Each week, 350 Colorado is promoting a specific action, which might be an event, a phone call to make, an email to send, steps to reduce your carbon footprint, or something altogether different that builds community to solve the climate crisis. With so much noise and chaos filling our inboxes, we thought this campaign could help focus. Our goal is to create a meaningful call to action that will be exciting for current members and engaging and educational for new members. Some may be location-specific, in which case we’ll include a way for you to act virtually. We hope you’ll join us in taking these actions. Please feel free to send us recommendations, and if you’re local group would like to get involved, please let us know. We’re stronger together!
FEBRUARY 26 – MARCH 4
Take a Deep Breath! Get Represented, Not Repressed. Set a time on your calendar to call your representatives every week.
Phone calls from constituents have more influence on Members of Congress than letters, forms and social media. So, unless you can visit their offices, make sure to call your representatives regularly to make sure your voice is heard.
We know the attack on our climate is overwhelming. Our Action of the Week is meant to simplify and help you get through it all. Please make things easier on yourself by scheduling five minutes per week to make a set of phone calls. If it is on your calendar, you’ll be much more likely to do it. And calling is really effective, quick and easy. You can check back on our Action of the Week page each week to see what current issues need your voice.
This week there are several important issues to address:
Tell Cory Gardner “Don’t let the oil & gas industry vent methane into the atmosphere!”
Congress and the Trump administration plan on using a dirty trick to overturn the methane regulation put in place for very good reasons under Obama. The Congressional Review Act (CRA) allows Congress to override recently issued rules, going back months under President Obama. The CRA would not only block the current standards, but would also prevent any similar standards to ever be issued, letting the oil and gas industry off the hook indefinitely. And it could happen any day now.
Methane has 20 to 80 times the global warming potential that carbon dioxide has (depending on the timeframe you consider), which is why Colorado has required oil and gas developers to find and repair leaks on their equipment and to capture and sell methane from their wells rather than flaring it or simply venting it to the atmosphere. Despite early complaints, Colorado’s industry has found that complying with these regulations is actually cost-effective, and no longer opposes the regulations in Colorado. The Obama-era regulations are based on what is already in place and successful here in Colorado, and there’s every reason for them to be implemented around the country!
Methane is a huge contributor to climate change, and the fugitive emissions targeted by the regulation contribute to ground-level ozone, thereby impacting human and animal health. In addition, by not capturing methane, companies are wasting a precious resource and not paying royalties or severance taxes that belong to all citizens.
Cory Gardner is on the fence about the methane rule, and he needs to hear from you!
Call Senator Gardner: 303-391-5777
and say you oppose any effort to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn the Bureau of Land Management’s Methane and Natural Gas Waste Rule.
Stop Senate Bill 035
The fine print in this scary bill could broadly classify any sort of obstruction of oil and gas drilling as a felony. Learn more here.
Call State Sentator Steve Fenberg: 303-866-4872
Oppose Rick Perry as Secretary of Energy
The Senate is scheduled to vote on the nomination of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to be Secretary of Energy. Perry called for abolition of this department—then famously forgot which department it was—when he ran for President in 2012. He’s bad news for the environment.
Call Senator Bennet: 303-455-7600; DC: 202-224-5852
and Senator Gardner: (303) 391-5777; DC: (202) 224-5941
Resistance Recess – Attend a Community Town Hall Meeting with or without your local representative or senator
This is the first congressional recess of the year and first opportunity as constituents to speak directly with our Colorado Senators and Representatives to protect our communities and environment before corporate profits.
Rally for Justice in Support of #YOUTHVGOV
Six Colorado youth plaintiffs are suing the government and taking a stand to prioritize our health over fossil fuel profits. March and show support fot the fracking and climate lawsuit against the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.