TUESDAY 8/8/2017

FEDERAL:

Climate Change Denialism:

According to emails leaked to The Guardian, the USDA is now being instructed to refer to climate change as “weather extremes.” While this may be benign, the Trump administration has taken several steps to reduce our efforts to combat climate change, most notably the decision to pull out of the Paris Accords. Bt censoring science is a pretty big deal. Let’s let our members of Congress know that we’re concerned about that.

Background:

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/345599-usda-office-told-to-use-weather-extremes-instead-of-climate-change

 

Script:

Hello, I am calling from _________________ to urge Sen./Rep. _________________ to stand up for climate science. The USDA has recently instructed its employees to refer to climate change as “weather extremes.” This follows the removal of the EPA webpage focused on climate change. The issue of climate change is one of the most urgent issues facing our nation, and we need to take it seriously and to stop denying the scientific consensus around the issue. Thank you for taking my call.

 

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Jeff Sessions Fighting Freedom of the Press:

AG Jeff Sessions--despite apparent friction between him and Trump--is doing more than any Cabinet official to ensure that Trump’s authoritarian policies are enacted. We could probably do almost daily scripts about what his office is doing to curtail many of the freedoms we take for granted. One area where Sessions has been most dangerous is in his efforts to curtail freedom of the press by expanding the DOJ’s focus on investigating and prosecuting leakers.

 

Script:

Hello, I am a constituent calling from _________ to urge Rep./Sen. _________ to speak out against Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ plan to muzzle freedom of the press by going after leakers. While leaking classified information is illegal, the DOJ’s efforts to prosecute leakers threatens the ability of the press to do its job, which is to hold elected official accountable. Please stand up for freedom of press and speak out against these threats to our First Amendment. Thank you for taking my call.

 

Senator Richard Burr

Washington, DC: (202) 224-3154

Winston-Salem: (336) 631-5125

 

Senator Thom Tillis

Washington, DC: (202) 224-6342

High Point: (336) 885-0685

 

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

 

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STATE:

Offshore Drilling in NC?

Go to a Meeting, Submit Comments:

The NC Department of Environmental Quality will hold public meetings at three coastal locations to consider leases for offshore drilling. We cannot oppose these measures more, and hope you will attend a meeting. If not, please consider submitting public comments following the link provided below. Here is an excerpt detailing what kind of comments they are seeking: “The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality is seeking public input and information on the potential impact of oil and gas exploration and development on the biological, social, economic and aesthetic values of North Carolina’s coast.” To assist you in crafting your comments, read the following from the National Resources

 

Defense Council:

https://www.nrdc.org/sites/default/files/offshore.pdf

 

DEQ meeting dates and comment portal:

https://deq.nc.gov/state-host-three-public-hearings-potential-oil-and-gas-leasing-program