On the same day that the Trump Administration scrubbed all mention of climate change and climate action from WhiteHouse.gov, it published what my colleague Lynn calls a "love letter to fossil fuels".
An Oil Company CEO; a Board Member of the Dakota Access Pipeline company; a one-term anti-environment coal-state Congressman who wants expanded fossil fuel development – more oil, gas and coal; the state Attorney General leading lawsuits against EPA and the Clean Water Rule.
President-Elect Trump is a reality now and the implications are massive. And not just for our water or action on climate - our progress on health care, poverty and economic justice, and racial justice is at risk. Luckily, this is just the start and we know what to do - come together, organize, and get ready to push back hard. Let's get to it.
Hello! Welcome to the Clean Water Election Day 2016 Live Blog. We'll update this space all day with info about the election, what we're hearing when we go to the polls, and more so come back. And, in the meantime - Be a Clean Water Voter. Check out the Clean Water Voter Guide and our Congressional Scorecard before you go to the polls.
There are more than 500,000 town, city, county, and local municipal elected positions across the nation; more than 10,000 statewide positions; more than 7,300 state legislative seats; 435 members of the US House of Representatives; 100 US senators; 1 vice-president; 1 president.
Despite massive popular support for the Clean Water Rule, Republicans in Congress have tried to stop it since the day it was proposed. They finally got enough votes in both Houses to get something to the President's desk - SJ Res 22, a "Resolution of Disapproval" under the Congress Review Act. President Obama vetoed Congress' latest attempt to kill commonsense safeguards for our water last night. It seems like it took him all of 30 seconds to make the decision. This a huge win for anyone who cares about clean water.
Congress has barely been in session for two weeks. Unsurprisingly, the House has continued its streak of standing up for corporate polluters at the expense of the American people. Two of the first votes of this session put our water, our health, and our economy at risk