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Tell State Senators: Vote NO on Environmental Rollbacks

email from PennFuture

PennFuture is continuing its fight against legislation that would turn the clock back on environmental protection, and we need your help and your action TODAY. We need you to use your voices to fight a destructive bill that is moving through the Pennsylvania State Senate, aimed at dismantling environmental protections across the Commonwealth.

House Bill 2154 is likely to be voted on in the Senate in the next TWO DAYS and we need you to help stop it NOW. Tell your Senator to vote NO on this dangerous rollback. This bill passed the PA House of Representatives in June and is now being fast-tracked through the State Senate. We need you to urge them to safeguard the air you breathe and the water you drink rather than turn a blind eye to polluting companies acting in bad faith.

House Bill 2154 would significantly change the environmental requirements for conventional oil and gas drilling operators, putting clean air and pure water in jeopardy.

It would reenact the Oil and Gas Act of 1984 for conventional oil and gas drilling operators, turning back the clock on standards by 34 years, rejecting modern technology.

It promotes the use of drilling fluids and wastewater without any supporting scientific evidence deeming it safe for the public, potentially leaving your family at risk. This broadly threatens surface water in rural areas, where many of the highest quality streams and headwaters are located.

This bill opens the door to more drilling operations across Pennsylvania, which further endangers our air and water.

This bill eliminates protections for public resources, such as parks, forests and wildlife preserves.

It will weaken public health regulations in favor of profits for polluters.

Your continued action is needed now. Please contact your state senators and urge them to vote NO on rolling back Pennsylvania’s environmental protections!

TAKE ACTION

Global warming impacts hurricanes, of course, but also tsunamis

From Dr. James Hansen, long a top climate scientist, formerly at NASA, now at Columbia University, in “Ex-NASA Scientist Dr. James Hansen: We Need to Act Now to Preserve Our Planet for Future Generations, Democracy Now!, 10/10/18, asked by Amy Goodman about the connection of global warming to Hurricane Michael and the recent tsunami in Indonesia:

“…when you add the human-caused increase in sea level to the tsunami, it makes it more damaging. That has been actually apparent on the recent hurricanes hitting the United States. The sea level—global average sea level has gone up by 20 centimeters because of greenhouse warming, which is about 8 inches, but along the coast, eastern coast, of the United States, it’s about twice as much. And when you add that sea level rise to the storm surges, it makes them that much worse.

“And, of course, the warming also increases the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere, increases the rainfall totals. And so, the global warming effect has been making hurricane effects significantly larger. There’s also a recent paper by James Kossin which argues that the speed, the translation speed of these storms, in many cases, has been slowed down, and that in the case of the Houston and the Carolinas hurricanes, they moved slowly, and so the rainfall totals were exceptionally large. And this is attributable—the slowing of the speed, in general, can be related to the global warming….”

read the full interview at Democracy Now!.

Add Your Name: Support a Green New Deal!

Sierra Club petition

A Green New Deal would put people to work in good union jobs, while enabling communities to invest in projects like removing lead from drinking water, retrofitting buildings to make them more efficient, and expanding our clean energy grid. These investments can play a critical role in fighting climate change and reducing racial and economic inequity by prioritizing benefits for working class families, communities of color, immigrants, and others who’ve borne the brunt of the fossil fuel economy.

Many states and cities already have a head start in adopting Green New Deal policies, creating momentum for national action! …

read more and sign petition: Sierra Club

No Bees, No Food

from PennEnvironment

Millions of bees are dying off, with alarming consequences for our environment and our food supply. We rely on bees to pollinate everything from almonds to strawberries to the alfalfa used to feed dairy cows. What happens if the bees disappear? It’s simple: No bees, no food.
Let’s give bees a chance

In recent years, beekeepers report they’re losing on average 30% of all honeybee colonies each winter — twice the loss considered economically tolerable.

We rely on bees to pollinate 71 of the 100 crops that provide 90% of most of the world’s food. Imagine no almonds, fewer apples and strawberries, less alfalfa to feed dairy cows, and the list goes on.

Scientists point to several causes behind the problem, including global warming, habitat loss, and parasites. But more and more studies are showing that a class of bee-killing insecticides known as neonicotinoids (or neonics) are a clear culprit to the colony collapse occurring with bees….

keep reading at from PennEnvironment

Act Now: Protesting Shouldn’t Be A Felony

Text and petition from Sierra Club

To please corporate interests, our elected officials are willing to make protests a felony. SB 652 would make trespass on or in a ‘critical infrastructure facility’ a felony. The bill broadly defines ‘critical infrastructure’ to include oil refineries, natural gas facilities and pipelines, railroad tracks, cell towers, and many other sites.

Under this bill, what are currently summary or misdemeanor offenses, would become felonies punishable by up to two years in prison and minimum fines of $5,000 – $10,000. This bill would even make it illegal to plan a protest that would involve trespass, regardless of whether or not you actually trespass.

It’s no coincidence that this bill has been introduced in Pennsylvania, where there’s been continuous opposition to proposed natural gas infrastructure. This is an obvious attempt to silence and suppress those who speak out against environmental degradation and corporate recklessness.

This terrible bill has already passed the Senate. Let’s make sure it goes no further.