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Issue: TRANSFERRING USFS AND BLM LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITY TO LOCAL SHERIFFS
Target: Rep. Scott Tipton
Action: Call Scott Tipton, 970.241.2499 (Junction), 970.259.1490 (Durango), 202.225.4761 (D.C.)
Key messages: Let Rep. Tipton know that transferring law enforcement on public lands by the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to local sheriff’s departments is a bad idea, and will likely result in these laws not being enforced.
- I’m calling to ask you to vote no on H.R. 622. Law enforcement on public lands is a specialized job and should remain in the most capable hands the Forest Service and BLM.
- The destruction of archaeological sites, timber theft, drug trafficking, illegal immigration, wildlife poaching and catastrophic wildfires cannot be policed by local sheriff’s departments. These crimes will most likely not be pursued if the BLM and Forest Service lost law enforcement capabilities. I’m calling to ask Mr. Tipton to vote “no” on H.R. 622.
- Don’t jeopardize my public lands by turning law enforcement over to local agencies. They won’t be equipped to enforce laws that protect public lands. I’m calling to ask Mr. Tipton to vote “no” on H.R. 622.
Issue: PREVENTING METHANE WASTE FROM OIL & GAS DRILLING
Target: Senator Cory Gardner
Action: Call Sen. Gardner: (970) 245-9553 or (303) 391-5777 or (202) 224-5941
Key messages: Let Sen. Gardner know that ending the rule that limits methane leaks and waste is not in our best interests
- I’m calling to ask Sen. Gardner to oppose any attempts to roll back the Bureau of Land Management’s natural gas waste rule.
- I do not want oil and gas companies to waste natural gas or leak methane from operations conducted on public land. The current rule is necessary to protect clean air.
- The current rule is good for taxpayers. I want the public to continue to receive royalties for natural gas produced on public lands.
- Already since 2013, over $1.5 billion worth of natural gas has been wasted. Loosening oversight will increase waste. Keep the rule in tact.
- Wiping out carefully constructed standards at the whim of the oil and gas industry endangers our climate, pollutes our air, and costs American taxpayers money. Please do not vote to dismantle this important rule.
Issue: PRESERVING BLM’S PLANNING 2.0 RULE
On March 6th the Senate voted to eliminate BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule. We were disappointed to hear that the Senate attacked this democratic provision that would have allowed better opportunities for participation by the American people on their public lands.
Planning 2.0 would have provided three new and important opportunities for stakeholders to learn about and comment on land use plans as they are being developed. This means that states and counties, scientists, ranchers, hunters and anglers, miners, hikers, boaters, and all the other varied users of our public lands could more effectively participate in the planning process and help guide the way our shared lands are managed.
Planning 2.0 also included steps to ensure that important fish and wildlife habitats, such as migration corridors and undisturbed refuge areas, were identified early in the planning process so these important areas were not overlooked as the agency makes decisions about development, recreation and other public land uses.
Issue: PUBLIC LAND SALE – Success!
In early 2017, Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz introduced a bill to sell 3.3 million acres of our public lands to the highest bidder. The outcry from folks like you across the country was loud and swift and as a result Congressman Chaffetz pulled his bill citing the lack of support from folks who care about public lands.
Issue: CREATING NATIONAL MONUMENTS
Target: Senator Cory Gardner
Action: Call Sen. Gardener: (970) 245-9553
Key messages: Thanks Sen. Gardner for his continued support of National Monuments
- I’m calling to thank Sen. Gardner for NOT co-sponsoring Senate Bill 33 which would gut the Antiquities Act.
- I’m glad to see Mr. Gardner continue his support of the Antiquities Act. Senate Bill 33 would make it almost impossible to designate new National Monuments, which have led to the creation of numerous National Parks.
- Places like Colorado National Monument, the Grand Canyon, the Grand Tetons, Olympic National Park were all protected as monuments and are beloved by all Americans. It would be a disaster to change the Antiquities Act in any way that made it harder to protect special places like these.
- I am calling to let Congressman Tipton know I’m very disappointed he voted for the house rules package that makes it significantly easier to sell or transfer public lands.
- During the campaign Mr. Tipton repeatedly said he was an advocate of public lands; his vote directly contradicts these statements and paves the way for a public lands transfer or sale.
- I am calling to ask that Mr. Tipton pledge never again to vote for any provision that facilitates or enables the transfer or sale of public lands.
- Public lands are crucial to the economy in Mr. Tipton’s District. I never want to see them sold or transferred to the states.
Issue: CLIMATE DENIER TO LEAD EPA
Donald Trump nominated Oklahoma attorney General, Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Pruitt has sued the EPA numerous times, siding with industry over the health of our children. His lawsuits sought to enable polluters to emit more mercury, smog, and methane. Mr. Pruitt’s views on climate change, clean air and clean water are a direct threat to our children’s health and future and Colorado’s snow based economy . On February 17th the Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt as administrator of the EPA. Senator Bennet voted against his confirmation, Senator Gardner voted for his confirmation and against a livable future and climate justice.
While the vote has already happened please call Senator Cory Gardner at: (970) 245-9553 to express you disappointment in his vote against the interests of our children and Colorado.