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climate change

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Petition to Arctic Slope Regional Corporation

Protect polar bears. No oil drilling in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge

Right now, a company you’ve probably never heard of is lobbying the Department of Interior to speed through environmental impact surveys so they can drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Home to polar bears and caribou, and the Gwich'in Athabascan Native Americans. It’s the last untouched slice of nature in the United States. If there’s an open season on oil and gas in ANWR, it will be yet another instance of public lands being parcelled off by the Trump Administration. Tell the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation to get out of ANWR. In 2017, Arctic Slope spent $590,000 lobbying the federal government to open ANWR up to oil and gas development. Ryan Zinke even appointed one of Arctic Slope’s top executives to a major post at the Department of Interior. Zinke’s office isn’t alone, in 2017 Arctic Slope lobbied the Senate to allow drilling in ANWR’s 1.5 million acre coastal plane. But before oil companies can buy leases, environmental impact surveys have to happen. Under Ryan Zinke, these surveys have been cut to ram the process through as quickly as possible. Lease sales could start as early as 2019! The size of South Carolina, since 1960 ANWR has been protected from oil and gas development. There are no roads and no towns; only the occasional hiker. The Gwich'in Athabascan Native Americans have relied on migrating caribou in ANWR for millennia. There are also 900 threatened polar bears who call ANWR home. Climate change is peeling away ice sheets that restrict their ability to find food. If oil and gas companies start drilling in ANWR, it could be the end of the Gwich’in Native Americans and America’s polar bears. Wildlife and communities shouldn’t be put into harm's way for nominal profits, tell Arctic Slope that ANWR is off limits! Communities across the U.S. are still reeling from decades old oil spills like Exxon Valdez and Deepwater Horizon, if an oil spill happens in the Arctic, it would have devastating consequences. Tell Arctic Slope ANWR isn’t for oil and gas.

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3,594 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Florida State Senate

Demand Florida expand hurricane building codes to cover the Panhandle

After hurricane Andrew struck the Miami area in 1992, Florida created stringent building codes for all new homes built near the Atlantic coast, but those codes didn’t apply the same to the Panhandle. In the wake of Hurricane Michael’s devastation it’s never been more clear - Florida’s hurricane resilient building codes need to apply to the entire state. Tell Florida’s State Senate to expand existing building regulations to protect all Floridians from category-5 winds. A single home left standing on Mexico Beach was built by the owners to withstand anything nature could throw at it, up to 250 MPH winds. Their story is isolated, for most the devastation from Michael has completely changed their lives. The storm surge flooded whole neighborhoods up to the rooflines, while the sustained 155 MPH winds toppled homes. Some houses built since the 2002 building codes came into effect suffered damage but were still standing. Hurricane seasons are only getting worse for all parts of the Sunshine State. Tell the Florida State Senate to expand existing building codes - make the entire state resilient to dangerous hurricanes. Florida’s current codes are applied unevenly, people in hurricane-prone South Florida have to build structures to withstand strong category-5 hurricanes with up to 175 MPH winds. While new structures in the Panhandle near Mexico Beach only have to withstand 120-140 MPH winds, or a category-3 or 4 hurricane. After the unprecedented devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria last year, meteorologists are considering creating a new scale to account for category-6 hurricanes. People don’t need to lose their homes or their lives to devastating hurricanes. Urge Florida’s Senate to update building codes. All of Florida’s coastal communities need to be protected from deadly hurricanes.

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2,025 supporters
Started 5 days ago

Petition to Marathon Oil

Tell Marathon to get out of U.S. car emissions policies

Car companies don’t want it. Americans don’t want it. But oil companies do. Right now, a group of American oil companies, led by Marathon, is pushing the federal government to remove car emissions standards so they can make even more money. Marathon has expanded their operations and is now the largest oil refiner in the United States. If Americans are forced to buy cars that need more gas, Marathon and others can sell more oil. Tell Marathon to back off clean air standards, car emissions policies need to get better, not disappear overnight. Oil companies shouldn’t be setting emissions policies, but for years Marathon has been working behind the scenes to gut car emissions standards. They worked in conjunction with other oil companies to launch Facebook ads under a group founded by an oil lobbyist, Energy4US. The ads directed people to submit comments to the Department of Transportation for ‘affordable energy’. But they haven’t stopped there, Marathon worked closely with well connected oil-industry groups and a network of conservative lobbyists to influence and re-write state-level car emissions standards. They’ve also joined with the Koch Brothers to push forward an eight-word long bill in the House, “to repeal the corporate average fuel economy standards.” Essentially, to remove all car emissions standards. Not only would a car emissions roll back contribute towards climate change, it would harm the health of millions of Americans. Half of all Americans breathe polluted air everyday. Passenger cars and heavy duty trucks account for roughly 50% of all emissions in the United States with current emissions policies. Air pollution increases the rates of asthma and the risks of developing cancer. In the U.S., it causes 30,000 premature deaths every year. Oil giants like Marathon have no business influencing clean air and emissions policies that impact the health and welfare of millions of Americans. Tell Marathon to back off clean air.

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24 supporters