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Tuesday's D3 Daily Action: Pray for Snow. And Read Some Good News on Climate Action in the U.S. 

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Colorado may be months behind on winter, but the US is moving on without Trump. 

Trump may be sticking his tweet thumb in the eye of everyone not on the Koch Brothers climate-denying dole while wildlife photographers stumble on starving polar bears in the Arctic, but the rest of the scientifically-literate world isn't waiting to act. 

A dozen states and growing just agreed in December to additional reductions in greenhouse gases. New Democratic governors in Virginia and New Jersey are signing their states up. 

Colorado got its own climate pledge in 2017 under Governor Hickenlooper, though his pledge punted on any binding emissions reductions targets. The 2018 State Legislative Session soon to begin will see various parts of the Governor's plan up for consideration and funding, including electric vehicle infrastructure across the state. 

Stay Cool America. 

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Wednesday's D3 Daily Action: Another Koch Bros Climate Denier appointment? No thanks. 

They're at it again. 

The Council on Environmental Quality is charged with management of the environmental impacts and behaviors of the entire federal government -- how agencies coordinate, how many environmental impact assessments and permits are conducted and enforced, and how the Executive Branch reports on key environmental issues.

During the W. Bush Administration, a whistle-blower revealed how Bush's CEQ head - a former lobbyist for the American Petroleum Institute - edited government reporting to remove linkages between carbon emissions and climate change. 

Trump's newly announced appointee for Chair of the CEQ may be no better. Kathleen Hartnet White, a senior fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation (funded by the Koch brothers) is a bonafide climate denier and potentially soon to be able to influence permitting for dirty fossil fuel industries from the highest level. She's certainly said some interesting things of late. 

Senators must approve the nominee for this position. Our friends at CREDO Action are running a petition to the Senate here.

You are also encouraged to drop Senator Cory Gardner a line and urge him to vote against such a callous choice as Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality and to only support nominees serious about fixing our climate catastrophe. 

Denver                    
303-391-5777

Durango                 
970-415-7416

Grand Junction      
970-245-9553

Pueblo               
719-543-1324

Washington, DC    
202-224-5941

Stay Strong America.

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Tuesday's D3 Daily Action: Defend the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from the latest drill scheme.

Its one of our great national treasures. 

For decades, we've fought back efforts by extractive energy industries to open it up to drilling. 

Egged on by the current administration, Congress is at it again. 

What's so special about ANWR?

Here's all you need to know

Well, ok. This too

Ok. So what now?

Just as they tried and failed to do in the 1990's, House Republicans are attempting to include an opening of ANWR to drilling in the federal budget. 

Let them know that -- no matter where we live -- all Americans value this treasure and others like it. Let them know we're tired of seeing our public lands turned into sacrifice zones for the benefit of antiquated dirty energy industries.

Two options:

1) Our friends at the Wilderness Society have a handy petition you can sign. 

2) Pick up the phone and call our Rep. Scott Tipton, let him know why you oppose the inclusion of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge drilling in the budget and -- while you're at it -- let him know he'd better not be voting for tax breaks for billionaires in the #TrumpTaxScam!

Alamosa               
719-587-5105

Durango      
970-259-1490

Grand Junction  
970-241-2499

Pueblo               
719-542-1073

Washington, DC
202-225-4761
 

Stay Wild America.

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Monday's D3 Daily Action: They're dying. 


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40,000 birds. 2 chicks survived.

Shocking news hit over the weekend with researchers revealing mass starvation in Antarctic penguin colonies. Researchers are blaming climate changes

The Antarctic contains some of the fastest warming areas on Earth. 

This 30 minute in-depth video from Vice News shows how Antarctica climate monitoring is conducted and what scientists are learning. For a briefer summary, view this article from the Guardian

...I can't control global policy. What can I do? 

Today, we're going to ask you for something different. Not for a call to Congress. Not for a call to the Senate. Not to the EPA or the President of the United States. 

Today we're asking you to pick up the phone -- or open up your keyboard -- and take a few moments to connect with your City Council. If you don't have a City Council, connect with your County Commission. Regardless of party or past policy choices they've made, they need to hear from citizens. 

Bonus mission: Curious to dig deep into the data about what shapes people's view and responses to climate change? Check out the amazing resources created by our friends at the Climate Advocacy Lab

Ask your City Council/County Commission members what they're doing at the city level to both lessen impacts and prepare for climate harms. 

Ask if they've spoken to local farmers and ranchers, large water users, outdoor recreation businesses, hunters and fishers and others about how climate changes in seasons, temperature, and rain and snow could impact them. Ask when they last met with city staff to discuss ways to improve energy efficiency, reduce reliance on dirty energy, and whether your area is integrating sustainability planning into zoning, land use, purchasing, and long-term strategy. 

Globally, the movement to turn back the tide on climate change is growing strongest among cities. And one of the most powerful groups is known as the Compact as Mayors -- a group of nearly 700 cities representing over 500 million people -- who have pledged to take leadership on climate change. That organization, along with partners including C40 and Local Governments for Sustainability, offers resources, peers to dialogue with, and ways for local officials to get involved in being part of the solution. Here are some resources that the Compact offers to get local officials thinking.  

Stay Strong America!

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Friday's D3 Daily Action - Defend the BLM Natural Gas Waste Rule


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The BLM Natural Gas Waste Rule was created to reduce pollution and resource waste on public and tribal lands. 

Now, Trump's Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke wants to delay it's implementation. 

The Rule called for the adoption of methane mitigation technology on oil and gas operations on Bureau of Land Management and tribal lands. By reducing methane flaring, venting, and leaking from oil and gas operations, we reduce asthma-inducing VOCs and carcinogenic benzene emissions, shrink impacts on neighboring communities, limit powerful methane greenhouse gas emissions, and save money -- a whole lot of it. 

Every day, oil and gas operations waste enough natural gas to heat 500,000 U.S. homes. Every year, they waste $330 million of natural gas from public lands as they cut costs and flare and vent unwanted gas. Over a decade, that adds up to $3.3 billion, of which $800 million would be paid as royalties to taxpayers. 

Guess Who Doesn't Like the Rule?

The American Petroleum Institute and Koch Brothers, for two. Oil and gas collectively spends over $100 million a year lobbying Congress, and has found more than a few representatives happy to answer their call. Former Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT) was one of them prior to his appointment by Trump to head the Department of the Interior. 

Push Back!

Public comment period for the Bureau of Land Management rule review period closes soon. 

Our friends at the Western Organization of Western Resource Councils have created a handy form to register your opposition to the delay of the rule. 

Click here to Defend the Natural Gas Waste Rule and send your comments to the BLM!

 

Stay Strong America!

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Tuesday's D3 Daily Action - Stand Up for the Clean Power Plan


Trump's appointment for EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, is moving to rewind the clock on climate action. 

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Pruitt has the Historic Clean Power Plan in His Sights.

On October 9th, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that the agency will take steps to repeal the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era policy aimed at reducing carbon emissions from power plants and combating climate change.

That's the same Scott Pruitt who made his name suing the very agency he now heads.

The Clean Power Plan is a set of policies and guidelines issued in 2015 under the Clean Air Act, the nation's longstanding air pollution law. The plan sets carbon emission targets for coal, gas and other power plants, and gives each state the ability to design their own methods to achieve them. If fully implemented, the Clean Power Plan is projected to cut carbon emissions by 32% nationally (relative to 2005 levels), save the US $20 billion in climate-related costs, and add $14-$34 billion in added health benefits. The shift toward clean renewable energy sources will also save the average American family money due to their overall lower cost.

Why was the Clean Power Plan such a historic breakthrough, and what do will be the cost of it's repeal? Learn more from the Union of Concerned Scientists. 

There is no question that increased carbon emissions have led to climate change and the rise of more and more floods, droughts, wildfires, and hurricanes that have put populations in the US and around the world in danger. It is irresponsible for the EPA to roll back policies that curb carbon emissions under false promises of reduced costs or a coal industry comeback.

While a repeal of the Clean Power Plan is not expected to be immediately implemented (it will go through a formal rule-making process and will also face lawsuits), Congress can take action now by supporting measures that uphold the strategies of the Clean Power Plan and voting down those that undermine it.

Congress has the power to do what's right. 

Sample script for a quick call to your Congressional office:

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from _____. 

I'm calling to express my concern about the EPA's decision to repeal the Clean Power Plan. It is clear that carbon emissions have led to climate change and the increase of natural disasters devastating our country. I strongly urge Rep. Tipton to support measures that uphold the strategies of the Clean Power Plan and oppose those that undermine it.

<Speak about how climate change is effecting and will impact your community or things that are important to you..>

We can't deny the harms that Congressional inaction is allowing. Please do what's right for Colorado and my community and take action on this. 

Thank you for your time and attention.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

CALL REPRESENTATIVE SCOTT TIPTON
Alamosa: 719-587-5105
Durango: 970-259-1490
Grand Junction: 970-241-2499
Pueblo: 719-542-1073
Washington, DC: 202-225-4761

Stay Strong America!

 

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