Congress lately came to an agreement on raising the debt limit and setting a broad outline for federal spending -- but Congress still has to actually authorize federal spending, via appropriations bills, and that is where Republicans plan to try to roll back clean air and clean water protections and financial regulations. Not that this is news -- Sen. McConnell said he was going to do this even before Republicans took back the Senate. But USAction helps you tell Republican House leadership to pass clean appropriations bills, devoid of harmful and unpopular policy riders. Republicans no doubt think that because they got elected, the public approves of whatever they want to do. They're wrong. First, most of these Republicans only got elected because their districts are so gerrymandered they'd virtually have to crucify a kitten and drink its blood to lose an election. Second, their job is to do the people's will, not their own will. What is the people's will? The people want government to give them a hand up when they need it and stay out of their way when they don't. But if your political philosophy begins with "government shouldn't," you're probably not adhering to the people's will.
Meanwhile, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell the EPA to set the most vigorous methane limits possible for the gas and oil industries, then the Environmental Defense Fund still helps you do that. Methane, as you know, is a much more efficient greenhouse-gas producer than anything a coal plant belches out -- the methane mitigation industry has risen up just to deal with all the methane leakage from fracking operations, for example. Of course, the gas and oil industries don't care about any of that -- they only care about their profits. I wish I could describe the situation differently, but I can't. Sadly for them, the arguments they deploy in opposition to EPA methane regulation are the same-old same-old -- ZOMG TEH RULEZ WILL KILLZ TEH JOBZ!!!! One more time: regulations create jobs for all the people who have to refit plants and processes so that they meet new standards. Reducing pollution always requires good old fashioned American can-do, and there's so little of that around now that our fat-cat class is so fat. But we can stoke that spirit again, by forcing gas and oil drillers to conduct their work without killing our climate.