THURSDAY 8/10/2017

FEDERAL:

Tell the Government to Act on Its Own Climate Report:

In some shape or form, every Republican member of our North Carolina Congressional delegation, including our two Senators, denies human-caused climate change. With the imminent release of a probing report from scientists within and outside of the government that categorically confirms humans’ role in the unfurling catastrophe, we can not tolerate this blatant, and politically expedient disregard for the truth. The false dichotomy that pits jobs versus the environment has been made irrelevant by the vast economic potential in green energy that our competitors are already pursuing. Let’s call our reps and force them to take a stand on this report. Will they deny what their own government reports? Or will they step up and begin to take the steps required to mitigate the coming disaster? Background:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/08/us/politics/climate-trump-scientists-supporters.html?_r=0

SCRIPT:

I am a constituent calling from __________ to request a statement from Rep./Sen. __________ regarding the climate report that the government will soon release. That report emphatically states that humans are the cause of climate change, and that drastic steps are necessary to mitigate the coming climate disaster. What action will Rep./Sen. _____________ take to follow up on this report? Will Rep./Sen. ____________ publicly state that climate change is human caused? Thanks for taking my call.

Oversee Trump and Nukes:

California Congressman Ted Lieu has introduced an excellent and prudent measure that would require Congress to approve any pre-emptive nuclear strike. Given Trump’s bluster, unpredictability, and ignorance, this bill seems absolutely necessary. On Wednesday it was revealed that Trump’s recent vow to meet North Korea with “fire and fury” caught his aides, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, completely off guard. While this bill has no chance of passing, it will be interesting to see how our Congressional delegation explains why their position on it. Fascinatingly, only Republican Walter Jones has signed on out of our entire contingent. If he is your rep, thank him for his sponsorship when you call. Otherwise, ask those tough questions. Bill text: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/669

SCRIPT:

I am a constituent calling from ___________ to urge Rep./Sen. __________ to support HR 669, a bill that would take the authority to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike away from the president. Congress would have to approve such an action first. Given the wildly unpredictable and belligerent comments made by Donald Trump toward North Korea in recent days, this step may be what prevents our complete annihilation. Thanks for taking my call.

Tillis

DC: (202) 224-6342

Charlotte: 704-509-9087

Greenville: (252) 329-0371

Hendersonville: (828) 693-8750

High Point: (336) 885-0685

Raleigh: (919) 856-4630

Burr

DC: (202) 224-3154

Winston-Salem: (800) 685-8916

Rocky Mount: (252) 977-9522

Wilmington: (888) 848-1833, (336) 631-5125

Asheville: (828) 350-2437

 

HOUSE:

Rep. Virginia Foxx

Clemmons, NC (336) 778-0211

Washington, DC (202) 225-2071

 

Rep. Ted Budd

Advance, NC (336) 998-1313

Washington, DC (202-225-4531

 

Rep. Mark Walker

Greensboro, NC (336) 333-5005

Washington, DC (202) 225-3065

 

 

STATE:

Support Cooper’s Call for Clean Water

(This is a repeat from yesterday, but we can’t push this enough for our friends in Wilmington.) Residents of the Wilmington area are facing contaminated water from a little-studied compound called GenX that has entered water sources from a Teflon plant. Over the last few years, the business-friendly state legislature has systematically defunded and defanged the Department of Environmental Quality. On Tuesday, Governor Cooper called upon legislators to allocate $2.6 million to create a water quality unit within the Department of Health to begin studying this potential carcinogen. Please urge state lawmakers to get ahead of this problem before we have another Flint on our hands. Right now, thousands of North Carolinians are at risk. Is their health worth a couple of million dollars? Background:

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/north-carolina/articles/2017-08-08/agencies-seek-money-for-water-quality-due-to-genx-discharge

SCRIPT:

I am a constituent calling from ___________ to urge Rep./Sen. _____________ to grant the Governor’s request to create a water quality unit to study the problem of the chemical GenX in the water supply of Wilmington. Yes, this unit will cost money, but what is the health of our citizens worth? I think clean drinking water is a fundamental expectation of North Carolina’s citizens.

NC House contacts:

http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/reports/room-phone.pl?Chamber=House&viewType=normal

NC Senate Contacts:

http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/reports/room-phone.pl?Chamber=Senate&viewType=normal