October 29, 2013 - Download the full letter (PDF)
Members of the 2013 Farm Bill Conference Committee:
As you begin conference deliberations for a final Farm Bill package, we urge you to maintain provisions adopted in S. 954 that would provide stronger tools in the newly established Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) within the Conservation Title to help agricultural producers manage nutrients more effectively in order to improve water quality in local watersheds. Nutrient runoff is the greatest water quality challenge facing the United States today.
By Charles Griffith - Climate & Energy Program Director, Ecology Center
More than 35,000 people attended National Plug-In Day activities in more than 100 cities across the country at the end of September--including at least two here in Michigan.
Event organizer, Hardik Bhansali (shown at right with his Tesla) and other electric-car owners and enthusiasts had some beautiful weather to show off their vehicles and tout their benefits at events at Washtenaw Community College and at Saline's Octoberfest.
On behalf of our members and supporters, we write today in opposition to H.R. 1965, The
Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act. This bill seeks to undermine how the Department
of the Interior manages federal lands and to prioritize oil and gas development over the other
multiple uses of these lands. It is a clear giveaway to the fossil fuel industry, at the expense of
millions of Americans who rely on our public lands for other uses, such as hunting, fishing,
protection of water supplies, and many others.
The bill contains numerous troublesome provisions. We’ve chosen to highlight a few of these.
We, the undersigned conservation organizations representing millions of members urge you to oppose HR 1900, the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act. This legislation amends Section 7 of the Natural Gas Act (15 U.S.C. 717f) to subvert state permitting authorities, expand the reach of eminent domain, and undercut input in decisions affecting communities.
HR 1900 creates serious negative consequences for states wishing to protect their
November, 5, 2013
The Honorable Gina McCarthy
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
William Jefferson Clinton Building
Mail Code 1101A
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20460
Dear Administrator McCarthy:
We applaud the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for proposing strong “Tier 3” clean
vehicle and fuel standards, which will make our air cleaner to breathe and save lives. We are
writing to strongly urge you to finalize these critical standards as soon as possible, in order to
maximize the economic, public health and air quality benefits that these standards deliver.
Clean Water Action * Conservation Law Foundation * Earthjustice * Environment America * League of Conservation Voters * League of Women Voters * Natural Resources Defense Council * Sierra Club * Southern Environmental Law Center
On behalf of our millions of members, supporters, and activists we urge you to oppose the discussion draft being led by Congressman Whitfield and Senator Manchin that would effectively block any chance of limiting carbon pollution from power plants.