Right now, you have the opportunity to tell OPPD what you want that public power to look like. 

OPPD is on track to achieving 50% clean energy, but we can't stop halfway. We know that clean energy provides thousands of good jobs in Nebraska and helps make our power more reliable and sustainable. 

It's time that they get back in the game with some ambitious commitments! With your help, we can put public power back in the hands of the people in support of the good life.

Your personal message telling OPPD why Omaha deserves clean energy goes a long way. Send one now!

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Take Action: Tell EPA to end ongoing pollution of PFAS chemicals! (All States)

Earlier this year, former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and the Trump White House sought to block the release of a Health and Human Services study on the health impacts of Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). But after public outcry, the report is now out -- and it's clear why Scott Pruitt and his friends in the chemical industry didn't want you to see it.

The study shows the “minimal risk level” for exposure to two notorious PFAS chemicals should be seven to 10 times lower than previously recommended by the EPA. PFAS chemicals are linked to cancer, low infant birth weights, and effects on the immune system and hormones. They pose a particular threat to sensitive populations including infants and breastfeeding mothers.

PFAS can be found in common household products including non-stick pans, paints, cleaning products, and firefighting foams used widely at airports and on military bases. Drinking water across the country has been contaminated by the chemicals, particularly in areas near military bases and production facilities that have used the chemicals. We have to do more to protect our communities from these dangerous chemicals!

Take Action: Tell EPA to end ongoing pollution of PFAS chemicals and accelerate cleanup efforts for affected communities!
 

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Secure overtime and minimum wage for farm workers (All States)

Most workers in this country enjoy overtime and minimum wage protections, yet our nation's 2.5 million farm workers were excluded from these laws.

When Congress was debating the Fair Labor Standards Act, a New Deal-era law that set standards for overtime and minimum wage, politicians decided to exempt farm workers in large part to appease politicians who wanted farm labor to remain cheap. At the time, this economic injustice was targeted against African American communities in the South, but as the decades progressed, Latinx and immigrant communities have shouldered more of the burden. This disparity impacts people who also have to contend with threats like pesticide exposure, extreme heat, dehydration, wage theft, sexual assault, and bodily injury.

Fortunately, a bill seeks to uproot this embedded racism and build stronger rural economies. The Fairness for Farm Workers Act, introduced by Sen. Kamala Harris and Rep. Raul Grijalva, would close these pay exemptions for farm workers while retaining flexibility for special circumstances, like people working on their family's small farm. 

Agricultural work is one of the most dangerous jobs in America. Farm workers face unbearable heat, pesticide exposure, and backbreaking labor -- all while earning low wages. This correction is long overdue.

Tell your members of Congress to make sure farm workers get paid fairly!

Close wage loopholes for farm workers!

Tell Interior Secretary Zinke -- Stop the assault on our wildlife, don't gut the ESA! (All States)

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) protects hundreds of animal species listed as threatened and without it, animals like the piping plover and the northern spotted owl and grey wolf could go extinct. It is one of the most effective environmental policies in American history with 99 percent of species listed recovering in their designated timeline.

However, this week Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke proposed three rule changes that would effectively dismantle the Endangered Species Act.

These rule changes, if passed, would be devastating. They would weaken protections for vulnerable “threatened” species, remove opportunities for public input and make it harder to hold wildlife agencies accountable for their actions. These changes are clearly designed to make it easier for pipelines, roads, and even drilling and fracking projects to gain speedy approvals. Our wildlife deserves better!

The Endangered Species Act is a wild success. Tell Sec. Zinke: Don’t dismantle the Endangered Species Act.

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Tell Kimberly Harris and PSE to support their customers and back I-1631! (WA)

 

Washington has the chance to make history in the fight against climate change by passing Ballot Initiative 1631 this November. Over 370,000 Washingtonians and a broad coalition of businesses, Tribes, unions, and environmentalists are supporting the initiative, pushing us closer to Washington's 100 percent clean energy future. But Kimberly Harris, CEO of Puget Sound Energy (PSE), our state's largest utility, has not yet shown support.

Washington State can’t cut climate pollution without transitioning its electricity grid away from dirty fossil fuels to 100 percent clean energy. But PSE still gets nearly 60 percent of its electricity from fossil fuels. By endorsing I-1631, PSE would be signaling that it wants to be on the right side of our transition to a cleaner future.

We need CEO Kimberly Harris to stand with its customers – not the oil industry giants like BP, Shell and Chevron that are already pouring money into the state to defeat I-1631.

Send your message to Kimberly Harris now!

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Support youth activists and tell Nestle to stop stealing our public water (All States)

Nestle is diverting 62.6 million gallons of water per year from San Bernardino National Forests using an expired permit, profiting off of publicly owned water resources. Meanwhile, California is in a historic drought and local residents are facing mandatory water restrictions.

Youth leaders with the Sierra Student Coalition are demanding that Nestle deprivatize water and return it to the hands of the people.

Sign the Petition: Demand that Xcel Adopt a 100% Renewable Energy Plan! (All States)

Right now, Xcel is developing an integrated resource plan (IRP) — a fifteen year energy plan for Minnesota. Xcel demonstrated in their last IRP it can transition to clean energy while keeping costs low, but they need to do more to get us to 100% clean and renewable energy as soon as possible.

This IRP provides a big opportunity for us to influence energy future by telling Xcel what it means to be real climate champions. We all pay for our energy, breathe air, and drink water, which means we get to have a say in our energy future. Your vision is important and together we can bring that vision to Xcel’s attention.

As a customer, you can demand that Xcel adopt a 100% renewable energy plan in Minnesota by signing this petition!

Join the PA Lobby Team! (All States)

We spend countless hours in the Pennsylvania Capitol meeting with elected officials, reviewing legislation, and fighting for the environment. Will you join us?

Sign up to join our Pennsylvania lobby team and meet with elected officials across the state to ensure they fight for pro-environment legislation that benefits public health and our communities.

In just the last few months, we’ve stopped legislation that would make protests a felony and rollback regulations for the oil and gas industry all the way to 1984, all while fighting for legislation that would transition Pennsylvania to 100% renewable energy and provide dedicated funding for clean water projects statewide, among other bills.

Help us set the agenda and make the environment a top issue for all legislators!

By signing up, you'll get access to trainings and volunteer events across the state and get access to the tools you need to take your lobbying skills to the next level.

Don't be nervous if you've never met or talked to your legislator before — this is perfect for beginners, too!

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Protect Washoe Meadows State Park from Golf Course Expansion! (All States;CA;NV)

California State Parks, the very people who are supposed to protect our parks, are continuing to propose a golf course expansion into South Lake Tahoe's little-known Washoe Meadows State Park.

You can help keep one of the Tahoe basin's last intact and beautiful landscapes from further destruction. Use this form to oppose this project today.

Water Defenders | News Sign Up (All States)


Do you live in the Delaware River Watershed and care about water quality issues in your community? Become a Water Defender with the Sierra Club!

Learn how you can speak up for clean water protections, build your advocacy and outreach skills, explore your local waterways, and connect with water advocates in your community.

Sign up for the regular updates and find out how you can get more involved!

The Delaware River Basin continues to face new and ongoing challenges every day from erosion and flooding impacts to industrial development and fracking pressures.

By working together, residents of the Delaware River Watershed, can have a measurable impact, and improve the water quality and habitat for present and future generations.
 

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We strive to make our programs accessible for all people, including women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ people! If you have any questions, please contact me at rachel.rosenfeld@sierraclub.org.
 

Say NO to your Water Agency Rate Hike (CA)

Water agencies all over SoCal will be voting Tuesday, July 10 at Metropolitan Water District to fund a project called CA WaterFix aka the Delta Tunnels/Twin Tunnels or Tunnels. This project is located in Northern California and will bring no jobs to SoCal, no new water, destroy native fish habitat and the Delta. It is unsustainable in the face of climate change and water supplies will be disrupted in the case of a big earthquake.

If water bill rates are to be raised then they should benefit your local community and city. The tunnels project benefits neither.

Ask your elected Water Board members to invest in fixing aging rotted infrastructure, cleaning up contaminated water sources fixing leaks, increasing conservation education, improving rainwater and stormwater capture, increasing the use of recycled water, and helping lower income residents who can not meet their monthly sewage and water bill obligations. All of these together would help create water independence for all and bring sustainable green jobs to every city in SoCal.

Hold your elected officials accountable. They should represent your voice. You can also show up and speak out Tuesday, July 10, at Metropolitan Water District. Click here to RSVP.

Manitou Springs is Ready for 100 (CO)

To Protect our health and climate, it's critical we transition from fossil fuels to clean renewable forms of energy. Manitou Springs is already powering all of our municipal buildings with solar. But we can't stop there. 

By adding your voice you'll be supporting our city in a proposed new goal of getting 100 percent of the cities electricity from, clean and renewable sources by 2030. 

28 billion reasons to protect Colorado's outdoors (CO)

Outdoor recreation is good for us in many ways. It reduces stress, is a great form of exercise, and, of course, spending time outdoors is fun. 

But when it comes to convincing stubborn legislators that protecting our open spaces is critical, those reasons don't always seem to be enough. Fortunately, we have other ways to get them on our side. Because the outdoor industry generates more revenue for our state than the oil, gas and mining industries combined, there's no reason every leader in Colorado shouldn't be fighting for our open spaces. 

Send your local legislator the Outdoor Industry Association's Colorado Outdoor Recreation Economy report, and make sure they take action to protect our open spaces. 

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Tell Richmond City Officials to Pass the Buy Clean Resolution on July 10 (CA)

Spending decisions are among the most effective tools consumers have to influence pollution reduction. State and local governments are consumers who can reduce pollution by putting their money where their policy is.

Last year, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 262, the Buy Clean California Act, introduced by Assemblymember Rob Bonta. Moving forward, the products California purchases for infrastructure projects will come from manufacturers who have invested in cleaner energy and technologies to cut their climate pollution.

We need your help! Tell your city officials that you support the Buy Clean California Act and that Richmond should support it too and pursue ways to adopt a similar policy at the local level.

Plan to attend the upcoming City Council meeting on Tuesday, July 10 at 5 pm. The meeting will be held at the Community Services Building, 440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA 94804. Please email Molly Culton at molly.culton@sierraclub.org to RSVP.

Stop the Destruction of Vital Forest Habitat (CA)

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Nearly five years ago, a massive fire spread across and burned 257,000 acres near and in Yosemite National Park.

In the immediate aftermath of that fire, known as the Rim Fire, logging interests began pressing the U.S. Forest Service to open up burned public forest lands to destructive, post-fire salvage logging.

Environmentalists challenged the logging interests, effectively delaying most of the clearcutting efforts for three years.

But then logging interests found another way.

They combined with state agencies to apply for a federal grant to “restore” the same lands where logging had been delayed. The restoration plan calls for taking out important wildlife trees, known as “snags”, using herbicides to clear lower vegetation, and then planting seedlings.

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is proposing to use an inadequate and outdated environmental impact statement prepared by the Forest Service years ago to allow HCD to pick up where the Forest Service left off.

Now, five years after the fire, and after two seasons of strong precipitation, the unlogged burned areas are vibrant with life. Vegetation is thick and diverse and wildlife is abundant, but the planned clearcutting would destroy wildlife habitat and kill most of the natural forest regeneration.

The EIS the Forest Service and state agencies are depending on is outdated and doesn’t reflect the real condition of the Rim Fire area.

Please send an email to the Supervisor of the Stanislaus National Forest to halt any logging in the Rim Fire site and to complete a new EIS that includes analysis of the new, vibrant regeneration.

Submit your comment and protect Pennsylvania's state forests! (PA)

Pennsylvania’s 2.2 million acre state forest system is one of the largest in the United States and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) manages these public lands for all Pennsylvanians, including future generations.

However, our state forests are facing a number of threats, including extensive fracked gas drilling and related infrastructure, timber harvesting, climate change, and construction of more motorized ATV trails.

DCNR is currently accepting comments from the public on management plans for each forest district -- let DCNR know that you want these incredible public resources preserved now and for future generations!

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Note: When writing your personal comment, please include specifics regarding how you use state forests and experiences you've had yourself in these places!

Fight Plastic Litter: Tell the City of San Diego to ban Styrofoam food containers and single-use plastics (CA)

Help tell Mayor Kevin Faulconer and the San Diego City Council that you want a comprehensive ordinance banning the consumption of expanded polystyrene (EPS; e.g.,“Styrofoam®”) food containers and other disposable, single-use plastics like utensils and straws. The evidence is overwhelmingly clear: phasing out single use plastics improves our personal well-being , environment, wildlife, and economy. It is time for San Diego to join the 116 other California jurisdictions that have already done so.

Plastics are the most common litter worldwide.  Single-use, disposable plastics are used for only a few minutes and then thrown away, adversely impacting our food and drinking water, wildlife and fisheries, taxpayer’s wallets for cleanup, and our quality of life. They don't biodegrade in our lifetimes; instead, they persist in our landfills, rivers, and oceans. This pollution comes full circle back to us, as these plastics release toxins that enter our food chain through fish and other marine life exposed to this waste.

Like other non-biodegradable single-use plastics, EPS foam is a primary contributor to the pollution in our environment.  In San Diego County, volunteers remove over 10,000 pieces of polystyrene from our beaches each year.  Additionally, Americans use millions of plastic straws daily. Plastic straws are one of the most common items found during beach clean-ups. The 2016 I Love a Clean San Diego Annual Report stated that the 15,976 plastic straws they collected from our beaches were "the most common items we found at our cleanup events.”

Sign our petition to encourage the City of San Diego to move forward with passing a comprehensive single use plastics ordinance - joining cities across the nation in banning these harmful pollutants. Other communities within San Diego County, such as Encinitas, Solana Beach, and Imperial Beach, have already passed similar measures. 

Plastic pollution is a global problem with local solutions!

The Line 66 Pipeline Jeopardizes All of Wisconsin (WI)

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The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) voted to approve the Certificate of Need for Enbridge’s proposed Line 3 tar sands pipeline, greenlighting more oil to flow into Superior, driving the need for another tar sands pipeline through Wisconsin.  This will likely mean that Enbridge will start seeking permits in Wisconsin and getting easements and permission from the landowners and tribes for the new pipeline.  The decision hurts community members across Wisconsin who care about the environment; our lakes and rivers; community and property rights; and safety. 


Now that we can expect to see permit applications start for the Line 66 Pipeline, we need to make sure that Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary Meyer thoroughly studies the impact of a potential pipeline. 

Sign the petition today!

Tell Congress to reject resurrecting the Yazoo Pumps Project! (AL;MS)

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If resurrected, the Yazoo Pumps project will damage more than 200,000 acres of wetlands in the heart of the Mississippi River Flyway. It would be a throwback to another era and contrary to federal policy, with the Yazoo Pumps draining wetlands so that agribusiness could reap more farm subsidy payments by intensifying production.
 
Ten years ago, opposition to the project didn’t come from just one party. Knowing it would ruin some of the richest wetlands and aquatic resources in the nation, President George W. Bush vetoed the project through the Clean Water Act. Senator John McCain called the $220 million Army Corps of Engineers’ project “one of the worst ever conceived of by Congress.” Don’t let Congress throw away this crucial victory! 

More than 450 species of fish and wildlife, including 257 species of birds—and 20 percent of the nation’s duck populations—rely on the wetlands that would be drained by the Yazoo Pumps. These wetlands provide internationally important foraging grounds and some of the richest stopover habitat in the country for migratory birds and waterfowl that live out much of their lives far beyond the borders of Mississippi. 
 

Tell FERC to reject the dirty, dangerous Mountain Valley pipeline and Southgate Extension (All States)

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The proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline Extension will not benefit the residents of Virginia or North Carolina. Studies show we do not need additional fossil fuel infrastructure beyond what already exists to supply our energy needs. Any jobs or tax revenue created by the construction of the pipeline will be short term and will not ultimately provide lasting benefits to the public. The use of eminent domain for the purpose of advancing private interests is inappropriate.
 
Additionally, the declining property values due to the restricted land use imposed by the easements MVP is seeking will perpetually put a financial burden on the property owners and local counties. This proposed pipeline would pose physical dangers to the community and irreparable damage to the environment. Clean energy is the cheaper, safer option for our state.  We need to stop this pipeline and support clean, safer, renewable energy.

Help us to urge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to deny a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to the Mountain Valley Pipeline Extension by adding your comment to the public comment docket below (personal messages help especially)! 
 

Make a 100% Clean Energy California a Reality: Support SB 100 (CA)

As climate disruption wreaks havoc around the globe, California is experiencing its share of climate-related natural disasters. Massive wildfires and drought have become more frequent and deadlier. California cannot afford to slow down its pace in transitioning from dirty climate-polluting fossil generation to clean sources of renewable energy if we are to meet our climate goals and if we are to stave off the worst of climate disruption.  

SB 100 keeps California on track to reach our climate goals by requiring that the state get 100% of its electricity needs from carbon-free sources by 2045. Tell your assemblymember to keep California moving forward in the fight against climate disruption by voting for SB 100 when it comes before him or her.

Tell the Army Corps of Engineers & Dept. of Environmental Quality: No Fracked Gas Projects in Southern Oregon! (All States)

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A Canadian company wants to ship dangerous and explosive fracked gas through a pipeline across our state, then ship the gas to markets overseas, endangering public and private lands, water, Tribal lands, and wildlife. We say: NO WAY. The Jordan Cove export terminal and Pacific Connector pipeline would be a disaster for the climate - projected to emit 15 times the amount of greenhouse gases than the retiring Boardman coal plant. The 229-mile pipeline would impact 485 rivers, streams, and waterbodies in Oregon on both public and private lands. Organizers, landowners, Tribal nations, young people, and volunteers have already successfully defeated this project twice. 

On May 22, 2018, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened a 60-day public comment period for two important Clean Water Act permits. Similar gas pipelines in Oregon, New York and Maryland have been stopped through the Clean Water Act process because of impacts to rivers, streams and wetlands. In a joint public process, both of these agencies are seeking public comments as they review two Clean Water Act permit applications from Jordan Cove. This is our chance to stop this project once and for all. 

We encourage you to add in personal anecdotes to your comment about why you care about stopping this project. 
Examples:

●  You and your family go fishing every year on the Rogue River and you are concerned about how sediment or a potential “frac-out” from construction would impact the aesthetic value of the river and your ability to catch fish.

●  You care about climate change and the impact this project would have on your own future or your grandchildren's future. 

●  You like to go clamming in Coos Bay but are afraid giant tankers would create too much traffic for the public to navigate the channel and that dredging would harm wildlife where community members traditionally fish.

●  You value the rivers, streams, and wetlands of Southern Oregon, along the proposed pipeline route and downstream from there. These rivers provide drinking water to thousands of residents, and habitat and nourishment to hundreds of species. These projects could never be risk-free, and the severe damage they inevitably would do, history has shown us, are clear violations of the Clean Water Act.

●  You live or work in Medford and are concerned that the pipeline would cross tributaries to the local water supply.

●  You live in Klamath County and are concerned that Jordan Cove’s proposal to use 15 million gallons of freshwater from the Klamath River Basin would critically impact water supply in an already drought-stricken region.

●  You own or work for a rafting company that holds trips on the Klamath, Rogue, Coos, and/or Umpqua Rivers and are concerned that the river would become inaccessible during construction and that impacts would permanently alter the aesthetic value of the river, which would negatively impact your business/place of employment.

Ask Mayor Tom Henry to Call on I&M to Replace Rockport with Clean Energy (IN)

Imagine if your community had investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency -- solar panels on homes, churches and vacant and blighted properties, fewer people having to make a choice between paying for their medications or keeping the lights on, and new jobs coming from these industries.

As AEP-Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) works on its 20-year energy plan, we’re asking local city officials and organizations to join the , calling on I&M to replace Rockport power with 100% renewable energy and energy efficiency.

 I&M announced at their planning meeting that its future utility plans will phase out the super-polluting Rockport coal plant by 2028. That's a start, but it's not enough. Let's make sure I&M replaces Rockport with renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Ask Fort Wayne public officials to sign-on to the Pledge to Repower Indiana calling on I&M to replace the Rockport power plant with clean energy and energy efficiency! Add a personal message about why replacing coal with clean energy and efficiency is important to you to have more of an impact.

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Tell the CEC: Scott Pruitt does not represent us! Demand a NAFTA replacement that puts people and the planet before corporate profits! (All States)

This week, Scott Pruitt is scheduled to speak at the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) with environmental ministers from Canada and Mexico. They plan to discuss how innovation can help protect and enhance the North American environment.

That's right, Scott Pruitt, a man who denies climate change and destroys environmental protections in exchange for political capital, will be asked his opinion protecting the environment! The absurdity continues.

The CEC is tasked with supporting cooperation among the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners to address the environmental challenges and opportunities presented by continent-wide free trade. They need to know that we do not support Scott Pruitt and we do not support NAFTA.

Like Pruitt’s destructive policies at the EPA, NAFTA has been a disaster for our communities. Trade agreements like NAFTA should protect people across borders, not cater to corporate polluters.

NAFTA has allowed for the offshoring of jobs and pollution, locked in fracking and tar sands extraction and helped clear the way for disastrous pipelines like Keystone XL.Now, closed-door negotiations could result in a NAFTA replacement that locks in Pruitt’s polluting legacy for decades after he leaves office.

It’s time to boot Pruitt and replace NAFTA with a deal that protects workers, communities, and our environment.

Tell the CEC: Scott Pruitt does not represent us! Demand a NAFTA replacement that puts people and the planet before corporate profits! (All States)

This week, Scott Pruitt is scheduled to speak at the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) with environmental ministers from Canada and Mexico. They plan to discuss how innovation can help protect and enhance the North American environment.

That's right, Scott Pruitt, a man who denies climate change and destroys environmental protections in exchange for political capital, will be asked his opinion protecting the environment! The absurdity continues.

The CEC is tasked with supporting cooperation among the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners to address the environmental challenges and opportunities presented by continent-wide free trade. They need to know that we do not support Scott Pruitt and we do not support NAFTA.

Like Pruitt’s destructive policies at the EPA, NAFTA has been a disaster for our communities. Trade agreements like NAFTA should protect people across borders, not cater to corporate polluters.

NAFTA has allowed for the offshoring of jobs and pollution, locked in fracking and tar sands extraction and helped clear the way for disastrous pipelines like Keystone XL.Now, closed-door negotiations could result in a NAFTA replacement that locks in Pruitt’s polluting legacy for decades after he leaves office.

It’s time to boot Pruitt and replace NAFTA with a deal that protects workers, communities, and our environment.

Protect public lands: Sign up to organize against attacks on our lands, air and waters. (All States)

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Since taking office, Interior Secretary Zinke has made it clear that he's eager to exploit our environment for short-term corporate profit. And our people and public lands are paying the price. 

After illegally shrinking the borders of two national monuments, he claimed that the land was being returned to the American people. Now, a Canadian mining firm is staking claims in Grand Staircase-Escalante.

But thanks to the work of activists like you, we've forced him to walk back some of his most extreme policies. He’s backed down on plans to raise park fees by 200% and cancel the popular Every Kid in a Park Program. He’s been pressured into delaying a lease sale near Chaco Canyon and is scaling back his plans to open both coasts to offshore drilling.

These victories have one thing in common: they’re the result of a large, coordinated public outcry. Zinke is poised to step up his attacks on our lands this summer, and we need a core group of activists ready to oppose him at a moment's notice. Will you be one of them?

In the coming months, Zinke is poised to speed up his attack on our lands,  from drilling in the Arctic Refuge to mining the Grand Canyon for uranium. Stopping him will take work -- submitting comments, making calls, showing up to rallies, hosting house meetings, pressuring corporations, and more. 

To prepare for this push, we'll be:

  • Coordinating plans to oppose his next move together;
  • Hosting trainings and webinars;
  • Getting updates from the field -- learning from their successes and strategies;
  • Learning how to host house meetings, develop your own local actions, and so much more

Add your name to help us get started!

Ask Mayor Tyler to sign onto the Pledge and call on I&M to replace the Rockport Power Plant with clean energy (IN)

Imagine if your community had investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency -- solar panels on homes, churches, fewer people having to make a choice between paying for their medications or keeping the lights on, and new jobs coming from clean energy and efficiency industries.

We have an opportunity to move this clean energy vision forward. I&M announced at their planning meeting that its future utility plans will phase out the super-polluting Rockport coal plant by 2028. That's a start, but it's not enough. Let's make sure I&M replaces Rockport with renewable energy and energy efficiency..

Ask Mayor Tyler to sign-on to the Pledge to Repower Indiana and call on I&M to replace the Rockport power plant with clean energy and energy efficiency today! Add a personal message about why replacing coal with clean energy and efficiency is important to you to have more of an impact.

Stop the solar penalty in E. New Mexico (All States)

Right now, if families or businesses in Eastern New Mexico want to go solar, they have to pay the monopoly utility, Southwestern Public Service, an average of $28 in extra monthly fees.

Rate 59, as SPS has discreetly named this solar penalty, is the reason there are only 110 solar customers in all of SPS's territory — at a time when thousands of New Mexicans are turning to solar to take control of their energy bills and do their part for a safe climate for our kids.

Utilities nationwide are attempting such punitive fees to kill increasing competition from rooftop solar. Now SPS wants to raise Rate 59, and the Public Regulation Commission's decision on the case will set an important precedent for PNM and El Paso Electric, New Mexico's other large utilities. 

Our allies are working hard to oppose both the hike and Rate 59 in general, because it is not justified by evidence, as statute requires. In an important victory, the PRC hearing examiner recently agreed and recommended that the commission cancel Rate 59 and another fee that discouraged solar. 

Now the decision is in commissioners' hands. Please complete this form and urge Commissioner Cynthia Hall to end the solar penalty once and for all. Personalizing the note and subject line will help your message make a bigger impact.

Tell your senators to keep the U.S. Farm Bill clean! (All States)

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The Senate recently introduced a bipartisan Farm Bill that is largely free of anti-environmental riders, tell your senators to keep it that way!


The Farm Bill has traditionally delivered comprehensive food and farm policy designed to ensure both healthy food systems and a healthy environment. However, this must-pass piece of legislation has now been targeted as a vehicle for a number of poisonous riders that would put our land, water, wildlife, and communities at risk. The recently passed House Farm Bill already contains a litany of poison pill riders that would weaken the SNAP anti-hunger program, contaminate our food and drinking water supplies with pesticides, roll back protections for endangered wildlife, and log away our national forests.

While the Senate version avoids these toxic provisions, the bill will soon be up for consideration on the chamber floor. This is a prime opportunity for legislators to tack on 'poison pill' riders. Now is the time to contact your senators and urge them to oppose any bad amendments and maintain a workable, bipartisan farm bill.

The American people deserve a farm bill that provides safe food, clean water, and a healthy environment. The House Farm Bill failed to deliver, but with your help we can ensure that the Senate does not follow suit.

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Tell Trump: No bailouts for coal and nuclear plants (All States)

Coal plants have failed to remain competitive with the abundance of cheap clean energy resources, flat demand growth, and growing energy efficiency industry -- but President Trump and Sec. Perry want to prop up this failing industry to reward their polluter friends. Perry and Trump claim that plant closures threaten national security despite showing no evidence they do.

Tell President Trump to say no to coal and nuclear bailouts.

Ask your mayor and local leaders to take the next step for 100% clean energy! (All States)

One year ago, at the 2017 U.S. Conference of Mayors, mayors from across the country came together and unanimously approved a historic resolution supporting a transition 100% clean energy in cities nationwide -- one of the most ambitious energy policies ever supported by the U.S. Conference of Mayors [1]!

Since the passage of last year's "100% Renewable Energy in American Cities" resolution, the number of communities that have committed to transition to 100% clean and renewable energy has nearly doubled -- from 36 U.S. cities, representing 5.8 million people to 70 cities and 9 counties, representing 10.3 million people [2]. Additionally, thanks to leaders like yours the number of mayors who have endorsed this goal for their cities through our Mayors For 100% Clean Energy initiative has grown to include over 200 mayors, Democrats and Republicans alike [3].

Just in the past month, the city of Norman became the first community in Scott Pruitt's home state of Oklahoma to commit to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2035. 

But our work continues. It is up to us to show the rest of the country and world that American cities will lead the transition away from fossil fuels to 100% clean, renewable energy for all.

In September, leaders from around the world will gather in San Francisco at the Global Climate Action Summit to redouble their efforts to address climate change and to showcase bold solutions to combat this growing threat. 

Let's seize this opportunity to show the global community that we are ready for 100% clean energy.

Now it's time to take the next step. Ask your mayor to establish a time-bound commitment for your community to transition to 100% clean renewable energy for all!

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1. U.S. Conference of Mayors Passes Landmark Resolution Supporting 100% Clean, Renewable Energy. Press Release, Sierra Club, 26 June 2017.
2. Driving Progress Toward 100% CLean Energy at the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Report, Sierra Club, 08 June 2018.
3. Mayors For 100% Clean Energy. Sierra Club, 30 May 2017.

Defend the USDA Certified Organic Label and Promote Environmental Stewardship In Agriculture (All States)

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Consumer confidence in the integrity of the USDA organic seal is a driving factor in the exponential growth in the organic sector. Making changes would undermine the integrity of the organic program and severely damage the reputation of the industry as a whole. 

We encourage the growth of sustainable agriculture and domestic organic production through increased funding for the National Organic Program. Tell the Senate to keep funding for the National Organic Program intact!

Say No to HB 2241 and Stop Another Power Grab in Harrisburg (PA)

House Bill 2241 prohibits local governments from addressing the growing problem of single use plastics that pollute our rivers and oceans, harm or kill wildlife, and litter our communities.

Every day in America, 500 million plastic straws are used, enough to circle the Earth twice. Every year in America, 100 billion plastic bags are used, tied together they would wrap around the equator 773 times. Unfortunately, 91% of plastic waste isn’t recycled. 

HB 2241 would stifle local governments’ innovative efforts to address plastics pollution via tax or fee. This bill represents an ominous attempt to remove power from locally elected officials and makes local voters mere bystanders in the democratic processes that shape their communities. Tell your elected official to vote NO on the latest power grab in Harrisburg.

Plastics polluting the shoreline.

Photo by: Rey Perezoso

Oppose efforts to legislate science, burning forests for fuel is not carbon neutral! (All States)

Right now Congress is attempting to legislate science by counting burning forests and forest materials as carbon neutral. This attempt to legislate science in the FY19 spending bill must be stopped. Burning trees for electricity creates more carbon pollution than coal -- and could destroy our country’s forests in the process. Our forests and their ability to store carbon are one of our country’s best defenses against climate change. Burning trees to produce electricity is disastrous, harming our health, environment and our climate. Let's protect our forests and our climate.

Tell your senators and representatives to vote no against counting forest biomass as carbon neutral.

Give salmon in the Northwest a fighting chance -- tell your senator to stop HR 3144 today! (OR;WA)

Even as steelhead and salmon returns in the Columbia and Snake Rivers are at devastatingly low levels, members of Congress are trying to halt efforts to restore wild salmon in the Columbia and Snake Rivers.

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, along with Congressman Newhouse and Congresswoman Jamie Herrera Beutler, introduced legislation (H.R. 3144) that passed the House earlier this year that would stop action -- including even the study of possible actions -- to aid endangered salmon in the Snake and Columbia Rivers. 

The bill would prevent federal agencies from increasing water "spill" to aid salmon, or from studying removal of four aging, outdated, and expensive dams on the Lower Snake River. At a time when wild salmon and steelhead are returning to native rivers and streams in record-low numbers, we need to work hard to allow restoration - not make it more difficult.

Take action NOW to tell your senators to oppose this dangerous legislation, and protect our salmon! 

Endangered Pacific Northwest salmon

Join SierraVotes (MN)


Help us elect environmental champions in Minnesota! 
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This fall, Minnesotans will head to the polls for an incredibly high-stakes election to determine the future of our state and our country. Minnesota is going to be at the center of our national politics like never before in 2018. The SierraVotes team will help elect environmental champions. Join the team to keep our water, lands, air, and climate clean for years to come. 

Why this election season is so critical: 
  • With the retirement of Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesotans will decide an open race for Governor along with three other statewide constitutional offices that could be competitive: Attorney General, Secretary of State and State Auditor.
  • The entire Minnesota House of Representatives is up for re-election in 2018.
  • These races would make for significant challenges and opportunities under any circumstances, but the stakes in 2018 are even higher. The Governor we elect in November will be in office for the next round of redistricting, meaning that Minnesota’s political balance of power for the coming decade is legitimately up for grabs this fall. At the Federal level, Minnesota’s surplus of competitive congressional races could play a major role in determining control of Congress during the second half of the Trump Administration.
How you can help: 
This fall, North Star Chapter volunteers will be working hard to elect environmental champions up and down the ballot. Sign up today for the North Star Chapter’s SierraVotes Team to bring environmental voices back to power in Saint Paul and Washington, DC.

 

Act Now: Protesting Shouldn't Be A Felony (PA)

To please corporate interests, our elected officials are willing to make protests a felony. SB 652 would make trespass on or in a ‘critical infrastructure facility’ a felony. The bill broadly defines ‘critical infrastructure’ to include oil refineries, natural gas facilities and pipelines, railroad tracks, cell towers, and many other sites.

Under this bill, what are currently summary or misdemeanor offenses, would become felonies punishable by up to two years in prison and minimum fines of $5,000 - $10,000. This bill would even make it illegal to plan a protest that would involve trespass, regardless of whether or not you actually trespass.

It’s no coincidence that this bill has been introduced in Pennsylvania, where there’s been continuous opposition to proposed natural gas infrastructure. This is an obvious attempt to silence and suppress those who speak out against environmental degradation and corporate recklessness.


This terrible bill has already passed the Senate. Let’s make sure it goes no further.

Several protestors wearing brightly colored shirts await a kayaker on the shore. Their kayaks are strewn on the beach, with a backdrop of pipeline construction and a law enforcement officer.

Photo by Michelle Johnsen, courtesy of Lancaster Against Pipelines

Stop Clear-cutting in the Tillamook & Clatsop State Forests! (OR)

The Oregon Department of Forestry has proposed widespread clearcutting of Oregon’s Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests in 2019, including large clear-cuts in the proposed Nehalem River Scenic Waterway. The department also aims to open approximately 750 net acres of older forest to clearcutting, as well as to aerial spray of thousands of acres. We must stop this dangerous proposal and protect our state forests. 

We need Governor Brown’s help to protect the Nehalem and ensure the scenic, wildlife, and recreation values are protected through science-based management of our state-owned forests. Send in your comment today to urge Governor Brown to protect the proposed Nehalem State Scenic Waterway and to support the conservation community recommendations to the Department of Forestry.
 
 
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Nehalem River. Photo: Scott Swigart.

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Map of the proposed logging and clearcut. 

 

Sign Up to Volunteer (MN)

The Sierra Club North Star Chapter is YOU! We depend on the time and talents of volunteer leaders for our success.

Some organizations “have” volunteers. The Sierra Club North Star Chapter “is” volunteers - trained leaders supported by a professional staff, backed by national expertise and know-how. Our members work with staff to select our priorities, conduct the work, and make real change for the people and nature of Minnesota.

Please answer these few questions to help us get you linked up with the right group within the Sierra Club. 
 

 

Ask your mayor and local leaders to commit to 100% clean energy now! (All States)

One year ago today, Trump announced his intent to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement. 

Yet over the past year we've made it clear: the United States will continue to act on climate and transition to clean energy! 

Mayors and local officials have been at the forefront of moving the United States towards a healthier, stronger, and more just and equitable future by committing to 100% clean, renewable energy for all.
To date, nearly 70 U.S. cities have adopted goals to transition their cities and towns to 100% clean, renewable energy [1], a critical step to meeting the goals outlined in the Paris Agreement. The movement towards a future powered by 100% clean energy presents an unprecedented opportunity to improve the economy, health, and environment in these communities.

Internationally, 176 countries have now joined the Paris Agreement [2], including all of the world's major emitters. Domestically, seventeen states, Puerto Rico, and over 220 cities have also committed to meet the carbon goals in the Paris Agreement via the #WeAreStillIn coalition and the U.S. States Climate Alliance.

City by city, town by town, the United States can meet and exceed its climate commitments by transitioning to 100% clean, renewable energy for all. 

Add your name to ask your mayor and local leaders to commit to 100% clean energy now!
Cities and towns are Ready For 100

Thank your mayor and local leaders for committing to 100% clean energy! (All States)

One year ago today, Trump announced his intent to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement. 

Yet over the past year we've made it clear: the United States will continue to act on climate and transition to clean energy! 

Mayors and local officials have been at the forefront of moving the United States towards a healthier, stronger, and more just and equitable future by committing to 100% clean, renewable energy for all.
To date, nearly 70 U.S. cities have adopted goals to transition their cities and towns to 100% clean, renewable energy [1], a critical step to meeting the goals outlined in the Paris Agreement. The movement towards a future powered by 100% clean energy presents an unprecedented opportunity to improve the economy, health, and environment in these communities.

Internationally, 176 countries have now joined the Paris Agreement [2], including all of the world's major emitters. Domestically, seventeen states, Puerto Rico, and over 220 cities have also committed to meet the carbon goals in the Paris Agreement via the #WeAreStillIn coalition and the U.S. States Climate Alliance.

City by city, town by town, the United States can meet and exceed its climate commitments by transitioning to 100% clean, renewable energy for all. 

Add your name to thank your mayor and local leaders for committing your community to 100% clean energy!
Cities and towns are Ready For 100

Take Action on Plastic Bags in New York State! (NY)

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One of the most discouraging events of the 2017 legislative session was the legislative override of NYC's fee-based solution to plastic bag pollution, with no remedy offered by either the Senate or Assembly as an alternative. 

Single-use plastic bags are an environmental menace - littering our parks, despoiling our communities, and clogging our waterways, all with the potential to strangle and poison wildlife. As cited in the New York State Plastic Bag Task Force report, by 2050, in terms of sheer weight, there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish. With the popularity, availability, and affordability of reusable bags today, the state of New York and its municipalities now have the tools to address this unnecessary blight through deposit programs, bag fees and prohibitions, helping put an end to this plastic pollution. 

Of all the options before the Legislature, the Sierra Club advocates for a fee-based approach to plastic bag reduction, coupled with a ban on thin film carryout bags (single-use), because this waste reduction tactic has worked in other countries, states, and municipalities where outright bans without fees have largely failed. 

Send a message to your Senator and Assemblymember urging them to support S.7760 (Kreuger)/A.9953 (Englebright) - the New York Bring Your Own Bag Act! This bill will ban the use of single-use plastic bags and impose a 10-cent fee on paper bags. The funds raised will be directed to the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) and will also provide an exemption for those making purchases under state programs benefiting the economically disadvantaged such as exemptions for individuals and families in the SNAP program and/or on Medicaid.

Take action and send your message today! 

Want to do more on the issue of plastic bags?

  • Join us in Albany on Wednesday, June 6th for the New York Bring Your Own Bag Act Advocacy Day! Register here.
  • Can't make it to Albany, but still want to help out on June 6th? Join the call-in day! Together we can ban the plastic bag in NYS! Get a reminder and connect with Governor Cuomo by texting ‘June 6’ to 21333. Learn more here.

It's time for OPPD to commit to 100% Clean Energy! (NE)

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In Nebraska we have the great fortune of living in a Public Power District, and that means we have say in how our utility serves us.
Right now, our public power is expensive, powered by dirty energy sources like coal and not always reliable. 14,000 people experienced utility shut offs in the dead of winter this past year.

We need OPPD to step up its game, and that means making commitments to clean, reliable energy.

We surveyed the most important stakeholders -- YOU, OPPD customer owners -- and you told us that you want OPPD to: 

  • Move towards a 100% clean, renewable energy goal by 2025 saving customers money and protecting our land, air, and water.

  • Prioritize fairness and affordability, including ending winter shut-offs for those that need assistance.

  • Encourage a democratic and transparent process that includes accessible meetings, surveys, and the ability to comment and ask questions.

Now it's time to share it with OPPD. With your help, we can put public power back in the hands of the people in support of the good life.

Send OPPD a message now!

Support the right to know if your food was grown with sewage sludge (All States)

Truck spreading sludge on farm fields
Did you know some of the food you eat may be grown on farmland where municipal and industrial sewage sludge is spread? Where your crops are grown and farm animals graze? Chances are you did not. Nonetheless, food is grown across this country in municipal/industrial sewage sludge. Compost used to grow crops that contains this sludge can contain thousands of contaminants and some pathogens. 
Plants and animals can take up some of the contaminants.  These toxins then pass up the food chain, creating potential health problems.  The sludge on farmland and in compost can be harmful to humans, wildlife and pets to eat, touch and breathe.  
Therefore, it is vital food and compost contaminated by sewage sludge be labeled on a national scale, and passage of the Sludge in Food Notifications Act, HR 2064, sponsored by New York Congressman Jose Serrano, would help to make this a reality.

Protect Southern Utah’s Life Outside (UT)

Southern Utah


Southern Utah is painted with an array of habitats from alpine tundras to arid deserts. Home to endemic and rare plants, the remote southern regions of Utah provide refuge and permeability of wildlife movement from and around fragmented habitats. While the National Parks are the cornerstone of Southern Utah’s claim to fame, it is the red rock landscapes beyond the walls of the parks that saturate the area with its charm. Rivers, springs, and streams weave throughout the landscape creating green ribboned banks meeting red desert sand -- a kaleidoscope of color. Southern Utah is unique with unparalleled vistas and archaeological treasures.

Beyond Southern Utah’s natural wonder, the landscape cultivates a viable lifestyle, which bolsters sustainable and healthy economies.

However, Southern Utah continues to face a repeal of protections for its public lands. Utah has been ground-zero for the largest rollback of public lands protection in U.S. history with dramatic cuts to Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments by the current administration. Unfortunately, these two monuments aren’t the only Utah lands at risk. Utah’s public lands also continue to see pressure from the Department of Interior for oil, gas, and uranium exploration and production close to National Monuments, National Parks, wilderness study areas, and numerous environmentally and culturally sensitive areas.

Take action today to protect Southern Utah’s public lands, the recreation opportunities, and thriving economies that stand on the foundation of these special places.

Don't let them turn back the clock: Say no to HB 2154 and SB 1088 (All States)

Once again, a giveaway to oil and gas lobbyists threatens our public health and environmental protections and undoes thirty years of critical regulations.

If passed, HB 2154 and SB 1088 would roll back regulations on conventional oil and gas operations to the Oil and Gas Act of 1984. Although 'unconventional' drilling continues to be a serious and growing concern, there are approximately 70,000 producing conventional oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania.

These wells — just like unconventional wells — can pose significant risks to public health and the environment.

Help us stop this bill in its tracks — tell your legislators to OPPOSE HB 2154 and SB 1088!

These bills would not only take us back to 1984, it would even remove some of those protections — provisions that we need to defend our public resources.

For example, the DEP would no longer have to consider the impact of a proposed well on parks, forests, game lands, wildlife areas, scenic rivers, and habitats of rare and endangered species. This is unacceptable.

Please act now and let your legislators know that you support modern, common-sense regulations for conventional wells in Pennsylvania.

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How can you help stop Line 3? (MN)

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) voted to approve the Certificate of Need for Enbridge’s proposed Line 3 tar sands pipeline, in spite of ample evidence and expert testimony that the pipeline is not needed.

Sign up to help us stop this and future pipelines. The work is not done. 

The PUC’s decision is in support of Enbridge’s plan to replace its existing Line 3 pipeline with a new, larger pipeline, threatening Minnesota’s clean water and Tribal communities. Enbridge is a Canadian pipeline company responsible for the biggest inland oil spill in U.S. history.

The PUC has not yet made a decision on the route permit for the pipeline. Enbridge has proposed to abandon its existing pipeline and build the new Line 3 along a different route through Northern Minnesota. In April, an administrative law judge recommended an in-trench replacement, requiring Enbridge to remove the existing pipeline and build the new one along the same route.

“Whatever route it takes, it is unacceptable to allow more dirty tar sands to flow through Minnesota, threatening our clean water, our communities, and our climate. It is shameful that the PUC chose to ignore the wishes of Minnesota communities and prioritize the desires of a foreign pipeline company over the best interest of our state,” said Margaret Levin, State Director for the Sierra Club North Star Chapter. “The Minnesota Department of Commerce’s independent analysis shows that this oil is not needed, and there’s simply no good reason to allow Enbridge to build a dangerous new tar sands pipeline here. We will continue to fight to ensure that this pipeline is never built.”


We need your help now more than ever. Use this form to tell us how you can help whether it's writing a letter-to-the-editor of your local newspaper or contacting local officials to putting up a yard sign or volunteering your time.
 
Help stop Line 3!

Tell Mayor Hancock, Denver Is Ready For 100 by 2030! (All States;CO)

Do you want to live in a Denver powered by 100% clean, renewable energy?

For far too long, Denver has suffered the air and health consequences of fossil fuel pollution. But we have a better way! Denver can move away from fracking and coal powered power plants to a future sustained by solar and wind.

To get there we’ll need your voice!

We have the solutions at our fingertips -- what we need is strong leadership from Mayor Hancock to commit Denver to getting 100% of its energy from clean, renewable sources by 2030. We need YOU to tell Mayor Hancock that we’re ready for a sustainable Denver.

We've provided an example, but the most effective message for the mayor is one that you write yourself! Just a couple sentences will do. Feel free to edit the suggested subject line as well. Here are some things you could say:

  • I care about a 100 % clean energy future because I want my children to be healthy and breathe clean air in their city
  • I support a 100% clean energy because I want to protect our parks and wilderness from the dire effects of climate change
  • I’m taking a stand 100 % clean energy future because I want to see good jobs and affordable energy bills in my future
Denver Ready for 100, Sierra Club

Stop New Offshore Oil Drilling (CA)

Pacific Ocean in Malibu


For years, California has considered our ocean and beaches to be public resources that must be protected. That policy could be undermined by President Trump and the Department of the Interior. Their proposed expansion of offshore drilling in federal waters could increase the risk of devastating oil spills.

AB 1775 by Assemblymembers Muratsuchi and Limón aims to protect our coastal environment from the threat of the President’s plan to open the Pacific for offshore drilling.

The bill would prohibit the approval of any new leases for oil production infrastructure–including the placement of pipelines–in state waters. Nearly 50 years ago, Santa Barbara experienced one of the nation’s worst oil spills. Approximately 4.2 million gallons of crude oil spilled into the Pacific, which killed thousands of marine wildlife and devastated commercial fisheries, tourism and coastal properties. Just three years ago, another oil spill reminded us that oil and coastal health don’t mix.

Over the past 50 years, California has committed to transitioning away from fossil fuels and has invested in clean renewable energy. We cannot turn back towards reckless oil extraction.

We must push back on Trump’s agenda and prohibit any new infrastructure for processing offshore oil.

Email your assembly member today and urge support for AB 1775.

Clean Buses for Healthy Children (All States)

Sign now to show your support for clean buses in Colorado schools! All children have the right to breath clean air and deserve access to safe transportation to school. Urge your Colorado school district to apply for funding for electric school buses today!

This is a joint letter with the Colorado Sierra Club and Conservation Colorado. By providing my email or cell phone number, I agree that Conservation Colorado and the Colorado Sierra Club may contact me by email, cell phone call, and text message regarding programs, membership, contributions & other matters. You can unsubscribe at any time.

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Sign up to join our national Texting Team! (All States)

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With our new peer-to-peer texting tool, Hustle, you’ll be able to have personalized conversations on a massive scale -- to the tune of hundreds per hour!  It can quickly be a powerful tool to recruit each other to events, take collective action, and ultimately win campaigns.

Don’t be intimidated, a team of staff and volunteers are here to support you every step of the way. Sign up on this page to volunteer your time to use Hustle -- a few hours of your time, whenever you can, from the comfort of your home!

Once you sign up here, look out for an email in the next few days from our organizing team to get you started with next steps.

Thanks for helping build our power and take it to the next level!

Make real transportation solutions, stop the constitutional amendment (All States)

The State House with a public transit bus in front.
Republican leaders in the State House and Senate are pushing a constitutional amendment that would dedicate certain sales tax revenue to roads projects only, with no money for metro region transit, bicycling, or walking. If passed, the amendment will be voted on in an upcoming election. 

The proposed amendment - HF4437/SF3837 - would take away more than $1 billion from the general fund over a span of just four years, pulling money from vital state services like public schools and nursing homes.

Tell your state legislator Minnesotans need a balanced, sustainable funding solution for our transportation needs - not a gimmick constitutional amendment.

Stand up for sustainable biofuels - support the GREENER Fuels Act! (OR)

Biofuels are an important step in the process of transitioning our energy dependency to renewables. But conventional biofuels like corn ethanol and soy biodiesel are destroying wildlife habitat, polluting waterways, and increasing global warming pollution. And because of an ethanol mandate in our federal Renewable Fuel Standard, corn ethanol is now the most incentivized ingredient in biofuels, rather than more sustainable, faster-growing products like grasses and algae. 

The GREENER Fuels Act would reform our nation’s dependence on corn ethanol while incentivizing the growth and use of more sustainable biofuels, and it would provide $11 billion to help farmers return corn fields to wildlife habitat, thus increasing our ecosystem’s ability to decarbonize our atmosphere. 
 
Right now, your Representative and Senators need to hear your support for the GREENER Fuels Act. Contact them here today to make sure they advocate for this bill and for our wildlife and atmosphere.

A reform of the Renewable Fuel Standard is on the horizon, and the agricultural lobby is pushing for additional incentives for corn ethanol and soy biodiesel. It’s critical that legislators make it clear that they’ll only support incentives for truly sustainable biofuels.

Your Voice is needed for long term Clean Water Funding (VT)

On Monday, the Vermont House approved passage of S.260 with dedicated funding for Clean Water. We now need you to contact your Vermont Senator to support the inclusion of the funding source in S.260.

Vermont has been delaying action on funding for clean water. After four studies on how to pay for clean water the time for study is over. Further delays are just “kicking the can down the road.” The expense of addressing our water pollution problem will only increase.  

The Legislature must identify a revenue source for water funding and designate how we will collect and distribute clean water funds during this session.

Tell your Senator(s) you want long-term stable clean water funding by completing the petition to send your Senator(s) a letter.

and/or:

Call the State House at (802) 828-2228 to ask your Senator(s) to support S.260 to make progress on clean water funding.

We appreciate the House’s leadership in putting forward a clean water funding proposal that puts pressure on Vermont to develop adequate long-term stable funding for clean water. We hope that the Vermont Senate concurs with the House funding proposal and sends a water funding package to the Governor.

To meet our obligations with the EPA, Vermont needs to commit to having a sustainable funding plan in place.
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Oceanside's City Council is Slipping on Climate Action (CA)

Knowing how things are in Washington, D.C., cities have the imperative to lead on climate action now more than ever. 

Two years ago, Oceanside began preparing a Climate Action Plan (CAP), which would lay out the policies and programs Oceanside would employ to reduce greenhouse gases city-wide. Yet, Oceanside City Council has still not adopted a plan.

The city was supposed to issue a draft CAP followed by a public workshop last March. Anticipating this, the Sierra Club Oceanside team met with city staff and presented a set of recommendations to make the CAP strong, including a 100% clean energy goal. But, the city did not issue a draft and suddenly called off the workshop with no replacement date presented.

In just the last few years, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar, San Diego, Chula Vista, and La Mesa have risen to the occasion, adopting excellent CAPs, with nearly every one of them setting a goal to power their city with 100% clean energy. Oceanside, however, can't seem to get it done.

Please tell your city council that you would like a strong Climate Action Plan that is adopted sooner than later. We don't have time to wait.

Oceanside Sierra Club Member Roger Davenport with friends at the March for Science in Washington D.C. in 2017.

Sign the Petition: Demand Final Rejection of Puente Power Plant (CA)

Last year, the California Energy Commission (CEC) announced that it intended to reject NRG's application to build the Puente Power Plant. The gas power plant was proposed to be built on the beaches of Oxnard and was overwhelmingly opposed by local residents. 

But, before the CEC issued its final ruling, NRG requested and was granted, a six-month suspension, also known as a delay, of their application. Those six months are up but NRG is asking for yet another delay before the CEC issues its final order rejecting Puente. 

There is no reason for the continued delay. Sign the petition urging the CEC to ignore NRG's stall tactics, and to finally and formally deny Puente's application.

The Oxnard community deserves closure so that they can move on with their lives, without worrying this project will be somehow resurrected. 

Sign the Petition: Demand Final Rejection of Puente Power Plant (CA)

Last year, the California Energy Commission (CEC) announced that it intended to reject NRG's application to build the Puente Power Plant. The gas power plant was proposed to be built on the beaches of Oxnard and was overwhelmingly opposed by local residents. 

But, before the CEC issued its final ruling, NRG requested and was granted, a six-month suspension, also known as a delay, of their application. Those six months are up but NRG is asking for yet another delay before the CEC issues its final order rejecting Puente. 

There is no reason for the continued delay. Sign the petition urging the CEC to ignore NRG's stall tactics, and to finally and formally deny Puente's application.

The Oxnard community deserves closure so that they can move on with their lives, without worrying this project will be somehow resurrected. 

Do you have a story about coal ash in your community? (All States)

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Sierra Club and clean water coalition partners submitted 56,703 comments today demanding that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt keep in place federal protections against toxic coal ash -- the dangerous waste product of coal-fired power plants. This was only Pruitt’s first step -- he’s also expected to issue a second proposal this fall that would roll back even more health and water protections from dangerous coal ash pollution.

We oppose these proposed rollbacks of safeguards for toxic coal ash and we will continue to speak up. Do you have a personal story about coal ash in your community? Share it here so we can prepare to oppose  final phase of these rollbacks.

Tell Governor Snyder to shut down the Line 5 pipeline in Michigan (MI)

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Line 5 is a pipeline that puts the health and the safety of the Great Lakes at risk. The 65 year-old pipeline begins in Superior, Wisconsin, stretches across the Upper Peninsula, crosses the Straits of Mackinac, cuts down the Lower Peninsula, and crosses back into Canada at the St. Clair River. The pipeline has had little maintenance, and has become damaged and corroded over time. The line is owned by Enbridg, the company responsible for dozens of oil spills, including the worst inland oil spill in US history, the Kalamazoo River Oil Spill. It is time to shut down Line 5.

Stop Duke Energy's Unchecked Coal Ash Pollution (NC)

Take Action Now!

The communities surrounding Duke Energy's coal plants have had to live with unimaginable water pollution. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) is deciding on a permit that could allow the company to continue polluting until 2023. We need Secretary Michael Regan to continue his environmental leadership and take action against Duke Energy.

Toxic chemicals, including selenium, mercury and arsenic have contaminated wells and waterways that nearby residents rely on for drinking water. In some cases, residents have been forced to use bottled water for cooking and bathing.

Duke Energy must stop its reckless pollution in our most important waterways, including the Catawba River. Secretary Michael Regan should require Duke Energy to eliminate discharges of polluted wastewater into the Catawba to defend North Carolinians that depend on this water.


Tell Secretary Michael Regan that NCDEQ’s permit should force Duke to stop polluting our waterways now.

Urge the Regents of Nevada's Higher Education to Divest from Fossil Fuels! (NV)

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NSHE's investments can make a difference.

If you are a student, faculty, staff, or alumn of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE), which includes the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; University of Nevada, Reno; Community College of Southern Nevada; Truckee Meadows Community College, Western Nevada Community College, and five other campuses, please join current students, faculty and alumni in calling for the NSHE Board of Regents to divest fully from all investments in fossil fuels and require all future investments to follow socially and environmentally responsible investment guidelines.

NSHE's Board of Regents meets again on September 6-7. Please sign this petition to urge them to divest at that time.

And please share this petition with all students, faculty, staff and alumni whom you know. Please let the NSHE Regents know they have our support in making this important decision.

The global ecosystem, and all communities dependent on it, are threatened by the continued global extraction and burning of fossil fuels. To address this crisis, the financial, political, and cultural reign of fossil fuels must come to an end. We know this end is inevitable, but the contemporary questions are when and how. By committing to divest fully from fossil fuels right now, NSHE can serve as a leader in this time of global transition. The decision to disassociate from systems of environmental and human harm would truly reflect NSHE’s commitment to the common good. 

Currently, fossil fuel investments comprise less than 6% of NSHE's portfolio. Divesting will not cause undue harm to NSHE's ability to provide a quality education for its students.

More than 90 universities across the country have fully divested from fossil fuels without undue harm to their ability to provide a quality education for its students. Divesting will not cause undue harm to NSHE's ability either. Can we count on ours to be next?

Signed, 
Concerned Students of the Nevada System of Higher Education.

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Tell the Division of Water Rights to Protect the Bear River & Great Salt Lake Watersheds (UT)

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Utah’s Board of Water Resources and the Idaho Water Resources Board are pursuing an aggressive application to drain the Bear River tributary to the Great Salt Lake, “redirecting 400,000 acre-feet.”

To put this into perspective, 400,000 acre-feet would amount to almost a quarter of the total Bear River flow into the Great Salt Lake in 2017, which was a high water year, and in lower water years amounted to almost 75% or more of the total flow into the lake. Because the Bear River is the largest supplier of water into the Great Salt Lake, this would be an enormous disruption to a fragile and unique ecosystem. The Great Salt Lake already faces threats from climate change and drought, and this project would further deplete the lake’s inflows.
 

Beyond water issues, a diversion of this magnitude would threaten critical migratory bird habitat, exacerbate air quality issues by exposing huge tracts of the lakebed, and would likely increase rates for water users across four counties. Currently, the Division of Water Resources seeks to spend a whopping $2.5 billion in taxpayer dollars on the project. We need your help in letting the Division of Water Rights that you do not support the frivolous misuse of your tax dollars to undermine air quality and compromise critical wildlife and wetland habitats.

Act Now For Climate Package (VT)

The planet has not been faring well under the leadership of Governor Phil Scott, and in fact, in many areas, Vermont is headed backward.  But there is some hope and an opportunity for you to make your voice heard on an important "Climate Package" in the budget bill, H.924.

With our partners, the Sierra Club has been working hard over the last few months to include a few provisions in the budget to address climate. The bill already passed the House and is soon to be debated by the full Senate.  

In this “Climate Package” there are provisions to:

  • Direct the legislature’s Joint Fiscal Office to conduct an impartial study of the effects of policies for greenhouse gas reduction, including putting a price on carbon, cap and trade, and other methods.
  • Enhance home weatherization efforts,
  • Use funds from the Volkswagen litigation settlement to enhance vehicle electrification, and
  • Support implementation of highly efficient wood heating systems,

The "Climate Package" makes very important steps forward, and it helps set the stage for even stronger progress for the years ahead.

Take a brief moment to contact your senator(s)to support the "Climate Package," by sending them a message here or:

You can also easily call (802) 828-2228 to leave a message for your senator(s) at the Sergeant at Arms office. A page will quickly deliver your message to your senator(s).

Simply leave your name, phone number and  the message "Vote yes on the Climate Package as passed by the House Budget Bill, H.924."

 

Tell Attorney General Brian Frosh to say NO to dirty energy bailouts. (MD)

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Big Coal and Nuclear are once again seeking dirty energy bailouts. Trump Energy Secretary Perry is considering forcing huge new bailout costs on Marylanders while the dirty energy industry seeks to change the overall energy marketplace to hurt clean energy and support uneconomic dirty coal and nuclear plants.

This is a bad deal for the environment and Maryland’s electric customers. Bailing out old dirty coal and nuclear plants is the wrong choice for not just Marylanders, as has been proven before, but is bad electric policy nationwide.

Attorney General Brian Frosh is one of Maryland’s environmental leaders. As the state’s head legal officer, he has the authority to take legal action on behalf of the people of Maryland to oppose these dirty energy bailouts. Now, is the time for Attorney General Brian Frosh to hear from us and to take action to protect Marylanders.

Send Attorney General Brian Frosh a message; we need him to continue his environmental leadership by stepping up, performing his legal duty, and protecting Marylanders from dirty energy bailout schemes.

Stop the Washoe County Sprawl Bill! (NV)

The Washoe County Commission is proposing legislation that would release more than 400,000 acres of Wilderness Study Areas, and sell off tens of thousands of acres around the Truckee Meadows for development. If you care about open space, clean water and air, habitat for our local wildlife, or quality of life, then you need to care about this bill. 

Conservationists and citizens who care about quality of life, infrastructure, traffic, air and water quality and lack of a transparent, public process shared their thoughts with County staff at two public meetings on April 24 and 26. But the County Commission needs to hear loudly and clearly that these proposals are bad ideas.

Please click to send this letter of concern to the Washoe County Commissioners and the Nevada Congressional Delegation.

Tell Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear to say NO to dirty bailouts. (KY)

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Big Coal and Nuclear are once again seeking dirty energy bailouts. Trump's Energy Secretary, Rick Perry, is considering forcing huge new bailout costs on Kentuckians, while the dirty energy industry seeks to change the overall energy marketplace and hurt clean energy to support uneconomic dirty coal and nuclear plants.

This is a bad deal for Kentucky electric customers and the environment. Bailing out old dirty coal and nuclear plants is the wrong choice for not just Kentuckians, as proven before, but it's bad electric policy nationwide.

Attorney General Andy Beshear is the Commonwealth's head legal officer and has the authority to take legal action on behalf of the people of Kentucky to oppose these dirty energy bailouts. Now is the time for Attorney General Beshear to take action to protect Kentuckians.

Send Attorney General Beshear a message: It’s time for him to do his legal duty by taking action against dirty energy bailout schemes that would needlessly harm ratepayers.

I am a Californian and I stand with the Salton Sea #LagunaesVida (CA)

The Coachella Valley is generally known as home to the music festival that draws nearly 200,000 attendees each April. As the festival-goers stagger back to their normal lives, they likely pay little attention to the nearby Salton Sea or the vibrant, living communities surrounding the Sea.

However, the Sea and these communities are threatened by an ecological and human health crisis.

Communities surrounding the Salton Sea already have some of the worst air quality in the nation and the situation is about to get much worse. The flow of water to the Salton Sea has recently been reduced and areas of the lake are already drying up. As this continues, more and more fine dust from the exposed lakebed will be kicked up into the air, putting local communities at risk -- particularly the children and the elderly. 

Although those closest to the Sea will be most affected, dust impacts will be felt by over 1,6500,000 people in Southern California and Mexico.

Protecting the Sea is also about protecting our ecosystem. In California, we've lost over 95% of our wetlands, so the Salton Sea -- California's largest lake -- plays a critical role in supporting the survival of four hundred species of birds as they migrate from Canada to South America. 

Tell your public officials that you stand with the rest of California and want to see the Sea protected. No one should have to fear their home will become a place where it's dangerous to breathe the air. 

Brown Pelicans Feeding at Salton Sea, December 2014

Tell Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn to say NO to dirty bailouts. (DE)

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Big Coal and Nuclear are once again seeking dirty energy bailouts. Trump Energy Secretary Perry is considering forcing huge new bailout costs on Delawareans while the dirty energy industry seeks to change the overall energy marketplace to hurt clean energy and support uneconomic dirty coal and nuclear plants.

This is a bad deal for the environment and Delaware electric customers. Bailing out old dirty coal and nuclear plants is the wrong choice for not just Delawareans, as has been proven before, but is bad electric policy nationwide.

Attorney General Denn is Delaware’s head legal officer and has the authority to take legal action on behalf of us Delawareans to oppose these dirty energy bailouts. Now is the time for AG Denn to take action to protect Delawareans

Send Attorney General Denn a message; it’s time for him to step up again and protect Delawareans from dirty energy bailout schemes.

Tell DC Attorney General Karl Racine to say NO to dirty bailouts. (DC)

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Big Coal and Nuclear are once again seeking dirty energy bailouts. Trump's Energy Secretary Rick Perry is considering  huge new bailouts that would be costly to District residents. Meanwhile the dirty energy industry seeks to change the overall energy marketplace to hurt clean energy and support uneconomic, dirty coal and nuclear plants.

Bailing out old and dirty coal and nuclear plants is a bad deal for DC electric customers and the environment. That’s why a swath of consumer, environmental, and community groups oppose them. You can join this fight!

Attorney General Karl Racine is DC’s head legal officer and has the authority to take legal action on behalf of his constituents to oppose these dirty energy bailouts. Now is the time for Attorney General Karl Racine to take action to protect District residents!

Send Attorney General Karl Racine a message; it’s time for him to do his legal duty and protect DC residents from dirty energy bailout schemes.

Tell Xcel: We Want a Fair and Ambitious Clean Energy Plan for Colorado! (CO)

Meet Ben! He testified at the Public Utilities Commission last month in support of less coal and more clean energy in Colorado! Now, he has an ask for you ---

We are on the brink of nearly doubling the amount of clean energy Xcel gets from renewable resources. But we haven’t won yet and that means you still have a chance to make history with us!

Please send an email to Xcel Energy’s Board of Directors asking them for a fair and truly clean Colorado Energy Plan that:
  • Doesn’t build any new fracked gas plants and try to pass it off as “clean” energy (yes utilities do this ALL the time).
  • Ensures an equitable transition for the Pueblo community, including a plan for the workers leaving the coal industry.
  • Takes full advantage of historically low prices for renewable energy and battery storage.
The Colorado Energy Plan could be a HUGE step in the right direction to a coal-free Colorado, but we have to do it right. Let’s make sure Xcel Energy moves forward with an ambitious and equitable transition to clean energy that will set an example for retiring the rest of Colorado’s coal plants.

Thanks for taking the next step toward a clean energy future with us!
 

Bears Ears National Monument Expansion Act is Ray of Hope (All States)

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Last fall, President Trump and Interior Secretary Zinke completely ignored 2.8 million public comments calling for the protection of our national monuments. They illegally reduced Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent -- more than a million acres -- and divided it into two disconnected parks.

In response, Congressman Ruben Gallego introduced H.R. 4518 -- a bill that would reverse Trump’s action and permanently protect Bears Ears. The bill would also expand the monument’s acreage to include sacred lands that were part of the Bears Ears Intertribal Coalition’s initial proposal.

To give this bill the best chance at becoming law, we need to get 200 co-sponsors to sign on in support. Tell your Representative to protect our lands and respect Tribal sovereignty by supporting H.R. 4518.

Right now, Congress isn’t doing enough to protect our lands -- but the balance of power could change after this year’s midterm elections. If that happens, we need to make sure that the next Congress treats our public lands as a priority -- and that legislation protecting Bears Ears is at the top of their to-do list for 2019. It’s crucial to lay the groundwork now by telling our elected officials to cosponsor this bill.

With your help, we can reach 200 cosponsors of H.R. 4518 and send a clear message to Congressional leadership that this is a must-pass bill. Stand with Bears Ears and send your message now!

Tell Attorney General Karl Racine to oppose dirty energy bailouts (DC)

Big Coal and Nuclear are once again seeking dirty energy bailouts. Trump’s Energy Secretary Rick Perry is considering  huge new bailouts that would be costly to District residents. Meanwhile the dirty energy industry seeks to change the overall energy marketplace to hurt clean energy and support uneconomic, dirty coal and nuclear plants.

Bailing out old and dirty coal and nuclear plants is a bad deal for DC electric customers and the environment. That’s why a swath of consumer, environmental, and community groups oppose them. You can join this fight!

Attorney General Karl Racine is DC’s head legal officer and has the authority to take legal action on behalf of his constituents to oppose these dirty energy bailouts. Now is the time for Attorney General Karl Racine to take action to protect Washingtonians!

Send Attorney General Karl Racine a message; it’s time for him to do his legal duty and protect DC residents from dirty energy bailout schemes.
 

Sign the Petition to Restore Our Fox River (IL)

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The Fox River is a great asset to the communities along it. By improving its water quality and restoring it to a more natural, free-flowing state, we can increase the benefits it provides to our communities, recreation and tourism industry and economy. 

Your Voice is needed for long term Clean Water Funding (VT)

We need your support for the clean water funding bill that is headed to the floor of the Vermont House for a vote as early as Friday, May 4. Please take action by contacting your representatives today.

Vermont has been delaying action on funding for clean water. After four studies on how to pay for clean water the time for study is over. Further delays are just “kicking the can down the road.” The expense of addressing our water pollution problem will only increase.  

The Legislature must identify a revenue source for water funding and designate how we will collect and distribute clean water funds during this session.

Tell your Representative you want long-term stable clean water funding by completing the petition to send your Representative a letter.

and/or:

Call the State House at (802) 828-2228 to ask your Representative(s) to support S.260 to make progress on clean water funding.

We appreciate the House’s leadership in putting forward a clean water funding proposal that puts pressure on Vermont to develop adequate long-term stable funding for clean water.

To meet our obligations with the EPA, Vermont needs to commit to having a sustainable funding plan in place.
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Governor Dayton: Veto Guilt by Association (MN)

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Imagine you’re at a public event, rally or protest. Someone you don’t know causes damage – and suddenly you face the possibility of a fine and civil liability for someone else’s actions.

The Minnesota Legislature voted to make Minnesotans guilty by association by passing bill (HF3693/SF3463). This could have sweeping consequences. 

Minnesota has a long and proud history of people coming together to exercise their rights and make their voices heard. This bill would compromise First Amendment rights of all Minnesotans with threat of prison time or monetary liability for anybody even remotely associated with a gathering in which damage or trespass to “critical infrastructure” occurs.

This bill, sponsored by the Koch-funded American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a thinly veiled attempt to intimidate and silence Minnesotans concerned about controversial projects such as tar sands pipelines.

Please take action today and call on Governor Dayton to veto the Guilt by Association bill!

Urge Your State Senator: Oppose Guilt by Association (MN)

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Imagine you’re at a public event, rally or protest. Someone you don’t know causes damage – and suddenly you face the possibility of a fine and civil liability for someone else’s actions.

The Minnesota Legislature is considering right now whether Minnesotans can be guilty by association – and the bill (HF3693/SF3463) could have sweeping consequences. 

Minnesota has a long and proud history of people coming together to exercise their rights and make their voices heard. This bill would compromise First Amendment rights of all Minnesotans with threat of prison time or monetary liability for anybody even remotely associated with a gathering in which damage or trespass to “critical infrastructure” occurs.

This bill, sponsored by the Koch-funded American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a thinly veiled attempt to intimidate and silence Minnesotans concerned about controversial projects such as tar sands pipelines.

Please take action today and tell your State Senator to oppose the Guilt by Association bill!

 

Oppose Guilt by Association (MN)

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Imagine you’re at a public event, rally or protest. Someone you don’t know causes damage – and suddenly you face the possibility of a fine and civil liability for someone else’s actions.

The Minnesota Legislature is considering right now whether Minnesotans can be guilty by association – and the bill (HF3693/SF3463) could have sweeping consequences. 

Minnesota has a long and proud history of people coming together to exercise their rights and make their voices heard. This bill would compromise First Amendment rights of all Minnesotans with threat of prison time or monetary liability for anybody even remotely associated with a gathering in which damage or trespass to “critical infrastructure” occurs.

This bill, sponsored by the Koch-funded American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a thinly veiled attempt to intimidate and silence Minnesotans concerned about controversial projects such as tar sands pipelines.

Please take action today and tell your legislator to oppose the Guilt by Association bill!

 

Tell Congress: Replace NAFTA with a trade deal that protects people, not polluters! (All States)

For too long, our trade deals have benefited corporate polluters at the expense of workers and the environment. As the United States, Canada, and Mexico negotiate NAFTA’s replacement, we have a timely opportunity to lay out our demands and influence our members of Congress, who will have the final say on any deal. 

Now is the time for Congress to call for NAFTA to be rewritten in support of workers and the environment. Unless we act, Trump’s climate-denying NAFTA agenda could lock in his polluting legacy for decades. 

Leading members of Congress including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, and the Congressional Progressive Caucus already have released platforms for a “People First” NAFTA replacement. Among their demands are more transparent negotiations, binding labor and environmental standards, support for climate action, and a deal that benefits communities across borders.

Tell your member of Congress to demand a NAFTA replacement that puts people and the planet first!

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Do you love electric vehicles? (All States)


We want to hear from you!

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Electric vehicles meet the needs of millions of people in the U.S. because they come in so many shapes, sizes, prices, and ranges. They're also much lower in harmful emissions, even when factoring in the electricity used to charge them (that's how dirty oil is!). As we shift to more renewable sources of electricity, electric vehicles will become even cleaner over time.

At the same time, Sierra Club is working to make electric vehicles more accessible, and to help people understand that electric cars might work for them. And decision makers can make more progress on incentivizing cleaner transportation options. 

That's where you come in! Do you have an electric vehicle story? 

Tell us more about you, and help the world see how great electric vehicles are!
 

Stop the Trump Administration from weakening automaker fines (All States)

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The Trump Administration is trying to undermine the fines that automakers pay if their cars do not meet fuel economy standards. Many times automakers miss the standards and  pay a small amount. Several years ago, Congress and Obama administration raised these fines to make sure paying them isn’t just a cost of doing business. The new level of the fines means that paying them is no longer a sound business policy, and the automakers have to meet the fuel economy standards. 

The fuel economy program (combined with the greenhouse gas program) for cars has been one of the most successful programs for reducing oil use, saving consumers money, and fighting climate change. This program is under attack by the Trump Administration, at the urging of Ford and the auto industry, who are working to roll back fines for missing the goals of the program. Now the automakers have a sympathetic ear in the White House, and these new fines are in jeopardy.

Make sure your voice is heard! Tell the Department of Transportation to keep these fines strong and enforce compliance with this vital program. 

The Back 40 Mine Is Not a Good Investment (All States)

Aquila Resources, a Canadian exploration company that has never operated a mine before, has proposed an open pit metallic sulfide mine deeper than the height of Wisconsin’s tallest building, Milwaukee’s U.S. Bank tower. The John Muir (WI) and Michigan Chapters of the Sierra Club oppose the Back Forty sulfide mine proposal for a number of reasons.  The proposed 750-feet deep open pit mine alone would be located 50 yards from the Menominee River that serves as the Wisconsin-Michigan border.  70 million tons of acid-producing waste rock and milled tailings would be produced – far larger than the Crandon mine proposal defeated in 2003 after more than 30 years of opposition.  The mine pit would consume 84 acres of land and additional underground mining has been proposed that would extend the life of the mine to more than 16 years of operations.  The company has received some preliminary approvals by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). 
 
The proposed mine has special significance for the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin because it is their original tribal homeland site that includes prehistoric burial mounds, village sites, raised farming beds, and more. The Menominee reservation is 60 miles southwest of the proposed mine but the tribe’s sacred place of origin is at the mouth of the Menominee River. The tribe fears that sulfide wastes from the proposed mine threaten pollution of the Menominee River and the spawning grounds for one of the largest populations of lake sturgeon in the Lake Michigan basin. You can learn more about the mine and concerns here.


 

Don't Let House Legislators Open the Door For Polluters (All States)

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is on the verge of passing a suite of five bills that will make it harder to hold the coal and gas industries accountable for their pollution and will also limit the state’s ability to enforce existing protections or propose new ones.

Please let your legislator know you oppose House Bills 209, 1237, 1959, 1960 and 1792!

If these bills pass, they will severely limit the ability of state regulators to keep coal and gas pollution out of our water and air and increase the risk of harm to the public health and our environment.

We know these bills puts environmental and public health protections for Pennsylvanians at risk.

Send a message to your state representative urging them to resist these threats to our health and our clean air and clean water.

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Tell Attorney General Josh Shapiro to say NO to dirty energy bailouts! (PA)

President Trump's Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary, Rick Perry, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) are again considering bailouts for polluting, expensive coal and nuclear plants.

Those bailouts could mean increased energy costs for you, the consumer. Plus, they're bad for the environment--supporting failing, old industries instead of supporting competitive, clean renewable energy. Pennsylvania Utilities should be investing in the future rather than seeking bailouts for their uneconomic plants.

We need Pennsylvania's officials to stand up for energy consumers.

Tell Attorney General Josh Shapiro to take legal action and oppose the bailouts for dirty energy! 

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The Monadnock Region Is Ready For 100% Renewable Energy! (NH)

We cannot continue to invest in fossil fuels and climate chaos. That’s why over 60 cities and towns across the country, including three New Hampshire towns, are joining the #ReadyFor100 campaign and influencing cities, regions, and states to commit to a just transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050. We’re ready for towns in the Monadnock Region to join Hanover, Plainfield and Cornish in becoming the next New Hampshire communities to commit to powering their towns with 100% renewable energy. Please sign our petition calling on the City of Keene to commit to a goal of 100% renewable energy. We need everyone’s help to build momentum!

Support keeping public lands in public hands across the country (All States)

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Anti-public lands extremists are not giving up -- they intend to press ahead with their agenda to seize control of our public lands. The day may come when you take your family to your favorite hiking, fishing or hunting place and find it blocked off with “No Trespassing” signs.
The land-grabbers want the rest of the country to believe their radical agenda.
 
At the same time, they work to intimidate agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service so that our land managers continually make decisions favorable to industrial interests.
 
That’s why we need to take a stand. Local economies throughout the country depend on public access so they and their fellow Americans can enjoy the spectacular beauty of our public lands. Please take action now by signing our petition to oppose any plans to seize control of our public lands.
 

Speak Up for a 100% Clean Energy Fort Collins (All States)

A 100 percent clean, renewable energy future will help to create local jobs, save money on electric costs, reduce local and global pollution and improve the quality of life for everyone in Fort Collins.

Making this transition off of carbon polluting energy to clean sources, such as solar and wind, is both technically and economically feasible. Over 50 cities across the country have already made this pledge, including Pueblo, Boulder, Aspen, and Nederland in Colorado, but our city council won't act unless you speak up!

Tell the Fort Collins City Council to act to protect our health and environment by committing to a sustainable and just clean energy future today! 

Tell Congress: Stop Trump from rolling back offshore drilling safety rules (All States)

Donald Trump’s reckless disregard for the safety of workers and our environment is rearing its ugly head yet again. He has directed the agency in charge of offshore drilling safety to revise or rescind the newest offshore drilling safety rules, which were put in place by the Obama administration in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico that ended the lives of 11 workers. 

It is the definition of reckless to both expand offshore drilling to almost every coastline in America, while simultaneously repealing these commonsense safety rules. Has this administration forgotten that people die when mistakes happen on oil rigs? Or that not long ago, more than 200 million gallons of crude oil pumped into our ocean, non-stop for three months, killing wildlife and devastating the Gulf coast?

It has been clear from Day One that this administration doesn't believe in climate change, and cares more about the profits of their fossil fuel industry donors than our oceans and sea life, but to undo important safety regulations meant to prevent the unnecessary deaths of workers is just shameful. Enough is enough. Urge your members of Congress to pressure the Trump administration to abandon this reckless scheme to undermine offshore drilling safety.

Don't let them turn back the clock: Say no to SB 1088 (All States)

Once again, a giveaway to oil and gas lobbyists threatens our public health and environmental protections and undoes thirty years of critical regulations.

If passed, SB 1088 would roll back regulations on conventional oil and gas operations to the Oil and Gas Act of 1984. Although 'unconventional' drilling continues to be a serious and growing concern, there are approximately 70,000 producing conventional oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania.

These wells — just like unconventional wells — can pose significant risks to public health and the environment.

Help us stop this bill in its tracks — tell your legislator to OPPOSE SB 1088!

This bill would not only take us back to 1984, it would even remove some of those protections — provisions that we need to defend our public resources.

For example, the DEP would no longer have to consider the impact of a proposed well on parks, forests, game lands, wildlife areas, scenic rivers, and habitats of rare and endangered species. This is unacceptable.

Please act now and let your legislator know that you support modern, common-sense regulations for conventional wells in Pennsylvania.

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Join Washingtonians taking action to get Initiative 1631 on the state ballot! (WA)

Sierra Club volunteers and WA state resident Don Steinke and

Right now, Washingtonians have the opportunity to get Initiative 1631 -- the boldest and most equitable climate action plan this state has ever seen -- on the state ballot. 

That's why the Sierra Club is supporting Ballot Initiative 1631 -- and you should too. 

If passed, Initiative 1631 will:
  • Invest in clean energy like wind and solar, healthy forests, and clean water;
  • Create thousands of jobs in our communities across the state while cutting pollution; and
  • Establish a fee on the largest corporate polluters, to make sure they are doing their fair share to protect our state.
But in order to get an initiative on the ballot, Washington State Law requires 260,000 registered voters to sign a petition. Sierra Club volunteer Don Steinke (pictured with wife and fellow volunteer Alona Steinke) personally collected 1,500 so far, and statewide approximately 130,000 signatures have been collected.

The July 1 deadline is quickly approaching and we need your help. Sign up to volunteer!


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Stop Koch Brother Crony Mike Pompeo from Becoming Secretary of State! (All States)

As climate change increasingly influences our international relations, Mike Pompeo is the wrong choice for Secretary of State.

Pompeo referred to the landmark Paris Climate Agreement as part of President Obama’s “radical environmental agenda.” As a Congressman, he ignored the scientific consensus around climate change and he refused to answer questions relating to climate change in his CIA confirmation hearing despite its role in destabilizing the globe and sowing conflict.

But there’s one area where Pompeo excels -- collecting big money from the Koch Brothers and the dirty fuels industry. From 2010 through 2017, Pompeo was the top recipient of Koch money each election cycle and collected more than $1.2 million from the dirty fuels industry during his short career in Congress. 

As Secretary of State, Pompeo would play a critical role in evaluating dirty fuel projects proposed by the oil and gas industry to which he owes his success. His support for Keystone XL and opposition to the Clean Power Plan indicate that Pompeo is more interested in enriching corporate polluters than protecting people or the planet.

Tell your Senators to vote against confirming Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State!

Reject Pompeo!

It's time for NorthWestern Energy to prepare for the retirement of Colstrip (MT)

Colstrip's largest owner, Puget Sound Energy (PSE), is taking the necessary steps to prepare for a transition away from Colstrip power by 2027. Avista, another Colstrip owner, has proposed a similar date.

It's time for NorthWestern Energy to join them in responsible planning. NorthWestern owes it to ratepayers, workers, and Montana. 

NorthWestern, as Montana's "hometown" utility, should also join PSE and Avista in committing cleanup and transition funds for the community of Colstrip and its coal plant workers.

Montana is tied with Kansas for the second best wind resources in the country and a new wind farm near Great Falls will be offering clean, renewable power for $21 per megawatt-hour. Compare that to the $75 per megawatt-hour NorthWestern Energy ratepayers spend for Colstrip power.

Montana is a major energy exporter and we want to maintain that position as the shift to renewable energy accelerates. But we need to prepare now.​

Missoula youth display banner at Peoples Climate March April 29 2017
 

Take action: Tell Wells Fargo to stop funding gun violence and climate destruction (All States)

Corporate interests, from the National Rifle Association (NRA) to Big Oil, continue to profit from violence and destruction at the expense of our children’s health, safety, and future -- and that’s especially true when it comes to communities of color. One of the worst offenders is Wells Fargo, which is one of the largest financiers of both the gun industry and the companies behind fossil fuel pipelines like Dakota Access and Keystone XL.

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When it comes to fossil fuel finance, Wells Fargo is one of the worst actors. The bank provided a $120 million in direct project-level financing for the Dakota Access Pipeline despite the countless human rights and Indigenous Treaty violations at Standing Rock.  

Wells Fargo also provides more funding for gunmakers than any other bank and has a $28 million line of credit to the NRA.

Weapons designed solely to kill have no place in our everyday lives and fossil fuels that pollute our communities and destroy our climate have no place anywhere but in the ground. Our nation’s financial leaders should be doing their part to fund safe and healthy communities where our children can feel safe -- not threatened by an unstable climate and a gun violence epidemic.  

Profiting off the destruction and loss of life caused by fossil fuels and weapons of war is unacceptable. Call on Wells Fargo's CEO, Tim Sloan, to be on the right side of history and cut their ties with industries of destruction.

Support Passenger Rail Expansion - Maine Must Pass Legislation in 2018 to Fund Rail Transit Expansion (ME)

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The legislature is currently considering a $50M railroad infrastructure bond, (LD 590) that would fund an expansion of passenger rail from Portland to Lewiston/Auburn. Reconstruction of this segment sets the stage for international passenger train service to Canada—linking Boston to Montreal through Portland, Lewiston/Auburn, and Maine's western mountains in Bethel.

This bond would provide critical funding for expanding clean and affordable rail transit in Maine, providing a clean transit alternative in the state that both creates jobs and revitalizes local economies. 
 

Tell your local elected officials: It's time for clean energy in your community! (VA)

Clean energy keeps winning and the momentum is growing nationwide as solar and wind outpace dirty, destructive fossil fuels. Virginians overwhelmingly support transitioning to clean energy. It benefits our economy, our environment, and our health. That's why over 100 municipalities around the country have already committed to 100% clean energy, and that number is only growing! It's time for cities, counties, and towns across Virginia to take action and advance on clean energy. 

Add your name to tell your local officials that you want action on climate and clean energy now!

Tell the Governor to protect Vermont's Water Resources (All States;VT)

Our waters face real and persistent threats. We are experiencing lost property values, harm to Vermont's growing outdoor recreation economy, and public health concerns. Vermont made a commitment to clean up its waters when the legislature passed the Vermont Clean Water Act of 2015.  Vermont needs a long-term, stable, dedicated funding source to implement vital on-the-ground projects essential to cleaning up our waters. 
 
Unfortunately, Governor's Scott fails to produce a viable plan to finance measures to keep Vermont’s waters clean.  In fact, last week he threatened to veto a bill (S.260) because it proposes to study how Vermont might pay for Clean water. Vermont needs a governor who leads and cares about the health and welfare of those that depend on clean water. Not a governor that is more interested in reducing regulations on businesses and polluters.
 
Tell Governor Scott that all Vermonters deserve drinkable, swimmable, and fishable waters. He is abdicating his oath of office to protect all Vermonters and to follow the law as passed in the 2015 Clean Water Act.

Enter your contact information to send the Governor a message to protect water resources. You can personalize your message or use our preformatted message.

Tell NV Energy it's time to retire Valmy and replace it with solar (NV)

Dirty Coal or Clean Renewables? You choose.

NV Energy knows they could save Nevadans money by retiring the Valmy coal plant and replacing it with solar generation, but the plant continues to pollute. It's the last remaining utility-owned coal plant in Nevada and it's time for it to go.

Send a message to NV Energy President Doug Cannon: Tell him you want to see NV Energy take serious steps to retire Valmy, and soon.

Valmy is Nevada's dirtiest pollution source, emitting significant amounts of air pollutants that cause smog and regional haze, including particulates and toxins like arsenic and benzene.

NV Energy's own analysis, the Life Span Analysis Process (LSAP), found they can save money by replacing Valmy with solar power. Tell NV Energy it's time to get serious about their clean energy leadership. 

Tell the City of San Diego - Don't let bad art spoil our environment (CA)

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The San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture has proposed to erect two 78 ft. straws, as public art, for the North City Pure Water Facility, serving as a "beacon" and "landmark encouraging viewers to pause and consider their relationship with drinking water."

Straws are single-use, disposable plastics used for only a few minutes and then thrown away.  Straws adversely impact our food and drinking water, wildlife and fisheries, taxpayer’s wallets for cleanup and our quality of life. 

The 2016 I Love a Clean San Diego Annual Report states that 15,976 plastic straws were collected from our beaches and that “Single-use disposable items are the most common items we found at our cleanup events.”

Public awareness of the destructive impact that straws are having on our daily lives is resulting in California cities passing ordinances to restrict use of single use straws.  

Add your voice!  Let the City of San Diego and Commission for Arts and Culture know that this project is just plain BAD ART, an inappropriate symbol for the Pure Water program and should be rejected!

Join the Buy Clean Campaign (CA)

The state of California spends on average $10 billion each year on infrastructure projects. A portion of the funds goes to purchasing materials such as structural steel, carbon steel rebar, window glass and wool insulation for these projects. 

The manufacture of these materials can create large quantities of climate and air pollution, but California has taken the first step towards reducing these emissions within the manufacturing supply chain.

Last year, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 262, the Buy Clean California Act, introduced by Assemblymember Rob Bonta. Moving forward, the products California purchases for infrastructure projects will come from manufacturers who have invested in cleaner energy and technologies to cut their climate pollution.

Sierra Club California has launched a campaign to implement the bill, inform our members and allies about the Buy Clean concept, and encourage local governments to adopt similar policies to reduce the emissions in the materials they buy.  

We’re looking for volunteers to help at every level of the campaign. Please sign up if you’d like to be part of this new Buy Clean campaign in your community.

Take Action -- Join Seventh Generation, Sierra Club, & the global movement for 100% clean and renewable energy for all! (All States)

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Now more than ever before, local leadership must be at the forefront of moving America towards a more just and equitable country for all people. 


In the face of federal inaction, it’s up to local cities and towns to lead our nation towards a healthier, stronger future by committing to 100% clean, renewable energy for all.

More than 190 mayors, have joined #Mayors4CleanEnergy -- showing their support for 100% clean and renewable energy in their cities, towns, and communities, and across the country. And over 60 U.S. cities -- from Atlanta to Abita Springs, San Diego to Salt Lake City -- have all committed to 100% clean, renewable energy. These communities are showing that 100% clean and renewable energy is important for all cities -- big and small, red and blue, locally and globally. Why? 

Because cleaner, healthier, more affordable energy is here! Wind power has more than doubled in the past four years, and over the past six years has plummeted in price. Solar energy has increased by a factor of five, making solar one of the fastest-growing industries in America, and the fastest-growing industry in the world. Today, supporting clean energy is not just about protecting our air and water, it’s also about supporting our local economies and creating jobs.

#ReadyFor100 is a movement of people working to inspire our leaders to embrace a vision of healthier communities powered by 100% clean energy. We are asking mayors, CEOs, pastors, principals, civic and community leaders, parents and students to commit to solutions that help us achieve 100% clean, renewable energy across the United States by the year 2050, or sooner.

Already, #ReadyFor100 campaigns are springing up in cities and states all around the country led by local folks who want good jobs, clean air and a better quality of life in their communities.  

Are you ready for 100% clean energy for all? Join the movement for 100% clean and renewable energy now!

Get Any state ready For 100! (All States)

It’s time for Tulsa to live up to its motto, “A New Kind of Energy.” Modernizing our city with 100% 
clean and renewable energy will not only improve public health and air quality, but also save money
 and natural resources, create jobs and boost our local economy. 

Several cities throughout the nation have already achieved 100% clean energy. Furthermore, many 
US and international cities have made similar commitments proving that 100% clean and renewable 
energy is both important and feasible for all cities and all communities. 

We urge the mayor and City Council of Tulsa to take a leading position and declare a goal of pursuing 100% of the city's energy from clean, renewable electricity by 2030!

A campaign by the TULSA EARTH COALITION: Carrie Dickerson Foundation, All Souls Green Team, Climate Parents Tulsa, Citizens Climate Lobby, and the Green Country Sierra Club.

Tell WY Gov. Mead -- step in and stop the Yellowstone grizzly trophy hunt! (All States)

As soon as the first day of September, two dozen vulnerable grizzly bears could be killed in Wyoming for a trophy on a wall. 

Grizzly bear nursing cubs near Fishing Bridge, Yellowstone National Park

Despite strong public and Tribal opposition and active litigation challenging the removal of Endangered Species Act protections last summer, trophy hunting of the iconic grizzly bear, could start this fall -- just as bears are fattening up for hibernation. The hunt proposed by Wyoming Game and Fish would allow trophy hunters to kill 24 grizzly bears, including females. Bears could be killed as soon as they step out of the national parks, except for in a small buffer area proposed for the east side of Grand Teton north of Jackson Hole.

Wyoming's extreme trophy hunting proposal will set grizzly recovery in the Greater Yellowstone region -- one of the Endangered Species Act’s greatest achievements -- back by decades. This is a bad proposal for grizzlies, and a bad proposal for the Greater Yellowstone region. Wyoming's Governor Mead can influence the Game and Fish Commission to withdraw this irresponsible proposal. Let's make sure he hears our message, loud and clear -- no trophy hunt of Greater Yellowstone's irreplaceable grizzly bears! Yellowstone's grizzlies are counting on you!

Tell WY Governor Mead: Vulnerable grizzlies deserve coexistence and full recovery -- not to be killed for a trophy on a wall! 

Send your water board a message asking them to reject the Cadiz Inc. water project now! (All States)

I live in the Upper District and I’m asking you to oppose signing the Letter of Intent with the Cadiz Inc.  Their ludicrous scheme involves removing water from the already moisture-challenged Mojave Desert near Joshua Tree National Park and pumping it to the San Gabriel Valley. Don’t sign up for the contaminated Cadiz water that puts kids and families at risk. Don’t give Cadiz a blank check to raise our water rates. Don’t support a project that will removes the underground water that feeds surface springs essential for the survival of desert life.

Cadiz’s water is contaminated with hexavalent chromium (Cr6), a known carcinogen, along with arsenic and other unsafe substances. The water board should not sign on with Cadiz and put San Gabriel Valley kids and families at risk. Removing all of these contaminants from Cadiz water – if it can be done – will be expensive. Who will end up footing the bill? Upper District rate payer like me. No blank check for Cadiz. Even without contaminant removal Cadiz admits its water could cost more than current suppliers.  

We need a safe affordable water future. California is already doing a great job conserving water, an inexpensive way to meet our water needs that doesn’t risk the public health. The same holds true for capturing more rain water runoff. Enhanced conservation, water capture and reclamation efforts could generate good paying jobs right here locally.

There are moral and ethical reasons to not to sign the Letter of Intent. Much of the water Cadiz would remove is located under cherished public

Make your voice heard: Urge Legislators and Governor Cuomo to protect the environment in this year's budget! (NY)

As the NYS Legislature approaches the final weeks of the state budget negotiations, several key policies hang in the balance - policies that could have a profound effect upon the way New York tackles climate change or how we defend our air, water, and remaining wild places.

The good news is that both the Executive Budget and Assembly and Senate one-house budget bills support the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) at an historic $300 million for the third year in a row. The EPF is NY's primary funding source for critical programs like land acquisition, farmland and habitat protection, drinking water infrastructure, and waste reduction. The bad news is that the ferocious pace of climate change is accelerating and New york is not doing enough to keep up. The Assembly has pushed for the Climate and Community Protection Act in their one house budget bill - legislation that will ensure all our climate solutions are synchronized and enforceable and that there are mechanisms in place to pay for the transition from our fossil fuel past to our renewable energy future. We know that a comprehensive agreement isn't going to happen in the next two weeks, but we are hopeful that through the budget process more substantive dialogue will ensue about how the state can more rapidly move to 100% renewable energy.

Here are two issues that must absolutely get done:

  • Comprehensive Food Waste Policy: According to the Pollution Prevention Institute of New York (P2I), close to 40 percent of the food produced in the United States is never eaten - approximately 50 million tons annually - resulting in $218 billion spent on wasted food. This wasted food is not only a lost resource opportunity for food banks, soup kitchens and shelters, but when this waste ends up in landfills, the methane generated by the decomposing organic waste becomes a powerful greenhouse gas and contributes significantly to climate change. The Governor's Executive Budget and the Assembly's one-house budget both create a framework for large generators (those who produce 2 or more tons of food waste a week) to track and reduce the amount of food waste sent directly to landfills or incinerators - instead diverting this food to food banks, compost facilities and anaerobic digesters. New York can join in this forward-thinking and cost-effective practice!   
     
  • Banning Plastic Bags: The Sierra Club finds it shameful that neither the Senate nor Assembly decided to act on any of the recommended outcomes from the report issued by the Governor's Plastic Bag Task Force, after overriding NYC's plastic bag abatement laws last year. Plastic bags remain an environmental menace - littering our parks, despoiling our communities and clogging our waterways, all with the potential to strangle and poison wildlife. We recommend that the legislature insert into the budget Senator Liz Krueger and Assemblyman Steve Englebright's stand-alone legislation: a ban on all single-use plastic bags with a 10-cent fee on all paper bags and reusable grocery bags distributed to the consumers in NY, with the revenue directed to the EPF. It would also call for an exemption for those using SNAP or WIC as full or partial payment. This persistent source of pollution must be addressed this year.  

While there are many more areas of the budget to address, including water infrastructure and climate funding, it is imperative that the Governor and Legislators work to ensure New York remains a leader on the issues at hand. 

Please tell Governor Cuomo and the State Legislators to ensure this year's budget works to protect the air, water, and the citizens of this state. Send your message today!

And after taking action, if you'd like to do more, call the offices of Leadership and tell them you want the environment protected in the 2018-19 budget!

  • Governor Andrew Cuomo: 518-474-8390
  • Senate Leader John Flanagan: 518-455-2071 (Albany office); 631-361-2154 (District office)
  • Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie: 518-455-3791 (Albany office); 718-654-6539 (District office)
To see more details and to read the full budget testimony from the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, see here.
 

West Valley Deserves a Full Clean Up - Comment on the SEIS today! (All States)

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Nuclear waste, stored throughout NYS, is a threat to our waterways, our health, and future generations because it will continue to be harmful for thousands of years. Radioactive waste (RAD waste) generated at the nuclear facilities in our state is a serious problem. The Buffalo Niagara region's West Valley Nuclear Facility, 30 miles south and upstream of Buffalo, could contaminate Lake Erie with one severe rain event and must be cleaned up.

The Department of Energy (DOE) and the NYS Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) are holding hearings for public comment on the final disposition of vast amounts of nuclear waste at the West Valley Nuclear Waste Facility. These hearings will be on March 19, 20, and 21 to determine the scoping for a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) - meaning this is the public's chance to tell the DOE and NYSERDA that NYers deserve a full cleanup of the West Valley nuclear site.

These hearings and written comments will be used to determine what will be analyzed in the EIS and will form the scientific basis for final decisions about whether or not major RAD waste facilities will be adequately cleaned up - Phase 2 decisions. 

The Public Hearings will be:
  • Monday, March 19th from 6 to 9:30pm: West Valley Volunteer Hose Co., Inc., Fireman's Memorial Hall & Training, 9091 Rt 240, West Valley, NY 14171
  • Tuesday, March 20th from 6 to 9:30pm: Erie County Community College City Campus, Minnie Gillette Auditorium, in the Post Office Building, 121 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY 14203
  • Wednesday, March 21st from 6 to 9:30pm: Cattaraugus Council Chambers, 12837 Route 243, Irving, NY 14081

You must register to speak at these events by contacting DOE Document manager, Martin Krentz at 716-942-4007 or email: martin.krentz@emcbc.doe.gov. You will still be able to submit your written comments at this event, even if you are unable to speak.

Even if you can't make the public hearings, or don't live in the Buffalo Niagara region, you can still send in your comments on the scoping for the SEIS before April 23! The protection of fresh water from radioactive contamination is vital and even if you don't live in the Buffalo Niagara region, the outcome of this SEIS could have statewide ramifications for the state's waters. Send your comments in today and tell DOE and NYSERDA that nuclear waste must be secured and our waters protected - West Valley deserves a full cleanup!

And if you're in the Buffalo area, join us on Thursday, March 15th from 6 to 7:30pm at the Crane Branch Library (633 Elmwood at Highland, 2nd Floor Meeting Room) to learn more about how you can make your voice heard on this important issue! Information will be provided on how to prepare to make public comment at the upcoming hearings. See www.niagarasierraclub.com for more info!  

Tell Zinke: I stand with the Gwich'in against the sale of sacred Arctic lands (All States)

After Congress’ devious move to include drilling in the Arctic Refuge as part of the Tax Bill last year, the threat continues to escalate. Senior Department of Interior have claimed the leasing process could start this month (1) and Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan told attendees at an oil industry conference that a sale in the Refuge could come as soon as next year (2). And DOI Secretary Zinke’s interest has only become more troubling (3).

For decades, the threat of drilling has loomed over the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. And for decades, the Gwich’in people have fought back. 

"We will never give up on protecting the porcupine caribou herd and the Arctic Refuge. No matter what this Administration does, we will stand and fight every step of the way." - Bernadette Demientieff, executive director of the Gwich'in Steering Committee

The Refuge is one of our nation's most important spiritual and majestic places, inhabited by caribou, muskoxen, wolves, 200 species of migratory birds, and polar bears. The Gwich'in Nation, whose home has been the Arctic since time immemorial, have called for permanent protection of the birthing grounds of the Porcupine Caribou herd for over 30 years. Now is the time to stand with them in defense of this sacred place!

Tell Secretary Ryan Zinke and his oil loving friends that this isn’t over yet. Stand with the Gwich’in to defend the Refuge!
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1. DeMarban, Alex. “Interior Department Will Soon Launch Regulatory Process to Pursue Lease Sale in ANWR, Officials Say.” Anchorage Daily News, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Mar. 2018.
 
2. Cama, Timothy. “Alaska Senator: Arctic Refuge Drilling Sale Could Start next Year.” TheHill, 5 Mar. 2018

3. Katz, Lauren. “Ryan Zinke Spent His First Year in Office Selling off Rights to Our Public Lands.” Vox, Vox, 5 Mar. 2018

Here's your opportunity to close Colstrip once and for all (ID;WA)

Colstrip Power Plant

Energy company Hydro One wants to buy our local utility, Avista.

The Hydro One acquisition is a huge opportunity for Eastern Washingtonians and Idahoans to have a hand in closing Colstrip, a Montana-based coal-fired power plant and the largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the West. 

The 40-year old Colstrip plant has also contaminated the groundwater of the local town. Enough is enough. 

Sign our petition to advocate for a safe, affordable, clean energy future!

We Can Think of Better Ways to Spend Your $10.6 Billion (CA)

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Photo by Restore the Delta

Sierra Club California and our water sustainability partners have been telling water agencies for years that we need to further invest in conservation, efficiency, groundwater cleanup, stormwater capture, and water reuse. Ratepayer funds should be invested in reducing dependence on the San Francisco Bay Delta, instead of tunneling under it.

We’ve seen time after time that pushing conservation works. The Metropolitan Water District (Met) held a successful program to replace thirsty turf with better landscaping that has saved countless gallons of water during drought years. Newer, more efficient appliances can help lower the amount of water we use per day, and customers should get more incentives to be able to afford these items.

More infrastructure could be built to capture and better use the water that Southern California already has. We can capture, clean up, and use stormwater that traditionally flows into and pollutes waterways and the ocean. We can safely clean and reuse wastewater that usually is just sent to sea.

We can also address the legacy of contamination of our groundwater that has rendered entire basins unusable. Projects are already underway to clean the San Fernando Valley Aquifer, which historically supplied enough water each year for 800,000 people.

Southern California can’t do these things, however, if it is also stuck with a $10.6 billion bill for a tunnel project that can’t guarantee new water.

Sign our petition to add your voice to demand that Met abandon the out-dated Delta tunnel project and instead build up local supplies. Please plan to attend one or more of the upcoming meetings listed below (click on the link below for more details). We'd love for everyone to provide public testimony if comfortable, but just getting people to meetings to hold signs is helpful. Please contact Kyle Jones with any questions.

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Apr 9, 2018 10:30 AM - Water Planning & Stewardship Committee Meeting
Apr 10, 2018 12:00 PM - Board Meeting

Tell Cabela's and Bass Pro Shops to stop selling assault-style weapons (All States)

AR-15s, military-style weapons, were used to kill people in mass shootings in Aurora, Newtown, San Bernardino, Orlando, Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs, and Parkland. Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart have both stopped selling military-style assault rifles. Leaving Cabela's and Bass Pro Shops the only major retailer still selling military-style assault rifles. 

Assault rifles were banned in the U.S. from 1994-2004, and during that time mass shootings declined by 37 percent. But after the ban lapsed, mass shootings increased by 183 percent and deaths in mass shootings increased by 239 percent. These numbers are staggering. [Source]

The special interest groups and cowardly elected officials that have let weapons of war into our communities are the same people ignoring climate science and tearing down protections for people and for our environment. It is impossible to enjoy and protect the world around us unless we have safe places to live, and have a voice in determining how our nation's future.  

We have just as much of a right to be safe from assault rifles as we have a right to clean air, clean water, safe food, and a healthy environment. It's going to take all of us working together across issues to build the just and equitable world we want. 

Although comprehensive gun control reform is needed, in the face of innaction from lawmakers, we need businesses to play a role in ending this violence. Today, we need you to use your power as a consumer to make this happen.

Tell Cabela's and Bass Pro Shops to join Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart and stop selling weapons designed for war.

Take action!

 

Tell Congress: Replace NAFTA with a trade deal that protects the environment and workers! (All States)

For too long, our trade deals benefited wealthy corporations at the expense of workers and the environment. As the United States, Canada, and Mexico negotiate NAFTA’s replacement, we have a timely opportunity to lay out our demands and influence our members of Congress, who will have the final say on any deal.

Now is the time for Congress to be outspoken in support of workers and the environment. As negotiations continue, we can’t allow corporate interests to dominate the discussion. 

Progressive senators including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Kirsten Gillibrand already released a list of requirements for a “People First” NAFTA replacement. Among their demands are more transparent negotiations, binding labor and environmental standards, support for climate action, and a deal that benefits communities across borders.

Tell your member of Congress to demand a NAFTA replacement that puts people and the planet first!

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It’s time to blow the whistle on Sec. Zinke by demanding that the OIG investigate his misconduct (All States)

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After just one year in office, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has racked up a truly astonishing list of misdeeds.

He’s infamous for his scheme to sell our public lands to oil and gas companies -- but he’s also been caught using wildfire preparedness funds to fund a private helicopter ride, awarding a $300 million contract to a two-person company in his hometown, and much, much more.

Zinke acts like he works for the oil and gas lobby, but he actually works for us -- he’s responsible for protecting our shared cultural and natural resources. And after a year on the job, he’s due for his performance review.

If Trump won’t keep Zinke in line, it’s  time to report him to the Office of the Inspector General (or OIG) -- an independent group devoted to rooting out “waste, fraud, and mismanagement” in Zinke’s department.

Members of the public are encouraged to contact the OIG to report wrongdoing at DOI. Send a message urging the Inspector General to investigate Secretary Zinke’s mismanagement of our lands and cultural resources.

Help pass the Water Conservation and Security Act and protect water for all Alabamians! (AL)

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The drought of 2016 exposed severe problems in Alabama’s state management of our water. Despite the declared state of emergency, water withdrawals went on unchecked, sometimes drying out streams completely. Despite the pleading of its citizens, no Alabama state agency jumped in to protect our rivers and streams – because there’s no agency tasked with checking stream flows, nor any with the power to step in when emergencies threaten our water supply.

The Alabama Water Conservation & Security Act (HB416), introduced by Patricia Todd, will improve Alabama’s system of water management to better protect our rivers and streams for the quality of our drinking water and the quality of life for our children and grandchildren by creating a Water Management Plan for Alabama, the lone state in the Southeast that still operates without one.

The Alabama Water Conservation & Security Act would reduce the harmful effects of drought and give much needed protection to people who depend on water, would protect farmers by making our waters more reliable and higher quality, and in case of emergency, would guarantee this critical industry the water it needs to thrive. It would protect our wildlife and ecosystems by mandating that enough water is our rivers and streams to support the plants and animals that we all enjoy and appreciate. It would also, critically, protect against farmers, manufacturers, and municipalities having their water arbitrarily taken away.

We hope you’ll join us and our friends at the Alabama Rivers Alliance in asking the members of the House Agriculture Committee to pass this critical bill out of committee!
 

Columbus is #ReadyFor100 Percent Renewable Energy! (OH)

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Getting a city of over two million people to live sustainably on 100% renewable energy in the next few decades may seem like an incredible, if not impossible, feat. But as climate change is drastically affecting our everyday lives, we know there needs to be a large-scale change in how we live if we hope to see a global impact.
 
In Columbus, Ohio, we are working toward a future that doesn’t rely on non-renewable resources to power our lives. This means getting the entire city to work together to achieve 100% renewable energy through the Ready for 100% Columbus campaign. We hope to join those cities that have already made the commitment to 100% renewable energy on their journey, and inspire others to make the switch as well.
 
For anyone who has doubts about our city incorporating a renewable lifestyle by 2050, we hope to show you the possibility of it. If not now, when? If not in Columbus, where? If not renewable, what? These are the questions we can’t afford to leave unanswered. We invite you to join us in our mission to move the City of Columbus to a more sustainable future: one that lives on 100% clean, renewable energy.

Stop the Water Pollution Bill That'd Threaten the Wasatch (UT)

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HB 135 -- Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Amendments -- will strip Wasatch Front cities of their ability to protect their watersheds, jeopardizing water quality and driving up water prices. 
 
It also creates a funding mechanism for the controversial Bear River Development. This $2.5 billion dollar water project will lower levels of the Great Salt Lake significantly by diverting as much as 20% of the freshwater that reaches the lake by building dams up and down the Bear River, damaging critical migratory bird habitat and wetlands. 
 
In the same stroke, it will also put money aside for the $2 billion dollar Lake Powell Pipeline, a proposed pipeline that would carry water from Lake Powell nearly 140 miles to southern Utah.

It also flies in the face of the Executive Water Taskforce, who in an emergency water meeting passed a unanimous motion requesting legislative action on this and other extraterritorial jurisdiction bills be delayed until a broader working group could review the unintended consequences and far reaching impacts of the bill. 

In short, this bill is a concerted attack on water quality. HB135 caters simply to special interests while undermining public health concerns, conservation priorities, and fiscal responsibility. Creating a funding mechanism for the Lake Powell Pipeline and the Bear River Development is a gross misuse of state funds.

Tell your Utah state legislators to vote down HB 135, then share this campaign with your friends on social media to get them to help knock down this awful bill!

Check out the bill here

Ask your Rep: Cosponsor the Women and Climate Change Act! (All States)

Climate change affects us all, but when disasters hit, women are disproportionately impacted.

In the wake of climate disasters, women regularly take responsibility for growing the family’s food and collecting water, fuel, and other resources. Climate displacement also exposes women and girls to extreme violence and threats including risk of rape, sexual exploitation and abuse.

The Women and Climate Change Act, introduced by Representative Barbara Lee, promotes approaches to climate change mitigation that uplift, include and empower women. With 55 cosponsors already, support for the bill is growing -- but we need you to make sure your representative is on board!

Tell your representative: Cosponsor and be a champion for the Women and Climate Change Act!

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Stop the attack on Forever Wild in Alabama! (AL)

Forever Wild purchases and maintains public lands so that all Alabamians can hunt, hike, and enjoy the pristine, undeveloped natural beauty of our state. A recent return on investment study showed that for every $1 invested to purchase lands, $5 is returned to the state. In 2012, Alabama's Forever Wild Land Trust program was renewed for another 20 years by an overwhelming majority: 75% of the vote. But a shortsighted new bill threatens its future.

HB 362, proposed by Representative Mark Tuggle, proposes a constitutional amendment that would require the Forever Wild Land Trust to pay counties for any lost property taxes on lands purchased through the program. Just like last year, HB 362 starts the clock on the end of future Forever Wild purchases. With each additional acquisition, more taxes are owed, and less funding is available to purchase additional lands for public hunting, fishing and recreation.

HB 362 just passed out of committee and will go to the Alabama House for a vote.  If it passes that vote, it will go to the Alabama Senate for a vote which would seriously imperil Forever Wild’s future. The voters have spoken – Alabamians support public lands for hunting and fishing.  How many times do we have to tell our elected officials to keep Alabama Forever Wild?

Take action by telling your Alabama legislators to stop the attack on Forever Wild!

Tell Scott Pruitt: Stop Wasting Taxpayer Money on Lavish Travel! (All States)

Scott Pruitt’s travel expenses costs a fortune to taxpayers: Tell Pruitt to return this money

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt has already racked up a huge bill for his travel expenses and tax payers are left holding the bag. Pruitt’s lavish first-class flights, unnecessary use of military planes, and over-the-top hotels all add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars, and we don’t even know all of the costs. At the same time, Pruitt is pushing to cut the budget for public health protections and clean air and water safeguards, all from a first class seat paid for by me and you.

As a government employee, Pruitt should be using the least expensive class of travel -- not flying like a celebrity. We need to hold Pruitt accountable to end this reckless spending. If Trump won't do the right thing and fire him, he should return the taxpayer money he’s already spent.

Tell Scott Pruitt to return the taxpayer money that he’s spent for his first-class travel and nice hotels.

Defend Iowa's Energy Efficiency Programs! (IA)

Iowa utilities Alliant and MidAmerican are attacking the fastest growing sector of Iowa's economy -- clean energy. 

SF2311 is moving through  the state legislature and would allow utilities to pad their profits while cutting programs Iowa families rely on to save money. 

These bills would allow Alliant and MidAmerican to dramatically cut  common sense, cost-saving efficiency programs. Programs include home energy audits and rebates on appliances, LED light bulbs, and furnaces. This will increase the burden on thousands of families, schools, and institutions that rely on low-cost electricity, especially in rural areas. At the same time, energy efficiency and solar energy provide good jobs to Iowans.

Tell Governor Reynolds and your state legislators that our communities and families cannot afford to roll back energy efficiency programs that will result in the loss of thousands of jobs and increase energy costs across the state.

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Keep Handy Township Rural! No New Natural Gas Plant (MI)

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Handy Township is farm country, proud of its rural character. Handy Township’s 2017 Master Plan says, ”Through planning and zoning, discourage the encroachment of non-agricultural uses into the agricultural areas of the Township” as a strategy to safeguard that character.

There is a request to rezone 145 acres of farmland to build a $1 billion natural gas-fired power plant. The land is zoned agricultural and the request is to amend the new Master Plan and rezone it to Research & Development, creating an entirely new definition for a natural gas power plant as a Special Use under that zoning.

Rezoning this land for this purpose could potentially:

•expose families to air, water, and noise pollution 
•reduce home and land values while increasing insurance costs
•increase road traffic requiring more road maintenance and associated costs
•increase the need for professionally trained and 24/7 available emergency response personnel
•permanently change the rural nature of the area with lighting on a large industrial facility
•draw large amounts of water for production purposes and fire suppression
•increase taxes to pay for more township staff familiar with monitoring & compliance to protect residents
•create non-porous surfaces (such as parking lots) which could produce run-off pollution
•determine our energy choices over a large region in a time when we are enjoying freedom to choose

Gas-fired power plants are industrial facilities being built in response to the natural gas boom from hydraulic fracking. "Fracking" destroys property values, poisons fresh water, and postpones investing in clean, sustainable renewable energy. Renewable energy is creating more jobs and is more affordable than all other forms of energy, including natural gas in many areas, and gaining every day in others.

Dedicating land to electric production using declining fossil fuels violates Handy Township residents’ desire to live and enjoy the rural community they love. Tell the Handy Township Board of Trustees & Planning Commission to deny the request to rezone Section 36 to Research & Development or any other zoning that allows huge industrial facilities!
 

Tell your members of Congress to fund organic agriculture research! (All States)

Organic farming fosters healthier soil, safer working conditions for farmers, and healthier food for consumers. 

The Organic Agriculture and Research Act has been introduced into Congress and is gaining co-sponsors fast. It stands a chance of moving ahead and even being included in the Farm Bill, which is up for reauthorization this year. 

American farmers are falling behind in the growing organic industry. Organic food now accounts for more than 5 percent of total food sales, but the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) only spends about .01 percent of its budget on researching organic farming annually. [Source

Ask your member of Congress to co-sponsor the bill and push for organic research to be funded in the reauthorization of the Farm Bill! 

Fund organic research!

Take action: Public lands for sale to dirty energy industry (All States)

When Donald Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke ignored over 2.8 million public comments and illegally eliminated protections for vast portions of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, it was obvious that it was a gift to the dirty energy industry and a betrayal of local communities and indigenous peoples. 

As of today, those national monuments will be available for sale to the highest bidder. More than two million acres of formerly protected public lands are now open to mining corporations and energy developers that will try and sell the fuels they extract from our precious public lands to utilities all over the country.

The decimation and sale of public lands for the profit of the fossil fuel industry is unacceptable! That’s why we’re taking immediate steps to fight back. 

Take action: Urge utility companies to stand with the American people by committing to refrain from purchasing any dirty fuels extracted from these national monuments

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Protect Idaho Students’ Right to Learn About Climate Change (ID)

In 2016, the Idaho State Legislature removed five key references to human-caused climate change from the K-12 science standards. The Weather Channel called these the "least adequate science standards in the country with regard to climate change." Without a baseline for talking about climate change in our science standards, students around the state are denied access to conversations about one of the most pressing issues in Idaho. 

Education is the first step in empowering students and equipping them with knowledge necessary to confront climate change, safeguard Idaho's economy and the environment. Not providing equal access to information across the state leads in inequality in education and leaves students behind. Education should not be determined by zip code. 
 
We need the Legislature to adopt the updated science standards that were approved by the Idaho State Board of Education and include references to anthropogenic climate change.

Help stand up for Idaho students and demand that climate change is mandatory to educate statewide so we can give the next generation the necessary tools to combat one of the greatest threats of our time. Sign our petition and join us in sending a message to our state legislature that we want to defend students’ right to a climate science education. 

Tell Ace Hardware: Stop Selling Bee-Killing Pesticides (All States)

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Home Depot, True Value, and Walmart all joined a growing list of retailers that have made commitments to stop selling bee-killing pesticides in their stores. 

This is a huge step forward for bees, but Ace Hardware -- one of the companies' largest competitors -- is still lagging behind on this important issue. 

A study showed that 51 percent of plants purchased at large home improvement and garden centers contained pesticides at levels that could harm or even kill bees

There’s too much at stake. Let the CEO of Ace Hardware know its time for the company to make a commitment to protect bees. Sign the petition now!

Help save our bees and the planet! (All States)

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Toxic pesticides called neonicotinoids, or “neonics” are killing bees and putting ¼ of what we eat at risk -- as everything from apples to watermelon depends on bee pollination. 

American beekeepers reported an estimated loss of 44 percent of their hives last year. Congress must put an end to this crisis. Tell Congress to pass the "Saving America's Pollinators Act."

Tell Governor Scott to cancel sugar leases and fix the Everglades (FL)

Governor Rick Scott's water managers want to stack water into a fortress-like industrial reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee that won't provide enough clean water for the Everglades. 

The State of Florida owns roughly 18,000 acres of land that is leased to private companies in the Everglades Agricultural Area. This land is desperately needed for land swaps around the proposed reservoir site to make a safer and ecologically better reservoir, to increase treatment capacity and further decrease Lake Okeechobee discharges, and send more water where it belongs: the Everglades and Florida Bay.

Please contact Governor Scott's office and urge him to cancel leases to Big Sugar on 18,000 acres of taxpayer-owned land. Big Sugar has their own land to plant, but our land is needed for the Everglades.

We need our land back, we need a reservoir  that will stop the toxic discharges to our coastal estuaries and communities, and rehydrate the Everglades and Florida Bay. 

Thank Public Officials for Standing with Us Against the RAM Coal Export Terminal (LA)

After years of being told that the proposed RAM coal export terminal was a “done deal,” the Army Corps has now confirmed that the export terminal’s permit expired on November 30, 2017.

We won! We stopped this destructive project for good. 

The proposed RAM coal export terminal in Plaquemines Parish would have interfered with one of Louisiana’s major coastal restoration projects and would have run uncovered coal trains through neighborhoods in Westwego, Gretna, Belle Chasse and the West Bank. 

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People across coastal Louisiana came together to stop the RAM coal export terminal, and key leaders in Plaquemines and Jefferson Parish fought alongside their communities. Join us in thanking them for standing with their constituents, our communities, and for championing coastal restoration!

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The community leaders in Jefferson and Plaquemines Parish who led the charge against the RAM coal export terminal are an inspiring example of coastal leadership and what we can accomplish when we organize together. 
  • Westwego, Gretna and Jefferson Parish passed unanimous resolutions about RAM. 
  • Leaders in the communities of Wood Park, Myrtle Grove and historic Ironton worked continuously from the beginning against RAM, all while dealing with existing coal export terminals and other industrial encroachment challenges. 
It all added up to a strong coalition fighting to defend our coastal communities that continues to show up for each other to this day.

It has been an honor to work alongside you in this fight. Sign and add a message to your thank you note to be delivered by January 31st!

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(Photo credit: Jeffrey Dubinsky/ Louisiana Environmental Action Network)

Women's March: One Year Later, We March On. (All States)

The spirit of the Women’s March inspired an incredible year of activism that continues to this day.

In the past year, many of you have contacted your elected officials, shown up to town halls, and donated your time and money to your favorite causes. This weekend, many of you are marching in anniversary events. And as we begin the new year, many of you and are working to register new voters and support women running for office in 2018.

To mark the one-year anniversary of the Women’s March, share why you march and how you're taking action for women's rights and the environment.

Support HB101 - Air Quality Emissions Testing Amendments in Utah (UT)

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One of the most fundamental strategies to improve air quality has been left off the table and we need your help to make sure it passes during the 2018 legislative session. 

HB101 - Air Quality Emissions Testing Amendments requires emissions testing for passenger vehicles in counties that fail to meet federal health standards for air pollution. It's a simple, cheap, and effective strategy to help stop dirty air in its tracks. 

By implementing this simple emissions check, our troubled airshed would reduce pollution by over 170 tons per year.

That translates to less pollution exposure --  which means lower incidence of asthma, cancer rates, and less complications with lung and heart disease -- impacts that especially harm the elderly and the young. 

Unfortunately, one of the five non-attainment counties has refused to adopt this commonsense solution.  Utah County Commissioners have failed to require diesel vehicles to do the same emissions testing that is mandatory for gas vehicles in their county. So HB101 is the solution to this problem, creating a minimum testing requirement for any county that fails to meet minimum public health standards for air quality. 

We simply can't wait any longer to take action -- send a quick letter to your legislator to let them know that you support HB101Air Quality Emissions Testing Amendments!

Don't forget to customize the subject line and content so your message has an even bigger impact -- write three or four lines about why Utah's bad air effects YOU and your family!
 

Reno is Ready for 100% Clean, Renewable Energy (NV)

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Each day, the world's climate challenges intensify. Fossil-fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions continue, and our chances of avoiding the impacts of climate disruption get slimmer. Our federal government fails to lead. We need cities, companies, and people like you to take the lead.

More than 50 cities across the country have committed to 100% Renewable Energy. It's time for Reno to do the same. More than 70% of our electricity in Nevada comes from fossil fuels.

Reno will be directly affected by the changing climate: increased risks of wildfire, extreme weather (including drought, heat waves and extreme storms), declining snowpack, uncertain water availability, and other risks.

Reno is ready for 100% clean energy! Thanks to the Tesla Gigafactory, Switch, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and a Tier 1 university, Reno is already benefiting from a green and entrepreneurial economy. And with 251 days of sunshine a year and abundant geothermal potential, Reno's is in a great position to attract the companies and investments necessary to grow Reno's renewable green economy. A commitment to renewable energy sends a signal to utilities, investors, the rest of Nevada, and the world that we are working toward a cleaner, healthier future. 

The gap between where we are and where we need to go is too great, and time is too short, to hesitate. We need a bold vision now. Reno has the power to create that vision.

Sign this petition encouraging the Reno city council to adopt a resolution committing to 100% renewable electricity by 2030, and 100% energy across all sectors by 2050.

Michigan's communities deserve clean air! Stop Dearborn gas plant expansion (MI)

Air quality in one of Michigan's most polluted communities could get a lot worse if Dearborn Industrial Generation (DIG) is allowed to expand their fracked gas plant, located just 700 feet from an elementary school. 

This community already struggles with some of the worst air pollution in the state, and the expansion of this fracked gas plant would make air quality even worse; increasing sulfur dioxide pollution, ground level ozone and smog, not to mention climate-disrupting greenhouse gases. 

Parents are fighting to get their schools and neighborhoods to have clean air. They need you to fight with them -- Submit your comments now before the January 16 deadline.
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The gas plant expansion will happen right next door to the Salina Elementary school. 
 

Protect our coasts from offshore drilling (All States)

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Trump’s Department of the Interior has proposed the largest expansion of offshore drilling ever -- expanding drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, and the Arctic.

Trump isn't doing this to please his constituents -- in fact, governors of states like North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland, Oregon, and California have explicitly opposed drilling off their coasts. Instead, this is a blatant gift to the oil companies that have bankrolled his campaign and staffed his administration.

If Trump's plan becomes reality, spills will be inevitable -- and devastating. In 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill damaged 1,313 miles of coastline. That's more than the entire length of California, or half the Atlantic coast. Offshore oil spills happen frequently, devastating marine environments, commercial fishing industries, and tourism businesses. Even without spills, offshore oil causes pollution.

This gift to Big Oil and Gas is an attempt to overturn protections put in place for the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans and hits reset on the plan the Obama administration completed in 2016. At that time, millions of people had spoken out in support of protecting our coasts.

We can't allow this administration to jeopardize our waters, wildlife, climate, and coastal communities. Tell Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that the public has spoken: no more offshore drilling!

Please take a moment to personalize your message. Your message will be even more powerful if you share your concerns and personal experiences.

Protect our coasts from offshore drilling (All States)

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Trump’s Department of the Interior has proposed the largest expansion of offshore drilling ever -- expanding drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, and the Arctic.

Trump isn't doing this to please his constituents -- in fact, governors of states like North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland, Oregon, and California have explicitly opposed drilling off their coasts. Instead, this is a blatant gift to the oil companies that have bankrolled his campaign and staffed his administration.

If Trump's plan becomes reality, spills will be inevitable -- and devastating. In 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill damaged 1,313 miles of coastline. That's more than the entire length of California, or half the Atlantic coast. Offshore oil spills happen frequently, devastating marine environments, commercial fishing industries, and tourism businesses. Even without spills, offshore oil causes pollution.

This gift to Big Oil and Gas is an attempt to overturn protections put in place for the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans and hits reset on the plan the Obama administration completed in 2016. At that time, millions of people had spoken out in support of protecting our coasts.

We can't allow this administration to jeopardize our waters, wildlife, climate, and coastal communities. Sign our petition to tell Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that the public has spoken: no more offshore drilling!

Please take a moment to personalize your message. Your message will be even more powerful if you share your concerns and personal experiences.

Join Sierra Club in continuing to RESIST in 2018! (All States)

Tax bill passes. Pledge to fight back.

Though we may have lost the fight on the GOP tax scam bill, we won't stop fighting for a more equitable future and the health of our communities and our environment.

Whether it's exposing and rejecting the hateful remarks and policies of so many elected politicians, or blocking anti-science nominees, or fighting bills that perpetuate the status quo of dangerous fossil fuel development, or opening up drilling in the Arctic Refuge, we won't stop resisting Trump and the GOP's attacks on our health, our democracy, and our environment.

Indeed, despite Trump, we're actually winning on many fronts. Over 50 local governments have committed to powering themselves with 100% clean, renewable energy. We've helped move over of half of America’s coal plant fleet beyond coal -- 26 of these announced since Trump was elected. We've turned out hundreds of thousands into the streets for climate justice, made thousands of phone calls and sent millions of letters to elected officials. Our grassroots movement is big and powerful, and we won’t let up.

Sign our pledge: In 2018 I’ll keep fighting for a cleaner, safer, and more just and equitable future for all.

New report shows that the Arkansas utility Entergy is harming St. Louis air quality (AR;MO)

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A troubling new report
by scientists at Sonoma Technology Inc. shows that two power plants operated by Entergy, the largest utility in Arkansas, are emitting pollution that is traveling to St. Louis, Missouri, and raising levels of harmful smog.

For decades, families in St. Louis have been living with air quality that fails basic public health standards. In summer months, the brownish haze in the city is a cocktail of smog that can trigger asthma attacks, heart problems, and weaken lung function even in healthy people.

While activists in St. Louis have been pushing back against the harmful smog coming from local coal plants owned by Ameren, Entergy has been silently playing its part in degrading the cities air quality from across the state line in Arkansas.

Please help us end coal pollution! Send a letter to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality to demand that they clean up emissions from the Entergy plants.

Tell Trump you support strong tailpipe pollution standards! (All States)

Take action to boost freight truck fuel efficiency!

Historic fuel economy standards set by the Obama administration are under attack. After being finalized just earlier this year, the Trump administration has reopened these standards to put corporate interests ahead of the health of people and our climate.

This is a blatant attempt to rig the system for Big Oil and automakers at the expense of American families. Nothing has changed that warrants a complete do over of this process.

It’s up to you to speak out and make it clear that the American people want cars running more efficiently to lessen pollution and save money.

Add your name to send Donald Trump a clear message: Don't dismantle clean cars standards that work for Michigan.

(Tip: Customizing your comment to show why you personally care about this issue makes for a bigger impact.)

Energy Choice in Nevada: Clean Energy or More Fossil Fuels? (NV)

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Last year, Nevada voters like you chose to support the Energy Choice Initiative, giving residents greater choice over your energy service provider rather than being tied to a monopoly.

This initiative could allow for more clean energy to enter our state. But if it goes the wrong way, it could allow an influx of out of state fossil fuels. 

That's why the Sierra Club along with local clean energy partners and industry experts agreed on best practices that will help Nevada develop a clean energy economy that is fair and affordable for all.  

Sign the petition to urge the Governor's Committee on Energy Choice to adopt these best practices!

Large corporations are making sure their perspective is being heard -- don't let them be the only ones.
 

Call Your Representative to Support the RECLAIM Act (All States)

People in former coal-mining communities deserve a variety of long-term job options. Only developing new economic opportunities can guarantee both a healthier environment AND a brighter future.

We need to urge Congress to support the RECLAIM Act in year-end budget negotiations to deliver viable long-term alternatives for communities that used to rely on coal mining. 

Call your Representative's office at 1-202-816-5239 and tell them:

  • Your name and where you're calling from
  • Coal communities deserve to be prioritized. Te RECLAIM Act would bring much-needed investment in local communities that will help ease the transition away from fossil fuels and bring jobs and infrastructure where they're needed most. Please support making the RECLAIM Act part of any budget or appropriations deal.
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Thank you for taking action today!

Disclose who pays for online political ads (All States)

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A bipartisan bill in Congress was introduced to disclose spending on online political ads, just like radio and television ads already do.

Tech companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google dropped the ball during the 2016 election. Their lax oversight over their own platforms allowed Russian agents to purchase thousands of ads, craft viral content seen by millions, and create a network of trolls and bots.

We can't trust tech companies to police themselves when they profit off this misuse of their products. In response, five members of Congress -- three Democrats and two Republicans -- have introduced legislation to provide some much-needed transparency.

The Honest Ads Act would add public disclaimers to online political ads and require large tech companies to keep a public file for advertisers that spend over $500.

This issue isn't limited to Russia or even foreign interference. That voters don't know who is sponsoring political ads on the internet is a shocking loophole in our election laws. Television and radio ads already disclose who paid for them, why not online ads?

With respected, bipartisan support, the Honest Ads Act has a decent chance of passing. Help bring your members of Congress on board -- write to them today!

Tell Congress that NAFTA’s replacement must benefit people and the planet, not corporate polluters! (All States)

For too long, trade deals have been written to benefit the powerful few at the expense of people and the environment. Trade deals like NAFTA give corporate polluters new power while undermining environmental and labor standards.

One NAFTA provision -- investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) -- empowers corporations to sue governments in private tribunals and demand payment of expected profits when communities succeed in rejecting environmentally destructive projects.

To make matters worse, NAFTA allows corporations to bypass our climate, air and water, and labor standards by offshoring production, jobs, and pollution to countries with lower standards. This race to the bottom harms communities throughout North America. 

To prioritize working people and our planet, the deal to replace NAFTA must be negotiated openly, eliminate special rights for corporations, and include strong and enforceable protections for workers, our air and water, and our climate.

Tell your members of Congress that the deal to replace NAFTA must benefit people and the planet!

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Protect our water from factory farm manure (All States)

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Congress is considering a bill that would exempt animal waste, manure, and fertilizer from federal pollution safeguards. The quality of your water may depend on how they vote.

A single factory farm -- or concentrated animal feeding operation ("CAFO") -- produces as much waste as a small city. Sixty-seven members of Congress want to make sure all that manure cannot be regulated as waste.

That manure has to go somewhere -- and what doesn't drift into the air gets sold off and applied to fields. This over-application of manure (and fertilizer) can lead to groundwater contamination and agricultural runoff.

Manure in waterways can result in pathogens like E. coli, salmonella, and giardia. Waterways in every state are impacted by nutrient pollution, which can cause toxic algal blooms, fish kills, dead zones, and restricted use and illness for humans.

This bill takes it to the next level by preventing impacted citizens from suing polluting agricultural operations whenever a government action is ongoing -- no matter how minor. This would disproportionately harm rural residents, the same folks who elected many of the bill's cosponsors. It's a gross gift to corporations at the expense of working people.

On the long list of dirty and toxic bills that Congress is taking up this year, this one could be the most repugnant. Yet it has gathered an alarming degree of bipartisan support. 

We need to nip this in the bud before it gets too far along. Tell your representative to OPPOSE the [Factory] Farm Regulatory Certainty Act!

Stop Puget Sound Energy from doubling down on fossil fuels! (WA)

Join the chorus: no coal, no gas, no LNG!

Puget Sound Energy's (PSE) most recent long-term plan lacks the vision for a carbon-free future that Washington residents expect from our state's largest utility. 


The plan projects that Colstrip will continue to pump coal-fired electric onto PSE's grid as late as 2035! This flies in the face of trends in the energy industry, where coal plants are being forced to retire years ahead of schedule due to competition from cheaper and cleaner alternatives. 

PSE's long-term plan also calls for new fracked gas plants, locking Washington into fossil fuels for at least another 30 years. Equally alarming, PSE is moving swiftly to build an eight million gallon liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Tacoma despite strong local opposition from the Puyallup Tribe and beyond.

And they'll be passing the cost of this reckless fossil fuel investment onto you and the rest of their customers.  

TAKE ACTION! Call on regulators to reject any plan that does not include a commitment to get off coal-fired electricity from the Colstrip coal plant by 2025 and explicitly reject new fossil fuel infrastructure, including LNG. 

Join the chorus: no coal, no gas, no liquefied natural gas!

Rocky Mountain Power has a solution to pollution: pee on it (UT)

Coal plants create tons of air pollution every year, contributing to asthma, heart disease, and premature death. While power plant retirement is the most effective option to protect public health, the least your utility can do is install modern pollution controls on the plant. 

But, Rocky Mountain Power wants to take a new, experimental approach. They want to pour urea, the chemical found in urine, on the coal before they burn it. They claim this bizarre, untested approach will somehow reduce air pollution, but have provided no proof. 

In fact, an independent chemical engineer found that the urea treatment is likely to actually increase emissions including NOx and CO, SO2, particulate matter, lead, and greenhouse gases like CO2 and N2O. [1]

It's time for Rocky Mountain Power to get serious about cleaning up the pollution from their dangerous, expensive coal plants. Tell Utah Governor Gary Herbert not to approve this dangerous experiment.

Scott Pruitt: Oklahoma Kids Should Play, Not Pay! (All States)

Our kids have a right to play in clean lakes and rivers and to drink safe water. But when these waters are too polluted for them to play in or drink, our kids pay with their health.

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Scott Pruitt is a typical politician who’s putting the health of our kids at risk because he only cares about himself and his special interest donors. As Oklahoma Attorney General, Pruitt dismantled our state's environmental protection unit and refused to prosecute corporate polluters that made our air and water unsafe. He even tried to block a rule against dumping mercury pollution in our waterways by claiming that mercury wasn’t dangerous to our health, despite scientific consensus that it is.

Now, as EPA administrator, Pruitt went against the advice of his own scientists and is allowing for the continued use of a toxic pesticide called chlorpyrifos made by a company that’s donated millions to the Trump administration. Independent studies have determined that exposure to this pesticide damages the brains of children, especially those of unborn children.

Send Scott Pruitt a message -- tell him to put clean water and kids first!

Tell Gov. Inslee -- Take action for Puget Sound's threatened salmon and orca today! (WA)

Orca in the Puget Sound and the wild salmon they feed on are in dire straits. The historic Chinook salmon runs through the Puget sound and Columbia river basin are in deep decline, some even designated as "Endangered". This decline has taken it's toll on the 76 remaining Endangered Southern Resident Orca that rely on the salmon runs to survive. The future of two of Puget Sound region's most precious, most threatened, and most connected species is at risk.

It's a long path to full recovery for these species, but there's something we can do now -- increase "spill" (water over the dams) on the Columbia and Snake Rivers.

More spill would support Chinook migration, produce more healthy adult salmon and more food for the endangered orca. But we must act quickly to increase spill before the 2018 migration season starts in late March. Failure to do so will unnecessarily doom salmon and orcas to increased mortality, and only continue their downward trend. Governor Inslee has the power to make this necessary change -- but he'll only take action if people like you speak up and demand it.

Help build a better future for Puget Sound's endangered wildlife. Tell Governor Inslee to increase spill on the Snake and Columbia today!

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Protect Illinois’ air from corporate greed! (IL)

If fossil fuel interests & Governor Rauner get their way, there’ll be a lot more dangerous pollution in Illinois’ air! 

Dynegy, the Texas-based corporation that owns the majority of the aging coal plants in Central and Southern Illinois is working behind closed doors with Rauner’s administration to rewrite State air pollution rules to allow them to double the amount of dangerous pollution they can spew into our air. 

Dynegy’s doing whatever they can to protect their profits and shirk their responsibility to the public. They want a free pass to avoid installing life-saving pollution controls on coal plants from the 1950’s and 1960’s, and avoiding running their newer, cleaner plants. 

Send your message now and demand state regulators to protect our air from corporate greed!

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Block Lion and Elephant Trophy Hunting Expansion (All States)

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Donald Trump is reconsidering allowing imports of hunting trophies of endangered species. Speak out for African lions!

In July 2015, a remarkable African lion known as Cecil was killed by an American trophy hunter in Zimbabwe, touching off weeks of international outrage. Something good did come out of it: the Fish and Wildlife Service protected African lions under the Endangered Species Act.

Yet the Fish and Wildlife Service quietly undermined these same protections weeks ago by allowing trophy hunters to import lions shot in Zimbabwe. 

The U.S. government currently allows trophy hunters to ship back dead lions from Zimbabwe, Zambia, and South Africa -- and is thinking about expanding that list to include Mozambique, Namibia, and Tanzania. The fate of thousands of African lions lay in the balance.

Trump tweeted on Sunday "Big-game trophy decision will be announced next week but will be very hard pressed to change my mind that this horror show in any way helps conservation of Elephants or any other animal."

This week's decision could determine the Trump administration's stance on international wildlife conservation for years. Please urge the president and the Fish and Wildlife Service to ban hunting trophies!

Block trophy hunters from taking out Africa's elephants (All States)

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The Trump administration is considering lifting the ban on elephant trophy imports from Zimbabwe and Zambia. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it will start issuing permits to import these trophies, even though elephants are protected under the Endangered Species Act and international treaties. 

After an initial uproar, the White House backpedaled and put the decision on hold. That means we still have time. Write to the Fish and Wildlife Service now and tell them to keep the ban in place.

Tell Wells Fargo: Stop Financing the Company Behind Keystone XL (All States)

The Keystone XL (KXL) tar sands pipeline was just approved by Nebraska's Public Service Commission, but there is some good news. The PSC has approved an alternative route that TransCanada, the company behind the pipeline, has called unworkable.

That means TransCanada still has multiple hurdles to overcome -- so this pipeline may never be built. That gives Sierra Club and our allies the perfect opportunity to fight back by urging banks to stop funding Keystone XL. 

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It's becoming clear that pipelines are a risky investment. TransCanada has publicly stated that they aren't sure Keystone XL will ever be built.  They’re having a hard time finding enough customers, and oil industry insiders say there’s no need for more tar sands. We can stop the tar sands at the source by stopping TransCanada’s funding from Wells Fargo.

Funding Keystone XL is out of line with Wells Fargo's public commitments to both climate action and respect of Indigenous rights. The pipeline would carry 830,000 barrels of the world's dirtiest oil -- tar sands -- every day from Alberta, Canada, to the U.S. Gulf Coast. It would be responsible for annual greenhouse gas emissions equal to 37.7 million cars -- a disaster for our climate. Keystone XL would cross the Ogallala Aquifer, which is one of the country's largest sources of freshwater. A spill in the aquifer would threaten the drinking water for millions of people. It would also cut directly through Sioux treaty lands and near several other reservations and the Ponca Trail of Tears -- yet Tribal Nations in Nebraska and South Dakota have not been properly consulted.

Wells Fargo has an opportunity right now to move away from the financial and reputational risks of Keystone XL. Along with JPMorgan Chase and others, Wells Fargo currently supports two loans to TransCanada totaling $1.5 billion, which will come up for renewal this December. Wells Fargo can stop this funding right away and move to end all of its investments in KXL and tar sands.

When we stand together, we are stronger than Big Oil's money, and in this moment we can still fight back by showing Wells Fargo that they will be held publicly accountable for betting against our climate by investing in dirty fuels. Send your message now.


 

Save Washoe County's wild open spaces (NV)

If you care about your favorite open spaces and wild places in Washoe County, we need your help. Your voice can help defend Washoe County's Wilderness Study Areas and open spaces from development. Sign up today!
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Washoe County has released draft language and maps that would ask Congress to transfer or sell your federal land (BLM and Forest Service) for development in and around Reno and Sparks, while removing critical wildlands from wilderness consideration. 

Yes, Reno and Sparks need to address their growth, but we don't have to lose our favorite open spaces for the sake of development. And we need to protect our last remaining and threatened wildlife habitats and watersheds elsewhere in the county by designating them as wilderness.

We need your help. Sign up today to learn more about this effort, and what we can do to protect the open spaces and wild places we hold dear.

We'll invite you to upcoming informational meetings and keep you in the loop about developments.

Ask your mayor to read the new report and show their support for 100% clean, renewable energy now! (All States)

We did it! Because of your efforts and people-powered grassroots movements, 50 cities and towns across the country have affirmed they're #ReadyFor100% clean and renewable energy!

Sierra Club's Ready For 100 Campaign released a new report showcasing ten U.S. cities that are committed to building a 100% clean and renewable energy future that works for all of us.

From Atlanta, Georgia to Pueblo, Colorado, these communities recognize that 100% clean energy means lower energy costs, more good-paying jobs, cleaner air and water and affordable energy for all! Today, these cities are paving the way to 100% clean energy by taking steps to realize this vision.

If you’re ready for your city to support a just transition to 100% clean, renewable energy -- SEND this report to your mayor and ask them to show their support for 100% clean and renewable energy for all, by:
  • Reading the 2017 Case Studies Report, here: www.sc.org/10-case-studies 
  • Sharing the 2017 Case Studies Report on social media.
  • Joining Mayors For 100% Clean Energy! Learn more: www.mayors4cleanenergy.org
  • And calling on other mayors to join them in supporting a vision of 100% clean, renewable energy!
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Ask your mayor to read this new report and continue to show their support for 100% clean, renewable energy! (All States)

During this time of federal inaction, cities are at the forefront of progress. 

As the world gathers in Bonn, Germany for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, cities and mayors across the United States are reaffirming their commitments to move away from dirty fuels and to repower their communities with 100% clean, renewable energy -- like wind and solar.

The Sierra Club's Ready For 100 Campaign released a new report showcasing ten of the 49 U.S. cities that are committed to building a 100% clean and renewable energy future that works for all of us.

From Atlanta, Georgia to Pueblo, Colorado, these communities recognize that 100% clean energy means lower energy costs, more good-paying jobs, cleaner air and water and affordable energy for all! Today, these cities are paving the way to 100% clean energy by taking steps to realize this vision.

Ask your mayor to show their continued support for 100% clean and renewable energy for all, by:
  • Reading the 2017 Case Studies Report, here: www.sc.org/10-case-studies 
  • Sharing the 2017 Case Studies Report on social media.
  • And calling on other mayors to join them in supporting a vision of 100% clean, renewable energy!
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Tell Rick Perry: You must resign for you twisted remarks (All States)

Energy Secretary Rick Perry has made heinous comments suggesting that expanding fossil fuel development will decrease incidents of sexual assault. Not only is this blatantly untrue, it is an inexcusable attempt to minimize a serious and pervasive issue.

Women, and particularly women of color, are among some of the most severely impacted by the climate crisis, and it is these same communities that are most at risk of sexual assault. Rick Perry's attempt to exploit this struggle to justify further dangerous fossil fuel development is unacceptable. He does not deserve to hold office another day with these twisted ideas.

Rick Perry was already unfit to lead the Department of Energy. But now, before he causes any more damage, he must resign.
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I'm #StillIn! Add your name to support the Paris Climate Agreement! (All States)

A year ago, the historic Paris Climate Accord went into effect. This achievement was the result of unprecedented American leadership and international consensus to finally address the climate crisis.

Just 72 hours later, Donald Trump won the presidency, despite losing the popular vote. For many of us, a future with a climate denier in the White House was hard to stomach.

But then people like you started fighting back in numbers we haven't seen before. The Women's March, rallies to protect immigrants and refugees, the March for Science, and the People's Climate March helped lift our spirits and demonstrated our collective resistance to Trump’s sinister agenda.

At the Bonn climate talks, the world will come together to discuss implementation of the Paris Agreement. But the Trump Administration plans to inject its toxic fossil fuel agenda into these negotiations.* Help us deliver a million signatures to make it clear that Trump doesn't speak for the vast majority of Americans! Petition signatures will be delivered in Bonn on November 15.

Add your name now! Make it clear that Trump does not speak for us at the Bonn climate talks!

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Tell Congress to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (All States)

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The Arctic Refuge is one of America's last truly wild places -- home to polar bears, caribou, and migratory birds from around the world. But the budget currently before Congress would allow drilling in the Refuge. The Arctic is already warming at twice the rate as the rest of the country, and it could never recover from the damage caused by oil rigs.

Since September, thousands of people across the country have taken action in support of the Refuge. Your messages, calls, and rallies in support of the Refuge are turning “Yes” votes into “No” votes -- and we need to keep the pressure on. Just last week, we held rallies in DC and across the country and hand-delivered petition signatures at district offices in a dozen states.

With every hearing and vote, Congress comes closer and closer to a final budget. It’s up to activists like you to make voting for a budget that allows drilling in the Arctic Refuge a politically toxic move. We won’t stop until they remove it from the budget once and for all.

Tell Congress to reject this destructive budget proposal and protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Time for a time-out on massive warehouse and distribution centers in Will County (IL)

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It’s time for a time-out on massive warehouse and distribution centers until there is a plan in place in Will County that protects our communities.  A plan must preserve our quality of life and ensure that industry complements rather than overruns our rich agricultural heritage. We want diverse, sustainable economic growth rather than over-reliance on one sector.  We want to ensure our families continue to breathe clean air and drink clean water, and that new industrial facilities don’t pollute and decimate our beautiful natural areas that are important to our community’s identity and economy.

1.  Our transportation infrastructure cannot handle current traffic levels. It would be illogical to add more warehouse traffic.  

2.  Many warehouses sit vacant. It does not make sense to pave over some of the richest farmland in the world when there are empty warehouses and land already zoned for warehouses available. 

3.  We must protect our air quality. While intermodal is often touted for its environmental benefits in terms of placing containers on rail instead of trucks, the hubs--like Will County-- experience massive amounts of diesel exhaust due to the convergence of semis in one area to pick up and drop off shipping containers. We ask elected officials to examine what measures Will County can take to move toward zero-emissions, electric vehicles.  

4.  We must protect our sensitive natural areas. Will County is home to natural areas that provide habitat to rare grassland birds and freshwater mussels. Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie and the Kankakee River cannot be replaced and must be protected from the diesel fumes, runoff, and the sound and light pollution that accompanies warehouse developments. 

5.  We must take a hard look at whether the corporations locating in Will County are paying warehouse workers a living wage. We must also take a hard look at what percentage of goods moving through Will County are made in the United States. If taxpayers are asked to help pay for the infrastructure to support these warehouses, then taxpayers have a right to question whether this system of globalism makes sense for people and the planet. 
 

Tell Congress to pressure the Fiscal Control Board to cancel Whitefish Energy's contract. (All States)

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Dozens of Senators and Representatives formally requested an investigation into the bidding process that the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) used to select Whitefish Energy to rebuild the island’s power grid.

Meanwhile, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke continues to deny any personal ties to Whitefish Energy despite mounting evidence to the contrary, and millions of Puerto Ricans are still without power more than a month after Hurricane Maria struck. Entire towns are completely in the dark when the sun goes down, hospitals across Puerto Rico are struggling to care for their patients with nothing but generator power, and residents still have trouble meeting basic needs.

Congress has the power to pressure the Puerto Rico Fiscal Control Board to cancel PREPA’s contract with Whitefish Energy and use a fully transparent bidding process to find a contractor with the right experience and capacity to get power restored on the island quickly.

Send a message to your legislators and demand they call for PREPA to cancel the Whitefish contract and get the people of Puerto Rico the help they need now.

Tell Congress to reject efforts to gut the Antiquities Act (All States)

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Grand Canyon. Zion. Acadia. For over a century, presidents have used the Antiquities Act to preserve our natural and cultural treasures as national monuments -- monuments that have gone on to become iconic national parks. But Utah's Representative Rob Bishop just introduced a bill that would gut the Antiquities Act and allow the president to erase existing national monuments. He's calling it the National Monument Creation and Protection Act, but that's dishonest -- this is an effort to dismantle protections for our public lands and waters. 

This is the most extreme attack on the Antiquities Act we have ever seen, and it deserves a resounding defeat. Representative Bishop's bill is his latest attempt to hand our public lands over to the highest bidder.

Bishop’s bill – H.R. 3990 -- would limit the Antiquities Act to protecting fossils, artifacts, and buildings – not natural wonders like canyons, mountains, and coral reefs. It would place arbitrary size caps on monuments and would forbid the creation of new marine monuments to protect our oceans. And our existing monuments would be threatened too -- this legislation would give the president the power to shrink them.

Bishop’s bill has moved out of committee and could come to a vote at any time. Tell Congress to keep our public lands protected and oppose H.R. 3990.

Tell your legislators: Pass the Clean Energy Jobs bill! (OR)

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Randy Joseph and his sons run their own small wind farm in eastern Oregon called Lime Wind. Together, they manage and maintain six turbines on the site of a closed cement plant in rural Baker County, Oregon. The turbines provide enough energy annually to power about 600-800 homes! 

You can help create opportunities for people like Randy right now! Your legislators need to know you support local businesses and renewable solutions. Send a letter urging them to pass Clean Energy Jobs legislation!

Oregon is closer than ever to passing the Clean Energy Jobs bill. This bill puts a price on climate pollution, and will reinvest in communities to grow the local, clean energy economy. Major investments will be  in places struggling economically -- rural areas, communities of color, and low income areas.

It’s up to you to demand a policy that prioritizes just and equitable solutions to reduce global warming pollution while growing opportunities for Oregon workers and clean businesses.
 

Tell Automakers to Put Clean Cars in the Fast Lane (All States)

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The clean car standards enacted by the Obama administration were a huge step toward reducing climate pollution, and they helped Americans save money at the gas pump. But just two days after Donald Trump's inauguration, auto executives started plotting to turn them back. Now companies like Ford are working hand-in-hand with the Trump administration to get these standards overturned in a blatant attempt to rig the system for corporate polluters at the expense of public health and our climate. 

That's why the Sierra Club is building a coalition to hold the auto industry accountable to clean car standards. Partnering with Public Citizen, Greenpeace, and other grassroots organizations, we're fighting to keep our air clean and our climate safe. Transportation is the single largest and fastest-growing source of emissions in the U.S. For now, clean car standards are helping us drive away 6 billion metric tons of dangerous carbon pollution and keep 12 billion barrels of oil in the ground. Rolling back the standards might be what the auto industry lobbyists in Washington want, but it would be a catastrophe for American families.

Tell automakers we need to strengthen clean car standards -- not roll them back -- for clean air, a healthy climate for our families, and creating more high-paying jobs for the next generation building tomorrow's clean cars.

Demand answers: Why did a tiny Montana electric company get the contract to rebuild Puerto Rico's grid? (All States)

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A $300 million electrical reconstruction and repair contract for Puerto Rico was recently awarded to Whitefish Energy, a tiny Montana-based firm from the 6,000 resident town of Whitefish -- which, coincidentally, is the hometown of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

When hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, Whitefish energy was a “two-year-old company from Montana that had just two full-time employees,” according to the Washington Post. The Post reports, “The [Puerto Rico] power authority, also known as PREPA, opted to hire Whitefish rather than activate the ‘mutual aid’ arrangements it has with other utilities. For many years, such agreements have helped U.S. utilities -- including those in Florida and Texas recently -- to recover quickly after natural disasters.”

Instead, Whitefish is serving as an unnecessary middle-man, profiting off the disaster situation.

Luis Vega-Ramos, a member of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives, expressed outrage in an interview with The Daily Beast: “It is reprehensible that shameless profiteering is going on literally on the back of the devastated people of Puerto Rico. It is beyond contempt and people should answer for it.”

Is Zinke connecting his hometown buddies with lush government contracts at the expense of the just and sustainable recovery Puerto Ricans deserve? Is he lying about his close connections to Whitefish Energy? Tell your representatives in Congress you want answers. Send a message that Puerto Rico's recovery needs to be led by Puerto Rican people, with attention paid to equity, justice, and sustainability.

Tell the Fairfax County School Board: Bring solar energy to our schools! (All States)

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Students in Fairfax County are mobilizing in support of renewable energy. In partnership with local environmental groups, these bold students are urging board members to install solar panels on Fairfax County Public Schools. Working together, we can bring solar to FCPS!

WHY SOLAR?
  • Save money: Installing solar panels can reduce electricity bills and protect against fluctuating electricity costs.
  • Cutting-edge education: Solar panels offer unique opportunities to integrate hands-on experience into curricula prepare students for today's jobs.
  • Create our environmental vision in Fairfax: Switching to solar energy is a wise investment to meet Fairfax County’s vision of a healthy environment for generations to come.
Take action now and tell the Fairfax County School Board to bring solar energy to our schools!

ADD YOUR NAME: Condemn Trump's attack on birth control! (All States)

President Trump just took aim at birth control, eliminating the guarantee that health plans cover contraception. Any employer may now decide to deny contraception coverage to their employees by claiming a religious or moral objection.

The ability to decide when to have children is a basic right. Women shouldn't have to rely on the goodwill of their employer to access essential health care like contraception.

Add your name to condemn Trump's latest attack on women's health care!

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Stop the Poseidon Desalination Plant in Huntington Beach (CA)

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The saga Poseidon Water’s proposed billion-dollar desalination plant in Huntington Beach is rather pathetic. Over fifteen years, Poseidon has spent more than $1.6 million on lobbying and campaign contributions while seeking approval to build the desalination plant in Huntington Beach, and the opposition to the plant has led to Poseidon taking desperate measures to move the project forward -- including hiring former U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and former California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez as celebrity lobbyists to promote the project to state regulators and legislators.

Orange County doesn’t need Poseidon’s overpriced water. A 2016 Water Reliability Study by the Municipal Water District of Orange County shows the water from the project is not needed in Orange County, and that there are other less costly and environmentally superior sources for future water supplies. Poseidon’s water would cost more than twice as much as imported water and six times the cost of groundwater.

The plant would also use massive amounts of energy -- enough to power 30,000 homes -- worsening the pollution contributing to climate change.

The plant would also harm the marine environment by killing marine life in its intake and outfall and by discharging chemical-laden brine.

Poseidon is ignoring statewide standards and doing everything it can to push a costly and environmentally damaging plant onto the citizens of Orange County. Help stop the plant today by taking action below!

 

Tell Congress to Oppose Dangerous Nuclear Waste Bill (All States)

The new bill H. R. 3053 (the “Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017”) will put our nation’s nuclear waste storage policy on the wrong track yet again. It ignores environmental concerns, disregards states’ rights and consent to host the waste in the first instance, and attempts to truncate public review in order to force “solutions” (either Yucca Mountain or new consolidated interim storage sites) that are both unworkable. Rather than blindly charge forward at the cost of public safety and public resources, Congress must reject this bill and start the important and necessary work on a comprehensive set of hearings to commence building a publicly accepted, consent-based repository program.

Tell your members of Congress to oppose HR3053!

Tell the Senate to keep the Arctic Refuge off-limits to Big Oil (All States)

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Trump and his cronies are desperate to drill in the Arctic Refuge -- they've even called Alaska the "centerpiece" of their plan for energy dominance. And this week, their plan came one step closer to reality. The House voted in favor of a budget that would allow drilling in the Refuge.

Next, the budget moves to the Senate -- and we need to make sure it stops there.

The Trump administration knows that drilling in the Refuge is hugely unpopular -- two-thirds of Americans oppose it. A controversial policy like this would normally involve intense scrutiny and debate. But by burying it in the fine print of the budget plan, Trump is betting that he can sell out the Arctic without raising an outcry.

This is a marathon, not a sprint. For decades, Big Oil has tried every trick in the book in an attempt to get access to the Refuge. We've stood up to them at every turn, and as the budget works its way through Congress, we need to oppose them every step of the way to keep the Arctic Refuge off-limits to drilling.

Tell your Senator to reject this destructive budget proposal and protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge once and for all.

Take action to fix outdated mining laws (All States)

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Cement Creek in Silverton, Colorado, just below the Gold King Mine. Two years later and still bright orange from mining sludge.

In August of 2015, people all across the nation woke up to unbelievable images of bright orange water in Colorado's Animas River.


During repair efforts, the long inactive Gold King Mine was breached, sending 3 million gallons of old, polluted mining sludge gushing into the beloved public river. More than 100 miles of river in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and the Navajo Nation were contaminated by this predictable and preventable tragedy. Even as Sierra Club's Ryan Dunfee visited the area to ski this winter, two years after the tragedy, the creek the spill first exploded onto remains bright orange from contaminants.

Our nation's outdated mining laws have allowed private mining companies to abuse and mistreat our public lands for enormous profits with little responsibility for cleanup or mine restoration. An estimated 500,000 abandoned hardrock mines like the Gold King are scattered across the West, many leaking toxic chemicals and threatening downstream communities. Yet taxpayers are on the hook to cover the $20 billion-$50 billion it would cost to clean up the mines.

U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) introduced the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2017 this September. It's legislation designed to modernize the nation’s antiquated hardrock mining laws by making companies pay royalties -- for the first time ever -- to mine metals on public lands, making sure that taxpayers aren't on the hook for cleaning up mining disasters, and working to prevent similar disasters in the future.

Tell your senators to sign onto the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2017

Bank Fossil Free: Pledge to personally divest from guns and fossil fuels (All States)

Big banks, like Wells Fargo, continue to fund the companies -- from Big Oil to the gun industry -- that profit from violence and destruction at the expense of our children’s health, safety, and future. If your money is invested with big banks like Wells Fargo, it is helping to fund projects like these – and the environmental and human rights abuses that come with them.

Each of us has the power to fight back by making sure our own money is not invested with banks that finance this destruction. Whether you can move $5 or $50,000, you can send a clear message by moving your money to a community bank or credit union that shares your values and helps support clean energy and healthy communities. This growing movement has already divested millions of dollars from the big banks funding dirty pipelines. Now it’s your turn!

Take action: pledge to move your money out of Wells Fargo or other big banks, and we’ll provide resources to help you get started right away!

 

Enough! Demand Sec. Zinke resign (All States)

Secretary Zinke acts like he works for the oil and gas lobby, but he doesn’t -- he works for us. And after a year in office, Zinke is responsible for the largest rollback of public land protections in history. He’s risking our economy, ecosystems and gateway communities with his unilateral decisions to put profit and pollution over public.

Pruitt’s scandals have been making headlines lately, but Zinke is guilty of equally outrageous corruption -- from booking lavish private flights to awarding a $300 million contract to a two-person company in his hometown. Zinke is even on-record apologizing, not once but twice, to the mining industry for environmental safeguards slowing their extraction efforts.

This is ALL at the expense of hardworking Americans. This is irresponsible and unacceptable, and he must resign for this gross misconduct.

Send an email to Zinke, demanding he resigns immediately.

Take action today to tell Congress -- Stop the Yellowstone gold rush! (All States)

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Just north of Yellowstone National Park, two mining companies,  Lucky Minerals  and Crevice Mining Group, want to develop  large-scale gold mines. The local community, businesses, conservation groups and people like you have been fighting these awful proposals for years.

Thankfully, Montana Senator Jon Tester has introduced the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act, legislation that would permanently ban mining on 30,000 acres of federal land in two areas north of Yellowstone - Emigrant Gulch and Crevice Mountain. Now is our chance to protect this precious region for years to come!

Tell Congress to make the right plan, and approve the bill to keep mines out of Yellowstone!

Invest in Idaho's Clean Transportation and Clean Air! (ID)

Let's make sure Idaho spends the VW Settlement monies to further electric transportation throughout the state. A transition to 100% clean transportation in Idaho would mean less money sent out of state for oil, more in-state jobs, better vehicles for Idahoans, less pollution, cleaner and healthier air. 

Idahoans suffer the consequences of highly polluted air all over the state -- and a major source of the emissions come from our vehicles on the road. 

Idahoans also pay higher prices than the national average  for gas. Collectively the state spends more than $56,000,000 annually on gas for transportation, while we have some the of cheapest electricity in the nation. A switch to driving electric would cut the cost of driving by 86% per gallon. 

Investing in the future of electric transportation in Idaho will make for a healthier environment, will keep transportation dollars in the state, and will result in significant savings for Idahoans. We must use this $17 million dollar opportunity to urge our state leaders to further the future of transportation in Idaho!

VICTORY! Washington says "NO!" to the Millennium coal export terminal! (MT;OR;WA)

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All of your hard work paid off! The Washington Department of Ecology has denied a critical water quality permit for the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export facility in Longview, citing the project’s negative impacts on climate, clean air and water.
 
This means after years of organizing, after thousands of people participated in public hearings, comments, and rallies, the last coal export terminal in the Northwest is finally finished! Will you join us in thanking the Washington Department of Ecology for protecting our water, climate, and health? 

Back in 2010, this project was the first of six coal export terminals to emerge in the Pacific Northwest. Today, because of the hard work of people like you across the region, all six projects have been denied or abandoned. It’s time to move on to the future; clean, sustainable family-wage jobs that provide a reliable future for communities around the region while protecting our health and the environment. Join us in celebrating this tremendous victory, and thank the Department of Ecology!

Tell Congress: Pass a special aid and relief package for Puerto Rico (All States)

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Puerto Rico is without power after Hurricane Maria. One of its dams is on the verge of failing and causing massive flooding again. Homes are destroyed. Multiple mudslides have buried people, with the death toll rising.  

This humanitarian disaster involving 3.5 million Americans demands the full support of the U.S. government.

It will take years to rebuild Puerto Rico, not just from the worst hurricane to make landfall since 1932, but to sustainably overcome environmental injustices which made Maria's devastation even more catastrophic. 

Write to your member of Congress now urging them to come to your fellow Americans' aid.

Oppose the Nominations of Wehrum, Dourson, Ross, and Leopold for EPA (All States)


This week, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a hearing on the nominations of nominations of Bill Wehrum for Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, Dr. Michael Dourson for Assistant Administrator of the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, David Ross for Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water, and Matt Leopold to serve as General Counsel for the Environmental Protection Agency.

A closer inspection of the careers and writings of each of these candidates will reveal many instances where their views and actions are in opposition to policies and safeguards that would protect our air and water, our health, and our communities from toxic pollution. These nominees should not be entrusted with the responsibility of safeguarding our and water and protecting our health.

Tell your senator to oppose these nominations.


 

No more dirty coal! Reject the Millennium Bulk Terminal! (OR;WA)

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On August 13, a coal train derailed in Montana, dumping 30 rail cars of dirty coal into the Clark Fork River, a tributary to the Columbia. This was a stark reminder of the risks that coal poses to our rivers and our communities.  

We have come a long way since Millennium Terminals first proposed the largest coal export terminal in North America on the Columbia River seven years ago. We stopped five other coal terminals -- and many other fossil fuel proposals -- but our work as the thin green line of west coast fossil fuel resistance is not yet done.  

State and local agencies are now accepting comments on Millennium's permit application to develop their coal export terminal on the Columbia River shoreline.  

Submit a comment today saying dirty and dangerous coal terminals have no place on our river shores.

Solar 101 - Take Action to Protect Solar! (All States)

“When the utility monopolies fight against fair solar policies and access, they are hurting low-income communities of color the most,” John Leguizamo, Golden Globe-nominated actor and social justice advocate.  “We must shift to clean energy so our most vulnerable brothers and sisters are no longer put on the front lines of dangerous pollution and climate impacts.”

Despite popularity and record-breaking growth, rooftop solar is increasingly under attack by lobbyists from power companies that are fighting policies that would expand solar access and benefits.

The rooftop solar policy most directly under attack is called “net metering,” which is the process where the owner of a solar panel is paid fair rates by the power company for the electricity they are contributing to the electricity grid. Utility and power companies across the country are attempting to curtail the rates it pays back to customers, which creates fewer incentives for people to invest in solar.

In the past 5 years, state legislatures or state public service commissions in Hawaii, Nevada, Arizona, Maine and Indiana have cut net metering programs, stunting the growth of solar in some of the sunniest parts of our nation. Nevada’s program has since been reinstated.

Sign this petition to tell your utility to protect solar customers and keep pro-solar net metering in place!

Support the right to know if your food was grown with sewage sludge (All States)

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Did you know some of the food you eat may be grown on farmland where municipal and industrial sewage sludge is spread? Where your crops are grown and farm animals graze? Chances are you did not. Nonetheless, food is grown across this country in municipal/industrial sewage sludge. Compost used to grow crops that contains this sludge can contain thousands of contaminants and some pathogens. 
Plants and animals can take up some of the contaminants.  These toxins then pass up the food chain, creating potential health problems.  The sludge on farmland and in compost can be harmful to humans, wildlife and pets to eat, touch and breathe.  
Therefore, it is vital food and compost contaminated by sewage sludge be labeled on a national scale, and passage of the Sludge in Food Notifications Act, HR 2064, sponsored by New York Congressman Jose Serrano, would help to make this a reality.

Tell the EPA you support strong tailpipe pollution standards (All States)

Take action to boost freight truck fuel efficiency!

Historic fuel economy standards set by the Obama administration are under attack. After being finalized just earlier this year, the Trump administration is now reopening review of these standards to put corporate interests first instead of the health of people and our climate.

This is a blatant attempt to rig the system for Big Oil and automakers at the expense of American families. Nothing has changed that warrants a complete do over of this process.

It’s on us to speak out and make it clear that the American people want cars running more efficiently to lessen pollution and save costs.

Act now: urge the EPA to keep lifesaving fuel economy standards in place that reduce climate pollution and protect the health of our communities!

(Tip: Customizing your comment to show why you personally care about this issue makes for a bigger impact.)

Ask Senators Heller and Cortez Masto to take bipartisan action on climate and clean energy for our kids! (NV)

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While the Trump administration and their allies in Congress work to undo decades of protections for our air, water and climate, there is some emerging good newsA bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus has been formed in the House of Representatives to collaborate across the aisle on climate and clean energy policies. But to date there has been no similar effort in the U.S. Senate.

Senators need to hear that parents, grandparents and clean energy advocates are demanding bipartisan action on climate change, now.

Please sign the letter to Senators Heller and Cortez Masto calling on them to use their positions of leadership to help build strong bipartisan support in the U.S. Senate for making a rapid, comprehensive transition to clean, renewable energy to power all aspects of our society. 

Ask Senators McCain and Flake to take bipartisan action on climate and clean energy for our kids! (AZ)

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While the Trump Administration and their allies in Congress work to undo decades of protections for our air, water, and climate, there is some emerging good newsA bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus has been formed in the House of Representatives to collaborate across the aisle on climate and clean energy policies. But to date there has been no similar effort in the U.S. Senate.

Senators need to hear that parents, grandparents, and clean energy advocates are demanding bipartisan action on climate change, now.

Please sign the letter to Senators McCain and Flake calling on them to use their positions of leadership to help build strong bipartisan support in the U.S. Senate for making a rapid, comprehensive transition to clean, renewable energy to power all aspects of our society. 

Demand a cleaner energy plan from Duke Energy! (NC)

Our new report shows* that by focusing on energy efficiency and clean energy, Duke Energy could reliably meet North Carolina's energy needs while retiring every coal plant in the state, and not building a single new gas plant. This shift would save the average North Carolinian $100 a year on their bills and create between 109,000 and 157,000 jobs. It would also reduce every major pollutant associated with electricity production; saving 1,200 lives between now and 2028. 

Instead, Duke seems trapped in the 20th century. Long term plans show Duke spending the next 15 years running most of their coal plants and building 19 new gas plants in the state instead of moving to cleaner, safer energy! 

Tell Duke Energy's CEO Lynn Good that you want Duke Energy to move into the 21st century and shift away from the dirty energy sources of the past. Instead she should focus on clean energy sources like wind, solar and energy efficiency to meet our energy needs.

*Report: A Pathway to a Cleaner Energy Future in North Carolina

Congress: Harvey relief MUST address the needs of frontline communities & NOT include border wall funding (All States)

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Harvey has dumped over 9 trillion gallons of water on the Houston area, and even more on the Gulf Coast region -- one of the most heavily industrialized areas on the planet.

By some estimates there are more than 10,000 potentially hazardous sites in the path of the flooding Harvey has left in its wake. From chemical plants to oil refineries and even gas stations, dangerously poisonous substances are seeping into the floodwater. The potential harm to the people living in the area is devastating.

This week, Congress will meet to authorize disaster relief funding. We must make sure they include funds to help address superfund sites and other toxic releases in the area.

 The approved funding must meet the needs of the communities most vulnerable to the storm's impact. For this reason we also demand that recovery funds must focus on sustainable, locally-led development; be made available to everyone regardless of citizenship status; and ensure the right of return for people at risk of being displaced.

Waldorf Astoria Needs a Wake Up Call - Stop harming Puerto Rico's Northeast Ecological Corridor. (All States)



The Northeast Ecological Corridor (NEC) covers 3,000 acres of prime coastal forest and wetlands along the northeastern shore of Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory in the Caribbean. In addition to its scenic and recreational value, the Corridor has enormous biological significance. It is home to more than fifty rare, threatened or endangered species, some unique to the Island, also hosting one of the most important nesting grounds for the critically endangered leatherback seaturtle in the U.S. and its territories.  The Corridor’s location close to El Yunque National Forest – a United Nations Biosphere Reserve and only tropical rain forest managed by the US Forest Service – adds to its natural value and uniqueness.

In 2012, a coalition of community and environmental organizations based in Puerto Rico and the U.S. mainland, including the Sierra Club, succeeded in designating the Corridor as a nature reserve.  This effort, passed by law, was achieved after struggling for almost 15 years against several proposed mega resorts whose construction would have otherwise destroyed the area’s unique natural value.  Unfortunately, there are those who still attempt to use the corridor for their own interests, even if it results in the destruction of its extraordinary habitats and living resources, and its sustainable enjoyment by citizens and visitors alike.

Waldorf Astoria’s El Conquistador & Las Casitas Resorts, a Hilton brand hotel located close to the Reserve, has been pushing to use lands within the nature reserve as an exclusive parking lot to support its operations.  Bulldozers have already been used to clear vegetation and remove soil, dumping debris into a stream that runs through this part of the reserve.  These works have impacted riparian habitats, but also downstream waters that discharge into an extremely rare bioluminescent lagoon also found in the Corridor, home to many resident and migratory bird species, including some that have been listed by Commonwealth and Federal resource management agencies.   

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Tell Congress to Protect our Public Lands (All States)

Don't let Trump sell out our public lands!

After months of secrecy, details of Interior Secretary Zinke's report on national monuments have leaked in the press. Zinke's report recommends that Trump shrink the borders of four national monuments and open six other national monuments to mining, drilling, logging, and commercial fishing.

The seven land monuments and three sea monuments on the chopping block include Utah's Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, New Mexico's Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Rio Grande del Norte, Nevada's Gold Butte and Basin and Range, Maine's Katahdin Woods and Waters, Oregon's Cascade Siskiyou, the Pacific Ocean's Rose Atoll and Pacific Remote Islands, and the Atlantic Ocean's Northeast Canyons and Seamounts.

No president has ever shown such disregard for the public's desire to protect our public lands or such blatant pandering to the industries that want to drill, mine, and log them. But Congress can fight back. Trump needs Congressional approval to shrink and dismantle our public lands, and we need to make sure he does not get it.

Tell your members of Congress to commit to protecting our public lands and waters for generations to come.

Ask Senators Collins and King to take bipartisan action on climate and clean energy for our kids! (ME)

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While the Trump administration and their allies in Congress work to undo decades of protections for our air, water and climate, there is some emerging good newsA bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus has been formed in the House of Representatives to collaborate across the aisle on climate and clean energy policies. But to date there has been no similar effort in the U.S. Senate.

Senators need to hear that parents, grandparents and clean energy advocates are demanding bipartisan action on climate change, now.

Please sign the letter to Senators Collins and King calling on them to use their positions of leadership to help build strong bipartisan support in the U.S. Senate for making a rapid, comprehensive transition to clean, renewable energy to power all aspects of our society. 

Tell Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake: Protect our kids from Trump’s EPA budget cuts! (AZ)

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Donald Trump wants to gut the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) budget, which would give polluters a free pass to poison our air, water, climate and communities. Those most at risk from pollution -- our kids, communities of color, the ill, the elderly --  would suffer the most. On the chopping block are dozens of programs that ​protect our climate, safeguard our air and water​, and clean up toxic pollution​.​ ​

Parents and families across the political spectrum need the EPA preserved and strengthened, not shredded as Trump has proposed. The good news is that while Trump proposes a budget, it's Congress who sets it. The Senate recently took a stand against taking away health care from tens of millions of Americans, and we need them to do the same for climate care! 

Sign the petition to tell Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake to #SavetheEPA and defend our kids, communities and climate from Trump's toxic budget.

Trump’s EPA budget would cut the agency by nearly a third and would: 

  • Cut climate & clean energy programs
  • Decimate the EPA's ability to monitor our air quality and limit exposure to deadly and toxic pollution, like sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide, leading to more asthma attacks, respiratory disease and other health problems. 
  • Eliminate programs focused on limiting children’s exposure to lead-based paint
  • Eliminate the Energy Star program
  • Undermine the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts
  • Shut down the office of environmental justice, despite communities of color being hit hardest by pollution.
  • These proposed budget cuts hobble the EPA's ability to enforce the nation's laws and safeguards that protect our families, climate, air, land and water, while making it easier for corporate polluters to boost their profits at the expense of our children’s health.

Let’s fight for the strong EPA we need to keep our kids healthy and safe. Please sign the petition!

 

 

Tell Senators Dean Heller and Catherine Cortez Masto: Protect our kids from Trump’s EPA budget cuts! (NV)

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Donald Trump wants to gut the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) budget, which would give polluters a free pass to poison our air, water, climate and communities. Those most at risk from pollution -- our kids, communities of color, the ill, the elderly --  would suffer the most. On the chopping block are dozens of programs that ​protect our climate, safeguard our air and water​, and clean up toxic pollution​.​ ​

Parents and families across the political spectrum need the EPA preserved and strengthened, not shredded as Trump has proposed. The good news is that while Trump proposes a budget, it's Congress who sets it. The Senate recently took a stand against taking away health care from tens of millions of Americans, and we need them to do the same for climate care! 

Sign the petition to tell Senators Dean Heller and Catherine Cortez Masto to #SavetheEPA and defend our kids, communities and climate from Trump's toxic budget.

Trump’s EPA budget would cut the agency by nearly a third and would: 

  • Cut climate & clean energy programs
  • Decimate the EPA's ability to monitor our air quality and limit exposure to deadly and toxic pollution, like sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide, leading to more asthma attacks, respiratory disease and other health problems. 
  • Eliminate programs focused on limiting children’s exposure to lead-based paint
  • Eliminate the Energy Star program
  • Undermine the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts
  • Shut down the office of environmental justice, despite communities of color being hit hardest by pollution.
  • These proposed budget cuts hobble the EPA's ability to enforce the nation's laws and safeguards that protect our families, climate, air, land and water, while making it easier for corporate polluters to boost their profits at the expense of our children’s health.

Let’s fight for the strong EPA we need to keep our kids healthy and safe. Please sign the petition!

 

 

Tell Congress: Put the interests of people and the environment at the forefront of NAFTA negotiations! (All States)

Trump administration officials are now meeting behind closed doors with representatives from Canada and Mexico to renegotiate NAFTA. Such secrecy is what produced NAFTA in the first place, leaving us with two decades of offshored jobs, low wages, polluted air and water, and increased climate change. Leaving people out of the process once again is a recipe for expanding NAFTA's threats to our communities.

Since 1994, NAFTA has empowered corporate polluters to challenge environmental protections, boosted destructive mining in Mexico, and contributed to the rise of Canada's toxic tar sands industry. It's hard to imagine a worse deal for the environment but, with Donald Trump's corporate trade advisors weighing in on negotiations, we could see a NAFTA 2.0 that brings more oil and gas pipelines, more fracking, and more climate pollution.

Congress will need to approve any revised deal and must weigh in now to ensure the public isn't kept in the dark during negotiations.

Tell your members of Congress: No more back-door trade deals. Demand an open and transparent process that gives people a chance to weigh in on NAFTA.

People & Planet

Change the Army Corps' Mobile public meetings to better benefit the public! (AL)

The Army Corps of Engineers had been using the "open house" format for public information meetings regarding the Mobile Harbor General Reevaluation Study, which is considering deepening and widening the ship channel in Mobile Harbor. We request that all future public meetings held by the Army Corps of Engineers be conducted in a "town hall" format which allows all participants to hear the same information provided by the Corps staff and hear the concerns of other citizens. 

Group interaction is especially helpful to those members of the public that are not as well-informed as others, and may not know what questions to ask of the Corps.  Furthermore, as the study advances, the concerned public is interested in learning how the previously provided public comments are being used to develop alternatives, evaluate environmental impacts, consider mitigation measures, etc. 

Public meetings are held to benefit both the public and the Corps. We respectively request the Corps to use the "town hall"  format for all future meetings in order promotes the public’s ability to interact with one another and the Corps staff as a group so all participants may hear and receive the same information. 


Please help us push the Mobile District of the Army Corps of Engineers to change the format of their public meetings to better benefit the public AND the Corps!
 

Write a letter to the editor to ask your Representative to join the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus. (All States)

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Thank you for asking your Representative to join the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus. You can double your impact by writing a letter to the editor of your local paper. Sign up to do that, and we'll follow up with more info to make your job easy.

 

Get Tulsa Ready for 100 percent clean, renewable energy! (OK)

It’s time for Tulsa to live up to its motto, “A New Kind of Energy.” Modernizing our city with 100% 
clean and renewable energy will not only improve public health and air quality, but also save money
 and natural resources, create jobs and boost our local economy. 

Several cities throughout the nation have already achieved 100% clean energy. Furthermore, many 
US and international cities have made similar commitments proving that 100% clean and renewable 
energy is both important and feasible for all cities and all communities. 

We urge the mayor and City Council of Tulsa to take a leading position and declare a goal of pursuing 100% of the city's energy from clean, renewable electricity by 2030!

A campaign by the TULSA EARTH COALITION: Carrie Dickerson Foundation, All Souls Green Team, Climate Parents Tulsa, Citizens Climate Lobby, and the Green Country Sierra Club.

Ask your Representative to take bipartisan action on climate and clean energy for our kids! (All States)

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While the Trump administration and their allies in Congress work to undo decades of protections for our air, water and climate, there is some emerging good newsA bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus has been formed to collaborate across the aisle on climate and clean energy policies.

The caucus is starting to produce results. Recently, 46 Republicans joined Democrats to defeat an amendment that would have prevented the Department of Defense from analyzing and addressing climate change as a “direct threat” to national security.

There are 52 Democrats and Republicans on board so far (26 of each -- as the caucus seeks to be truly bipartisan). We need about a dozen more Representatives from each party to join to create a block big enough to challenge Trump’s anti-climate agenda

Representatives across the country need to hear that parents, grandparents and clean energy advocates are demanding bipartisan action on climate change.

Please urge your member of Congress to join the Climate Solutions Caucus!

Orlando: Set a 100% Clean Energy Goal (FL)

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Clean energy is the cheaper, safer option for our state.  We need Orlando to transition to cleaner energy to grow our economy, create good local jobs, and clean up our air and water. We encourage the city’s great Green Works Orlando program will expand its focus to convert municipal operations to 100% clean energy by 2030 and the entire community to 100% clean energy by 2050.
 

Add your name: Thank the 51 senators who stopped the disastrous health care repeal! (All States)

Thanks to people like you, 51 senators, including Republican Senators Collins, McCain, and Murkowski voted to stop the disastrous repeal of health care. This victory prevents millions from losing their health care coverage. It also ensures women will continue to have access to critical care under the Affordable Care Act.

The ACA eliminated many discriminatory practices including denial of coverage for so-called "pre-existing conditions" like breast cancer, pregnancy, or domestic abuse. It also expanded access to maternity care, contraceptives, and preventative care like Pap smears and mammograms.

Add your name now: Thank the 51 senators who stopped the disastrous health care repeal!

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Durango is Ready for Renewables Now! (CO)

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Like many other mountain communities, Durango is on the front line of human-caused climate change, which damages our forests and impacts local wildlife, increases the risk of wildfires and droughts, shortens winter tourism, and negatively impacts our economic livelihoods.  

Durango wouldn't be alone in pursuing this commitment of 100% renewable energy.  Aspen, Boulder, and Pueblo, Colorado have all committed.  To the west, Salt Lake City, Moab, and Park City, Utah have committed.  To the south, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative has committed to 100% solar power during their summer energy peak.  With dozens of communities across Colorado and the country seeking out leadership, we can't let Durango fall behind.  

Let's get Mayor White and Durango City Council to support an equitable transition to 100% clean and renewable energy right here in Durango, Colorado!

Electrify Michigan's cars! (MI)

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Important decisions will be made soon on electric vehicle policies that could support or hamper electric vehicle use in Michigan for years to come. Add your voice to influence cleaner transportation options such as electric vehicles. 

Electric vehicles can bring many benefits to Michiganians. If charged at the right times, for example, electric vehicles can increase the efficiency of the electric grid and result in lower utility prices for all customers. Electric vehicles can also reduce air pollution and our dependence on foreign oil. As we bring new clean energy, such as wind and solar, to Michigan, the benefits are even greater.

Please send the following letter to the Michigan Public Service Commission, asking them to adopt policies that encourage electric vehicles in Michigan in ways that benefit all Michiganians.
 

Trump's trade moves threaten to make NAFTA even worse for climate! (All States)

Donald Trump has committed to renegotiate NAFTA, but given his billionaire, climate-denying cabinet, there is a real chance he could actually make it worse. The environmental impact of NAFTA has been enormous -- it empowered corporate polluters to challenge environmental protections, boosted destructive mining in Mexico, and contributed to the rise of Canada's toxic tar sands industry. 

Renegotiation of NAFTA must be driven by a desire for climate action, clean air and water, healthy communities, and good jobs.  As he reopens negotiations around NAFTA, we need our members of Congress to be clear that renegotiation of NAFTA must benefit people and our climate, not multinational corporations.  

Tell your members of Congress: Renegotiation of NAFTA must benefit people and our climate, not multinational corporations.

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Detoxify cosmetic products (All States)

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The government regulates chemicals you put INTO your body, but not all the chemicals you put ONTO your body. Tell your members of Congress to update public health standards for personal care products.

The average adult uses nine personal care products a day, exposing themselves to 126 different chemical ingredients. The Personal Care Products Safety Act would:

- Disclose complete ingredient information online and on labels
- Allow for mandatory recalls of unsafe products
- Register facilities and set manufacturing standards
- Encourage alternatives to animal testing
- Require warnings when ingredients are not suitable for everyone

The bill would also force the Food & Drug Administration to conduct safety evaluations on at least five ingredients a year, with a priority on lead acetate and formaldehyde (yes, those are used in cosmetics).

The bill has broad support from the cosmetics industry: Estée Lauder, The Honest Company, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oréal, Procter & Gamble, Revlon, and Unilever. They are aware that the current rules are 79 years old and outdated. 

This convergence of industry, chemical watchdogs, and members of both parties represents the strongest possibility we've had to strengthen the nation's cosmetic chemical oversight in years. Help get it done this Congress: support the Personal Care Products Safety Act today!

MGE: Make Madison’s 100% goals a 100% reality! (WI)

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With your help, Madison passed a groundbreaking, community-wide goal of 100% renewable energy in March, but our utility, Madison Gas & Electric (MGE), still hasn’t gotten on board. 

Now city leaders are considering a partnership with Madison Gas & Electric on a series of joint projects like solar installations, electric vehicles, and energy efficiency. While these are great efforts, they aren’t enough to reach our goals. The fact is that MGE still gets more than two-thirds of its power from dirty coal, and only plans to be less than a third renewable by 2030. That’s too little, too late, especially when other cities are planning to leave us in the dust (or toxic coal ash).

Together, the City of Madison and MGE can make our 100% renewable goals a 100% reality. Tell MGE to rise to the challenge.
 

Take action: Trump's EPA is trying to delay pollution protections. Tell them NO! (All States)

After Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement, his EPA is now trying to take us backward by delaying key climate and pollution protections put in place by the Obama administration.
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That’s right: the agency tasked with protecting our environment is actually trying to put a two-year delay on new methane pollution standards that protect our communities from dangerous pollution and climate disruption. The only people benefitting from a freeze on EPA methane standards are corporate polluters and their allies. The head of the EPA is supposed to represent the best interests of the American people – not the worst actors in the oil and gas industry.

This is unacceptable. Tell the EPA that they’re supposed to protect our communities not help the oil and gas industry pollute them.

Thank your mayor for supporting 100% clean, renewable energy! (All States)

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The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) recently passed the “100% Renewable Energy in American Cities” resolution establishing support from the nation’s mayors for the goal of moving to 100% clean energy in cities nationwide.


This resolution represents one of the most ambitious energy policies ever supported by USCM, and could pave the way for cities throughout the United States to commit to a just and equitable transition to 100% clean, renewable energy.

We're already seeing results -- just 24 hours after the USCM passed the resolution, Edmonds became the 37th city in the country and first in Washington to commit to 100% clean energy.

If all 1400+ cities that are members of the USCM were to transition to 100% renewable electricity, it would reduce electric sector carbon dioxide emissions by 619 million metric tons -- equivalent to the total electric sector carbon emissions of Texas, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Florida, and Ohio combined! And it could help us meet the Paris climate agreement goals. 

Thank your mayor for their leadership in joining Mayors For 100% Clean Energy and showing the USCM Energy Committee the widespread and bipartisan support for 100% clean and  renewable energy in cities and communities across the nation!

Learn more about Mayors For 100% Clean Energy at www.mayors4cleanenergy.org and Ready For 100 at www.readyfor100.org

Tell Secretary Zinke -- No drilling in our oceans! (All States)

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Horrible! The Trump administration just announced they're making new plans to expand drilling off America's coasts.

The announcement that this administration will develop a new Five Year Plan for offshore drilling, made July 3 by Secretary Zinke, reopens plans to drill off our coasts, creating a potential for wide-scale disaster in our oceans. It also brazenly ignores permanent protections put in place for the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans, and hits reset on the plan the Obama administration completed only 6 months ago. 

Disaster after disaster has shown that Big Oil and Gas cannot be trusted. Their track record includes the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989, a failed attempt by Shell to drill in the Arctic Ocean, the Deepwater Horizon tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico, a major oil spill off the Santa Barbara coast, and the oil spill and leak of gas in Alaska’s Cook Inlet. These tragedies can not be allowed to happen again.

We will not not allow this administration to jeopardize our communities, waters, and wildlife! Take action now to tell Secretary Zinke: the people have spoken -- no drilling off our coasts!

Protect our Oceans from Big Oil and Gas (All States)

Keep Big Oil of our oceans

The Trump administration's attempt to roll back environmental protections continues.

Trump is scrapping President Obama's work to permanently protect the Arctic and Atlantic oceans from Big Oil and Gas and has ordered the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to develop a new five-year plan for offshore drilling, creating the potential for wide-scale disaster in our oceans.

Disaster after disaster has shown that Big Oil and Gas cannot be trusted. Their track record includes the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989, a failed attempt by Shell to drill in the Arctic Ocean, the Deepwater Horizon tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico, a major oil spill off the Santa Barbara coast, and the oil spill and leak of gas in Alaska’s Cook Inlet. These tragedies cannot be allowed to happen again.

Together, we will not allow this proposed plan to jeopardize our communities, waters, and wildlife. Tell BOEM that the people have already spoken -- no drilling off our coasts!

Thank you Mayor Garcetti for supporting 100% clean, renewable energy! (CA)

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On Monday, 6/26, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) passed the “100% Renewable Energy in American Cities” resolution establishing support from the nation’s mayors for the goal of moving to 100% clean energy in cities nationwide.


This victory would not have been possible without the early sign-on and leadership of our Mayors For 100% Clean Energy co-chairs and clean energy champion, Mayor Eric Garcetti.

This resolution represents one of the most ambitious energy policies ever supported by USCM, and could pave the way for cities throughout the United States to commit to a just and equitable transition to 100% clean, renewable energy.

We're already seeing results -- just 24 hours after the USCM passed the resolution, Edmonds became the 37th city in the country and first in Washington to commit to 100% clean energy.

Despite an attempt by the trash incinerator industry lobby to convince U.S. mayors that burning garbage -- a polluting practice that produces more carbon than coal plants -- is both “clean and renewable,” the USCM Energy Committee and membership voted to support the resolution, as was first introduced by Mayors For 100% Clean Energy co-chairs Mayor Steve Benjamin of Columbia, South Carolina and Mayor Jackie Biskupski of Salt Lake City, Utah.

If all 1400+ cities that are members of the USCM were to transition to 100% renewable electricity, it would reduce electric sector carbon dioxide emissions by 619 million metric tons -- equivalent to the total electric sector carbon emissions of Texas, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Florida, and Ohio combined! And it could help the United States fill the gap needed to meet the Paris climate agreement. 

Thank Mayor Garcetti for his leadership in joining Mayors For 100% Clean Energy and showing the USCM Energy Committee the widespread and bipartisan support for 100% clean and  renewable energy in cities and communities across the nation!

Learn more about Mayors For 100% Clean Energy at www.mayors4cleanenergy.org and Ready For 100 at www.readyfor100.org

Take action: Trump's EPA is trying to delay pollution protections. Tell them NO! (All States)

After Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement, his EPA is now trying to take us backward by delaying key climate and pollution protections put in place by the Obama administration.
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That’s right: the agency tasked with protecting our environment is actually trying to put a two-year delay on new methane pollution standards that protect our communities from dangerous pollution and climate disruption. The only people benefitting from a freeze on EPA methane standards are corporate polluters and their allies. The head of the EPA is supposed to represent the best interests of the American people – not the worst actors in the oil and gas industry.

This is unacceptable. Tell the EPA that they’re supposed to protect our communities not help the oil and gas industry pollute them.

Thank your mayor for supporting 100% clean, renewable energy! (All States)

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On Monday, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) passed the “100% Renewable Energy in American Cities” resolution establishing support from the nation’s mayors for the goal of moving to 100% clean energy in cities nationwide.


This resolution represents one of the most ambitious energy policies ever supported by USCM, and could pave the way for cities throughout the United States to commit to a just and equitable transition to 100% clean, renewable energy.

We're already seeing results -- just 24 hours after the USCM passed the resolution, Edmonds became the 37th city in the country and first in Washington to commit to 100% clean energy.

Despite an attempt by the trash incinerator industry lobby to convince U.S. mayors that burning garbage -- a polluting practice that produces more carbon than coal plants -- is both “clean and renewable,” the USCM Energy Committee and membership voted to support the resolution, as was first introduced by Mayors For 100% Clean Energy co-chairs Mayor Steve Benjamin of Columbia, South Carolina and Mayor Jackie Biskupski of Salt Lake City, Utah.

If all 1400+ cities that are members of the USCM were to transition to 100% renewable electricity, it would reduce electric sector carbon dioxide emissions by 619 million metric tons -- equivalent to the total electric sector carbon emissions of Texas, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Florida, and Ohio combined! And it could help the United States fill the gap needed to meet the Paris climate agreement. 

Thank your mayor for their leadership in joining Mayors For 100% Clean Energy and showing the USCM Energy Committee the widespread and bipartisan support for 100% clean and  renewable energy in cities and communities across the nation!

Learn more about Mayors For 100% Clean Energy at www.mayors4cleanenergy.org and Ready For 100 at www.readyfor100.org

Apply Now: Detroit Environmental and Trade Justice Workshop (MI)

The election of Donald Trump has highlighted the growing importance of solidarity between the environmental justice and labor movements.

Communities of color, workers rights and environmental protections are all under attack by corporate control of our economy, status quo trade deals, and more. Economic and climate justice activists joined together to defeat the toxic Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Now, we're coming together to better understand each others priorities related to union organizing, trade, climate change, and more.

A key part of the workshop will be charting out a path to transform trade so it works for people and the environment.

Are you interested in building the ties between the environmental and labor movements, identifying areas of collaboration on shared priorities, and working to transform trade?

Apply now for a unique 2-day workshop for Detroit area activists.

Event details:

WHO: Sierra Club, US Human Rights Network, Detroit-area Unions
WHAT: Detroit Environmental and Trade Justice Workshop
WHERE: 4605 Cass Avenue, Detroit, MI (map)
WHEN: Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15

Questions? Contact Anthony Torres at anthony.torres@sierraclub.org

Transform Trade

Greater Yellowstone Grizzlies Delisted -- Tell Zinke to stop the attacks on wildlife. (All States)

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Today, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced that they are delisting the Greater Yellowstone grizzly bear.

This decision will set grizzly recovery in the region back by decades.  Greater Yellowstone grizzlies are already facing an uphill battle -- isolation from other bears, diminished sources of food, and record-high mortalities.

The surrounding states of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho have already made it clear that without endangered species protections, they will immediately reduce the number of bears in the area and allow people to trophy hunt grizzly bears.

 For years, activists like you have called on U.S. Department of Interior to continue to protect these grizzlies, honoring the Tribal Nations who hold these bears sacred. Now, Interior Secretary Zinke must know that we will not stand by and allow Greater Yellowstone grizzly bears to go the way of the dinosaurs.

Tell Secretary Zinke that the Greater Yellowstone grizzlies must continue to be protected and to stop these attacks on wildlife!

Stop the mean-spirited rollback of women's healthcare! (All States)

The Affordable Care Act eliminated many discriminatory practices to ensure women had access to insurance and critical care. Under the ACA, insurance companies can no longer charge women more for coverage and must provide maternity care, contraceptives, and preventative care like Pap smears and mammograms.

But the healthcare plan passed through the House and bills considered in the Senate will roll back many of these important measures, putting women at risk. The House version would block patients from receiving life-saving care at Planned Parenthood by banning Medicaid reimbursements, eliminate abortion coverage for plans purchased with federal tax credits, and endanger coverage for maternity and newborn care if states deem such care non-essential.

Tell your U.S. Senators: Stop the mean-spirited rollback of women’s healthcare!

Women's March

Tell your mayor to support the 100% Renewable Energy in American Cities resolution at the U.S. Conference of Mayors! (All States)

Mayors For 100 Percent Clean Energy
In just a few days, hundreds of mayors from across the country will convene in Miami Beach, F