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{ LINK: "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid signaled Tuesday he would allow a floor vote on a Republican amendment to nullify the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases." }

NOTE: here’s contact info for US Senators if you wanna tell your Senators how you feel about this (if you live in the US and can do so) — also here’s where you can send up to 2 faxes a day from the internet for free

Senate Democrats are scrambling to combat a GOP-led offensive against the Obama administration’s climate regulations ahead of a possible Wednesday floor showdown.

In a surprising move, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid signaled Tuesday he would allow a floor vote on a Republican amendment to nullify the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases.

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell offered the amendment — authored by Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) — to the small-business bill pending on the floor. The language mirrors the anti-EPA bill the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed during a daylong markup Tuesday.

Now, Reid and other top Senate Democrats who oppose the amendment are looking for ways to kill it. And they may have a tougher time than they expected, given the momentum after the Energy and Commerce vote and anti-EPA sentiment among moderate Senate Democrats.

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{ LINK: from iLoveMountains: "Contact your Representative today and ask them to become a cosponsor of the Clean Water Protection Act" }

if you cannot do this, passing it around is still very helpful.  thank you.

The Clean Water Protection Act is a bill in the US House of Representatives which will sharply reduce mountaintop removal coal mining by protecting our headwater streams, where our rivers, like the Mississippi and the Ohio, are born. Over 2,000 miles of streams have already been buried and polluted. But we can stop this.

Contact your Representative today and ask them to become a cosponsor of the Clean Water Protection Act. To learn more about the Clean Water Protection Act visit www.ilovemountains.org/clean-water-protection-act

text of bill is here (PDF) — its bill number is HR 1310.

if you do not want to participate in this campaign, but can and do want to contact your rep about this, there’s contact info for US Congressional representatives at contactingthecongress.org

and if you want to fax them, you can send up to 2 faxes a day for free online here.

{ LINK: horrendous cuts in House version of HR 1 are still a potential reality -- contact your Senators if you live in the US and can do so }

reblogging myself again.

AFAIK, all these cuts are all still threatening to become a reality.

NOTE: “HR 1” here means the version of HR 1 that passed the House.

if you cannot do this, passing this info around is still really helpful.

NOTE: you can send up to 2 faxes a day for free at http://www.gotfreefax.com

ALSO: here are some text-things of various types that i have found that mention just a few of the things wrong with HR 1.  any additions to this list would be awesome — this is very not-definitive because i am not a very reliable person.  some of the articles have some problematic language (for example, a whole lotta cissexism/binarism relating to “women’s health”, as usual), but the info is there:

there’s one other thing i found that lists some shit but it’s on Facebook so i’ll quote the relevant parts here:

While H.R. 1 contains many dangerous provisions, I am going to focus on three that cut programs that promote health and wellness.

1)  The Pence Amendment, sponsored by Indiana’s own Republican Mike Pence, will cut federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Republicans argue that Planned Parenthood is making profits from abortions and the government should not fund abortion, but there are already laws preventing such funding. One in five women in the U.S. have received health care from Planned Parenthood and for many men, women, teens and children, this is the only source for care, from cancer screenings to HIV testing to birth control to PAP smears. Jon Stewart explains what H.R. 1 would do, saying, “You can’t prevent an unwanted child, you can’t get care if you do get pregnant and we won’t give you any help feeding the kid once it’s born.”

2)  H.R. 1 cuts the budget for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The cuts in funding for the EPA would mean decreased clean up and enforcement of public health standards for toxic mercury, carbon dioxide and other dangerous air pollutants under the Clean Air Act. For one in six women in the U.S., the levels of mercury in their blood are high enough to threaten the lives of any child they carry. H.R. 1 would also cut clean energy projects dependent on Department of Energy loans, not only negatively impacting our future with clean energy, but cutting tens of thousands of jobs.

3)  H.R. 1 blocks funding for the Affordable Care Act, representing an un-doing of the health-care reforms of the past year, shifting the focus away, once again, from keeping us healthy and well. It would signal a return to unfair, discriminatory health insurance practices and cut the efforts to rein in skyrocketing health care costs.

* i don’t know anything about FRAC or Just Harvest.

** and i’m not sure how much i trust Save Darfur because they sometimes seem kinda “Western Savior”-ish.

*** also not familiar with Environment America (but i do trust Presente.org).

{ LINK: People who have touched BP's Gulf dispersants are bleeding and dying }

*WARNING* — graphic descriptions of illness and injuries at the link

gleemie:

Sound dramatic? It is. Al Jazeera reports on a range of injuries, sicknesses, and fatalities from people living and working around the Gulf after the BP disaster. These people have horrifically high levels of “volatile organic compounds” in their bloodstream. While the American media sleeps, the HuffPo at least reports on a woman marching from Louisiana to DC to hold politicians to account for their cover up.

I hope people in the south realize that Al Jazeera is probably their greatest media friend right now. Fox News has nothing on the issue. 

could’ve done without that crack about the south but yeah, this is a really important [fucking terrifying] story.

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{ LINK: from Avaaz.org: Days to Save the Grand Canyon }

if you cannot do this, passing it around is very helpful.  thank you.

NOTE: if you do not want to participate in this campaign, but can and do want to contact the U.S. Bureau of Land Management about this, here’s their email form, here’s their directory, and this page has info on how to send a public comment directly to the BLM about this.

petition blurb:

The Grand Canyon, one of America’s greatest treasures, is threatened by a huge wave of Uranium mining — and the deadline for public comment is almost over.

For two years, a hard-won moratorium on mining has protected the Canyon, but the ban is now set to expire. If the federal government doesn’t renew it, a “Uranium Rush” of mining would permanently scar the face of this unique and priceless land, devastate local communities, and endanger water supplies for millions who live nearby.

Lobbyists are right now pushing the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to open the floodgates for mines, but a 20 year ban is on the table. A public outcry helped secure the embargo last time and if enough of us raise the alarm again we could ensure the Canyon is mine free — this time for decades. The deadline for public comment is April 4th — Let’s flood the public consultation with messages to save the Grand Canyon!

{ LINK: from FrackAlert: submit public comment before 5 p.m. on April 15, 2011 to stop dangerous hydraulic fracturing in in eastern USA }

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50 years ago, the Delaware River Basin Commission was created to provide a cooperative agency and a framework for managing an extremely valuable resource deemed vitally important to our nation, the Delaware River. Now, as each of the member states and the federal government grapple with their respective laws and regulations regarding gas drilling and specifically the practice of high volume hydraulic fracturing used for extracting natural gas from shale formations, the DRBC has created their Draft Natural Gas Development Regulations for the permitting of well drilling within the Delaware River basin. These regulations are premature and inadequately address the potential pollution and devastation that could result from the dangerous practice of fracking wells and the rapid industrialization of the basin.

Show the DRBC your opposition to high volume hydraulic fracturing in the Delaware River Basin by submitting your written comments before the 4/15/2011 deadline.

the above-quoted link also has important shit such as Public Hearing Transcripts, full text (AFAIK) of the Proposed Regulations and Supplementary Information.

instructions for submitting a public comment (also from that link): 

There will be a 120-day comment period, with written comments accepted through the close of business (5 p.m.) April 15, 2011, by the following two methods:

1. Electronic submission using a web-based form (preferred method). The National Park Service (NPS) has authorized DRBC to utilize its Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) online submission system for accepting comments electronically**. Please click here to go to the PEPC web page to comment on this proposed regulation.

2. Paper submission mailed or delivered to: Commission Secretary, DRBC, P.O. Box 7360, 25 State Police Drive, West Trenton, NJ 08628. Please be sure to include the name, address, and affiliation (if any) of the commenter.

NOTE: Food & Water Watch also has a pre-written comment submission thing about this:

The Delaware River Basin Commission, a federal commission, is taking public comment on their draft regulations to allow a drilling process called hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware.

You may edit the comment below, or just send as is.


We will send your written comment to the Delaware River Basin Commission.*

[…]

*Please note that any information provided will be submitted as a public comment to the Delaware River Basin Commission.

When you take action on this issue, we’ll keep you informed on this and other important issues.

{ [if you live in the US and can do so] call President Obama & your Senators & ask them to defend the Clean Air Act & other environment/public health protections }

this is from an email i got from Center for Biological Diversity, but if you can and do want to do this, there’s no reason you have to contact the President and Senators specifically as part of this campaign.

contact info for President Obama is here (and the phone number for the white house comment line is in the quote below); EDIT 2: actually here’s a copy+paste of the white house contact info to make it easier (the email form is at the site):

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
[Please include your e-mail address]

Phone Numbers

Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414
FAX: 202-456-2461

TTY/TDD

Comments: 202-456-6213
Visitors Office: 202-456-2121

contact info for US Senators can be found here.  EDIT: that free faxing place online is here (although they only let you send up to 2 faxes a day free).

text of email i got about this:

Right now, the president may be capitulating to demands to repeal some of our nation’s cornerstone air, water and public health protections, including the Clean Air Act. The Associated Press just reported this critical update on President Barack Obama’s position, which comes after his previous public pledges to protect clean air and a safe climate.

If the biggest polluters and their allies in Congress get their way, the EPA will be prevented from implementing the Clean Air Act to reduce dangerous carbon dioxide pollution that will permanently alter our climate.

We need your help now. Please take just one minute today to call President Obama at (202) 456-1111. Let him know how important this issue is to you and tell him to do the right thing and stop any and all moves to repeal, weaken or delay the implementation of the Clean Air Act or any other bedrock environmental laws.

Then, please forward this message to your friends and family post it on Facebook and let us know you were able to make the call. Don’t let the president cave in to big polluters and their congressional allies.

“Immigration, Population Growth, and the Chesapeake Bay examines the role that U.S. immigration policies play in adding stress to the fragile Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. While recognizing that many factors contribute to population growth in particular areas of the country, the report finds that immigration and births to immigrants now account for about two-thirds of the population growth in the 64,000 square mile area that makes up the bay’s watershed. Among the key findings of the report: Between 2000 and 2009, immigration was directly responsible for 40 percent of the region’s population growth. Taking into account the U.S.-born children of immigrants, immigration was responsible for 66 percent of the area’s population increase during this period.
The population of the Chesapeake watershed is increasing by some 150,000 annually and is on track to reach 23 million people by 2050.
Population growth is the primary factor threatening the watershed according to leading environmental groups, although most refuse to acknowledge the impact of immigration

FAIR: New Report from FAIR Looks at Damage to Chesapeake Bay Watershed Resulting from Immigration-Driven Population Growth

Ok—like this. You read this “study” by FAIR (Federation for American Immigration Reform) and you think to yourself ZOMG—POPULATION! MUST STOP!!! Whatever will we do? I mean, I’m not anti-immigrant *per se*, but this is a problem! I love the Cheseapeke Bay! It’s a national treasure! I’m pro-environment! What can we do to deal with this immigration problem???

But…then if you know anything about the *major* issues in immigration or the environment, or you’re like me, and that bolded part up there triggers a faint memory for you where you think—hmmm, wait a minute. Immigration is the single biggest threat? I thought I heard somewhere something else….

and then you google to a couple of key words that you can remember—and you find the PBS documentary that reminds you—Factory farming is actually the single biggest issue going on with the Bay! And it is factory farming that has created massive dead zones in the bay where nothing grows at all, and it is factory farming that is creating run off with massive amounts of fertilizer and pig and chicken shit that all drains into the Bay! And those dead zones that are 100% directly linked to factory farming that are destroying entire fishing industries as well as the entire ecosystem!

So—you remember and get confirmation—it’s NOT immigration that is destroying Chesapeake Bay—it’s *factory farming*—which is an environmental problem throughout the country and world! And then you think—huh. But why would this think tank say that then? That immigration is the single biggest threat to the Bay area? What on earth would be in it for them?

And THEN, if you know anyting at all about the big issues in immigration (or if you’re like me, you remember watching a bunch of movies made by small independent movie makers)—you remember something about some big skirmish happening in Virginia and what was that? So you google the key words, and you come back with that links to that movie, 9500 Liberty—an independent movie made by documentarians in Virginia that looked at Prince William County’s intense fucking immigration showdown that has been ongoing crisis in the area since about 2007 (but really longer). And you remember that crisis acted as one of the biggest most tumultuous moments in the immigration situation in the US—with nativist politicians and activists using the city as a site to see how far they could push things. What could they get if they pushed things—and how far could they push it before there was back lash? YOu remember the violence in the area against anti-immigrants and you remember how—oh, yeah. Arizona (and now about 15 other states and counting) modeled that whole SB 1070 on the legislation that the government in Prince William COunty created. 

AND THEN—after you peice all this together—you remember—doesn’t Virginia and the Bay border each other? And then you wonder—hm. I wonder where the Bay is in context of Prince William County?

Then you find this article, which states:

“Prince William has one of the largest parkland and refuge areas, so getting students to become aware of their surroundings is part of our mission,” said Dann Sklarew, who is spearheading the program from George Mason’s end. “I hope this program will help them see environmental stewardship as something of value to them.”

And it’s only THEN—after sorta being aware of some of the existing issues around the environment and sorta being aware of some of the existing issues around immigration and sorta being aware of the approximate location of different areas AND being educated enough through activism to ask the right questions to google AND having the time to google to begin with—

That you finally see—OHHHHHHH—-FAIR is doing research that directly supports and gives ammunition to nativist activist/organizations in one of *THE* battleground states for anti-immigration action!!!!! And maybe—MAYBE—this FAIR organization has something suspect about it—and maybe the reason environmental orgs “refuse to acknowledge” the impact of immigration in the region is because *THEY* know the *real* issues around the environment is factory farming!

But this is all shit that you have to have some sort of background on in order to ask the right questions—And it’s *wrong* that we can not count on mainstream news to *do this research for us*. 

What these orgs like FAIR do—is *play* on the weakness of the system of capitalism (ie. they count on the fact that nobody has the time to sit and do adequate research on a subject, that not many people care enough to do the research because they are busy worrying about real world issues like money, that people give a lot of credibility to “think tanks” etc) and exploit resources like Mainstream Media AND the *genuine* concern people have for their surroundings. And through exploitation of all these weaknesses and human compassion—they are able to drive the debate on their own terms. 

Notice—they don’t need tons of money for this—they just need extreme knowledge of how the system they live in works—and a willingness to exploit that system for their own gain.



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{ LINK: People who have touched BP's Gulf dispersants are bleeding and dying }

re-reblogging to help keep this circulating (shit at the first quote-level is mine from last time).

*WARNING* — graphic descriptions of illness and injuries at the link

gleemie:

Sound dramatic? It is. Al Jazeera reports on a range of injuries, sicknesses, and fatalities from people living and working around the Gulf after the BP disaster. These people have horrifically high levels of “volatile organic compounds” in their bloodstream. While the American media sleeps, the HuffPo at least reports on a woman marching from Louisiana to DC to hold politicians to account for their cover up.

I hope people in the south realize that Al Jazeera is probably their greatest media friend right now. Fox News has nothing on the issue. 

could’ve done without that crack about the south but yeah, this is a really important [fucking terrifying] story.

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{ LINK: National Call-In Day to End Mountaintop Removal }

if you cannot do this, passing it around is also very helpful.  thank you.

Right now, over 150 citizens are walking the halls of Congress to advocate for an end to mountaintop removal mining. Join their efforts– pick up the phone today and ask your Representative to cosponsor the Clean Water Protection Act. This bill would go a long way towards ending mountaintop removal mining, which has already destroyed 500 mountains, buried over 2,000 miles of streams, and damaged nearby residents’ health.

text of bill is here (PDF) — its bill number is HR 1310.

if you do not want to participate in this campaign, but can and do want to contact your rep about this, there’s contact info for US Congressional representatives at contactingthecongress.org

and if you want to fax them, you can send up to 2 faxes a day for free online here.