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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                    
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Durango                 
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Grand Junction      
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Pueblo               
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Washington, DC    
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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!

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Grand Junction  
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Washington, DC
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Stay Wild America.

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Friday's D3 Daily Action: Tell Tipton to Protect Our Public Lands

Time to raise a ruckus!

District 3's Representative Scott Tipton is working agains the wishes of the majority of his constituents. 

He supports 3 bills that wrench control of energy development from feds, classify finite resources as renewable, and incentivize development by letting states collect royalties. This terrible trifecta tears at the heart of our wild public lands.

TELL TIPTON TO VOTE NO ON HR3565

TELL TIPTON TO VOTE NO ON HR3565

TELL TIPTON TO ABANDON HR 2907

TELL TIPTON TO ABANDON HR 2907

TELL TIPTON TO VOTE NO ON HR 2661

TELL TIPTON TO VOTE NO ON HR 2661

CALL REPRESENTATIVE SCOTT TIPTON AND TELL HIM TO VOTE NO H.R. 3565 AND H.R. 2661, AND TO ABANDON HIS OWN H.R. 2907

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

  1. The Federal Land Freedom Act (H.R. 3565 in the House and S. 335 in the Senate) would allow states to “assume the federal leasing, permitting and regulatory responsibilities for oil and gas exploration, development, and production” on U.S. public lands. This is yet another ham-fisted attempt to circumvent protections for federal lands by transferring “oversight” to state governments. The Federal Land Freedom Act contains a number of troubling provisions, excluding these national lands from the Endangered Species Act, common sense look-before-you-lease environmental reviews, and protection of heritage resources. The bill hands over America’s publicly-owned mineral resources for massive oil and gas development. It’s a land seizure bill, but with even more dire consequences for taxpayers and wildlife.This is an outrageous attack on our public lands. It must be stopped in its tracks!
  2. Next up, the Planning for American Energy Act (H.R. 2907) reintroduced by Rep. Tipton, would require the Interior Secretary to pervert the concept of “sustained yield” — originally applied to renewable resources such as timber — and apply it instead to non-renewable resources such as oil, gas, coal, and even uranium.It would force the government to project energy needs and provide a plan that would have to include both renewable and nonrenewable energy sources, regardless of market forces. This would open the door of industry to lobby the Energy Information Administration to inflate those projected energy needs, and demand that fossil fuels be identified by the government as a required solution to meet those needs, regardless of the efficacy of clean energy sources like wind, solar, and hydro. It also prioritizes public lands as the first point of extraction of these resources, despite the multitude of other public lands values we hold dear. This bill is a thinly veiled attempt to skirt market forces and public opinion to force the adoption of fossil fuels behind a curtain of impenetrable bureaucracy. Tell Scott Tipton you DO NOT support this sneaky attempt to force dirty energy on the American people at the expense of our public lands.
  3. Finally, the State Mineral Revenue Protection Act (H.R. 2661) would require royalty payments from the extraction of resources owned by all U.S. citizens to be paid directly to the states where they are extracted. This sinister move would work hand in glove with the Federal Lands Freedom Act by incentivizing states to rubber stamp industry, granting industry unfettered access and rewarding that graft with royalties skimmed from the Treasury. 

This is not how our system was designed to work, and these bills are attempting to circumvent reasonable protections to our shared public lands. Time and again, Americans (and especially Westerners) have declared in favor of keeping public lands in public hands.

Please tell the misguided Scott Tipton that he is acting contrary to the wishes of his constituents.


Action courtesy of Wilderness Workshop