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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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Saturday's D3 Daily Action: The attack on public lands continues -- now with logging. 

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A new bill in the House offers a logging free-for-all...

...liberated from environmental impact studies, endangered species reviews, public input and comment, and judicial oversight. 

For too long, all that pesky forest science has been keeping commercial logging companies and their friends in Congress from cutting when and where they please on Federal Lands.

Termed the "Resilient Federal Forests Act," H.R. 2936 contains a number of key provisions: 

- Gives private landowners with easements over public land full ownership of that land
- Allows logging projects under 10,000 acres to avoid detailed environmental analysis
- Allows salvage logging projects under 10,000 acres without any analysis
- Allows unstudied logging, grazing, livestock infrastructure construction, and herbicide application under the guise of wildfire risk mitigation for areas under 10,000 acres
- Caps Endangered Species Act consultation for environmental issues arbitrarily at 90 days
- Grants the Forest Service unilateral authority to forgo Endangered Species Act consultation
- Severely limits public involvement timelines for large-scale projects on public lands
- Prohibits restraining orders, preliminary injunctions, and injunctions pending appeal, severely limiting public oversight via the courts
- Erodes public oversight by extending logging projects' maximum duration from 10 to 20 years
- Diverts money from stewardship contracts and collaborative forest restoration to the Forest Service to plan additional timber sales
- Prohibits awarding of attorney fees when courts find the government broke the law
Removes enforceability of forest plans making them strictly advisory
- Redirects authority to determine harm to endangered species from the Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service to land management agencies.


Our friends at the Center for Biological Diversity are running a petition against the bill now. Click here to learn more

Stay Strong 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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Thursday's D3 Daily Action - Defend the Coolest Act You've Never Heard Of. 

So much more than antiquities.


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Passed in 1906 and signed by Teddy Roosevelt himself, the Antiquities Act has created some of America's greatest monuments.

And Colorado Congressmen Doug Lamborn and Scott Tipton are coming after it. 

The Antiquities Act gives U.S. Presidents the power to create national monuments from Federal lands to protect natural, culture, and scientific resources. It is responsible for the genesis of over 50% of the national parks in the U.S. and has been used over 100 times in its 111 years by presidents to create protected sites including:

Aztec Ruins, New Mexico // Bears Ears, Utah // Canyons of the Ancients, Colorado // Chimney Rock, Colorado // Devil's Tower, Wyoming // Dinosaur NationalMonument, Colorado // The Grand Canyon // Grand Staircase-Escalante, Utah // Mount St. Helens // Natural Bridges, Utah // Rainbow Bridge, Utah // Yucca House, Colorado // and more!

Why would anyone want to undo the Antiquities Act?

On Wednesday, the House Natural Resources Committee advanced legislation to undo the President's authority under the Act. Rep. Bishop's bill (with Colorado's Doug Lamborn as co-sponsor), H.R. 3990, would require full approval from counties, state legislators, governors, and abutting private landowners before a national monument greater than 85,000 acres may be declared. The creation of protected marine national monuments, as done by President Obama, is also significantly curtailed. While based on arguments for local control, Bishop's bill is part of the rising opposition to public lands and the environmental, cultural, and scientific protection they entail -- often to the chagrin of extractive industries in the West. 

Bishop's bill, H.R. 3990, gives presidents the authority to shrink existing national monuments. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke already wants Trump to shrink four national monuments ― Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante in Utah, Gold Butte in Nevada and Cascade Siskiyou in California and Oregon ― and slash protections for these monuments and six others.

Says Randi Spivak of the Center for Biological Diversity: “There’s no public support for this kind of radical legislation. Bishop’s only motivation is greed. He’s offering a gift to the fossil fuel, mining and timber industries and expecting something in return.”

Do I have to call Congress again?

Until we can kick the bad guys out next year, yes!

Anti-public lands legislators are hoping the public isn't watching. Let them know we are. 

Passed Wednesday by the House Natural Resources Committee, the bill is set to continue its journey to a full floor vote. Please let the following representatives know that you are watching. 

Bonus mission: Call all three -- Tipton, Lamborn (co-sponsor), and Bishop (sponsor)!

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

Sample Script: My name is [name] and I live in [town]. As a resident of the West Slope and as a [what do you do outdoors?] I urge Representative Tipton to stop supporting H.R. 3990, the National Monument Creation and Protection Act. This bill is a direct assault on my lifestyle, traditions, our economy, and our public lands heritage. This is a bad bill and I ask Representative Tipton to stand against this bill with his constituents. 

Our friends at Conservation Colorado have also created some useful talking points

CALL REPRESENTATIVE SCOTT TIPTON
Alamosa: 719-587-5105
Durango: 970-259-1490
Grand Junction: 970-241-2499
Pueblo: 719-542-1073
 

CALL REPRESENTATIVE DOUG LAMBORN
Washington, DC: (202) 225-4422
Colorado Springs: (719) 520-0055
 

CALL REPRESENTATIVE ROB BISHOP
Washington, DC: 202-225-0453
Ogden, UT: 801-625-0107

Stay Strong America!

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Saturday's D3 Daily Action

Stand up to Dirty Energy in Colorado.

It is time to stand up against companies that are trying to destroy our natural resources and refuse to prioritize our health and safety. Your participation this week is crucial in the fight against dirty energy in Colorado.

Here is how ...

FIGHT AGAINST COAL

The Trump administration is pushing to expand coal extraction into Colorado’s untouched forests. Our state of Colorado has some of the most incredible untouched forests in the nation including the West Elk Wilderness Area. It’s home to glistening Aspen trees, crystal clear streams, and a variety of wildlife including thousands of elk, deer, black bear, and lynx.

President Trump’s Interior Department and Forest Service are now preparing to let Arch Coal -- the second largest coal producer in the U.S. -- devastate these lands. The Forest Service has opened the Arch Coal proposal to public comment through July 24th.

Submit your comments:  Now is your chance to tell the Trump administration not to rip apart our untouched forests for a few more years of coal extraction.

STAND WITH THE YOUTHS AGAINST THE COLORADO OIL AND GAS COMMISSION

Even after the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled the health and safety of Coloradans must be prioritized when it comes to fracking, the COGCC is proceeding with business as usual by allowing this reckless industry to harm the health and well-being of Coloradans. They are appealing the decision, despite the extreme hazards that fracking presents, including two deadly oil & gas explosions just a few months ago.

We cannot let the COGCC get away with ignoring impacts to our health, safety and well-being! 

At their next public hearing (THIS COMING MONDAY), we need to demand that the COGCC:

1.      STOP THE APPEAL in the Martinez decision
2.     RESCIND ALL NEW PERMITS issued following the Martinez decision
3.     STOP ISSUING ILLEGAL PERMITS that ignore the law

WHEN: Monday, July 24th at 8:30 a.m. (Arrive on time to pack the room before the meeting starts)

WHERE: The Chancery Building 1120 Lincoln Street, Suite 801 in Denver

Here's what's needed:

GET READY TO MARCH AGAINST KEYSTONE XL

Nebraska's Public Service Commission has the ability to stop the Keystone XL pipeline once and for all ahead of their vote this fall, and we need to show them that Coloradans stand with Nebraska against this dirty and dangerous project.

Join the bus from Denver to Lincoln, Nebraska to rally against the Keystone XL pipeline in the March to Give KXL the Boot. RSVP now to save a seat on the bus for only $10!

What: March to Give Keystone XL the Boot!
When: Sunday, August 6 at 3:00 PM
Where: Nebraska State Capitol, Lincoln Nebraska
Check out more information on the March to Give Keystone XL the Boot website.

Trump pushes coal mining in Gunnison National Forest days after repudiating Paris climate agreement - High Country Conservation Advocates

Hickenlooper orders halt to fight over court oil-gas ruling, but AG Coffman moves ahead - The Denver Post

Nebraska to become battleground over fate of Keystone XL pipeline project - The Guardian

Arch Coal says Trump administration positive for its business - CNBC

With thanks to 350.org.

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Thursday's D3 Daily Action

Take action to protect the San Rafael Swell and Dinosaur/Book Cliffs regions from oil and gas leasing.

Once again, your voice in defense of Utah's wild places is urgently needed.  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is proposing to lease 79 parcels for oil and gas development on approximately 100,000 acres of federal public lands in eastern and central Utah.

Please submit your comments to the BLM:

1)  Write to protect the San Rafael Swell.  Ask that the BLM defer oil and gas leasing in the Molen Reef region.

2)  Write to protect Dinosaur National Monument, Desolation Canon and Book Cliffs Regions.

Included in this list are parcels along the western edge of the San Rafael Swell, in the heart of the Desolation Canyon region, the Book Cliffs, and immediately adjacent to Dinosaur National Monument. Leasing in the San Rafael Swell For the third time in five years, the BLM is proposing to offer leases in the Molen Reef region of the western San Rafael Swell—an area with high cultural and archaeological density and outstanding recreational opportunities.

Leasing also proposed near Dinosaur National Monument and in the Desolation Canyon and Book Cliffs regions.  In a return to the Bush administration’s scorched earth approach to oil and gas leasing in the Uinta Basin, the BLM is also proposing to offer leases in areas proposed for wilderness designation in the Desolation Canyon and Book Cliffs regions as well as immediately adjacent to Dinosaur National Monument.

This ill-advised proposal would, among other things, green-light oil and gas development right next to the monument, including along the primary access route travelled by thousands of visitors annually. One of the parcels was previously offered at the BLM’s infamous December 2008 oil and gas lease sale and later withdrawn from sale by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar after a successful lawsuit by SUWA and others blocked its issuance. In a letter to the BLM, the National Park Service has objected to the leasing proposal, citing adverse impacts to air quality, viewsheds, dark night skies, water quality, and natural soundscapes. Oil and gas development on the parcels near the monument would be visible from the Quarry Visitor Center as well as from numerous vantage points within the monument. 

With gratitude to the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance for this D3 Daily Action.

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Sunday's D3 Daily Action

Photo Credit -  The Hill

Photo Credit - The Hill

Submit a comment to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and President Trump to let them know that you oppose efforts to eliminate or shrink national monuments.  Comment period closes on July 10.

President Donald Trump has launched an unprecedented attack on America’s national parks, public lands, and oceans. The U.S. Department of the Interior, led by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, is considering eliminating or shrinking at least 27 national monuments established by presidents from both parties since 1996.

National monuments are sites owned by all Americans who honor our nation’s cultural, historical, and outdoor heritage. Places from the Grand Canyon to Bears Ears, the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, and Stonewall have all been protected as national monuments. These places help define who we are as a nation, and any attempt to revoke or change the fabric of national monuments must be stopped.

The Department of the Interior has opened a public comment period for members of the public to weigh in on the protected status of these monuments.  Please make your voice heard before the July 10 deadline.  The more personal your letter, the better.

According to Heather Swift, press secretary for the DOI, “Each comment counts equally.” So comments like “undo everything obama did !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” and “Please be strong and resist those liberals” will carry the same weight as the pleas for preservation and conservation.  Then, each comment will likely be tallied depending on whether it’s a vote for or against the review. “Many of the comments are general and say something along the lines of ‘I like monuments’ or ‘I don’t like monuments,’” Swift says. “Those will be counted, of course,” but the DOI will also note the comments that come in for each specific monument. - Outside Magazine

With thanks to Center for American Progress Action Fund for this D3 Daily Action.

More info:

4 things you need to know about Trump’s attack on National Parks and Monuments - Millions of acres could see protections removed – Think Progress

Interior Department Releases List of Monuments Under Review, Announces First-Ever Formal Public Comment Period for Antiquities Act Monuments – US Department of Interior

Comments About the National Monument Review Are Flooding In. What Now? - Outside Magazine