The GOP leadership's tax bill is a giveaway to the Koch brothers and ExxonMobil and a disaster for the rest of us. It recklessly opens up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling, gives special tax breaks specifically to the oil and gas industries, kills key support for renewable energy, and even raises taxes on the survivors of climate disasters.
As the House considers the Senate bill, the 31 GOP members of the "Climate Solutions Caucus," with a stated commitment to "reducing climate risk," are key swing votes and could stop this bill. Seven members of the caucus voted against the House version - if 12 more join them, the #GOPTaxScam will be stopped. This tax bill doesn’t “reduce climate risk,” it increases it dramatically. It raises $4.5 trillion in taxes, especially on the working and middle class, in order to give $6 trillion in tax cuts, overwhelmingly to billionaires and multi-national corporations.
Just a few days ago, nine members of the Caucus sent a letter with three other Republicans to Senate leadership asking them to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Five of the Caucus signatories voted for the House version #GOPTaxScam—Reps. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL-26), Dave Reichert (R-WA-08), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-08), Ryan Costello (R-PA-06), and Patrick Meehan (R-PA-07).
Now they are thinking about voting for the Senate tax bill, which includes massive new tax breaks for oil and gas executives, opens up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, and threatens renewable energy investment.
Instead of spending $6 trillion of taxpayer money to funding tax corporate tax breaks, Congress should be putting Americans to work stopping climate change and building the economy of the future.
Now is the time for the Climate Solutions Caucus to take action to protect our climate and our country—before it's too late.
Tell the Climate Solutions Caucus:
Protect the Arctic. Protect renewable energy. Protect our climate. Vote NO on the #GOPTaxScam.
President Donald Trump, Majority Leader Paul Ryan, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are failing to act to help the people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands survive and rebuild from the devastation of the fossil-fueled Hurricane Maria.
The 3.5 million American citizens of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have no representation in Congress -- they need all of us to demand action from our elected leaders.
Senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts have introduced legislation to mobilize all the resources and assets needed to restore electricity, provide clean water and food, a safe haven and access to medical care.
The plan includes a total waiver of the cost of matching funds to receive federal assistance, rejects privatization efforts, and promotes a new resilient, decentralized and renewable energy-based grid.
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To the U.S. Congress: "Aid our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands immediately, and co-sponsor the just and comprehensive relief and recovery legislation introduced by Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren."
NASA performs critical climate science research - its satellites have been tracking hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Trump has nominated Jim Bridenstine, a member of Congress from Oklahoma - not a scientist - to run NASA. But Bridenstine is a climate denier. In 2013 he demanded that President Obama apologize for spending NASA money on global warming.
NASA needs to be kept out of politics. Florida's two senators, Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio, have already voiced concern about Bridenstine's political baggage.
And, equally important, NASA needs to be run by someone who respects science. Not climate denier Jim Bridenstine.
Add your name to tell Senators to strongly oppose Trump's pick, climate denier Jim Bridenstine, to run NASA.
Update: Steve Bannon is out. But that's not enough.
Donald Trump needs to sever all ties to the modern KKK, the "alt-right" neo-Confederate white nationalist movement. The politics of racial hatred in Trump's administration are lending aid and comfort to domestic terrorists, to the benefit of the billionaires and fossil-fuel corporations who profit from unchecked exploitation of people and our planet. Steve Bannon led the charge on the Trump White House's radical vision of a white America under threat from without and within -- but Stephen Miller and Sebastian Gorka are just as dangerous. And right now, they remain in the White House, actively fighting directly against the core American ideas of truth, human rights, and justice that are at the heart of any successful response to the climate crisis.
Donald Trump, the white supremacists in your administration have got to go. Steve Bannon is a start. Now fire Stephen Miller and Sebastian Gorka.
Climate hawk Senator Jeff Merkley just took control of the Senate floor and now is engaged in a good old-fashioned talking filibuster opposing Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.
With Trump-Republican control of the White House, House of Representatives, and Senate, we can’t allow a radical right-wing judge like Neil Gorsuch to swing the Supreme Court in the wrong direction.
Let’s show Senator Merkley that climate hawks have his back.
"Dear Senator Merkley: Thank you for your fierce resistance to Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch."
UPDATE: On Wednesday, Dan Coats was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to head the Department of Intelligence by a 85-12 vote. But we still have time to stop Trump's other climate-denying pick for Agriculture Secretary: Sonny Perdue.
We know how important it is for our government to acknowledge and boldly address climate pollution. Climate denial is immoral and un-American. Sadly, not a single U.S. Senator has opposed all of Trump’s science-denying nominees. That means we have to take a stand.
Tell your Senators to vote NO on climate-denying Sonny Perdue for Secretary of Agriculture.
Sonny Perdue’s business dealings mirror those of our president. He has a tangled web of investments and interests in agri-business. As governor of Georgia, climate-denying Perdue made headlines by suggesting Georgians pray for rain during a record-breaking drought, all while denying the cause of such extreme weather events. Perdue has since called climate activism, “a running joke.”
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