You've seen COVID cases skyrocket lately, right? And you've heard that hospitals are starting to burst under the strain? And you remember the, ah, difficulties this Administration had in ensuring hospitals even had enough ventilators? One must wonder, then, why it should be so hard to fix a ventilator when it breaks down. And yet it is, as manufacturers put up roadblocks so that competent repair techs can't fix a machine (or, more precisely, so that the manufacturers' preferred techs can fix a machine). They hide behind "intellectual property" considerations, of course, but "intellectual property" doesn't mean a thing to a COVID patient who feels like she's breathing through a stirring straw; hence H.R. 7956/S. 4473, the Critical Medical Infrastructure Right-to-Repair Act, would remove a lot of these manufacturer-placed roadblocks so that good repair techs could fix critical machines. Hence Penn PIRG helps you tell your Senators to pass the Critical Medical Infrastructure Right-to-Repair Act.
Meanwhile, Wild Earth Guardians helps you tell President-elect Biden to undo all the damage our current Administration has done to the National Environmental Policy Act. What has this Administration done? Mainly, they've reduced public commenting on decision-making processes and prevented government agencies from taking climate change into account when issuing rules; I, for one, am deeply offended that our government would want less public input, not more, and I am also offended that some people are so sensitive to being told that we are polluting our planet to death that our government agencies would not be allowed to hurt their fee-fees. Our current Administration did these things not to "create jobs," or even to "streamline processes" -- they did them to make executives richer, and nothing else. It'd be nice to get a President in who doesn't suck up to bosses all the time -- but we should assume that Joe Biden will only be that President if we make him.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to leave a public comment opposing our current Administration's plan to lease the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (or ANWR) to oil and gas drillers, then Environmental Action still helps you do that. Again, we confront a plan that doesn't create jobs or promote energy independence, but just gives oil and gas executives even more unearned money. Some folks would look at that italicized phrase and feel exactly zero shame -- you want to punish success, they'd say, and though of course we aim to punish greed and gluttony rather than success, the real question is this: why should we measure success exclusively by how much money you make? Why not measure success by, gosh, I don't know, how much good you do, for society and not yourself? Did you heal the sick, feed the hungry, clean the air and water? When we measure success by how many gold-plated plumbing fixtures you own, we don't just cast aside wilderness areas; we cast aside civilization.