Word on the street is that this is the week the Senate finally brings H.J.Res. 36/S.J.Res. 11 to the floor; this is the notorious "resolution of disapproval" that would repeal the Bureau of Land Management's rules curbing methane emissions on public lands. What on Earth could a reasonable person have against the notion that we should have less pollution on public lands? Nothing -- this resolution is the work of lazy Congresspeople doing the bidding of lazy oil and gas drilling CEOs who prefer wasting methane in their operations to getting their act together the way we'd expect a messy child to get his act together. But I continue to insist, at the risk of tilting at windmills, that they don't get all the say around here, so the Environmental Defense Fund helps you call your Senators and tell them to protect public lands from pollution by rejecting H.J.Res. 36/S.J.Res. 11. Remember: it's not just the climate change punch methane packs, and it's not just the waste of usable methane -- it's the cheating of good Americans out of royalties for extracting usable methane from public lands. Doesn't Congress care about protecting good Americans' money?
Meanwhile, CREDO helps you tell four Northeastern Governors and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to permanently ban natural gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin." To think that you see drinking water catch on fire near fracking wells and you hear about gas drilling corporations trucking bottled water into towns where they've operated and some right-wingers still have the nerve to respond TEH NO ONEZ HAS EVER SUEDZ OVER TEH FRACKINGZ!!!!! Which, of course, isn't true, but Jesus Mary and Joseph must we wait for a lawsuit to be filed before we protect our water? And must we ignore the carcinogens scientists (including EPA scientists!) have already found in water tables near fracking areas, despite the gas industry's exemption from reporting the chemicals they use that the Clean Water Act would otherwise mandate? Must we ignore the moratorium the Delaware River Basin Commission imposed in 2010, or how quickly Pennsylvania's area state legislators moved to keep fracking out of the Delaware Valley in 2012, or the statewide ban imposed in New York last year? If we don't have clean water, we don't have health. It's that simple. And it's why our local leaders need to act.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to break ties with the far-right, Trump-enabling, white nationalist-enabling "news" site Breitbart, then CREDO helps you do that, too. More than a thousand advertisers have stopped running ads on Breitbart over the last few months, no doubt because you helped pressure them, but Amazon, strangely enough, has kept running ads there, and it's not like Mr. Bezos is a BFF of President Trump, either. And it's also not like Amazon needs to reach these eyeballs there, either -- if you want to reach white nationalists, after all, you can find them in other ways, since white nationalists are, after all, human beings, and thus presumably have interests other than white nationalism (and it'd be better for them if we reached them through those other interests, too!). But more to the point: approximately half of all money spent on the internet moves through Amazon at some point or other, so why does the behemoth need to coddle the little monster? This, particularly when Amazon's own policy toward discriminatory ads is pretty tough. You'd hate to think Mr. Bezos was hedging his bets.