Tell Senate to Cut Budget Elsewhere: “DON’T KILL THE EPA!”


The Wilderness Society reports, “Last week, the House Majority — on a virtual straight party-line vote — passed an extreme bill that terminated funding for dozens of important environmental programs. One example: the bill would block Interior Secretary Salazar’s new policy that restored protection to millions of acres of wilderness — quality public lands across the West.”

The Wilderness Society says, “If the bill becomes law, we will return to a Bush-era policy of degrading and even destroying America’s wilderness through oil and gas development, off road vehicle abuses, and other forms of development.”

In short, “[t]his radical legislation if passed in the Senate would:

(1) Cut EPA’s budget by 30 percent and cripple the agency’s ability to reduce greenhouse gases that endanger public health and contribute to global warming;
(2) Slash the Land and Water Conservation Fund by 87 percent;
(3) Eliminate $1.2 billion in science funding needed to move away from fossil fuels towards sustainable, non-polluting sources of energy;
(4) Prohibit EPA from enforcing Clean Water Act protections for thousands of American streams and wetlands, and eliminate all funding for the North American Wetlands Conservation Fund;
(5) Cut in half funding for cleanup efforts in the Chesapeake Bay, Puget Sound, Long Island Sound, Great Lakes and Lake Champlain;
(6) Eliminate all funding for the Forest Legacy Program, which restores ecosystems damaged by logging and other forms of development;
(7) Cripple Endangered Species recovery efforts.”

WORSE STILL, The Wilderness Society NOTES, “the [insane] bill leaves untouched $4 billion in annual oil, gas and coal subsidies!”

The Wilderness Society notes that American Senators need to be contacted to save the destruction of almost all environmental oversight regulation in the USA.

TALKING POINTS FOR YOUR SENATOR:

In your contact with your senator, you might state:”I am appalled at what the Majority of the House of Representatives has attempted to do to our nation’s environmental laws. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s new Secretarial Order 3310 on Wild Lands would restore the importance of wilderness among the many values of our public lands. I fully support Secretary Salazar’s Wild Lands policy, and hope you will do all you can to prevent the House-passed language from being included in the final continuing resolution for this year.”and

“I also urge you to reject the Continuing Resolution passed by the House Majority. This is an extreme assault on conservation funding, not just for the Wild Lands policy, but for a host of America’s bedrock conservation laws. These cuts will do little to change the long-term deficit, but represent a radical abandonment of a century of bipartisan support for conservation and environmental protection in America.”

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3 Responses to Tell Senate to Cut Budget Elsewhere: “DON’T KILL THE EPA!”

  1. eslkevin says:

    TELL BONO & U2

    http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/dont_trash_joshua_tree/?r=7176&id=16998-2109370-lesnFmx

    Tell Secretary Salazar: Don’t Trash Joshua Tree

    Developers are trying to put the nation’s largest garbage dump right next to Joshua Tree National Park.

    The proposed Eagle Mountain landfill would cover 3,500 acres of federal land, bordered on three sides by Joshua Tree’s unique beauty, and fragile ecosystem.

    The proposal by developers Kaiser Ventures has been struck down by two courts. Now Kaiser Ventures is asking the Supreme Court to review the case, and the Department of the Interior has until February 25th to weigh in.

    Tell Secretary Ken Salazar: Don’t trash Joshua Tree! Oppose the Eagle Mountain landfill project. Sign the petition before the February 25th deadline.

    Landfill impacts have a nasty habit of creeping over borders and boundaries. And Eagle Creek would be an especially nasty neighbor.

    The landfill would take in 20,000 tons of garbage per day, 16 hours a day, six days a week, for 117 years — posing a profound threat to the desert ecosystem and imperiled species that the next-door National Park is designed to protect.

    The Department of the Interior has twice sided with the developers in favor of the landfill — but so far hasn’t taken a position on their appeal to the Supreme Court. The agency’s position could impact whether or not the Supreme Court agrees to hear the case. And if that happens, it likely won’t be good news for Joshua Tree.

    The Department of the Interior has a deadline of February 25th to submit its position to the Court. Secretary Salazar needs to hear from us this week that he must act to protect Joshua Tree National Park.

    Tell Secretary Ken Salazar: Protect Joshua Tree from the world’s largest landfill.

  2. eslkevin says:

    Here is the garbage that Senator Moran of Kansas mails out. Instead of helping the environement, he just wants to help his Koch Brother and wealthy DOD buddies soem extra dough–while trashing the environment.–KAS

    Dear Friend:

    The U.S. Department of Defense’s announcement to award the $35 billion U.S. Air Force KC-X aerial refueling tanker contract to Boeing is a long time in coming. The decision ends nearly a decade of delay and is a victory for our airmen and women who will no longer have to depend upon an Eisenhower-era tanker fleet.

    Replacing our aging tanker fleet is essential to the security of our country and safety of our troops, and Kansas workers stand ready to build the next generation of refueling tankers for our military. Wichita has long been known as the ‘Air Capital of the World,’ and will live up to that reputation as thousands of skilled Kansans get to work on building the next generation tanker. This decision is great news for our state’s economy and will bring much-needed jobs to the aviation industry that has been hit particularly hard during the economic recession.

    I look forward to the day when Boeing tankers are coming off the Wichita production lines and being flown by the airmen and women at McConnell Air Force Base.

    Very truly yours,

    Jerry Moran

    My e-mail address is only equipped to send messages. I encourage you to send me a message through my web site: http://moran.senate.gov/

    • Kevin Stoda says:

      Dear Kevin,

      I am looking at the list of big oil giveaways tacked onto the U.S. House of Representatives’ budget bill–and the assault on polar bears is coming from more than one front.

      The oil industry gave almost $1 million to one Congressmember from Alaska who sponsored amendment #553 that allows Shell Oil to rush forward with drilling in the Chuckchi and Beaufort Seas–the same seas where polar bears are already struggling from melting ice.

      We must rally our forces now to stop these horrendous attacks on polar bears from moving forward next week in the U.S. Senate.

      Donate by the deadline at midnight tonight–help meet our $40,000 campaign goal to protect the future of polar bears.

      -Sue NWF

      Deadline Tomorrow
      Polar Bears are Under Attack

      Dear Kevin,

      Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would handcuff the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to protect polar bears from the impacts of carbon pollution.

      One polar bear lost her cub after swimming an astonishing 426 miles to find sea ice and every year more polar bears die as global warming destroys their habitat and they struggle to find food.

      We’re so grateful for the support we’ve already received, but we can’t let Congress succeed in this new attack on polar bears’ future.

      We still need to raise $12,000 to reach our new $40,000 goal by midnight tomorrow.

      Polar Bear

      Donate $42 today to help us protect polar bears–just $1 for every 10 miles that one polar bear had to swim to survive.

      That’s why we’ve set a new goal of $40,000–allowing us to make an even greater impact in this important fight.

      As early as next week, the battle for the future of polar bears and wildlife across the nation is expected to move to the U.S. Senate. We must act now.

      Help us fight to stop these attacks on polar bears’ icy habitat from moving forward in the Senate–donate $42 today to help protect their future.

      Right now, we’re mobilizing tens of thousands of people to speak up at rallies across the country, alert their local paper, and put pressure on their Congressmembers who must be reminded that Americans want clean air for our wildlife and our communities. But these efforts take resources–and we rely on the support of people like you to continue these efforts.

      We have gotten the support of hundreds of NWF Action Fund supporters who are joining the fight against big polluters for the future of polar bears, but we still need $12,000 to reach our new $40,000 campaign goal.

      There are only 24 hours left before our deadline–please join the fight now by donating $42 by midnight tomorrow.

      Thanks for all you do to protect wildlife.

      Sincerely,

      Sue Brown
      Executive Director, NWF Action Fund
      info@nwa.org
      Twitter: @wildlifeaction
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