Take Action: May 15, 2017 Support environmental protections and agreements

Consider supporting EPA regulations and the Paris agreement. The Paris agreement, signed in 2015 by 196 countries including the US, asks each country to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to regularly increase their ambitions. The US pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025. Here’s ten things you should know, according to the Nature Conservancy.  This article also makes the case for the Paris Agreement from a business perspective.

Senior administration officials have begun meeting to discuss whether the US should abandon the agreement. According to the Washington Post, officials are considering whether the US should “stay in the agreement but renegotiate it in some form, or opt out entirely. Even if Trump decides to abandon the agreement — which is not a treaty, and therefore did not undergo Senate ratification — it may take three years for the United States to formally withdraw from it.”

  • Today is the last day to submit comments on the Trump- proposed rollbacks of EPA protections.  Here are 23 of them.  For those of us needing a little help figuring how to do the comments on the EPA, this explanation from Indivisible Ventura can help.
  • Contact EPA Chief Scott Pruitt who opposes the Paris Agreement, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry who wants to revise the agreement, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who wants to stay in the agreement. Tell them that climate change is real, and that we cannot afford to wait any longer to cut harmful carbon emissions and combat climate change.
    • EPA Chief Scott Pruit: Write: Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20460. Or more info here.
    • Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson (his Contact Us page is impossible!): Call: 202-647-4000. Or write: Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, U.S. Department of State, 2201 C Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20520
    • Secretary of Energy Rick Perry: Email: Secretary@hq.doe.gov. Phone: 202-586-5000. Fax: 202-586-4403. Mail: U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20585
  • Oppose the EPA’s waiving of regulations on the neurotoxin, chlorpyrifos.
    Visit the EPA chlorpyrifos comment page by June 5. Click dark blue button on right. POSSIBLE SCRIPT: I object to the denial of the petition to revoke tolerance for chlorpyrifos, a dangerous chemical that causes birth defects and neurological damage. The MSDS states, “Fetotoxicity and fetal developmental abnormalities were observed in a chronic ingestion study of pregnant mice . . . Effects reported in [human] workers repeatedly exposed include impaired memory and concentration, acute psychosis, severe depressions, social withdrawal, confusion, headache, speech difficulties, delayed reaction times, spatial disorientation, nightmares, sleepwalking, and drowsiness or insomnia.” Most farmers know to use less harmful, more effective chemicals to solve pest problems. All tolerances for this chemical should be revoked.