Pennsylvania residents, take note: SB 790, which purports to "update" the Oil and Gas Act, would actually do a lot of foul things we've already been fighting for years. The bill would pre-empt certain local ordinances regarding land development -- which the state Supreme Court found unconstitutional when Act 13 pre-empted local anti-fracking ordinances -- and it would eliminate requirements to report smaller spills, which sounds like "right-sizing regulations" until you consider that you won't think it's a "small" spill if 200 gallons of oil befouls your drinking water. And if this bill passes, oil and gas corporations will get to befoul your drinking water and then "replace" it with water that doesn't meet the standards of the Safe Drinking Water Act! That's like letting your kid put dirty socks in his clean drawer, and dirty socks ain't anywhere near as bad as polluted drinking water! So the Sierra Club helps you tell your PA state legislators to protect our drinking water for-real for-real by rejecting SB 790.
Meanwhile, Daily Kos helps you tell your Senators to reject our President's nomination of Aurelia Skipwith as the new head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. You can probably already guess at Ms. Skipwith's pedigree -- currently a deputy in the department and (sigh) a long-time Monsanto employee, plus she's the one who requested a review of rules preventing hunters from using cruel and heartless methods to kill animals, like using donuts to lure them out, or shooting mother bears in their dens in front of their cubs. Like that needed any damn review! You won't be surprised to learn that her confirmation process is not going so well -- she's provided incomplete answers to Senators' question, plus she appears to have given our President a campaign donation in excess of $5,000 just a few days after her nomination! I'm old enough to remember when elected officials would do their best to avoid the appearance of a quid pro quo. I guess those are "the old days" now.
Finally, H.R. 3570/S. 2008, the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act, would make it illegal to sell "conversion therapy" to LGBTQ folks or to claim that such therapy will convert them from gay folks into straight ones, reduce their attraction to folks of the same gender, or is harmless. Because it's not harmless! Conversion therapy often involves forced re-enactment of past sexual abuses and "exercises" involving nudity and intimate touching; does that sound "harmless" to you? It actually sounds more like some satirist's version of what "converting gays" would be like! I'm sure the right will whine that banning conversion therapy offends their right to act on their "religious" "conscience." And you know what? Our First Amendment does protect folks who merely try to persuade gays not to be gay -- but it doesn't protect any "right" to make money off that act or force "therapy" on them. Hence CREDO helps you tell your Congressfolk to protect LGBTQ folks from conversion "therapy" snake oil salesmen by passing the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act.