Capital Watch is a rapid response advocacy tool to defend public lands and bedrock environmental protections. It is designed to help you hold Congress and the Trump administration accountable and stop in their tracks any attempts to sell off public lands, gut bedrock environmental laws, or roll back significant progress already made on climate and protections for wildlife and wildlands. Citizen activism has never been more important. Act today! (To receive important alerts, sign up here)
Issue: PREVENTING METHANE WASTE FROM OIL & GAS DRILLING (Deadline: March 5th)
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 (Deadline: the House voted on 2/7/17, the Senate has not)
Target: Congressman Scott Tipton, Senator Cory Gardner
Action: Call Scott Tipton, (970) 241.2499 (Junction) | (970) 259-1490 (Durango) | (202) 225-4761 (D.C.)
Call Cory Gardner, (970) 245-9553 (Junction) | (970) 415-7416 (Durango) | (202) 224-5941 (D.C.)
Key messages: Tell Scott Tipton you are disappointed with his vote against BLM’s Planning 2.0 rule, and tell Cory Gardner to vote to protect public lands and keep BLM’s Planning 2.0.
- For Tipton: I am calling to express disappointment that Scott Tipton voted against the BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule.
- For Gardener (all of the following): I’m calling to ask you to vote against H.J. Resolution 44 or any similar legislation. I want to see BLM’s Planning 2.0 rule preserved.
- Do not use the Congressional Review Act to eliminate BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule. Eliminating the Planning 2.0 Rule would reduce opportunities for local communities to provide input on land use plans.
- Planning 2.0 permits a landscape-level approach to planning, which enables the BLM to carry out planning at a scale that makes sense and allows consideration of the full context of resource values, including environmental, economic, and social values.
- Planning 2.0 makes the land planning process more collaborative and transparent by strengthening opportunities for other Federal agencies, State and local governments, Indian tribes, and the public to be involved in the development of RMPs earlier and more frequently. The final rule retains the special role of state, local and tribal cooperating agencies, as specifically required by the Federal Lands Policy and Management Act.
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.