Donald Trump is punishing California for passing state laws protecting the environment -- yes, really. Not satisfied with rolling back federal auto emission regulations, he’s now directing federal agencies to sue California over the state’s regulation of the auto industry -- and the Department of Justice to investigate automakers talking to California for unspecified antitrust violations.
It’s a blatant threat to force car manufacturers into making dirtier cars emitting more smog and more pollution. It’s a bullying tactic in which the Justice Department has become a perversion of itself, acting as a political arm of Trump’s reelection campaign. And it’s just plain wrong.
Federal agencies are supposed to enforce the law fairly and without personal vendettas or motivations driven by political ideology. It sorta goes without saying, but the Justice Department is supposed to seek justice. Under Trump, the Justice Department has become a caricature of itself. The only significant antitrust claims the Justice Department has brought since 2017 are against Trump’s political enemies. Now the DOJ is threatening antitrust actions against four carmakers who are dealing with California rather than the despot in the White House.
Urge the Justice Department to back off!
TO: The U.S. Department of Justice
Back off of California’s clean car laws and the auto companies trying to make our air cleaner! Drop your threat to investigate Ford, BMW, Honda, and Volkswagen for antitrust violations!
Kamala Harris has been sharp in identifying that climate is not just another issue, it’s a crisis -- but she is one of the very few Presidential candidates who has not released a detailed climate plan.
(And now she’s declining CNN’s invitation to its climate town hall. Because fundraisers. Seriously.
Fundraisers can be rescheduled. The climate crisis -- and her chance to speak to the American people on her climate plans -- cannot. If Senator Harris’ high dollar donors really believe that climate change is a crisis, they’ll be gracious when she reschedules the fundraiser events to attend the CNN town hall. If they don’t, she shouldn’t be taking money from people who don’t treat the climate crisis seriously.)
Update -- she's listened to us and will attend the September 4 climate town hall!
Senator Harris: (Don’t skip the September 4 CNN climate town hall. ) Thank you for listening to climate hawks!
The Trump administration just finalized regulations that would eviscerate the Endangered Species Act, in the interests of the fossil fuel industry -- the latest indefensible move from his swamp. Rolling back protections for our most imperiled species is a move right out of the climate denial handbook. And the greed of the fossil fuel industry isn’t just endangering condors and polar bears -- it’s threatening humanity.
Tell Trump to stop endangering species, including human beings!
Add your name and keep fighting Donald Trump’s extinction agenda.
We stand at a pivotal time in the climate justice fight -- but too many bad actors, Democrats and Republican alike, continue to promote the fossil fuel industry over humanity.
The Progressive Policy Institute is at the top of the list. Despite the think tank’s Democratic lineage -- it was “Bill Clinton’s ideas mill” during the 1990s -- it now represents Exxon. PPI is employing a fossil fuel company’s hired gun and former coal lobbyist to oppose “Exxon Knew” litigation -- lawsuits brought against Exxon and other fossil fuel behemoths for what they knew, yet concealed from the public, about climate change decades ago.
Enough is enough. Add your name today to help us hold these bad actors accountable.
Progressive Policy Institute: As progressives who believe in fighting for bold action to tackle the climate crisis, we won’t sit quietly as you promote the fossil fuel industry’s agenda. Cease your work on behalf of Exxon and other fossil fuel companies.
Line 3 is, simply, bad news. The proposed pipeline bisecting Minnesota will carry tar sands oil, the dirtiest oil on earth (up to 37% more carbon intensive than other oil). Building Line 3 would enable the emission of as many greenhouse gasses as 50 coal-fired power plants.
Line 3 is a project of Enbridge, which has a terrible spill record. And it’s not just their older pipelines leaking: 46 of those spills were due to equipment or materials installed 10 years or less prior to the incident.
In fact, Enbridge has clearly failed to demonstrate that this massive increase in oil transportation was needed -- the Minnesota Department of Commerce has adamantly opposed this project throughout the process because the costs to Minnesota far outweigh the benefits.
On top of everything else, Line 3 threatens wild rice beds and treaty territory sacred to the Anishinaabe people. Pipelines threaten the culture, way of life, and physical survival of the Ojibwe people.
In the United States, we all enjoy the First Amendment right to assemble and protest their government -- at least that’s how it’s supposed to be. And yet, the Trump administration wants to jail pipeline protesters and make demonstrating against their fossil fuel extraction a federal crime.
Trump’s Transportation Department has proposed heaping massive fines and jail time on peaceful demonstrators. While the White House may see nothing wrong with destroying the environment with their polluter-fueled agenda, throwing those who disagree with you in prison is the stuff of dictatorships.
Your proposal to jail pipeline protestors infringes on Americans’ First Amendment rights. I urge you to end the targeting of communities who are exercising their lawful right to protest.
Donald Trump and his lackeys are undermining climate science every chance they get -- from withdrawing from the Paris Accords, to changing the methodology around pollution’s impact on public health, to attacking scientific projections on the far-reaching wrath of the climate crisis. Now he’s proposing to simply stop measuring climate science after 2040, telling homeowners and businesses who make decisions on 30 year terms “you’re on your own.”
Trump doesn’t care about the communities across the country that have been hit by severe drought, wildfires, and storms -- or those that will feel even harsher effects in the coming years. He’s only focused on lining the pockets of the Big Oil execs and coal barons who helped him get elected.
As climate hawks, we know that climate change’s impacts on our economy, health, and planet will be devastating if we don’t change course. Add your name here to reject Donald Trump’s attack on science!
Science is not up for debate. The climate crisis is here regardless of your administration’s attempted rewrite of facts.
Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency is actively dismantling the scientifically-sound methodology used for years to estimate the public health impacts of federal policies. This alarming disregard for facts will lead to more pollutants in our air and more premature deaths thanks to coal plants.
Since Day One, Trump has advanced the fossil fuel industry’s agenda over the best interests of the American people. The Trump administration stands with coal barons every chance they get. This latest move is just yet another example of his “priorities” in action -- with real consequences to show for it.
Add your name to tell the EPA to abide by science!
EPA -- The true cost of coal must be counted accurately, especially when people’s lives hang in the balance.
Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign for President has floated a trial balloon on climate, saying he’ll seek “middle ground” on solving this crisis of our time. This half measure, substantially weaker than any proposal from any other candidate, basically proposes to drown half of Miami and leave half of California to burn. Biden’s policies reject the Green New Deal entirely in favor of a return to the Paris Climate Accords along with redoing a few regulations the Trump administration has undone -- and he’ll continue our dependence on fracked natural gas.
We have to push all of the Democrats running for president to make sure they know bold action is the only option. As Dr. Michael Mann, a climate scientist at Pennsylvania State University, notes:
“The greatest fault in [Biden’s] proposal is the suggestion that natural gas can be part of the solution… the solution to a problem created by burning fossil fuels cannot be the burning of fossil fuels.”
The air we breathe, the water we drink, and the sustainability of the planet itself are all on the line. It’s time to be more courageous than “business as usual” by DC’s standards.
Tell the Democrats running for President: No compromise on climate.
2020 Democrats: there’s no time for middle ground on climate. This is a generational and landmark moment for our country -- let’s treat it as such and prioritize bold, aggressive policies to tackle the climate crisis.
The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a critical agency that studies physical science, the atmosphere, and the climate. It is a vital agency that helps a variety of facets of American life function -- transportation, agriculture, and even basic weather forecasting. The head of this agency should be someone dedicated to upholding the mission of accurate science and data. Unfortunately -- but not surprisingly -- Donald Trump has appointed someone patently unqualified to head NOAA: former AccuWeather CEO Barry Myers.
Beyond his obvious lack of scientific expertise, Barry Myers has a long history of trying to privatize the National Weather Service, which provides free weather updates to the public and competes with AccuWeather’s business model, to help his bottom line. At AccuWeather, he also led a culture of sexual harassment and intimidation against female employees.
Nominees to important positions like NOAA aren’t supposed to be confirmed without the advice and consent of the Senate -- and that means a hearing where Senators can ask him public questions. However, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation sent Myers's nomination to the full Senate for a vote without even a committee hearing!
Sign our petition today to tell the Senate to hold a hearing on Barry Myers as the head of NOAA.
Senator — I urge you to hold a hearing before voting on the nomination of Barry Myers to lead NOAA.