Dirty Budget Votes for Fiscal Year 2019

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Tax Scam and Arctic Oil Drilling

The tax scam bill provided massive tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans and corporations by selling out the environment and public health. The tax bill will end up raising taxes on most Americans in the long-term, while cutting taxes for big polluters and extending dirty energy tax preferences. It will likely lead to cuts of important programs that protect our environment, health, and well-being. The bill also opened the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, which would cause irreversible damage to the home of the Gwich’in people and pristine wildlife habitat. Continue reading “Tax Scam and Arctic Oil Drilling”

Dirty Budget Votes for Fiscal Year 2018

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Fast-tracking Gas Pipelines

The “Promoting Interagency Coordination for Review of Natural Gas Pipelines Act” would have subverted state and local government agencies, undercut public transparency, and limited environmental review in the permitting of new gas pipelines. It would have given ultimate authority to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), an agency with a poor record of environmental protection, to issue pipeline permits with minimal environmental protections and public participation. Continue reading “Fast-tracking Gas Pipelines”

Perry Amendment to the NDAA (Military Preparedness and Climate Change)

This amendment to the must-pass National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) would have blocked a study on the impacts of climate change on the military. It would have also removed language that recognizes climate change as a direct threat to national security. Continue reading “Perry Amendment to the NDAA (Military Preparedness and Climate Change)”

Exempting Water Projects from Environmental Review

The Water Supply Permitting Act would have undermined public input and environmental review for water projects, like dams and surface storage. This bill would undercut our bedrock environmental laws, like the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), by establishing strict deadlines for environmental impact studies, limiting public input, and allowing private companies to pay for expedited permit reviews. Continue reading “Exempting Water Projects from Environmental Review”

Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act (aka the “Poison Our Waters Act”)

The “Poison Our Waters Act” would have gutted Clean Water Act protections from pesticide use. The bill would have allowed for pesticides to be sprayed directly into rivers, lakes, wetlands, or streams without a permit, putting communities that swim, fish, drink, and do business at risk of being poisoned. Continue reading “Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act (aka the “Poison Our Waters Act”)”