Even after oil companies reported another quarter of record profits, some in Congress continue to shill for Big Oil and claim the industry cannot afford to pay taxes. We must remind our legislators that they work for us, not the oil industry.
This week, the Senate will take up a multitude of measures aimed at reducing the deficit by ending the billions in handouts Big Oil companies receive every year.
Take Action: Protect Our Communities from Coal Ash
Americans want strong protections against toxic coal ash - that’s why they submitted more than 450,000 public comments during the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rule-making process.
Unfortunately, Congressman David McKinley (R-WV) just introduced the Recycling Coal Combustion Residuals Accessibility Act of 2011 (H.R. 1391), which would handcuff EPA’s ability to move forward with strong coal ash disposal safeguards for our communities.
Victory: Endangered Leatherback Turtle One Step Closer to Protection
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration just published a preliminary finding moving the agency towards protecting the waters of Puerto Rico’s Northeast Ecological Corridor as critical habitat for the endangered leatherback sea turtle.
The finding affirms that science supports protecting the Corridor, which is a vital first step in securing much needed Endangered Species Act protections for the sea turtles’ marine homes and breeding grounds.
Learn more on the Lay of the Land blog.
Bringin’ It: Tackling Coal on TV and the Internet
Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign Director Mary Anne Hitt did 12 TV interviews about coal’s mercury pollution last Wednesday – you can see one of the interviews here, from WHAM-TV in Rochester, New York.
After all that, she still had time to write this excellent column about her wishes for Mother’s Day this past Sunday.