With the healthcare bill up in the air in the Senate, Mitch McConnell is desperate to get legislation passed that moves Trump’s agenda. That’s why he’s now trying to rush through an 850-page Energy Bill (The Energy and Natural Resources Act of 2017 (S 1460)) that will lock the U.S. into fossil fuel dependency for decades.
This bill is a dream come true for the fossil fuel industry. It will:
- Expedite the review of Liquified Natural Gas export facilities in the US. These facilities increase the demand for fracked natural gas, and then send that gas oversees. This would result in more communities harmed by natural gas fracking, pipelines, and facilities, and a big increase in climate emissions.
- Make the Federal Energy Resources Commission (FERC) the lead agency in authorizing natural gas projects. FERC has a horrible track record, always approving pipelines approved by industry at the expense of local communities and the environment. We need to curtail its power, not increase it.
- Increase funds for extraction of fossil fuels in coastal waters. After the Deepwater Horizon debacle, we need to put a moratorium on off-shore drilling, not expand it.
- Expedite the process for allowing fracking on Federal lands.
At the same time, this legislation does absolutely nothing to increase wind or solar power in the US. At a time when the US needs to shift rapidly to clean energy sources, this legislation would move us backwards.
There is still time to kill this bill. Incredibly, most Democrats in the Senate have not raised their voices in opposition, but they have the power to put the brakes on this bill. Bernie Sanders has come out strongly against this giveaway to the fossil fuel industry, and we need to put pressure on senators to join him.
That’s why we all need to call our senators today, Republican or Democrat, and tell them to oppose The Energy and Natural Resources Act of 2017.
You can reach your senators through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121, and tell them that they need to reject this deeply flawed energy bill that will lock the US into fracking and fossil fuels, without any support for wind or solar.