132 petitions

Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, John Barrasso, Tom Carper, James Inhofe, Shelley Capito, John Boozman, Roger Wicker, Deb Fischer, Jerry Moran, Mike Rounds, Joni Ernst, Dan Sullivan, Richard Shelby, Bernie Sanders, Ben Cardin, Sheldon Whitehouse, Jeff Merkley, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker, Edward Markey, Tammy Duckworth

Tell Congress to Maintain EPA & NOAA Funding

Protect Our Oceans. Protect Our Health. Protect Our EPA & NOAA. The White House recently proposed debilitating budget and workforce cuts for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) starting this October when the 2018 fiscal year begins. Every department seems to be affected; from environmental justice programs and science education, to research and monitoring. In the new administration’s plan, many critical ocean grants, programs, and services will be completely eliminated unless our representatives and legislators vote against the cuts in Congress. This comes at a critical time when America’s coastal infrastructure is failing in the face of intensifying storms and rising seas associated with climate change. We should be doubling down on efforts to prepare and defend our coastlines. We should be empowering scientists, researchers, and youth in America to become stewards for our ocean and environment. We should be investing our hard-earned tax dollars into the next generation of ocean innovation. Instead, the proposals drastically reduce fundamental resources to prepare and respond to environmental emergencies. The White House’s plan includes slashing the EPA budget by 31 percent — to the tune of $2.6 billion — and reducing staff by more than 3,200 people The EPA is already operating on a lean budget – federal funding has been decreased by over $2 billion since 2010. Nearly three-quarters of the EPA’s annual budget goes toward funding grants for states, tribes, and contractors. These grants aid crucial environmental cleanup, monitoring, and preparedness efforts. Commonly known for its weather forecasting services, NOAA also leads the nation on climate monitoring, fisheries, and ocean services. NOAA’s annual budget is $5.6 billion, a small fraction of the overall federal budget. The administration proposed a stiff 17% cut to NOAA’s overall budget. And, a 22% reduction in funding for NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service, which creates and operates weather satellites. This program also houses the National Centers for Environmental Information – an essential environmental science research center and repository of climate data.  Additionally, climate protection programs would suffer a nearly 70% cut, which would thwart efforts to prepare for sea level rise, adapt to hotter urban areas, and buffer our communities for increased storm intensity and flooding. This is particularly important as previous worst case scenario projections for sea level rise in Southern California – 5.5 feet by 2100 – are now being revised to predict even more extreme impacts as ice sheets at our planet’s poles are melting faster than expected. Beach tourism and the coast recreation economy are valued at close to $90 billion, so EPA’s investment of $10 million annually in beach water quality monitoring makes fiscal and public health sense to ensure that beachgoers are healthy and safe. However, the Beach Grant Program would suffer complete elimination. This vital program supports weekly water quality sampling at beaches across the country, and, helps to sustain thriving marine life and public awareness of pollution for the 90 million people visiting our nation’s beaches annually. Environmental education through the EPA would be cut by over 90% - a disservice to preparing and educating our youth, who are the future stewards of our nation. And, communities who are already the most under-served would be disproportionately impacted by the planned 78% cuts to environmental justice programs. Funding would be completely zeroed out for several smaller programs, including coastal management, estuary reserves, and Sea Grant – a well-leveraged scientific research partnership with universities throughout the nation. Removing the Sea Grant program would cut funding for important fisheries, wetlands, wildlife, and public health research at 33 universities across the country – this is hands-on and applied research that informs management and protection of our economically and environmentally beneficial coastal and ocean resources. The new administration’s proposals would cripple our efforts to safeguard marine habitats, threatened animals, and coastal resilience – placing entire communities and ecosystems at a further disadvantage. The White House has said it is committed to promoting clean water and clean air, but these proposed actions demonstrate otherwise. It seems virtually impossible to maintain basic environmental and public health protections, given such deep cuts and job losses. Please help Heal the Bay and many other trusted environmental groups nationwide in our effort to keep the EPA and NOAA from being disabled. Tell your Congressional Representatives and Legislators that funding for the EPA and NOAA is important to you, your family, your business, and community.

Heal the Bay
73,151 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jo-Ellen Darcy, Colonel John W. Henderson

Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline

I’m 13 years-old and as an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, I’ve lived my whole life by the Missouri River. It runs by my home in Fort Yates North Dakota and my great grandparents original home was along the Missouri River in Cannon Ball. The river is a crucial part of our lives here on the Standing Rock Reservation. But now a private oil company wants to build a pipeline that would cross the Missouri River less than a mile away from the Standing Rock Reservation and if we don’t stop it, it will poison our river and threaten the health of my community when it leaks. My friends and I have played in the river since we were little; my great grandparents raised chickens and horses along it. When the pipeline leaks, it will wipe out plants and animals, ruin our drinking water, and poison the center of community life for the Standing Rock Sioux. In Dakota/Lakota we say “mni Wiconi.” Water is life. Native American people know that water is the first medicine not just for us, but for all human beings living on this earth. The proposed Dakota Access Pipeline would transport 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day, across four states. Oil companies keep telling us that this is perfectly safe, but we’ve learned that that’s a lie: from 2012-2013 alone, there were 300 oil pipeline breaks in the state of North Dakota. With such a high chance that this pipeline will leak, I can only guess that the oil industry keeps pushing for it because they don’t care about our health and safety. It’s like they think our lives are more expendable than others’. So we, the Standing Rock Youth, are taking a stand to be the voice for our community, for our great grandparents, and for Mother Earth. Join us, and sign to ask the Army Corps of Engineers to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Sincerely, Anna and the Standing Rock Youth Learn more about our campaign at

Anna Lee, Bobbi Jean & the Oceti Sakowin Youth
556,694 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, City of Corpus Christi, Nueces River Authority, United States Environmental Protection Agency, ExxonMobile, Gulf Coast Growth Ventures, Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corporation, and other local, state, and national representatives

Coastal Bend residents oppose Exxon/GCGV/SABIC petrochemical facility.

This petition is open to ALL residents of Coastal Bend counties (Aransas, Bee, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Live Oak, Nueces, and San Patricio).   NOTE: This is a NEW petition and NOT related to previously circulated "No Tax Abatements and Tax Incentives for Exxon Mobil and SABIC" petition.  This petition is cosponsored by Portland Citizens United, the Clean Economy Coalition, and the Sierra Club. Exxon Mobil, Gulf Coast Growth Ventures and Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corporation plan to build a massive petrochemical facility on the outskirts of Gregory and Portland, just beyond the northern shores of Nueces and Corpus Christi Bays. The facility will feature the “World’s Largest” Ethane Steam Cracker, two polyethylene (plastics) units, and a monoethylene glycol (antifreeze) unit. The proposed facility will emit thousands of tons of contaminants, including nitrous oxides, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, ammonia, volatile organic compounds, and benzene. The facility will require the use of 7.3 billion gallons of water each year to operate. This region is saturated with industries that release contaminants and pollutants into our air. This facility will only contribute to the deterioration of our environment and exacerbate the health risks that are well documented in our region. It will also use an inordinate, and unacceptable, amount of our precious water resources.   If you live, work, farm or ranch in Jim Wells, Kleberg, Kennedy, Aransas, Refugio, Nueces and San Patricio counties, you should be concerned that the Exxon/Saudi Arabia project will deplete your water resources by 20 million gallons a day, or 7.3 billion gallons per year, and sign this petition. If you live, work, farm, or ranch within 25 miles of the proposed site, you should be concerned about the air pollution from this site, and sign this petition. We, the undersigned residents of the Coastal Bend, oppose this facility.  We oppose the issuance of any air permits by TCEQ and any water rights or water usage that may support the facility. We urge Exxon, GCGV, and SABIC to conduct additional due diligence and locate their facility in an area that will not be near communities that will suffer the environmental impacts of its operations. We further urge our local, state, and national representatives to advance this opposition in any and all forums available.

Portland Citizens United
187 supporters