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environmental issues

58 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to American people with a moral conscience

Declaration repudiating Trump and Trumpism

Declaration repudiating Donald Trump, his words and actions, and asserting his essential and irremediable unfitness to serve as President of the United States of America We strongly and unequivocally believe it to be the responsibility of every citizen in a properly functioning democracy and normal political environment to accept the outcome of an election freely and fairly conducted and to acknowledge, despite differences of opinion with regard to public policy and political-economic philosophy, those declared winners of such an election as the electorate’s legitimate leaders and representatives. When, however, the citizens are asked to choose between doing what is morally right and carrying out what is their customary responsibility in a democratic society to accept an election outcome, an extraordinary situation has arisen. No citizen should feel or be compelled to take a position for the sake of political expedience that is in violation of fundamental and universal moral principles. In such instance, the citizens have a right – and even a responsibility – to take a stand against an immoral outcome which has been deceitfully attained. That right and responsibility may reach so far as to repudiate the declared winner of such election. To recognize as legitimate such a declared winner of an election would be to commit an immoral act, and no political authority or system can rightfully oblige the citizenry to commit a shameful act which is offensive to fundamental and universally recognized morality. Whereas Donald Trump as a presidential candidate, his key staff, and many of his supporters made explicitly clear during the campaign that they would not feel compelled to accept the outcome of the election if they were to lose, Whereas Donald Trump and elements of the Republic Party ran a campaign based and built upon divisiveness, bigotry, racism, incitement to hatred and even violence, hypocrisy, slanderous untruths, and misrepresentation to an extent so extreme as to be inconsistent with fundamental human, American, and democratic values, Whereas Donald Trump, in contrast to all other major party candidates in perhaps the entire history of the United States has uniquely shown himself by his words and actions to be morally and temperamentally unfit to serve as President of the United States of America, Whereas forces within the Federal Bureau of Investigation took blatant steps to influence the election of Donald Trump in the last 11 days of the campaign, doing so with facilitation from, and perhaps the outright complicity of, FBI director James Comey, and whereas forces from outside the United States used stolen and perhaps falsified emails of Democratic Party officials to influence the election in favor of Trump, and whereas the Trump–Pence campaign exploited the FBI’s irresponsible actions and the stolen materials to create, publish and broadcast patently untrue and defamatory advertisements in the traditional media and to circulate similarly untrue and defamatory messages on social media, Whereas Donald Trump, since being declared most probably to have received the majority of the Electoral College votes, albeit while receiving some 2 million fewer of the popular votes than did the candidate who was his nearest rival, has shown every indication by his words and action that he will refuse to be bound by generally and historically accepted standards to avoid conflicts of interest and would indeed endeavor to utilize the office of president to further enrich himself and his family, and Whereas populist, anti-democratic, demagogic, and potentially authoritarian forces and politicians also are gathering strength in other countries beyond the United States, and notably so in numerous European countries, and whereas these forces and politicians are finding inspiration, encouragement, and public support in the successes of Trump and the vile words and deeds of his most abhorrent supporters, and inasmuch as this phenomenon provides comfort to and encourages greater boldness in our nation’s adversaries even as it threatens our democracy, international cooperation and world peace, Therefore, we the undersigned and those who will support our nonpartisan position and efforts resolve and unambiguously declare that we do not and will never accept that Donald Trump can or does legitimately serve as president of our free country with its tradition of equality, toleration and decency, law and order, or that he should be regarded as legitimately so serving. For us to do otherwise would be to commit an egregiously immoral act. We further declare that we will actively and continuously oppose Donald Trump’s illegitimate and wrongfully obtained claim to the office of the President of the United States of America, and we denounce those within his circle and any other political leader, whether or not formerly or currently holding public office, who had supported or condoned his candidacy and his unjust claim to the office of president.    

Gale A. Kirking
1,192 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Andrew Wheeler

Save the Clean Air Act and the air that you breathe!

As Americans, we don’t expect to be poisoned by the air we breathe. However, a proposed regulatory change could do exactly that, and allow for the lawful release of potentially toxic chemicals into the air.  This ruling should have all Americans concerned! The EPA has submitted a proposed regulatory change, titled “Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Revisions to the Refrigerant Management Program’s Extension to Substitutes”.  This regulatory change, if allowed to pass, could negatively affect the laws for working with refrigerants, which are chemicals predominately used by Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration “HVACR”, and home appliance (refrigerator, freezer, etc.) technicians. Technicians are required to be certified to purchase and work with refrigerants used in home appliance, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. These refrigerants, which are chemical substances, can be poisonous to humans, and harmful to the environment. Thankfully, technicians are required to capture the refrigerants to ensure they are not released into the air. However, if this new regulation passes, this can all change. After decades of improving the quality of the air we breathe, these newly proposed regulations will turn back the clock. For countless Americans, this could mean the difference between life and death. The solution is simple, tell the EPA you do not want them to pass “Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Revisions to the Refrigerant Management Program’s Extension to Substitutes”.  However, the deadline for submitting comments is November 15, 2018.  Submit your comments at: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0629-0001 There is also a bi-partisan bill in the Senate, S. 2448, the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act of 2018. Contact your state Senator and ask them to support it. While there are a great many things that divide Americans, clean, toxin-free air, should not be one of them. Tell the EPA to keep refrigerant in the hands of trained professions, inside of your air conditioner, and out of your air!  

Jason Obrzut
615 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to St. Paul City Council

Support Sustainable To-Go Packaging in St. Paul

The City of St. Paul currently does not require restaurants and other retail food establishments to utilize sustainable to-go packaging.  As a result, a large portion of the waste in our waste stream is made up of non-recyclable items that once briefly contained food items for immediate consumption.  These items, mostly plastics, have negative effects on our environment (particularly our waterways) and contribute to environmental degradation of our community and beyond.  Minneapolis and St. Louis Park both recently adopted "to-go" food packaging ordinances, and we urge St. Paul to do the same. St. Paul's City Council voted on a Sustainable To-Go-Packaging Ordinance (see link for more details) in October 2017, and although there were hundreds of community members who supported the change, it did not pass.  It will once again be up for a vote on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018, and in an effort to support environmental sustainability, we urge the city to approve of the proposed changes to St. Paul Code of Ordinances Chapter 236 and require the use of compostable, reusable, or recyclable food packaging.  Proposals: "Amend the current ordinance to apply only to food packaging intended for immediate consumption. Provide 1 year between Council adoption and effective date of ordinance. (See Current Draft.) Require the use of compostable, reusable or recyclable food packaging except in cases where there are no commercially available alternatives. The following factors will be used in determining if there are any commercially available alternatives:Availability, Economic consequences, Competitive effects, Regional context (Items for which there are no commercially available alternatives would be considered an “exemption” to the requirement). Establish list of “exemptions” and process for annual review of “exemptions” at time of ordinance adoption. Tie the initiative to existing programs:o Recyclable or compostable will be defined by City’s residential recycling contacts. (This effort will not entail amending the contract.)o Ramsey County BizRecycling program Conduct business outreach and resource fairs during the proposed 1 year implementation period." Source: https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/safety-inspections/city-council-consider-ordinance-amendments-related-%E2%80%9C-go%E2%80%9D-food For more information, click here: https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/safety-inspections/city-council-consider-ordinance-amendments-related-%E2%80%9C-go%E2%80%9D-food We need your help!  In order to pass this we need: Residents to call their Council Member and voice their support!  Not sure who your City Council Member is?  Find your Ward and Council Member here: https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/city-council#iframe     Businesses who have successfully switched to compostable serviceware to let their voice be heard!  Does your favorite restaurant use compostable items?  Thank them and ask them to reach out to their Council Member too! Businesses who have NOT switched to compostable serviceware to understand the financial and environmental benefits of switching.  There are grants available to businesses to help with the transition, and they can save on their trash bill as recycled items (both regular recycling and organics) are not taxed!  More information can be found here: http://www.bizrecycling.com/  To share this petition widely!  We can't do it with YOU!

Victoria Downey
249 supporters