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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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Tuesday's D3 Daily Action

Support the RECLAIM Act.  Call Representative Tipton - House votes TODAY.

Today is a big day for the RECLAIM Act, the bipartisan piece of legislation that will funnel $1 billion to economic projects in communities impacted by the decline of the coal industry for cleaning up abandoned mine lands.

Representative Tipton is a member of the House Natural Resource Committee, and will help decide whether the bill moves forward.  Call Scott Tipton TODAY.

Script:  Hello. My name is (XX) and I am calling from (ZIP).  I am calling Rep. Tipton regarding the RECLAIM Act.  The RECLAIM act would create thousands of jobs for cleaning up abandoned mines in struggling communities impacted by the decline of the coal industry.  I am urging Rep. Tipton VOTE YES on the RECLAIM Act and the Beyer Amendment.  Please move this bill forward! Thank you.

This legislation came together after years of hard work and conversations with people living in affected communities, but now billionaire coal executives are standing in the way. Despite having shown no interest in the legislation over past the past two years, corporate coal interests have launched an all-out assault to kill the bill in the past few days. That's right, the same executives that are responsible for polluting our lands and streams are impeding our efforts to clean them up!

We can't let them and their Washington, D.C. lobbyists steal this opportunity from families trying to build a brighter future.

The RECLAIM Act uses existing funds to create jobs and clean up dangerous abandoned mines and doesn't use a cent of taxpayer money. Its funds come from the Abandoned Mine Lands fund, which was paid into over the past 40 years by coal companies.

The RECLAIM Act is a real opportunity to create jobs, empower communities, and build real long-term opportunities for working families in coal-impacted states across the country. The key to RECLAIM's success is using your voice. With its bipartisan support, we've never been closer to passing the RECLAIM Act and making this dream a reality. Thanks for calling your Representative today!

With thanks to the Sierra Club for this D3 Daily Action.

A Real Chance to Help Coal Communities—If We Fight for It - Union of Concerned Scientists

Reclaim Act represents massive environmental and economic revitalization of Appalachia – The Hill

Mine Land Reclamation Groups Laud Introduction of Federal RECLAIM Act – Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation