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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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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

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Wednesday's D3 Daily Action

 

Call Governor Hickenlooper and ask him to join the Climate Alliance: (303) 866-2471

After Trump pulled the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement, 12 governors across the nation joined what is now called the US Climate Alliance -- a state partnership to keep meeting the goals of the Paris deal, and push the US forward on climate action.

Unless Governor Hickenlooper steps up to be a part of the Paris solution, he is siding with Trump's plan of climate denial and climate disaster.

Call on Colorado Governor Hickenlooper to join the Climate Alliance: (303) 866-2471

Script:  With Trump sending us backwards, Colorado must ACT ON CLIMATE so that we can protect our communities from bigger forest fires and floods and build a renewable energy economy that will provide jobs without the pollution of oil and gas.  We've all felt the effects of harsher heat waves, bigger fires and stronger flooding in Colorado. The question is whether Gov. Hickenlooper is ready to do what it takes to stop them. He can show he's with us by joining the US Climate Alliance.

Also, add your name to 350.org’s petition to Governor Hickenlooper.  They will deliver it to him next week.

With thanks to 350.org for this D3 Daily Action.

More info:

Hickenlooper could gain hero status fighting Trump’s decision on Paris Agreement – Denver Post

Colorado governor still considering U.S. Climate Alliance alongside other states - Denverite

More states sign on to U.S. Climate Alliance to honor Paris agreement - USA Today

Which states have joined the climate alliance that commits to Paris agreement? - CBS News

 

 

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Saturday's D3 Daily Action

A Local D3 Action: Accelerate Clean Power at the SMPA and Tri-State.

Please sign this crucial petition created by local renewable energy expert, Chris Arnt, part of Pinhead Institute, A Smithsonian Affiliate, to encourage our local power co-oop, SMPA, to accelerate our move to renewable energy sources.

https://www.change.org/p/accelerate-clean-power-at-the-smpa-and-tri-state?recruiter=418474134&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=share_email_responsive

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Friday's D3 Daily Action

EARTH DAY IS ALMOST HERE! 

Join D3 Indivisible Colorado for an evening of celebration, family-friendly fun, food and music with Niceness and Friends at the Colona Stockyards in Colona Colorado. 

  • Live Music with Niceness, Devil + the Details and R2-D3
  • Cash Bar: Local Micro Brews & Non-Alcoholic Drinks will be Available
  • Great Food: Available for purchase by Eatery 66
  • Kid’s March for Science: Bring costumes, crazy climate signs and and safety goggles!

Date: April 22, 2017
Place: The Colona Stockyards, 23 Sneffels Avenue, Colona
Time: 4:30 - 9:00PM
Cost [Suggested Donation]: Adults - $20; Under 18 - $10; Kids Under 12 - FREE!

CASH ONLY!

ROUND TRIP SHUTTLE SERVICE IS AVAILABLE BY WSR!

  • Pick Up: Ridgway Town Hall Public Parking: 4:00pm and 5:00pm 
  • Return: Colona Stockyards: 8:30pm and 9:30pm
  • Cost: $12/person  - includes round trip! 

CALL 970.626.5121 TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT WITH WESTERN SLOPE RIDES  GOWSR.COM

Donations are much appreciated! All proceeds will cover ongoing outreach, actions and communications for D3 Indivisible Colorado.

Directions to the Colona Stockyards