I'm stuck in the East Coast blizzard trying to get home, and it occurred to me that you might have missed some news about our amazing victories this week. So here's a quick email in the form of a highlight reel about all the #Winning we did in the last seven days. It's exciting stuff, and proves the power of our advocacy together. So if you want to see more victories like this, why not chip in $15, $25 or $50 to make it happen?
Koch Out, Science in
Last year more than 550,000 people, including tens of thousands of Environmental Action members, demanded that climate-denier David Koch be kicked off the boards of our biggest science museums. Well, as of this week David Koch is no longer on the board of the American Museum of Natural History in New York!1 Click here to share the news!
Kamala answers our Call
Just hours after our latest action online, we got word that California Attorney General (AG) Kamala Harris will be launching an investigation into Exxon's climate cover-up. Harris follows New York AG, Eric Schneiderman, who launched an investigation last year to determine if Exxon has been misleading investors since the 1970s, when their own research revealed the reality and dangers of climate change. The research also revealed that the burning of fossil fuels is the primary cause of climate disruption. Click here to sign the thank you card!
New Methane Rules
This one you might have missed, since it came out late on Friday as the snow started to fly and all the news was focused on the blizzard: President Obama's Interior Department issued a long-awaited rule to clamp down on leaks of methane (or fracked gas) on public land and raise the costs of dirty drilling on government property. The rule only applies to federal lands, but here's why it's still encouraging: Interior applied the rule retroactively to both new and existing infrastructure. That's exactly what we've been telling EPA to do -- plug ALL the fracking leaks -- and now there's added pressure on them to do it because of Interior's move.2
Standing up to FERC and Bank of America.
Our friends at Beyond Extreme energy were in fine form last Thursday - disrupting the monthly meeting of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to deliver a message that it's time to stop permitting big new oil and gas pipelines and other infrastructure -- what Bill McKibben calls "Zombie Fossil Fuels."3 Later in the day, they made the same point in a different way, protesting at a Bank of America next door to the White House to call on the mega-bank to stop funding fracking infrastructure. Whether by regulation or by shutting off their investors -- we're making progress to shut down fossil fuel infrastructure this year and put us on a path to keeping 80 percent of fossil fuels in the ground.
This is the kind of action we take, and the kind of results we can get, when we act together. If you want to see more victories like this, why not chip in $15, $25 or $50 to make it happen? Even better, consider an ongoing, monthly donation -- monthly giving is the best way to support us because it keeps our overhead costs down, meaning there's more money available to fight polluters and politicians. It also means you wont get as many fundraising phone calls and emails (so it's more convenient for you too, we hope).
Drew and the winning team at Environmental Action
1 - Katie Herzog, Koch brother resigns from museum board after calls from scientists, Grist, January 21 2016
2 - Coral Davenport, U.S. Moves to Limit Emissions of Planet-Warming Methane, The New York Times, January 22, 2016
3 - RT America, Activists protest FERC support for pipelines and fracking permits, RT NewsJanuary 22, 2016