Congress mulls the Defense Appropriations bill this week, and with over half the country now supporting larger defense cuts than would kick in in 2013, Just Foreign Policy helps you support a slew of amendments to the bill. These include the Mulvaney (R-SC)/Frank (D-MA) amendment freezing spending at last year's levels, two Lee (D-CA) amendments ending Afghanistan war spending save on getting our troops and contractors out and cutting $19 billion in spending, and the Jones (R-NC)/DeLauro (D-CT) amendment requiring Congress's explicit approval for any spending in Afghanistan past 2014. The Congress of Screw You keeps telling us we're broke and we can't ever raise any taxes on rich people, but they also want to spend even more on the military. They don't make any damn sense.
Meanwhile, you likely heard about Shell Oil losing control of its drill rig in Alaska over the weekend, but you may not have heard that Shell Oil wants to drill much further into the Arctic, and is having considerable trouble keeping the promises it's made to our government -- including that its drilling fleet can meet pollution limits and that it can recover 95% of any oil it spills. (BP only recovered 25% of the oil it spilled in far more temperate waters.) And Shell has the gall to ask the EPA to change the rules so it can keep drilling. You don't change the rules for your kids; why would we change them for multinational corporations, which do a lot more damage? Both the Alaska Wilderness League and the Sierra Club help you tell the EPA to stand firm against Shell's Arctic ambitions.