Petition to Donald Trump, Myron Ebell
Ask Trump to Clarify and Carefully Consider His Energy and Regulation Policies.
To President-elect, Donald Trump, We, concerned Americans, ask that you please carefully consider the potentially disastrous impacts your energy and regulation policies will have on our future. Our hope is that when you become president, you will confer with and give reasonable deference to legitimate experts in the fields of energy and climate change who may guide your policies in an informed and sustainable direction. Climate change is considered by a host of world leaders in both business and government to be the single greatest threat facing the future of the global economy and humanity in general. (See the Statement of G8 Climate Change Roundtable, created by 23 of the world’s leading global companies, which calls on businesses and governments to coordinate vigorous responses to climate change. See also statements made by President Obama in his 2015 State of the Union Address, as well as statements from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President of the French Republic Francois Hollande, Pope Francis, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, among others. See also “The Paris Agreement,” negotiated at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC, in which more than 100 countries agreed to make efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with the aim of slowing the effects of climate change). If we do not change our global behaviors, we will continue on a path of devastating and irreparable damage to our health, our economy, and our planet, which eventually will no longer be able to sustain human life. According to the EPA, unless we take immediate actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and avoid many of the adverse impacts of climate change, the U.S. in particular faces grave consequences which are expected to increase in both magnitude and frequency over the coming decades, with significant risks to human health, the economy, and the environment (EPA. 2015. Climate Change in the United States: Benefits of Global Action. United States Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Atmospheric Programs, EPA 430-R-15-001.). The EPA estimates that inaction will cost the U.S. $trillions in damages and remediation over the next 75 years. Without greenhouse gas emission reduction programs, unmitigated sea level rise and storm surge will wreak havoc on our infrastructure, causing an estimated $3.1 billion in additional damages to coastal properties in the year 2100 (as compared to a future with policy action), $4.2-$7.4 billion associated with maintenance and repair of roadways and bridges that will become structurally compromised, and $50 million-$6.4 billion in costs to adapt our stormwater drainage systems (Id. at 32). Extreme temperatures and increased air pollution will result in an estimated 57,000 additional deaths from poor air quality, 12,000 additional deaths from extreme temperatures, approximately $110 billion in lost labor, and $2.6-$3 billion in damages from poor water quality (Id. at 22). Increased inland flooding would cause anywhere from $38 million-$2.8 billion in damages (Id. at 52). Severe and extreme droughts would increase by 40%-59%, causing the loss of an additional 6.0-7.9 million acres of forests to wildfires, and water shortages costing key economic sectors $11-$180 billion in damages (Id. at 50). Changes in temperature and precipitation, more frequent and severe extreme weather events, and increased stress from pests and diseases will cost the agricultural sector $6.6-$11 billion, and the forestry sector $520 million to $1.5 billion in damages (Id. at 58). Changes in migrations; habitat shifts; food chain disruptions; and increases in pathogens, parasites, and diseases will elevate the risk of extinction for many species (Id. at 64). By 2100, approximately 35% of Hawaii’s coral reefs will be lost, the shellfish population will decrease by approximately 29%-37%, and an estimated 230,000-360,000 acres of coldwater fish habitat will be lost (Id). Furthermore, storm surges, increased temperatures and effects on the water supply will stress our aging power grids, costing the U.S. an estimated $10-$34 billion in power system costs (Id. at 44). We understand that your primary concern is economic security and global preeminence in our present time, but are you willing to achieve this regardless of its unsustainable consequences and at the cost of continued severe and irreversible harm to our future security and our environment? You want to invest in the continued development of fossil fuels rather than develop clean, renewable technology. You claim that these natural resources are a treasure trove of economic opportunity for America, a gold mine which will lead to millions of jobs and energy independence. Even if this were true, the continued and expansive use of fossil fuels will have disastrous consequences on public health and our economy in the future. Increasing temperatures, rising sea levels, and the deterioration of biodiversity as a result of increased air pollutants will destroy our coastlines, infrastructure, and agricultural sectors, inevitably sending us into a state of national emergency which will cost $trillions to address. The shortsighted pursuit of economic superiority is not worth the risk to the safety and security of America’s future. We believe, rather, that moving away from fossil fuels and investing in clean energy technologies, such as solar, wind, geothermal, and even nuclear can more sustainably lead America to energy independence and economic superiority, as well as a healthy climate. Your “America First Energy Plan” proposes to unleash the wealth of America’s fossil fuel reserves, including “clean coal,” and “[e]ncourage[s] the use of natural gas and other American energy resources that will both reduce emissions but also reduce the price of energy and increase our economic output.” (https://www.donaldjtrump.com/policies/energy/). How will this be done in concert with reducing emissions and conserving our natural habitats, as the plan claims? Let alone while preserving the overall wellbeing of our most valuable resource—our environment? You claim that investing in “clean coal” technology will lower our energy costs while creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs. You want to “[e]liminate our most intrusive regulations, like the Waters of The U.S. Rule,” and “scrap the EPA’s so-called Clean Power Plan which the government estimates will cost $7.2 billion a year.” (https://www.donaldjtrump.com/policies/regulations/). But experts estimate that Carbon Capture and Storage technology—methods used to make "clean coal" production possible—will cost anywhere from $15-$30 billion to implement over the next 10 years, and will be less cost effective than conventional power plants (Garber, Kent. "Why Clean Coal Is Years Away." US News. U.S. News & World Report L.P., 17 Mar. 2009. Web. 14 Nov. 2016.). And while we will be investing America’s future in this hazardous and eventually obsolete technology, we will be falling behind other nations in the advancement of renewable alternatives, which will significantly disadvantage our economic position in the future. In the meantime, expanding coal production and fracking for natural gas will have devastating impacts on our communities and natural environment. Many of the mountains and hillsides which so many Americans enjoy and depend on will be stripped away for mining. Valuable waters of the United States will be used and contaminated. A growing number of miners will face increased safety and health risks, of whom 50-60 die every year in mining accidents (Kerley, David, and Michael Murray. "Mining: The Most Dangerous Job?" ABC News. ABC News Network, 2010. Web. 14 Nov. 2016.). Increasing amounts of energy will be required and disturbing levels of pollution emitted in the transportation of coal and other resources. Moreover, it must be considered that even with “clean coal” technology, waste is not actually avoided but simply transferred from one depository, like the atmosphere, to another, like the sea or beneath the earth’s surface (IPCC special report on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage. Prepared by working group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Metz, B., O. Davidson, H. C. de Coninck, M. Loos, and L.A. Meyer (eds.). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA, 442 pp. Available in full at www.ipcc.ch). President-elect Trump, we worry that your plans ignore the long-term consequences of their implementation. You want to make our economy great again, but we are concerned that it will be at the risk of bankrupting our environment and America’s future. Please tell us in detail how you plan to address these issues, and what you plan to do not only to make America great again, but to ensure that it remains that way for generations to come.
Petition to European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Investment Bank, World Bank’s International Finance Corporation
Save the Blue Heart of Europe
Some of the most stunningly beautiful rivers in the world are located in the Balkan region. Known as the Blue Heart of Europe, these are the last wild rivers on the European continent. These critical rivers are currently being decimated by the building of dams for hydropower projects. International banks have poured millions of dollars into destructive hydropower development in the region. More than 3,000 hydropower dams and diversions are proposed or being built on wild rivers in the Balkans—with almost half in protected areas. These projects would permanently damage the last untamed rivers in Europe—impacting wildlife, like the critically endangered Balkan Lynx. We must stop this. Join Patagonia in calling on international banks like World Bank’s International Finance Corporation to end their Balkan hydropower investments before the last wild rivers in Europe are irreversibly destroyed. These dams and river-draining diversions will destroy Albania’s Vjosa—the largest and last untamed river in Europe, send the already threatened Danube Salmon to extinction in Bosnia, displace culturally significant communities, and destroy freshwater resources throughout the region. We can win this fight. Last year U.S. Bank, after mounting pressure from environmental advocates, pulled gas and oil pipelines from its list of investments. They are the fifth largest commercial bank in the United States. Your signature could be what helps us convince these banks to do the right thing too. To see how beautiful these rivers are, watch the video on our petition and add your name to help us save the Blue Heart of Europe.
Petition to Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Tampa City Council
If you want more solar in FL, support Tampa's "Ready for 100%" clean energy campaign!
Nearly 100 cities across the U.S. have embraced renewables as their power source by committing to transition to 100 percent clean energy. From San Diego to Abita Springs, Louisiana, from Salt Lake City to St. Petersburg, Florida, big cities and small towns know that clean energy is the way to cleaner air, climate action, better jobs, and a stronger economy. Yet few of these commitments would be possible without the leadership of a visionary mayor. That’s why Organize Florida, the Sierra Club, and a Coalition of other organizations in Tampa are working on the Mayors for 100% Clean Energy campaign, to urge Mayor Bob Buckhorn to endorse a vision of 100 percent clean energy. Mayor Buckhorn knows that we need to address the flooding in our city, so why wouldn't he want to address one of the root causes of the flooding - sea level rise due to climate change? He was also one of the mayors to sign on to the Paris Climate Agreement. Today, we offer him the opportunity to lead the way right here at home. Indeed, mayors know firsthand the harmful effects that pollution, the high cost of energy, and climate change have on people and families in their cities. From increased rates of asthma to missed days of school and work, mayors see how dirty fuels like coal and gas harm our health and put entire communities at risk. They’ve witnessed how fossil fuel companies and utilities have held cities back by locking us into costly, polluting energy while fighting or stalling affordable clean energy solutions. Many mayors govern cities that are grappling with the increasing risks associated with climate change, which put a strain on city budgets and infrastructure. But mayors are also at the vanguard of innovative, bipartisan solutions. Mayors Philip Levine of Miami Beach, Jackie Biskupski of Salt Lake City, Kevin Faulconer of San Diego, and Steve Benjamin of Columbia, South Carolina share a commitment to lead their communities and the nation toward a cleaner, more reliable and affordable energy. As co-chairs of Mayors For 100% Clean Energy, these mayors are leading by example and inviting their peers across the country to join them in supporting a transition to clean, renewable energy. Mayors have a way of elevating issues when their time has come. We are in such a moment. A majority of Americans want clean air, clean water, and clean energy. Americans oppose cuts to environmental protections and they opposed cuts to the agencies that keep us safe from pollution. By a more than 5 to 1 margin, voters say the U.S. should keep its commitment to the Paris Agreement to reduce carbon pollution and address climate change. And too many American lives are lost, especially in low income communities and communities of color, to the impacts of dirty fuels. The Trump administration has made abundantly clear that it is hell bent on gutting bedrock environmental protections and putting dirty energy interests first—even if it means putting millions of Americans at risk of illness, disease and even premature death. We can meet these challenges head-on by leading the transition away from fossil fuels in our cities, our towns, and our communities. Cities are uniquely positioned to drive the innovation, creativity, ideas, and solutions needed to tackle the pressing social and economic issues we are facing. A growing trend among cities committing to 100 percent renewable energy demonstrates the ambition of mayors, in red states and blue, to articulate a vision for our country that is aligned with the will and well-being of the people. 100 percent renewable energy is both the right thing and the smart thing to do. In 100 percent cities like Georgetown, Texas, wind and solar provided an affordable and stable energy solution that shelters residents from the fluctuating costs of dirty fuels. Georgetown is now one of the first cities to run entirely on renewable energy. Clean energy is saving schools, businesses, and faith communities serious money! Schools are saving millions of dollars that they are putting money back into the classroom after investing in solar. Churches are reinvesting in programs like food banks that serve low-income and impoverished communities with the money they save from going solar. Now is the time to transition from dirty fuels to 100 percent clean energy! Committing to 100 percent renewable energy will make cities and towns healthier and stronger today and in the future. Whether you’re a mayor or an activist you can take action now -- step up and support 100 percent clean and renewable energy in your community. We must urge Mayor Buckhorn to sign the Ready for 100 proclamation, which you can see at the following link: https://www.sierraclub.org/sites/www.sierraclub.org/files/blog/1518%20Mayors4CleanEnergy_8.5x11Petition_02_fillable.pdf
Petition to Governor Ducey
Tell Gov. Ducey: Use Arizona's VW Funds For Electric School Buses
Herlinda Calderón is an Arizonan mother. Her kids ride buses to school in Phoenix every day. With Arizona’s capital ranked among the most polluted cities in the nation, she knows the dangers of air pollution all too well. When we met Herlinda, she told our team, “Buses shouldn’t run over education with their pollution…investment needs to be made on buses that don’t pollute the environment and the air that our children breathe.” Arizona is set to receive $57 million as part of a settlement after Volkswagen illegally polluted our air for decades. Governor Ducey will be deciding soon what to do with the money. We're demanding he use it to upgrade Arizona’s aging dirty diesel bus fleets to zero-emissions electric school buses, protecting the 300,000 schoolchildren who ride buses, as well as the countless communities they drive through, every single day. It’s almost impossible to think of a reason NOT to upgrade our polluting school buses! Zero-emissions electric buses would immediately reduce the toxic pollutants our family communities and kids breathe in every day, save school districts money on the dirty diesel fuel they’re buying right now, create new jobs for local professionals to maintain the buses, and take a step in the right direction to fight climate change. Asthma is the single biggest factor for kids missing school, and dirty diesel school buses are a huge contributor to that fact. We're expecting an announcement on what Arizona will do with the money at any time, so we need to act fast! We’re knocking on hundreds of doors and talking to people across Arizona to get Governor Ducey to act, but we need you right now. Tell Ducey not to waste any time and use the Volkswagen settlement funding for zero-emissions electric school buses!
Petition to Assemblymember Chris Holden, Assemblymember Jim Patterson, Assemblymember Autumn Burke, Assemblymember Phillip Chen, Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham, Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman, Assemblymember James Gallagher, Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, Assemblymember Chad Mayes, Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi, Assemblymember Bill Quirk, Assemblymember Eloise Gomez Reyes, Assemblymember Miguel Santiago, CC: Californians for Energy Choice, Assemblymember Phil Ting
Sign To Stop Attack On Local Clean Energy In California SB 237 Committee Votes Next Month!
Sign to stop SB 237, a fossil fuel industry giveaway that will kill local clean energy in California!Next month the California Assembly Appropriations Committee will vote on a zombie bill (originally from 2015) that will remove all restrictions on the sale of polluting fossil fuel based 'Direct Access' electricity from large private energy corporations to big commercial customers.'Direct Access' means that big dirty energy corporations can sell polluting electricity directly to other corporations at dirt cheap prices, without supporting local community energy programs at all. This would put California's booming local clean energy movement out of business!SB 237 would decimate community based clean energy programs by stealing all large commercial customers away from them, undermine renewable mandates by favoring fossil fuel corporations, perpetuate fire dangers by entrenching dependence on dangerous long range transmission lines, and could trigger another California energy crisis by collapsing the state's clean energy market.
Petition to California State House, California State Senate, California Governor, Ben Allen, Steven Bradford, Al Muratsuchi, Joe Buscaino, Dr. Clark Parker Sr., William Burke
Take Action to ban hydrofluoric acid in CA refineries - Please FWD
As a critical and time-sensitive public safety issue, we call on California lawmakers to vote in favor of AB 1645 and AQMD Board Members to adopt Rule 1410 to BAN and REPLACE MHF and HF alkylation at California refineries. We recommend a deadline of 2022 for elimination of MHF/HF alkylation, to be replaced with an alternative of the refinery’s choice. Commercially available options include sulfuric acid, ionic liquid, and solid acid catalyst. The industry is mounting massive lobbying and PR campaigns to thwart both efforts. Don’t listen to the industry’s misleading economic scare tactics. The community must rise up to show massive support for AB 1645 and Rule 1410. If we do, we can win this battle. We survived the Torrance refinery shut down; a MHF transition should be shorter and have less impact. After signing this petition visit TRAASouthBay.com to send letters of support to the SCAQMD board and CA legislators and sign up for TRAA’s twice-a-month newsletter to COORDINATE with us and follow the news. For a lawn sign, write to LawnSigns@TRAASouthBay.com. You can donate online at TRAASouthBay.com. “LIKE” Torrance Refinery Action Alliance on Facebook and like and share our posts. fb.me/BanMHF Learn more on the website. TELL YOUR FRIENDS. Come to a TRAA meeting to work with your neighbors on this cause, the 1st and 3rd Monday each month (except holidays) 6:00-8:00 p.m. Sizzler 2880 Sepulveda Blvd, Torrance. Back room. Or email TRAASouthBay@gmail.org to offer help. ALERT: This affects residents in Torrance, Redondo Beach, Gardena, Carson, Lawndale, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Wilmington, L.A., Lomita, Rolling Hills, San Pedro, Palos Verdes Estates, West Rancho Dominguez, and Long Beach, California. BACKGROUND During the February 18, 2015 explosion at the Torrance refinery, a flying 80,000 lb. piece of equipment slammed down at 60 MPH just 5 ft. from a tank with 50,000 lb. of modified hydrofluoric acid (MHF). Federal safety officials say the surrounding communities "dodged a bullet.” The Chemical Safety Board says that accident could have been catastrophic. One of the world’s most dangerous industrial chemicals, hydrofluoric acid (HF), is used in massive quantities in only two California refineries, Torrance and the Valero in Wilmington. The eight other CA refineries with alkylation units use a much safer alternative — sulfuric acid. HF refineries claim an additive mixed in with the HF makes it safe. But with only one or two additive molecules per hundred molecules of MHF, it’s too little to make a difference. “Modified” HF (MHF) is just as deadly as HF. If released, it forms a ground-hugging cloud that can drift for miles, causing death and injury. The refineries’ other mitigation measures, like water sprays and barriers, are also ineffective. Mass casualties can result from an MHF release — wind direction determines who dies. The US EPA has conducted a preliminary investigation into MHF http://bit.ly/2poBJro. The AQMD has reviewed innumerable technical documents from the refineries. (Chart 5, http://bit.ly/2wBHeUh) Both this preliminary EPA inspection report and the initial AQMD staff recommendations were that MHF risk is assumed identical to HF risk. The US Chemical Safety Board and Department of Justice have sued ExxonMobil to get proprietary information on MHF. The 2015 accident could have created an HF plume large enough to cause 16 miles of serious irreversible injuries. Death would be possible within the first 8 miles. In 2015 the air was moving to the WSW so the plume would have headed out to sea. People would have died all the way to the Redondo Beach pier. Twenty three schools lie within the main debris field left by the explosion. Even if emergency systems kept 90% of the tank’s acid from escaping, the remaining 5,000 lb. acid plume would have been large enough to kill people nearly all the way to the beach. The EPA's, CSB’s, and AQMD’s MHF investigations are due to activism and scientific sleuthing by local residents, who joined forces in the Torrance Refinery Action Alliance (TRAA). Local scientists on our Advisory Panel discovered MHF is over 98% HF by molecule count and behaves exactly like HF at normal refinery operating temperatures and pressures. http://bit.ly/2p6dPCn The industry has been lying to us for 27 years. MHF is no safer than HF. Yet, industry is still lying. It’s up to us, the residents. The South Bay must not accept the status of “sacrifice zone” to benefit PBF in Torrance and Valero in Wilmington, or to avoid a short one-time disruption during the transition. How much are more than a half-million Californians worth? See our website to write to legislators and AQMD board members. TRAASouthBay.org You can also call or fax! California Governor Jerry Brown Phone: (916) 445-2841 Fax: (916) 558-3160 email: https://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/index.php California State Senator Ben Allen Capitol Office (916) 651-4026 District Office (310) 318-6994 email http://sd26.senate.ca.gov/contact/message California State Senator Steven Bradford Capitol Office (916) 651-4035 District Office (310) 514-8573 email http://sd35.senate.ca.gov/contact California State Assembly Al Muratsuchi Capitol office (916) 319-2066 District Office (310) 375-0691 email: https://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=AD66
Petition to Jared Carpenter, Robert Stivers, Julie Adams, Ralph Alvarado, Joe Bowen, Tom Buford, Danny Carroll, Julian Carroll, Perry Clark, C.B. Embry, Rick Girdler, David Givens, Denise Harper Angel, Ernie Harris, Jimmy Higdon, Paul Hornback, Stan Humphries, Ray Jones, Alice Kerr, Christian McDaniel, Morgan McGarvey, Stephen Meredith, Gerald Neal, Dennis Parrett, Dorsey Ridley, Albert Robinson, John Schickel, Wil Schroder, Dan Seum, Brandon Smith, Damon Thayer, Reginald Thomas, Johnny Turner, Robin Webb, Stephen West, Whitney Westerfield, Mike Wilson, Max Wise
Save rooftop solar in Kentucky! Stop Kentucky House Bill 227
If Kentucky House Bill 227 passes: Homeowners and small businesses won't be able to afford to install rooftop solar systems. Kentucky's local solar installation businesses will be forced out of business. Solar installers will lose their jobs. Out-of-state monopoly utilities will corner the market on solar and increase their profits. NOTE: Please include your city and state so your representative will know you are one of their constituents. Kentucky House Bill 227 will make rooftop solar economically unfeasible by cutting the net metering credit by 70%. The monopoly utility companies are trying to extend their monopolies to Kentuckian's rooftops by drastically weakening net metering. They have disregarded several studies that show that net metering benefits utilities and all their customers. They haven't presented any data to show that net metering is hurting them or other customers. Fair net metering rates should be determined by a thorough look at real data presented to the PSC. Instead the utilities are using out-of-state fossil fuel industry lobbyists to spread disinformation. These same lobbyists are calling Kentuckians with false claims about how HB 227 will result in more solar and offering to connect those people with their representative's office to say they support it. Kentucky is 48th in the nation for solar-friendly policies. The only positive policy that we have is our net metering policy (which is already far more limited than other states). If HB 227 passes we will drop to last place.
Petition to Carlos Chacon, Mayor Carolyn Goodman
Save the Las Vegas Alternative Fuel Permit program
In the City of Las Vegas - there are 1000s of people who are dependent on the electric charging stations at City Hall Parking and surrounding areas. People commute everyday from all over to work who depend on these chargers to get home. This year, I bought an electric car as a project to start a car sharing program EVLV - that is dedicated to getting Electric Vehicles in the hands of those who cannot afford to buy one - but would benefit from access. The Alternative Fuel program helps its users so much with costs of owning an electric vehicle with incentives like "Free Parking" at all the meters around the city, Free Charging for users at city hall (24 hr access). This has helped tremendously because I know that even though I made the decision to invest money in Electric upfront - the possibilities of the long term benefits are endless. The city supplements this program by charging the users a small fee of $20 a year to maintain the program in accordance with the easement agreement with NV energy. Recently the city has gone in a different direction - decided to partner with an alternative partner and small business to put independent solar charging stations around the city. While this is progressive and is positive - canceling the already in place Alternative Fuel program is a step backwards. Please join me and the 1000s of users who depend on this program to commute to work and help impact the environment of Las Vegas and the world to help save this program and show that we NEED this program to survive. I am one voice - but with your signature we can keep moving forward and continue to making a stride to help the city and its users see the benefits of clean energy.