Environmental and Community Groups Urge Delay on FERC Commissioner Hearings

Organizations nationwide are urging Senator Murkowski, chair of the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee to delay hearings on Trump’s nominees for the Federal Energy and Natural Resources Commission. The following letter was sent to Senator Murkowski, ranking member Senator Cantwell and members of the ENR committee. Berks Gas Truth Beyond Extreme Energy Delaware Riverkeeper Network FERC Vacancies Campaign Green America May 15, 2017 Chairman Lisa Murkowski Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources Dear Chairman Murkowski, On behalf of communities and organizations working in states across the nation who are experiencing direct and repeated abuse from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) misuse of its power to consider natural gas pipelines and infrastructure projects, we urge you to postpone any hearings on President Trump’s nominations for FERC Commissioner. President Trump’s unknown personal and professional ties with foreign leaders and foreign corporations raise serious and legitimate concerns for those he would seek to install in these highly consequential positions. FERC’s role in protecting the U.S. energy grid is essential to our national security. Recent events regarding President Trump’s firing of FBI Director Comey, including his apparent demand for loyalty in how the Director carried out his decision making and activities as head of the FBI, heightens our alarm and concern. As it currently stands, communities already experience tremendous abuses of power and law at the hands of FERC. As documented in the dossier that can be found at http://bit.ly/DossierofFERCAbuse, FERC […]

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People power defeats fossil fuel interests: methane regulations on public lands preserved

Today, Green America celebrates the US Senate vote against a Congressional Review Act (CRA) measure that would have eliminated Bureau of Land Management’s regulations to limit methane emissions from oil and gas operations on public lands. The regulations address a crucial problem – oil and gas operations regularly release wasted methane into the atmosphere, increasing climate change and damaging local […]

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Big Progress on Fracking 2016

Thanks to the support of millions of Americans, Green America and dozens of allies made big progress on fracking and methane emissions this year.  Fracking has grown rapidly across the US in recent years, and as the US has ramped up oil and natural gas drilling nationally, we’ve seen a huge rise in methane leaks. In fact, methane emissions increased […]

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A Time for Reflection and Action

The violence in our country last week has shocked us all.  Two African American men were killed by police officers, bringing the total of African American men in the US killed by the police since January 2015 to 175 (24 of those men were unarmed).  Women of color are at disproportionate risk of police violence as well. Then, the shooting […]

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Big News: The EPA publishes essential new rules on methane leaks

Breaking: EPA Will Cut Methane Pollution

Today, the EPA published its final rule regarding methane leaks from new, modified, and reconstructed oil and gas sources.  This is an important step forward for the US, especially in light of our climate commitments from the Paris Agreement.  Thanks to the thousands of Green America individual and business members that took action to support the rule. The rule is a […]

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Clean Energy Victory Bonds Gaining Momentum

Building on growing bipartisan momentum, Green America, the nation’s leading green economy organization, will continue to promote Clean Energy Victory Bonds in Congress. An amendment to the Senate Energy Bill (S. 2012) proposed by Senator Udall (D-N.M.) that would advance Clean Energy Victory Bonds did not achieve 60 votes as needed, but did receive growing bipartisan support yesterday in a […]

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