Thursday's D3 Daily Action

The Senate is preparing to start the debate on confirming Bernhardt RIGHT NOW. Please call your Senators to let them know their complicity in this assault on our nation is UNACCEPTABLE.

As our polluted climate wreaks havoc across the nation with killer heat waves, wildfires, and storms, the Trump assault in our nation’s capital is proceeding apace. Today, the U.S. Senate is preparing to confirm the nomination of radical polluter-industry lobbyist David Bernhardt to the number-two job at the Department of Interior, which oversees oil and gas drilling on federal lands, the Endangered Species Act, our national parks, and much more. Bernhardt pledged in his confirmation hearing to implement the Trump "perspective" instead of respecting the scientific consensus on climate change, "whatever that is."

Here’s a sample script:

Hi, my name is ____, and I am your constituent calling from _____. I am calling to ask Senator ____ vote against the confirmation of polluter lobbyist and climate denier David Bernhardt as the Deputy Secretary of the Interior. We need to save our climate and our health, not destroy them.

1. First, try to call the DC office of your U.S. Senators.
If the line is busy or the mailbox is full,

2. Call their local offices.

Shamefully, last week the Senate voted 56-39 on the motion to end any possibility of filibuster on the Bernhardt nomination, putting into motion today's vote. All Republicans present voted for the nominee. The members of the Democratic caucus who voted for cloture: Michael Bennet (D-CO), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Joe Manchin (D-WV); and Angus King (I-ME). Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) did not vote.

We understand that Heitkamp, Donnelly, and Manchin are compromised by fossil-fuel interests, but we were shocked that climate-hawk senators Bennet, Schatz, Heinrich, and King voted with them. When we've reached out to the senate offices, we've heard that they cast these votes either because of personal friendships with this industry lobbyist or because they cut behind-the-scenes deals good enough to justify supporting Trump's corrupt climate-denial agenda.

I honestly had thought Senate Democrats had heard the message from their constituents that we expect resistance to Trump and the Kochs, not compliance and collusion. But it turns out we have to keep reminding them what the stakes are for this nation and this planet.

I’m asking that you make the call whether you have Democratic or Republican senators. Every U.S. Senator needs to know their constituents are watching and taking action. If they won't take a bold stand against Trump’s climate-killing nominees, they need to know we will make them pay at the ballot box.

This D3 Daily Action courtesy of: http://climatehawksvote.com/

References

Climate Hawks Vote Disappointed In Democratic Senators' Vote for David Bernhardt
http://climatehawksvote.com/news/disappointed-democratic-senators-vote-david-bernhardt/

Interior nominee: Policy will reflect Trump ‘perspective’ more than science, ThinkProgress
https://thinkprogress.org/bernhardt-interior-hearing-8069732e50d5

Senators press interior nominee on science and climate, Science
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/05/senators-press-interior-nominee-science-and-climate

Trump Deputy Interior Pick Gets A Lashing On Climate Change, HuffPost
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/david-bernhardt-interior-department-climate-change_us_591ddf43e4b094cdba523369