I grew up in the late-80’s, early-90’s. For whatever reason during this time environmentalism really came into the public eye. It was talked about on children’s programming on PBS, it made it onto mainstream kids entertainment on Broadcast networks and Cartoon Network. I have a lot of early memories of being deeply affected by the idea that our planet and the life on it was in danger and I could make a difference.
Now, it’s time for us to step up again, still, in bigger ways. This isn’t just about our country. This is about our planet. It’s about the lives of everyone and everything on our planet. As far as we know right know, it’s about the lives of every living thing in this universe. It is not the time for us to give up, and wait for someone else to take up the slack. In the past few weeks we have learned who will be on the Cabinet, and many of the picks do not have the interests of America, the planet, or life at heart.
The Secretary of State nominee, Rex Tillerson is currently CEO of Exxon, one of the largest oil companies in the world, and with his close ties to Vladimir Putin, Russia’s President and also owner of Russia’s largest oil company, it’s fair for us to wonder where this nominee’s priorities lie. He is also a noted climate change denier. It’s also important to note that, as I write this, Alleppo has fallen and countless acts of genocide are being committed, due in large part to the push by Russian troops. Is a Secretary of State so close with Putin someone we really want? Two people who don’t value life?
Who Do I Contact?
U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
423 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-6225
Phone: (202) 224-4651
The nominee for Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry, is on the board of the company currently defying the Army Corps of Engineers, and continuing to work at Standing Rock even as one of the other pipelines has burst in the area, leaking oil into the water. He is also a noted climate change denier. There has also been controversy with this agency during the transition, because Trump’s transition team requested the names of all staff appointed by Obama to work on climate change related projects. Fearing a “witch hunt” the agency has refused to comply, and is backing up all data, in the event that the next administration actually destroys scientific research and data having to do with climate change.
We also have the Secretary of the Interior nominee Cathy McMoriss Rodgers, another climate change denier who doesn’t seem to understand how science works, and yet is being put in charge of managing our public lands. Her priority: opening public lands up for exploitation by corporations. This agency also works to monitor and balance greenhouse gasses, and make sure some stay sequestered in trees, and none of our natural resources are used up too quickly or in a way that creates too much pollution. However, since she lacks a basic understanding of science, this is probably not the best job for her. She is expected to favor privatizing federal lands, opening them up to drilling and mining, undoing the Endangered Species Act, and lots more. Additionally this Department, sometimes called the “department of everything else” controls everything from OSHA, Civil Rights, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which is quite disturbing considering that many Native groups are suing the government over civil rights violations at Standing Rock, that Oil companies have been interested in opening more Native land up to drilling, and that this is the Department that would deal with allegations of impropriety or lack of safety at the workplace anywhere, not just at reservations.
Who Do I Contact Re: the Secretaries of Energy or Interior Nominations?
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
304 Dirksen Senate Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-4971
Fax: (202) 224-6163
Chairwoman, Lisa Murkowski
Ranking Democrat, Maria Cantwell
The nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency is Scott Pruitt, also noted climate change denier, a vocal opponent of the Clean Power Plan, and the Clean Water Rule, who has sued the EPA numerous times. He has been denounced by the conservative former Bush-era head of the EPA. In Pruitt’s home state fracking related issues such as access to clean water and the rise of fracking-caused earthquakes are on the rise, and yet he actively fights against regulation to alleviate these human-caused disasters, and is now being put in charge of the agency that regulates those very things.
Who Do I Contact?
Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
Majority Office410 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg.Washington, DC 20510-6175
456 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg.Washington, DC 20510-6175
Thanks again for being a part of the Postcard Brigade! Any correspondence you send or calls you make is a great help, especially this busy time of year. Even though this is a busy time of year, it’s a very important time to call, because our lawmakers know how valuable people’s time is right now, and also, they need to know where their constituents stand before the inauguration and before these issues come before their committees. If we’re vocal enough, these nominations may never even make it out of committee to the Senate floor!
We can protect the planet, we can protect the land and water that people need to survive, and we can protect the fundamental rights that people in this country rely on. We can show that we value life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness more than corporate greed, cronyism, and war-f0r-profit.
Call or write your representatives! See how many are on the same committees and write them a nice long letter! Make a game out of it with friends and family this holiday season. Send your representatives holiday cards letting them know where your values are.
We can do it together!