The time has come, if you live in the USA, to contact your senators and ask them to decline the nominations of both Ryan Zinke for Secretary of the Interior and of Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator.
If you have never contacted your senators before, it is easy. Go to either http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/ to find your senator’s phone number, or simply call the US Capitol switchboard at 202.224.3121 to be connected. Once you’ve got a hold of their office, tell the staff person you are a constituent, you want your senator to oppose the nominations of Ryan Zinke and Scott Pruitt, and that if they do, you have your senator’s back. If the staff member tells you that the senator does oppose Pruitt, pass along your thanks, and encourage them to hold the line!
It’s that simple. Remember to call both of your state senators and ask the same from both of them. Phone calls are the most effective means of communicating with your Senators, they are what garner the most attention. And, with the clock ticking, it is the fastest means as well.
If you’d like to go more in depth, Hank Green has a great video introducing how to write a letter, which can easily be translated into a phone call.
Why to oppose these two?
Ryan Zinke will preside over the Endangered Species Act, the access to public lands for exploitative resource extraction, offshore oil and gas drilling, and the relationships with first nations tribal governments and people. Zinke’s record shows he does not lean towards stewardship, human or environmental health, or social growth.
Scott Pruitt is most known for suing the EPA to gut their provisions. The EPA is literally a health and safety organization – it’s charge is to protect the very basic fundamental operating systems of our planet so that we can lead full, joyous, and fruitful lives. This includes clean air, water, and soil. It prevents companies from dumping toxins everywhere, be it in products or waste. Pruitt has fought legal battles to undermine the EPA’s role in protecting human health and the legacy of the country, meaning the person being nominated to lead the EPA has actively worked to destroy the EPA.
Neither of these picks is what the USA needs, nor do they honor what the country for what it was and where we can go.
Please, take a moment to call and let your voice be heard. The Senate is split 52-48, and a few extra “no”s can make all the difference. It was calls to our representatives that put the brakes on the House’s plan to eliminate the ethics board that oversees them. Calls work.
Please call. Be the bulwark.
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