2017

Support the Farmer Fair Practices Rules

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is considering new rules that would help level the playing field between large corporate meatpackers and independent livestock and poultry producers.

Join WORC and take action to support the Farmer Fair Practices Rules.

Save the Methane Waste Prevention Rule

Congressional leaders have been gutting environmental and public health protections put in place by the Obama Administration. Now lawmakers are turning their attention to the Bureau of Land Management’s Methane Waste Prevention Rule, which limits venting, flaring, and leaks of natural gas and oil wells on public and tribal land.

If we apply enough pressure, we have the numbers to stop this vote in the Senate.

Contact your Senators. Urge them to vote NO on the resolution against the BLM Methane Waste Prevention Rule.

Stop Pruitt

President Trump’s pick to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, is unqualified to head the agency. He has built his career on trying to dismantle the EPA, which protects our clean air, safe drinking water, and public health across the entire country.

For the sake of our public health, the global climate, and the clean water that all Americans rely on, Pruitt must be stopped.

Action completed.

Flaring Natural Gas & Polluting Streams: How should Congress vote?

In its first month on the job, the new Congress has launched an all-out assault on new standards that stop the waste of public resources from oil and gas drilling, and protect clean water and public health from the harmful effects of coal mining.

  • The Methane Waste Rule limits venting, flaring and leaks of natural gas from oil and gas sites on public and tribal land.
  • The Stream Protection Rule helps to protect streams, drinking water for rural residents on wells, and water that ranchers depend on for irrigation and watering their cattle, from impacts of coal mines.

Unfortunately, at the request of their allies in the fossil fuel industry, Congressional leaders want to use an arcane legislative maneuver called the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to get rid of these two new rules that protect clean water, clean air, and local people from some of the adverse impacts of fossil fuel extraction.

The CRA allows Congress to pass disapproval resolutions to roll back recent rules, and blocks use of the filibuster in the Senate. Even worse, a successful CRA resolution means no federal agency can put similar protections in place in the future — ever — without permission from Congress.

Email your Senators and Representative today and urge them to vote against the CRA’s for the Stream Protection Rule and the BLM Methane Waste Rule.

Action completed.

2016

Mni Wiconi…Water is Life

On December 4, President Barack Obama and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied Dakota Access Pipeline’s permit to cross under Lake Oahe, effectively stopping the pipeline for now. This announcement marks an important victory for the Standing Rock Sioux and their supporters, and is a moment to celebrate.

The Army Corps will now conduct an environmental impact statement to consider alternate routes for the pipeline.

Please take the time to thank President Obama and the Army Corps of Engineers for listening to the Standing Rock Sioux and denying the pipeline’s river crossing easement.

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Join the Week of Action to Stop the TPP!

This week, organizations from across the country are coming together to call on Congress to Stop the TPP.  We need to get our members of Congress on the record now and tell them not to vote on this deal after the election.

Calls are a quick, easy and direct way to get your message through. Here’s how:

  • Call (877) 852-4710 to be connected to your U.S. Representative’s office.
  • A staff person will answer. Tell the staff person your name, where you’re from and simply say:

“I’m opposed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership because it is bad for U.S. farmers, the environment and our food system. I want Rep. [Name] to stand up to corporate interests and vote NO on this trade deal. Please let me know what [her/his] position is on the TPP. Thank you.”

  • The staff person will take your comment, contact information, and make note of it to pass along to your Representative. Once you’re done, forward this email to friends so they can call too.

There’s a long list of reasons to oppose this deal. When you call, you can add more detail about what concerns you most about the TPP:

  • TPP would allow foreign companies to challenge the U.S. government if they feel that a local law – like regulations on factory farms – threatens their profits. This hurts our ability to take local democratic action to protect our food and water. (It also allows U.S. companies to do the same to other countries trying to decide for themselves how to protect their communities.)
  • Past trade deals have failed to deliver on promises of new export markets that benefit U.S. farmers and ranchers. Any export gains benefit the companies that buy, process and ship raw agricultural commodities, not farmers themselves. Meanwhile, U.S. farmers will face a surge of low-priced agricultural imports, especially cattle producers and dairy farmers who are already facing low prices.
  • The TPP would flood our grocery stores with unsafe food imports, especially fish, from countries with much lower health and safety standards than the United States.

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Tell Obama to cut methane pollution now!

Oil and Gas development on public lands contributes to some of the worst methane pollution in the country. Methane is a significant contributor to climate change, a greenhouse gas which in the short term, is 85 times more potent than carbon in causing climate damage.

Time is running out. We need to act now to curb air pollution from oil and gas production on public lands.

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Strengthen self-bonding rules to protect taxpayers

Some coal companies have been benefiting from a huge subsidy to their mine cleanup obligations for decades. Instead of providing a bond such as cash or an insurance policy that regulators would tap if a coal company abandons its cleanup obligations, they have used “self-bonding.”

Please join us in calling for stringent self-bonding standards by sending this letter to OSMRE Director Joseph Pizarchik.

Action completed.

House voting on GMO labeling

The House of Representatives will vote soon on a bill to stop efforts to label genetically modified organisms (GMOs) across the country. Urge your Representative to oppose the Roberts-Stabenow DARK Act.

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House voting to block Obama reforms

Today, the House of Representatives will begin to debate a bill to fund the Department of Interior and Environmental Protection Agency in the next fiscal year. Unfortunately, the bill includes provisions that would block new reforms the Obama Administration is working to finalize and implement.

Urge your Representative to support these important Obama Administration reforms to protect for our land, air and water.

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You have the right to know about GMOs in your food!

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote soon on a bill to stop efforts to label genetically modified organisms (GMOs) across the country. Urge your U.S. Senators to vote No on the Roberts-Stabenow DARK Act.

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Tell BLM to reform coal leasing

For too long, the federal coal leasing program has failed to account for the true costs of coal on our air, our health, our land, and our climate. Urge the Bureau of Land Management to fix the broken, out-of-date coal leasing program.

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Coal clean-up paid for by taxpayers?

Tell the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement to strengthen its self-bonding rules to close loopholes that will make mining companies, not the public, pay for cleanup of coal mines across the West.

Action completed.

House voting on GMO labeling today

The House of Representatives will vote soon on a bill to stop efforts to label genetically modified organisms (GMOs) across the country. Don’t let biotech giants like Monsanto leave consumers in the dark about GMOs in their food.

Action completed.

Bill would strip reforms on fracking, flaring, and climate

The House of Representatives is debating a bill to fund the Department of Interior and Environmental Protection Agency in the next fiscal year. Unfortunately, the bill includes provisions that would block new reforms the Obama Administration is working hard to finalize and implement.

Action completed.

You have the right to know about GMOs in your food!

This week, the U.S. Senate’s first order of business will be a vote to stop meaningful labels for food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Proposed by Senators Pat Roberts and Debbie Stabenow, the bill, often referred to as the “Denying Americans the Right to Know” or DARK Act, would negate 130 state and municipal statutes, regulations, and ordinances in 43 states that require labeling of GMOs.

Consumers should have the choice to buy or avoid foods containing GMOs — just like consumers in 64 other nations.

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Stand with farmers! Urge Congress to reject the TPP

Family farmers and ranchers are increasingly wary of White House promises that massive trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will be a boon to their bottom line.

It just doesn’t pencil out.

  • TPP gives multinational corporations the ability to overturn our laws, like food labels
  • TPP doesn’t address currency manipulation, a dirty trick used by foreign competitors to undercut U.S. producers
  • TPP will increase beef and cattle imports at a time when domestic cattle prices are plummeting

Stand with thousands of family farmers and ranchers in urging Congress to reject the TPP trade deal.

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Tell Congress: “Waste not!”

On behalf of Big Oil, a House committee held a hearing April 27 to attack the commonsense measures in the Bureau of Land Management standard to cut methane waste.

Action Completed.

Sign up for organizing and leadership training

Build power…raise money…win issue campaigns. Sharpen your organizing and leadership skills at WORC’s Principles of Community Organizing Workshop, July 20-23, 2016.

Training completed.

Stop gas flaring, venting and leaks

Each year, oil and gas operations waste enough taxpayer-owned natural gas to heat Denver. If captured, this natural gas would be worth more than $330 million.

Instead, it’s burned or vented into the atmosphere, or lost through leaks. And toxic pollutants contaminate the air — increasing asthma and other health problems.

Action Completed.