Betrayal at Standing Rock

By Newsroom America Feeds at 9 Feb 2017

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Trump Ignores Democratic Process, Approves Dakota Access Pipeline

Showing blatant disregard for the rights of the Standing Rock Sioux and the democratic process, the Trump administration issued the final approval for the Dakota Access Pipeline. This action ignores the environmental review and public comment period the Army Corps of Engineers started in January, for which more than 200,000 comments opposing the pipeline have already been submitted. We must hold the Army Corps of Engineers accountable for breaking its promise to the Standing Rock Sioux and to the millions of people who supported them.

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Call the Army Corps of Engineers and tell them you oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline, and ask them to pass your message on to Trump: 1-888-201-9377.

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Pruitt Blew It

In his confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate as nominee for EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt was evasive and equivocal, dodging questions, contradicting past positions when they were inconvenient, and misleading about conflicts of interest with the industries he would oversee if confirmed. As Oklahoma attorney general, he sued the EPA on behalf of big polluter "clients," who turned around and gave nearly a quarter million dollars to his re-election campaign. Pruitt's own work bio calls him "a leading advocate against the EPA's activist agenda."

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Can We Count On You?

Donald Trump's Republican Congress wants our national parks to become a drilling and fracking free-for-all.

House Republicans have introduced a bill that would allow oil and gas drilling in more than 40 national parks—Grand Teton National Park, Everglades National Park, and Mesa Verde National Park, just to name three.

We need your help urgently to stop this disgusting bill—can we count on your emergency gift now?

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Ferocious Resistance

Big Oil's ally in the White House may have won the election (if not the popular vote), but fossil fuels continue to lose ground in the battle for our energy future. While the clean energy revolution advances unstoppably around the planet, President Trump continues to act as if climate change were "a hoax invented by the Chinese" (yes, he actually said that). But during his first few days in office, the denier-in-chief received notice that his anti-environmental, anti-immigrant, anti-women, anti-democratic policies will face ferocious resistance, both at home and abroad.

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Trips for Young Participants (Scholarships, Too!)

Are you hungry to explore wild places? Embark on a rugged challenge? Or just make some new friends along the trail? Then you're in the right place! In addition to our usual lineup, this year we're offering a wide variety of trips for younger adventurers, including backpack journeys, service trips/volunteer vacations, and multisport samplers. What's more, we're offering a full $300 off to adults 18-35. Funding is limited, so don't delay!

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Not OK for EPA

Award-winning journalist, political commentator, and Oklahoma native Bill Moyers delivered a blistering video op-ed recently on his weekly news program Moyers & Company, articulating his belief that "President Trump's choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency might put it on the endangered species list."

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Scalia 2.0?

"Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court has been described as Scalia 2.0.," says Pat Gallagher, director of the Sierra Club's Environmental Law Program. "This notion alone causes me great distress. Had Justice Scalia's views prevailed, environmental law would be eviscerated. Scalia was hostile to citizen enforcement of our environmental laws, he dissented from the majority in [a] Supreme Court case that recognized carbon pollution as a grave threat... and [he] took a dim view of environmental citizen suits. Judge Gorsuch appears to be as hostile to citizen enforcement as Scalia, if not more so."

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Paving the Way to Wildness

If you've ever stood on the rim of the Grand Canyon and marveled at the awesome view of the gorge, you have the Antiquities Act to thank. The same is true of California's Death Valley and Mt. Lassen National Parks, as well as Katmai and Glacier Bay National Parks in Alaska, Zion National Park in Utah, and many others. But this landmark conservation law is now in jeopardy, as some congressional Republicans—along with Interior Secretary nominee Ryan Zinke—are threatening to repeal or weaken it.

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R.I.P. for the EPA?

A bill introduced in Congress on February 3 is designed—and titled—"To terminate the Environmental Protection Agency." This is not hyperbole. This bill, along with the nomination of Scott Pruitt and leaked administration plans, make it clear that Trump intends to follow through on campaign promises to eliminate the agency. Polluters would be allowed to operate unchecked, and even programs that are popular in red states, like Superfund cleanups, would be eliminated.

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Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out! returns to New York City's Town Hall on Saturday, February 25th at 8:00 PM EST. In the coming months, the benefit concert featuring Broadway stars will be traveling to cities throughout the country. Money raised will benefit the Sierra Club Foundation, Planned Parenthood, the National Immigration Law Center, the NAACP, and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Concert for America's mission is to inspire audiences—through a hopeful message—to be engaged citizens.

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Stand With the Shuar

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