Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has lifted the moratorium on leasing state parks and forests to frackers, though the order would not allow new leases that "would cause additional surface disturbances." Well, that's a real election-year people-pleasing leftward turn -- this, in a state where a Republican-dominated legislature didn't have the guts to vote on a massive gas driller giveaway for over six months! Those lands are ours -- we camp in them, we fish and hunt in them, and we drink the water that comes from them -- and all that stands between us and more toxic chemical air shots, more blasted landscapes, and more brackish/gelatinous/ flammable drinking, bathing, and washing water is, well, us -- hence Penn Environment helps you tell your state legislators to stop Gov. Corbett from handing over more of our state parks and forests to corporate gas drillers. They can stop him, of course, if they have the will -- but they'll only have the steel in their spine if we put it there.
Meanwhile, Congress appears ready to repeal a law preventing airline corporations from advertising deceptive prices -- naturally, with a bill called the Transparent Airfare Act of 2014. This "transparency" bill will prevent you from knowing the full price of a ticket until you've bought it -- and airline CEOs are apparently calling it a "stimulus"! Of course it's easy to "stimulate" the economy by stealing money from your customers. The other excuse bill supporters have offered -- that the mandatory reporting requirements allow our government to bury higher taxes in ticket prices -- is one of the single stupidest things I've ever read, and I read a lot of stupid things said by a lot of stupid Congressfolk. Why not mandate reporting of government taxes in addition to prices? Because that would be too easy, and wouldn't allow big corporations to steal money. So Travelers United joins with change.org to help you pimp-slap your Congressperson into rejecting this "transparency" bill. The only thing "transparent" about it is the greed of its supporters and their paymasters.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell your Congressfolk to reject "investor-state tribunals" rampant in free trade agreements, Public Citizen still helps you do that. The "investor-state tribunal" allows a foreign corporation to sue to overturn our labor and environmental and consumer protection laws (and, of course, allows American corporations to do the same in foreign countries), simply because following our labor and environmental and consumer protection laws costs them money. This notion that folks have a "right," or are "entitled," to as much money as they can imagine is, despite how it may sound to benighted souls, fundamentally anti-freedom -- when someone gets as much money as he wants, he has the power to run roughshod over the rights of other folks to be free, and how do we feel about concentrated power again? And certainly no law-and-order American, liberal or conservative, should embrace the "investor-state tribunal" -- even those who find labor safeguards excessive do not believe corporations should remake our laws through non-democratic processes.