Buried in the Federal Register is a seemingly innocuous proposal to streamline something called the federal consistency process in the Coastal Zone Management Act affecting offshore oil and gas, in the name of efficiency. (Your first clue: when Trump regulators want to promote efficiency, it’s not the good kind of energy efficiency climate hawks like.)
We don’t know exactly what kind of streamlining Trump has in mind. But we have some ideas, and, alas, they all favor the oil companies who seek to exploit our coasts. We’re guessing that “streamlining” means cutting down the ability of states like California and Virginia to review offshore oil plans and hold public hearings -- just in time for a long-rumored expansion of oil drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.
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I am submitting this public comment in opposition to NOAA’s proposed “streamlining” of the federal consistency process under the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA).
The federal consistency determination under the CZMA has long provided an essential partnership opportunity among coastal states, affected local governments, and federal agencies proposing offshore oil and gas drilling, seismic airgun petroleum exploration, and renewable energy projects. States with a federally-approved Coastal Zone Management Plan, acting in concert with and on behalf of their coastal communities, hold a legitimate role in determining whether a range of activities associated with federal offshore drilling and other proposed major federal actions are consistent - or inconsistent - with the state’s Coastal Plan.
I am deeply concerned that the unwarranted removal or weakening of CZMA consistency authority could leave a coastal state virtually defenseless in the face of federal offshore drilling proposals and related decisions leading up to the implementation of an Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) offshore oil and gas lease sale, an OCS Plan of Exploration, an OCS Plan of Development and Production, or federal permits for adjacent seismic airgun survey programs.
Absent the maintenance of a state’s well-established right to make an effective federal consistency finding, the subsequent necessary orderly planning to facilitate transportation of any petroleum via tanker, barge, or pipeline, would instead be dictated by federal agencies, rather than continuing to emerge as decisions that are currently co-managed in consultation with affected local governments and coastal states.
Thus, I oppose this proposed rule.
President Trump clearly doesn’t understand, or want to understand, the existential threat climate change poses to our country and planet. Republican leadership and fossil fuel lobbyists are complicit in a decades-long con game to deceive the American people on the hard truth of global warming.
Kelvin Droegemeier's job as a scientific adviser is to present the administration with accurate information and data. If he is not correcting the misinformation when his boss states that winter storms somehow prove climate change is a hoax, then he is NOT doing his job.
The climate crisis is scientifically proven to be driven by humanity and our industries increasing our carbon footprint. The scientific consensus is clear. Droegemeier's job is to tell the president exactly what meaningful action to solve this crisis would look like. We need a massive sea change in policy to avoid calamity.
He must do his job to gather and present accurate data on climate change. If he doesn't, he will be just one more cog in the system orchestrating a deception the likes of which this nation has not seen since big tobacco.
Tell Roosevelt Conservation Caucus members: Reject fossil fuel money -- sign the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge!
Two Republican Senators, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Cory Gardner of Colorado, and two Republican House members, Brian Mast of Florida and Elise Stefanik of New York, have created what they’re calling the Roosevelt Conservation Caucus. The caucus will ostensibly work on public lands and something vague about innovative market-based solutions to climate change.
Republicans say they care about conservation… until oil drilling across the West threatens the sage grouse, seismic exploration in Alaska kills baby polar bears, and Bears Ears gets shrunk at the behest of mining interests, and then it’s amnesia time. Fossil fuel money buys access to these Republicans: nearly $1.7 million to Graham, $2 million to Gardner, $165,000 to Mast, and $139,000 to Stefanik. (All data via Open Secrets)
If they are to have any credibility at all, they’ll reject fossil fuel money. Tell Republicans on the Roosevelt Conservation Committee to reject fossil fuel money!
Tell Roosevelt Conservation Caucus members: Reject fossil fuel money -- sign the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge!
Donald Trump has nominated Kelly Knight Craft as the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Knight Craft is married to a coal magnate and has poured millions in dirty coal money to Republicans, including big checks to Trump himself. What’s worse, she tries to claim that she believes in "both sides of the science" when it comes to climate.
As other world leaders work towards big goals of reducing emissions and transitioning to clean energy, Knight Craft is trying to play both sides of the biggest existential threat facing our planet. She belongs nowhere near the United Nations and would only further embarrass the U.S. on the world stage.
Sign the petition to urge the U.S. Senate to reject her confirmation before it’s too late.
I urge you to reject Kelly Knight Craft’s nomination to serve as ambassador to the United Nations. Knight Craft claims to believe “both sides” of the science around climate change despite overwhelming scientific evidence of only one side of this critical issue. Our country deserves better representation on the world stage than billionaires with thin resumes who contribute to the climate crisis and deny the scientific support for it. Thank you for your time and consideration.
One of the first actions from the Trump administration was pulling out of the Paris Climate Accords -- a slap in the face of the American people. Now, with Democrats in the majority of the House, we have an opportunity to be proactive and pass a resolution to rejoin the Paris Agreement.
Sign the petition today and ask Congress to reaffirm America’s leadership on climate.
Demand that your representative cosponsor H.Res. 15 to rejoin the Paris Agreement!
I write today to urge you to support H.Res. 15 as a cosponsor. Our community and country’s future depend upon leaders like you recommitting the United States to true global leadership on climate. Rejoining the Paris Agreement will reestablish America’s role as part of a global community -- and H.Res. 15 will help keep climate as a top priority political issue in the run up to the November 2020 election.
Francis Rooney (R-FL-19) is trying to position himself as a Republican leader on climate change. He’s just been named the Republican leader of the bipartisan “Climate Solutions Caucus.” But he’s heavily invested in oil money.
Our democracy is drowning in a tidal wave of dark oily money. Lawmakers who seek to legislate fossil fuel companies shouldn’t be taking money from them. Yet Rooney is trying to have it both ways: get rich off fossil fuel companies while claiming that he stands for responsible climate solutions.
He literally sat on the board of Laredo Petroleum and the oil drilling firm Helmerich & Payne. He still holds investments worth up to $1,000,000 in Laredo. And he’s invested in two dozen more oil companies.
Rooney wants to be taken seriously on climate. But he can’t do so with millions invested in the fossil fuel companies causing the climate crisis.
A 19th Century law prohibits federal employees from working when Congress hasn’t appropriated funding. Within the Department of the Interior, national parks are being trashed and vandalized and even shut down; all eight Climate Science Adaptation Centers are shuttered; the Fish & Wildlife Service has furloughed 84 percent of its employees; the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management can’t work on a wind farm off the Massachusetts coast; and the Bureau of Land Management is supposed to be shut down. But BLM employees working on Arctic drilling -- permitting and leasing of oil reserves -- are moving ahead. So it’s time for House Democrats to investigate why Trump’s BLM is apparently cherrypicking which work gets done under a shutdown, and whether work promoting Arctic drilling during the shutdown is legal.
Rep. Raul Grijalva: investigate whether Arctic drilling work during Trump’s shutdown is legal.
Now that Trump has nominated longtime coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to replace sleazy Scott Pruitt and lead the EPA, his appointment will need Senate confirmation -- and we cannot let this nomination go down without a fight.
Join us in demanding the Senate reject Wheeler and Trump’s devastating agenda.
Wheeler, a coal lobbyist and climate change denier, is clearly looking out for the polluters -- not our economy or public health. He wants to undo fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks. He's moving to undo a mercury rule keeping us from being poisoned by a potent neurotoxin -- a rule change that even the coal fired electric utilities don't want.
You just can’t make this stuff up: every time Trump can appoint a corporate hack to tear apart the regulations that keep us safe, he does. That’s why climate hawks need to squawk so loud that all of Capitol Hill can hear us! Andrew Wheeler has no business leading the EPA.
To the U.S. Senate: "Protect our economy and public health, and vote NO on Andrew Wheeler's confirmation. The longtime coal lobbyist wants to loosen emissions rules for coal plants and reduce fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks -- both moves that would prove disastrous. Andrew Wheeler has no business leading the EPA."
Everyone knows that pregnant women should stay away from eating fish due to high levels of mercury. But ask most people, and they can’t tell you why or where that mercury comes from. Do you know?
If you guessed coal-burning power plants, you’re right!
And yet, Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency wants to put more mercury pollution in the air — and, ultimately, in our waters and on our dinner plates. This is morally unacceptable. Mercury, a potent neurotoxin, harms the brain, heart, lungs, and immune system of people of all ages -- and poses a special danger for babies developing in the womb and young children.
Sign the petition today demand that the EPA maintain current protection against mercury poisoning. Our public health depends on it.
Everyone in Congress agrees: something bipartisan needs to be done about infrastructure. Crumbling bridges, decaying roads, water infrastructure — fixing them is good for business, labor, and the American economy. But there’s one kind of infrastructure that doesn’t need taxpayer money: Big Oil refineries threatened by sea level rise.
Yep, after pouring millions of dollars into a disinformation campaign to tell the American people that the seas aren’t rising and if they are it’s not the fault of the oil companies, those same oil companies are now demanding taxpayer bailouts in the form of levees, seawalls, and barriers to protect them from sea level rise.
In Texas right now, they’re seeking to fast track nearly $4 billion in spending by the Army Corps of Engineers to protect the facilities of Chevron, Valero Energy, and Phillips 66, among others.
They don’t deserve a penny.
Tell Congress: Not one penny for infrastructure designed to protect Big Oil’s refineries from sea level rise.