America ain't the only place to fight antibiotic abuse on factory farms -- why, countries all over the world farm, and they, too, wrestle with this problem! In fact, the European Union will be wrestling with this problem today, so Avaaz helps you tell the EU to outlaw antibiotic abuse on factory farms. If you're thinking the European Union may be more receptive to the notion that pumping nominally-healthy feed animals full of antibiotics just so they'll make more meat could have the potentially civilization-destroying side effect of creating antibiotic-resistant superbugs, you may be right -- after all, the EU is actually holding hearings about the matter, and try getting our own Congress to do that, even when Democrats run things. Plus, a few European nations have already cut antibiotic use on farms. More than that, Europe has proven more resistant to the rise of the factory farm than the United States has -- turns out their politicians go a bit more out of their way to protect the small farmer than we do, almost like they're actual conservatives or something. Still, let's not be complacent.
Meanwhile, the most recent iteration of H.R. 3361, the USA FREEDOM Act, is a watered-down version of the last one, which was itself a watered-down version of previous bills, but H.R. 1466, the Surveillance State Repeal Act, would actually go a long way toward dismantling the surveillance state that has grown far worse under President Obama than Senator Obama ever said it would, and Roots Action helps you tell your Congressfolk to support real privacy free speech protections by supporting the Surveillance State Repeal Act. H.R. 1466 would end PATRIOT Act-inspired mass surveillance of Americans and would restore the Fourth Amendment protections decimated by the FISA Amendment Act. That's right, you'd have to get a warrant from a judge to conduct a terrorism-related investigation again, which is how it should be. I know, I know -- such things sound quaint. But these rights have always worked well for us, and abridging them hasn't worked; it hasn't even made us safer. So let's tell our Congressfolk to do the right thing.
Finally, the Sierra Club helps you tell Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf to close the loophole that allows the Brunner Island coal plant belch forth more smog. How does this loophole work? While the state does plan to modify smog regulations so coal plants that have installed the best pollution-control equipment actually use it, such a mandate can't apply to coal plants that haven't installed such equipment, such as the Brunner Island plant, which doesn't sit on an island per se but sits near the Susquehanna River some 15 miles south of Harrisburg. Areas downwind from Brunner Island already experience unsafe smog levels and the heightened case load of asthma and heart troubles that go with it, but big coal interests no doubt stand at the ready to say that stopping pollution will kill jobs. Of course it'll help create jobs for people who design and manufacture better pollution-control equipment, plus it'll save us all money in health care costs. Why doesn't that matter to big coal? Because the only money big coal cares about is the money its CEOs can pocket.