Breaking: The Senate is voting TODAY on a sweeping energy bill that would fast track approval of more fracked gas infrastructure and export fracked gas globally. The bill does not include ANY money to help the people of Flint, MI who are still suffering from lead-tainted water. Click here to contact your Senators today and tell them: Block The Fracked Up Energy Bill.
The Senate has reached a consensus deal on the sweeping energy bill originally proposed by Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA). The bill was held up in the Senate when Michigan Senators attached an amendment that would have sent much needed funds to Flint, MI to assist the troubled city with infrastructure repairs and water treatment.1
But this version of the bill is as fracked up as the original and in some cases even worse. Senators who were fighting provisions in the bill that would increase offshore drilling caved, and even senators who were holding up the bill to get Flint, MI much needed funds for their water and infrastructure crisis have given in. None of these are included in the bill to be voted on -- but a series of climate killing, Big Oil giveaways like fast-track permitting of fracked gas export and infrastructure is.2
Senators Mitch "King Coal" McConnell (R-KY) and Climate-Denier-In-Chief James Inhofe (R-OK) claim that they are voting on a clean bill -- but the reality is that this bill is a clean-sweep for Big Oil and other fossil fuel polluters. The message is clear, under this bill Flint and our climate get passed over and dirty fracked gas gets jacked up. That's why I'm asking you to call your Senators today and tell them plain: Block the Fracked Up Energy Bill.
This week we received news that the historic climate agreement struck in Paris last year is on a fast track and could be implemented earlier than diplomats expected.3 But bills like this one are a step in the wrong direction. At a time when scientists are telling us that we must leave 80 percent of known fossil fuel deposits in the ground and immediately finance a just transition to 100 percent clean power, when we are seeing the warmest years on record year after year and stronger climate fueled weather disasters we have no time to take one step forward and two steps back.
That's exactly what will happen though, if this bill slides through the Senate. Please click here to call your Senators today and tell them to keep our climate moving in the right direction by voting "No" on the Fracked up Energy Bill.
And if you can't make calls, please click here to donate $5 or more so that we can set up our Senate Hotline phone banking system.
Thanks for Sounding Off,
Anthony for Environmental Action
1. Cama, Timothy. Week Ahead: Senate to Take Up Energy Reform, Spending Bills. The Hill. April 18, 2016.
2. Argus Media: US Senators Revive Long-Delayed Energy Bill. April 14, 2016.
3. Restuccia, Andrew. Paris Climate Agreement on a Fast Track. Politico. April 18, 2016.