Take Action: Demand an Investigation into the Keystone XL Conflict of Interest
The State Department hired ERM -- a dues-paying member of the American Petroleum Institute -- to write the latest draft of the Keystone XL environmental assessment. It's almost the exact same thing they did on a previous draft in 2011, when they hired another contractor recommended by TransCanada.
This time, it's even worse: State Department employees explicitly tried to hide ERM's ties to Big Oil from the public.
Tell Secretary of State John Kerry to stand strong by halting the Keystone XL process until a full investigation can be completed!
Take Action: No New Fracking on Federal Lands
Fracking is dirty and dangerous, and the new Bureau of Land Management rules regulating it are woefully inadequate. We cannot allow gas companies to continue expanding fracking operations on federal lands and putting thousands of communities at risk. The new BLM rules do not include even the most basic recommendations of the president's own shale gas advisory committee and would allow companies to drill without public disclosure of toxic chemicals, baseline water testing, or setback requirements of wells from homes and schools.
Tell Interior Secretary Jewell no new federal lands should be opened for fracking.
Take Action: Protect Yellowstone's Fantastic Winter Landscape
The National Park Service (NPS) has released its final proposal for managing winter use in Yellowstone. The proposed rule is on the right track, but the Park Service and Superintendent Dan Wenk are backpedaling on their commitment to make wintertime in the park cleaner, quieter, and safer. The NPS and Superintendent Wenk are now questioning whether the very protections that they deemed Yellowstone needs in their own recent analyses should be dropped, delayed, or not required of all snowmobiles.
Tell the National Park Service to stand by its commitment to make Yellowstone cleaner and quieter and to protect the park's unique winter landscape.
Grassroots Activism: Wanna See an Inflatable Coal Plant?
Beyond Coal organizers in Washington State wrestled high winds, waves, and a barge in their latest great action calling for utility Puget Sound Energy to move beyond coal.
Activists held signs, kayaked, and showed off an inflatable coal plant to bring attention to the cause of becoming coal-free in the Pacific Northwest.