I’ve noticed something about the right-wing attack machine: Great progressives drive them absolutely nuts.
Last week, the U.S. House voted to pass one of the most radical oil and gas drilling bills in recent memory — a Big Oil handout from House leadership that opens the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and some of our most sensitive coastal waters to dirty drilling.
But your U.S. Representative (Rep. Jim McDermott ) stood up for our nation’s wildlife and wild places by voting against this terrible bill.
Please take a moment to thank your U.S. Representative for opposing HR 3408 — a bill that hands over the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s coastal plain and our coasts to Big Oil’s dirty drills.
HR 3408 threatens…
Please thank your U.S. Representative today for standing up for polar bears, sea turtles and other coastal wildlife.
Because of corporate greed, our planet is on the brink. Greenpeace is taking action.
Help make 2012 our best year yet by making your first gift and joining Greenpeace today.
Our planet is on the brink because of corporate greed.
These are global problems that require a global solution. Greenpeace’s mission is to be part of that solution and we have plans to address each of these problems. And as a global organization that doesn’t take a dime from corporations or governments, we are well positioned to make it happen. But we can’t do it without your support.
Now is the time. Make your first gift to Greenpeace and become a member for 2012.
We have already surpassed our initial goal of getting 2,012 people to become a member online by February 29th. Now help us hit our new goal of 2,500. We only need 7 people fromWashington to make it happen!
Thanks in advance for your support. It’s going to be a great year.
Philip Radford Greenpeace USA Executive Director
|Tell Enterprise Rent-a-Car to stop fighting against a law that would ban renting recalled cars.|
Cally Houck’s two daughters, Raechel and Jacquie, rented a PT Cruiser from Enterprise Rent-a-Car in 2004. What they didn’t know about their car was it had been recalled for serious safety problems a month earlier, and that Enterprise didn’t fix the car.
Raechel and Jacquie’s rental car caught on fire because of the very issue that prompted the recall. The young women crashed their fiery car into a tractor-trailer, killing them both.
In just a matter of days, Congress is set to consider a new law that would force rental car companies to fix recalled cars, but Enterprise Rent-a-Car is lobbying against it — and hard. Enterprise’s opposition could block the bill, allowing Enterprise to continue to ignore car recalls like the one that killed Cally Houck’s daughters.
Cally Houck has dedicated herself to making sure that rental car companies fix recalled vehicles so no other parent loses her daughters to rental cars that are known to be unsafe. She says it’s critical to stop Enterprise’s opposition now, before they kill the law. Cally started a petition on Change.org asking Enterprise Rent-a-Car CEO Andrew Taylor to stop opposing the law to force rental car companies to repair recalled vehicles.
These two young women weren’t the first to die from rental cars under recall, and they weren’t the last, according to a USA Today report this weekend. Despite knowing the risks, companies like Enterprise choose to keep unsafe cars on the road.
When a vehicle is recalled because of safety or performance issues, the government says all vehicles should be fixed immediately. That why car dealerships aren’t allowed to sell new or used cars under recall that haven’t yet been fixed.
For Cally, it’s hard to imagine why rental car companies would be okay with renting cars that they knew to be unsafe. Before her daughters rented the car that killed them, three other customers had rented it from Enterprise after the safety recall.
There is hope — Hertz, a major rental car company, bucked its competitors and is actually supporting this new law. Cally hopes that by calling attention to Hertz’s willingness to protect its customers — and by showing that Enterprise is willing to let customers drive what she calls “ticking time bombs” like the one that killed her daughters — Enterprise will stop opposing this law.
Thanks for being a change-maker,
- Jess and the Change.org team
P.S. Can you please take a minute to sign these other urgent campaigns started on Change.org?
Two years ago we won a huge victory for transparency when a new law was implemented that ensured oil, gas and mining companies must reveal what they pay to African governments for access to their natural resources.
Strongly enforced transparency in these deals could mean this money makes it to the people who need it the most. It could build the infrastructure, hospitals and schools Africa desperately needs to pull millions out of extreme poverty.
But it will be back to business as usual if the SEC caves to Big Oil’s demands for lax regulations and less transparency.
The SEC could be making a decision any day now.
|Thanks for taking action!Ellen B.
As required by law, CBO prepares regular reports on its estimate of the number of jobs created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), which was enacted in response to significant weakness in the economy. In its latest report, issued this afternoon, CBO provides estimates of ARRA’s impact on employment and economic output in the fourth quarter of calendar year 2011, as well as over the entire period since February 2009.
Earth Day 2012: Mobilize the Earth is now in full-swing! Every day, the movement is inspiring people all over the world to act on behalf of the environment – to send a clear message to world leaders that the world can’t wait.
What will YOU do?
Keep reading for highlights from the last couple of weeks and learn how you can get involved.
In This Issue: Lead an Earth Day Event or Join One Nearby A Billion Acts of Green Reaches Halfway Point MobilizeU Student Movement Gains Momentum Resources for People of Faith
Lead an Earth Day Event or Find One Nearby:People all over the world are already mobilizing for Earth Day 2012. You can start an Earth Day event or join one nearby!
Remember to send us a photo of your action!
Here are some inspiring examples:
A Billion Acts of Green® Reaches Halfway Point: A Billion Acts of Green, the world’s largest environmental service campaign, recently passed the halfway point! We’ve inspired over 500 million environmental actions from individuals, businesses, governments, and faith-based and civic organizations all over the world in what is being called a global referendum on the environment. Help us make it to a billion for Earth Day!
MobilizeU Student Movement Gains Momentum:MobilizeU is an international movement of student environmental activists organizing for Earth Day 2012. And the international collegiate competition to generate the most acts of green is less than two months away. Dozens of college students from all over the world have already signed up to represent their institutions as regional and school coordinators, and more are coming in every day. Click here to get involved in this exciting youth movement!
Resources for People of Faith: Earth Day Network is proud to introduce its Earth Stewardship Resources for People of Faith webpage. This living-list webpage will provide people of faith with a wide array of resources to help develop projects to green their congregation and community.
- The Earth Day Network Team