Color of Change helps you tell the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Parole to save Troy Davis's life. You may remember Troy Davis as the man convicted of murdering a police officer in 1991, though no murder weapon was ever found, no physical evidence connected Mr. Davis to the murder, and seven of nine witnesses against him retracted their testimony (with several of these alleging that law enforcement pressured their testimony). You may also remember that multiple witnesses claim that another man -- one of the two original witnesses against Mr. Davis who hasn't recanted his testimony, no less -- had claimed to kill the officer. The U.S. Supreme Court mandated that Mr. Davis get another evidentiary hearing, rather than a new trial; even the judge who wound up rejecting new evidence (thus clearing the way for Mr. Davis's execution) found the case against him far from "ironclad." But shouldn't a case be "ironclad" to put someone to death? When death penalty advocates like Bob Barr and William Sessions don't want Mr. Davis dead, that ought to send a signal. But, in case the Board didn't hear them, now they can hear you.
"Another fracking mess" was the title of the email I got from American Rivers, on the heels of yet another gas drilling-related explosion in Pennsylvania, spewing out thousands of gallons of fluid containing hazardous chemicals into Towanda Creek, which feeds into the Susquehanna River, which itself supplies water for millions of Pennsylvanians. So American Rivers helps you tell the the Susquehanna River Basin Commission to impose a moratorium on fracking until we can regulate it more effectively. I'm well aware that may be a while -- Sen. Casey's bill, which would have ended gas industry exemptions from the Safe Drinking Water Act, couldn't even move in the last Congress, let alone this one, and currently gas drillers don't even have to tell us what chemicals they're pumping into the ground when they're fracking things up. But generally we ought to refrain from doing something potentially dangerous until we understand its effects. One might even call that a conservative outlook, if today's "conservatives" hadn't hijacked the word to mean whatever corporations want it to mean.
In other news, the spillageddon in the Gulf began approximately a year ago, and what has Congress done to ensure that something like that won't happen again? Well, they've apologized to BP for an alleged "shakedown" by the Obama Administration, they've preserved undeserved subsidies to the oil industry, and they've taken exactly zero action on the President's Oil Spill Commission, which made a number of sound, common-sense recommendations, including the creation of a Gulf of Mexico Regional Citizens' Advisory Council like the citizens' councils that worked well in Alaska after the Exxon Valdez spill. It sure is a good thing Congress fought so hard to defund Planned Parenthood, and that they continue to fight so hard to preserve corporate tax loopholes, which of course will enable BP to pay even fewer taxes this year. So the Sierra Club helps you tell Congress to do something about the Gulf. Because, you know, people are still suffering. I can't imagine Republicans will hold on to their House majority (or improve on their Senate minority) after all the fiddling they've done. Then again, I couldn't imagine them getting that House majority in the first place.
Finally (cue cheers from the convention crowd!), the EPA has proposed a fairly solid rule that would lower levels of mercury, lead, and arsenic in our air and water, and Environment Colorado helps you encourage the EPA to write the strongest possible rule. In an era where one in six women of childbearing age already has enough mercury in her body to put her child at risk of developmental disorders, you may be asking yourself: self, who could possibly want more mercury, lead, and arsenic in our air and water? Well, the coal industry, that's who. And their lackeys in Congress who claim every environmental regulation is a "job-killing" burden, that's also who. How many times must I tell these pimps! Sound environmental regulations actually create jobs for the engineers and construction workers who have to refit plants to meet new regulations. And those regulations cut health care costs, too, for the people who ingest less poison from their air and water. Sound environmental regulations only "harm" the ability of energy CEOs to gild their plumbing. And an individual's "right" to gilded plumbing doesn't supersede the people's right to clean air and water. End of story.