Last November, the Obama Administration updated 30-year old regulations governing the venting, flaring and leaking of natural gas. These regulations increased the health of our air and climate and helped preserve important natural resources. Unfortunately, the Trump Administration and Republicans in Congress targeted these protections for repeal under the Congressional Review Act (CRA).
To combat these efforts, Winning Connections partnered with the Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC) to activate grassroots support and pressure key Senators to prevent this dangerous rollback. On Wednesday, thanks to the courage of 51 senators, the Senate voted down the CRA resolution. According to the Environmental Defense Fund, “It is the first big win this year for the environmental community – and a clear sign that when we fight back, we can still protect American families and defend our natural heritage.”
WORC is a regional grassroots network of community organizations based in Billings, Montana. Their 12,200 members and 39 local chapters have worked since the 1970’s to promote renewable energy, limit destructive fossil fuel and hardrock mining, as well as, ensure safe food and sustainable agriculture.
And there is still more work to be done. Kate MacGregor, the acting Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals, said after the vote, “As part of President Trump’s America-First Energy Strategy and executive order, the Department has reviewed and flagged the Waste Prevention rule as one we will suspend, revise and rescind.”
All those who care about the health of our planet need to make their voice heard. Contact Winning Connections today to start your program, activate grassroots support, and let the Administration know that these regulations protect our environment and conserve our natural resources.