Environment / Climate Change RRT

Team Leaders: Diana DeLucca  dianadelucca@verizon.net and Sarah Dawson clevercoyote@gmail.com

Environment Rapid Response Action Items 3.27.2017

Notes and handouts from our March 25 meeting will available through next week’s action list. Activities discussed at the meeting were screenings in three locations of This Changes Everything with discussion afterward; scheduling a meeting with Rep. Smucker and tactics for making it as successful as possible; and more LNP letters to the editor, this time focusing on pipeline issues.

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Contacting your members of congress: Scroll down for contact information.
Please send a list of your contact efforts to Jim Sandoe each week. He is maintaining a record of calls for this group. cjsandoe@yahoo.com

The People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C., on April 29, 2017. The Sierra Club has set up a bus registration at rallybus.net/peoples-climate-march. As of 3.26 only 12 seats remain on this bus! Price will go up March 30. There is also a rallybus.net to the Science March on April 22. (Looks like this is tentative at this point.) Our local contact is Jane Druce: janedruce@gmail.com

ATLANTIC SUNRISE PIPELINE

Connect with Lancaster Against Pipelines http://www.wearelancastercounty.org/
From the website: As best we can tell, serious, concerted construction of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline has been delayed by up to several months. There are still state permits that have yet to be issued for the project to go forward, and FERC has still not issued their official notice to proceed. Williams Partners employees testified in court this week that pipe would not begin being laid until July at the earliest.
With that in mind, the Lancaster Stand is moving to a weekend-only schedule effective immediately. Our weekend gatherings will focus on action planning, trainings, and workshops in preparation for when construction does occur.
Orientation, mass action trainings, and legal trainings will continue to be held at camp on the weekend. Community dinners and special events will also be held – so please keep an eye out for future announcements!

Want to become more informed on pipeline issues?

Excellent report here. Take action here or Whitehouse contact page.
Take part in a 350.org online strategy session Monday 3.27 at 8:00 p.m.
Interested in divesting? Find out who bankrolls both Keystone XL and Atlantic Sunrise here.

FEDERAL SENATE/HOUSE/RULE ROLLBACKS

FUEL EFFICIENCY ROLLBACK FOLLOWUP
45 publicly announced in early March he would cancel Obama’s executive order on fuel efficiency mandates. Attorney general’s from ten blue states have said they would fight this in federal court; PA’s Department of Environmental Protection supports this fight.
Good article on why automakers probably will not go along with this order (bad for business if they lose in competitive markets of California and the rest of the world.)

S34 Midnight Rules Relief Act has passed the House as HR21 and picked up 5 co-sponsors in the Senate this month. It is now in the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. This is an insane attempt to nullify anything, in big batches, a sitting President (that would be Obama) does as a regulation in the last 90 days in office. Read about it here.

S.J. Res.21 Cross State Air Pollution Rule under attack in bill sponsored by Toomey, no cosponsors; now in committee. Starting in May 2017, this final rule will further reduce ozone season emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOX) from power plants in 22 states in the eastern United States, providing up to $880 million in benefits and reducing ground-level ozone exposure for millions of Americans. Contact Toomey and ask for an explanation.

S. J. Res. 11 The CRA to Disapprove the Bureau of Land Management Methane Rule is still in Committee in the Senate. Contact Lisa Murkowski, chair of Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and committee member Independent Angus King. Excellent arguments for defending this rule are presented here.

Waters of the U.S. rule (see link for National Geographic article) 2.28.17 Executive Order. Excerpt from article: “So what happens now? Even if the EPA under Scott Pruitt—an adamant opponent of the Obama-era rule—issues a new rule in the quickest possible manner, with the shortest required public comment period, the lawsuits will come almost immediately. “If they apply the Scalia test, or just say it’s only the navigable waters and nothing else,” says Bryan a natural resource law professor at the University of Montana, “then we are going to have litigation of breathtaking proportion.” It will almost certainly end up, once again, in the Supreme Court.” Message Scott Pruitt on Facebook; phone him: 202-564-4700; email: pruitt.scott@epa.gov

Contact Toomey about every assault on the EPA; he’s an active participant in this–see S.J.Res.21 above. We need to make it known we disapprove of Pruitt’s actions and hold Toomey responsible for voting him in and for continuing to give Trump a free pass.

H.J. Res. 69 nullifies the rule issued by the Department of the Interior on August 5, 2016, amending regulations for National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska that govern predator control and public participation and closure procedures.
Both the House and Senate have voted to nullify this rule. Read the Humane Society President’s statement here and contact 45 to stop the elimination of this rule.

H.J. Res. 46 See background info here. Six co-sponsors. Referred to House Committee on Natural Resources, introduced to allow drilling in national parks. Contact Committee.

Look here for information on the two bills below.
H. R. 1431 “The Science Advisory Board bill is a transparent attempt to slow down the regulatory process and stack science review boards with industry representatives.” This bill has passed Committee and been introduced in the House.
H. R. 1430, named the “Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment Act of 2017” or HONEST act. Lamar Smith’s (R-TX) bill, is designed to “undermine the science that EPA can use in their work, and ultimately, make it easier to pollute in our country.” This bill has passed Committee and the House has indicated that this bill will be considered this week.
Tell Smucker to vote NO on these bills.

Related to S. J. Res. 11 listed above is Pennsylvania’s SB175 below.

STATE SENATE
SB175 is still in committee. Contact members of the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. Member voting info is available here. This bill would prohibit the state from passing any regulation of methane emissions that are more stringent than federal regulations set by the EPA. Good background info here.

GOOD NEWS FOR FUTURE OF THIS BUMBLEBEE
“The Trump administration reversed course and listed the rusty patched bumblebee as an endangered species just in the nick of time. Federal protections may be the only thing standing between the bumble bee and extinction,” said Rebecca Riley, senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Call and/or email Rep. Smucker and Senator Toomey to demand a face-to-face town hall with constituents from the 16th congressional district.

U.S. SENATOR PATRICK TOOMEY
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FAX HIM HERE
TWEET HIM
U.S. SENATOR BOB CASEY
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FAX HIM HERE
or personal fax 202-228-0604
TWEET HIM
U.S. REPRESENTATIVE LLOYD SMUCKER
51 South Duke St
Suite 201
Lancaster, PA 17602
PA SENATOR SCOTT MARTIN
48-50 W. Chestnut Street
Suite 308
Lancaster, PA 17603
LANCASTER PHONE:
(717) 787-6535
HARRISBURG PHONE:
(717) 397-1309
EMAIL:
PA SENATOR RYAN AUMENT
301 East Main Street
Lititz, PA 17543
LANCASTER PHONE:
(717) 627-0036
HARRISBURG PHONE:
(717) 787-4420
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