Day of Action against Denial

Mary A. Colborn, Climate Action to Take Today

Mary A. Colborn, Climate Action to Take Today

If there ever was a time when your participation, your voice is needed, that time is now. Senate confirmation hearings will begin this week on Capitol Hill for the cabinet nominees of President-Elect Donald Trump.

Never, even in George W. Bush’s presidency, has such an alarming cache of climate change deniers been selected to lead our governmental agencies. Each one has ties to the fossil fuel industry or has voiced climate change denial rhetoric, like Rex Tillerson, nominee for Secretary of State, who just resigned as CEO of Exxon-Mobile and took home over $170 million in compensation and Scott Pruitt, who has fought regulations put forth by the very agency he is slated to lead.

With a Republican Senate, these selectees will be confirmed without delay, in spite of significant concerns with the vetting process used by the Trump transition team or lack thereof. Many of these nominees have failed to sign ethics agreements and many have significant financial holdings that have not been properly assessed for conflicts of interest or ties to foreign entities.

They plan to slam these committee hearings through, and fast!

A new report (today, 1/10/17) from Food and Water Watch, “The Fracking Influence Pipeline: Trump’s Cabinet Nominees,” has this frightening news:

Senate hearings to vet Trump’s nominees for important cabinet positions begin today with Attorney General under consideration. And later this week, we can possibly expect six hearings in one day, including one for Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson. But scheduling six of the most prominent positions to testify in one rapid-fire day serves a purpose: to divert attention from the nominees massive conflicts of interest and records that are clear in Trump’s gang of climate-denying, fracking-friendly nominees. And when you add all the noise around the impending inauguration, you’ve got a real recipe for distraction from some of the most important issues that face our country, like the very real threat climate change poses to Americans every day.

The article has a disturbing graph that shows the tangle of connections and conflicts of interest among Trump, his nominees, and the fossil fuel giants.

This will happen on our watch unless we do something.

Climate action for our children

Nicholas Kristof, New York Times

Today. Your voice matters. Your work matters. People struggling with the devastating impacts of climate change will be heard, if you act. 

The Sierra Club along with is calling for a day of action.

The world’s children are calling out to you. The future of our own are joining in chorus. Hope is calling to you. Urgently. Without question. With no time for complacency.

Climate Action Today

Nicholas Kristof, New York Times

We need you to call your Senator today and let him or her know how urgently we need to address climate change. We don’t have time to waffle. Recently, the New York Times published an article describing the devastating drought that is afflicting the people of Madagascar and Southern Africa. Nicholas Kristof writes, “Families are slowly starving because rains and crops have failed for the last few years. They are reduced to eating cactus and even rocks or ashes. The United Nations estimates that nearly one million people in Madagascar alone need emergency food assistance.”

Climate change is real. Climate change is happening. The results are devastating. People are starving.

This may sound alarmist, but sometimes it is imperative to sound the alarm and alert everyone to reality. Sometimes you must be the one who dons the role of Paul Revere.

You can make the case to your Senator that these climate denier nominees should NOT be confirmed. You can ask him to act on climate change. You can tell her that this is an issue that touches your heart and that it matters – to you, to your children, to the future. We cannot delay. You cannot delay. This is urgent.

Here are the phone numbers of Michigan Senators:

  • Tell Sen. Peters to take climate actionSenator Gary Peters
    • Washington D.C. office: 202-224-4822
      Hart Senate Office Building, Suite 724
      Washington, DC 20510
    • Detroit office: 313-226-6020
      Patrick V. McNamara Federal Building
      477 Michigan Avenue, Suite 1860
      Detroit, MI 48226
    • Rochester office: 248-808-6040
      407 6th Street, Suite C
      Rochester, MI 48307
    • Lansing office: 517-377-1508
      124 West Allegan Street, Suite 1810
      Lansing, MI 48933
    • Grand Rapids office: 616-233-9150
      Gerald R. Ford Federal Building
      110 Michigan Street NW, Suite 720
      Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    • Saginaw office: 989-754-0112
      515 North Washington Ave., Suite 401
      Saginaw, MI 48607
    • Traverse City office: 231-947-7773
      818 Red Drive, Suite 40
      Traverse City, MI 49684
    • Marquette office: 906-226-4554
      857 W. Washington St., Suite 308
      Marquette, MI 49855
  • Tell Sen. Stabenow to take climate actionSenator Debbie Stabenow
    • Washington D.C. office: 202-224-4822
      731 Hart Senate Office Building
      Washington, D.C. 20510-2204
      Phone: (202) 224-4822
    • Detroit office: 313-961-4330
      719 Griswold Street, Suite 700
      Detroit, MI 48226
    • East Lansing Office: 517-203-1760
      221 W. Lake Lansing Road, Suite 100
      East Lansing, MI 48823
    • Grand Rapids office: 616-975-0052
      3280 E. Beltline Court NE, Suite 400
      Grand Rapids, MI 49525
    • Flint office: 810-720-4172
      432 N. Saginaw Street, Suite 301
      Flint, MI 48502
    • Traverse City office: 231-929-1031
      3335 S. Airport Road West, Suite 6B
      Traverse City, MI 49684
    • Marquette office: Phone: 906-228-8756
      1901 West Ridge, Suite 7
      Marquette, MI 49855

If you live in another state, please find your Senator here – states listed in alphabetical order.

They need to hear from you. It will make a difference.

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