Cabinet Nominees · Protect the Environment

Updated: Ask Your Senators to Delay the Vote on Scott Pruitt as Head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Update: It seems that while he was attorney general of Oklahoma, Scott Pruitt denied requests to reveal emails sent from his office to fossil fuel companies for the past two years or so.

A liberal watchdog group just won a court battle that has forced Pruitt to disclose these emails. They will become public on Tuesday (Feb 21).

But Republicans, at last check, intended to proceed with the full floor vote on Pruitt’s nomination today (Feb 17).

So, in addition to calling your senators to oppose Pruitt if you haven’t already, demand that they delay the floor vote until at least Friday Feb.24, to give everyone some time to receive and review these emails.

Here is an NBC News piece about the emails case:

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/scott-pruitt-president-trump-s-epa-nominee-ordered-release-thousands-n722161

Original post text is below.

Call your senators and oppose Scott Pruitt, Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Trump’s shown a pattern of picking the worst possible person to head each agency, and Pruitt is no exception. The Oklahoma attorney general has said that the global warming debate “is far from settled” (though he admitted in his confirmation hearings this week that human activity has contributed to climate change “in some manner.”)

Upon taking office as his state’s attorney general, he took apart the team that was devoted to protecting Oklahoma’s natural resources. He resisted many Obama-era climate change initiatives, and he has joined at least eight lawsuits now in progress against the EPA, the agency that he would like to lead. During his hearings, he has declined to say whether he would recuse himself from these suits. Nine attorneys general have signed a letter opposing Pruitt’s nomination. (Scroll down for more information.)

Sample script: “Dear Senator (Lastname.) I am (Firstname Lastname, from town, zip code). I am calling to ask you to vote against Scott Pruitt as the head of the EPA. His statements and actions show that he does not take climate change seriously and he will not do enough to keep our water and air clean.”

More on Pruitt:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/can-the-epas-main-antagonist-become-its-next-leader/2017/01/17/d24308ca-dcf7-11e6-ad42-f3375f271c9c_story.html?utm_term=.926da8c76ceb

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/federal_government/records-show-trump-epa-pick-crusading-for-industry-donors/2017/01/18/151f0928-dd84-11e6-8902-610fe486791c_story.html?utm_term=.a99187526cc2

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/trump-pick-to-lead-epa-has-spotty-state-environmental-record/2017/01/18/00e0909e-dd61-11e6-8902-610fe486791c_story.html?utm_term=.aa47bfb7b0ca

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/in-letter-9-attorneys-general-urge-rejection-of-epa-nominee/2017/01/18/83d7c79a-dd95-11e6-8902-610fe486791c_story.html?utm_term=.9490bb2b377a

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cabinet Nominees · Community Activism · Public Education

ICYMI: Contact Friends in Red States and Ask Them to Ask Their Senators to Vote NO on Sessions

ICYMI: Reposting because Jeff Sessions’s nomination goes to a vote this week. The Democrats held an all-night speaking event to oppose him. If you haven’t called your senators yet, please do, and urge your friends and family across the country to call their senators to ask them to vote against Sessions, too.

Here is a tool you can give them that will help them find their senators:

http://whoismyrepresentative.com/

Calling is best. They should find the list of district offices and call one of those. It’s far easier to get through to a district (home state) office than the Washington, D.C. office. Congressional offices are typically open during business hours in their given time zones.

Tell them to keep calling until they get a live person.

Here is a sample script they can use:

“Hello, I am (Firstname Lastname from town, zip code). I am calling to ask Senator (Lastname) to vote no on Jeff Sessions for the U.S. Attorney General on Monday. He has a truly terrible track record on civil rights–he was declined a federal judgeship in 1986 due to racist comments–and he shows little to no sign of being able to stand up to Trump. I urge you to vote no on Sessions.”

If they do not get a live person, they can leave a voice mail message or send email through the form on each Senator’s web site.

 

Original text of the Jeff Sessions post follows.

Call your senators and tell them that you oppose the nomination of Jeff Sessions to the post of attorney general of the United States.

Sessions, you might remember, was essentially deemed too racist for Congress to appoint as a federal judge back in the 1980s.

Few people get less racist over time without deliberately working to think and act in less racist ways. You get one guess about whether Sessions has improved himself over the last 30 years.

The head of the NAACP in Alabama and his colleagues held an eight-hour sit in at Sessions’s Alabama office on January 3, saying they’d stay until he or Trump withdrew his name from consideration for the AG post, or they were arrested. (They were arrested.)

Bonus: Below is a link that shows who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Is one of your senators a member? If so, it’s extra-important for you to call and oppose seating Jeff Sessions as the country’s AG. (Irony alert: Sessions sits on this committee.)

Link to the members of the Judiciary Committee:

https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/about/members

 

This spreadsheet contains a sample script you can use when calling your senators about Sessions’s nomination:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Nx970-5j0ls4aJbmiKqwN0E3OfcpAqhXgM3zyfBZ4TM/edit#gid=0

 

Background on Sessions:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the … 3e2b08ba1a

Background on the NAACP sit-in:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/03/politics/ … index.html

Background on the failed nomination to the federal bench in the 1980s:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the … 394900cb96

 

 

 

 

 

Cabinet Nominees

ICYMI: Oppose Rick Perry, Trump’s Pick for the Department of Energy

Apologies for not getting around to this item earlier; it was postponed in favor of other things that arose with stark, sudden urgency. So is life in Trumpland. Perry has completed his hearings and may receive a Senate floor vote today.

Call your senators and oppose Rick Perry, Trump’s choice to head the Department of Energy.

He has the standard odious outlooks on climate change and the EPA, but he stands out for another reason. Perry ran as a Republican presidential nominee in 2012. During a presidential debate, he famously failed to remember the name of the department of energy, which he had promised to eliminate. Continuing his pattern of choosing the worst possible people for each post, Trump naturally settled on Perry for this department.

Since being chosen, Perry has had something of a change of heart about the department of energy. During his confirmation hearings, he stated he “regret[s] recommending its elimination.” And if the New York Times article below is correct, Perry wasn’t aware until after he was tapped that the department of energy handles nuclear issues.

While Perry’s shift in attitude is welcome and encouraging, the country deserves a better-qualified person than he to helm the department. Previous leaders have earned Nobel Prizes (Steven Chu) and served on the physics faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)  (Dr. Ernest Moniz). Perry’s scientific track record is a mediocre string of grades earned at Texas A&M, including a ‘D’ in a course called “Meats”.

Is your senator on the energy and natural resources committee? Then it’s extra-important that you speak up. Check the link below before you call.

http://www.energy.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/members

 

Sample script: “Dear Senator (Lastname), I am (Firstname Lastname, from town, zip code). I am calling to ask you to vote against Rick Perry to head the department of energy. He is woefully underqualified. We need someone who has greater understanding of the scientific issues that the department faces every day.”

 

Here again is the nifty cabinet nominee tracking tool we’ve mentioned before. Remember–you can make calls until and unless the person is confirmed:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Nx970-5j0ls4aJbmiKqwN0E3OfcpAqhXgM3zyfBZ4TM/edit#gid=667030695

 

Here are a few New York Times pieces on Perry:

 

 

Here are some Washington Post pieces on Perry and his nomination:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/rick-perry-seeks-to-lead-the-energy-department-an-agency-he-pledged-to-abolish/2017/01/18/19b14494-dd0a-11e6-acdf-14da832ae861_story.html?utm_term=.be68d6f33616

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/in-texas-perry-was-all-of-the-above-on-energy-production/2017/01/19/f4d98d66-de26-11e6-8902-610fe486791c_story.html?utm_term=.b988a0457859

 

Here also is an interesting comment on that New York Times story and its limitations:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/01/19/the-new-york-timess-rick-perry-story-is-a-litmus-test-for-media-credibility/?utm_term=.b02e5383f8e6

 

And here are some other interesting pieces, including one that mentions the ‘D’ in “Meats”:

http://www.texasmonthly.com/burka-blog/examining-rick-perrys-rex-tillersons-potential-conflicts-interest/