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Jana Stormont
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The EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers are currently implementing Executive Order 13778 which directs federal agencies to rescind the Waters of the U.S. that included rivers that don't flow year around. Repealing this rule will have a devastating impact on Arizona's water supply. All of our waterways are connected. If we don't protect streams and non-perennial rivers, we aren't protecting the bigger rivers. Tucson, in particular, will be negatively affected by repealing the Waters of the U.S. rule. Arizona's water has already been depleted by a 19 year drought. But repealing the Water of the U.S. Rule will leave Tucson's water supply completely unprotected.
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This morning I listened to the confirmation hearing for Andrew Wheeler to head of the E.P.A. It was good to hear members of Congress challenging Wheeler's actions and pressing for climate action! But I was disheartened to hear Wheeler's statement that repealing the Waters of the U.S. rule would not affect the States' authority to protect their water. Unfortunately, that isn't true of Arizona. Arizona law prohibits the state from passing laws that go beyond federal standards. So essentially repealing the Waters of the U.S. rule makes it legal to pollute our water. Urge your Members of Congress to codify the Waters of the U.S. into law.
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Evidence gathered from satellites, surface measurements, weather balloons, ice core records, and computer models have all told scientists the same thing: The unprecedented amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other heat-trapping gases that are warming the planet are mainly the result of human activity. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the international consortium of scientists organized by the United Nations, it is extremely likely (that is, there is a more than 95 percent chance) that human activity is the primary cause of the observed global warming over the last 50 years.

There are many natural and human factors that can influence climate. Human-caused climate drivers include coal and natural gas power plant emissions, vehicle internal combustion engine emissions, burned and razed forests, and land-use changes. Natural climate drivers include energy from the sun; tiny particles from volcanic eruptions, dust, and salt spray; natural carbon cycle processes such as African termite mounds that emit methane or tiny organisms on the ocean’s surface that take up carbon dioxide; and variation in snow and ice cover that change how much the Earth’s surface reflects the sun’s energy back into space. Some of these drivers result in warming while others lead to cooling.

When scientists compare natural and human-induced climate drivers, it is clear that the drivers caused by human activity are most responsible for present-day observed global warming.

Read more to find out how.

https://www.ucsusa.org/our-work/ucs-publications/climatescience#.XD9MnlxKhlY
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Last week, a group of House legislators introduced a bill known as H.R. 1, the “For The People Act.” As a nonpartisan watchdog, we are excited to see that the bill takes concrete steps toward ethics reforms that we have long pursued, no matter which political party is in power, namely:

Increasing the independence and authority of the Office of Government Ethics—making it an ethics watchdog with teeth.

Restricting “golden parachute” payments from private companies to employees as a financial incentive to enter government service—curbing industry’s undue influence on policymakers.

Strengthening penalties against lobbyists and others who fail to disclose work on behalf of foreign governments to influence public policy—holding bad actors more accountable.
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President Trump is desperate for border wall funding. Last week he hijacked prime time to spread anti-immigrant hysteria and keeps threatening to use emergency powers to get funding.

We need to turn up the pressure on Mitch McConnell to end this shutdown before things get worse. Call now to demand that he call a vote on the DHS continuing resolution and re-open the government now. The same bill passed in the Senate unanimously in December and is likely to pass in the Senate again.

Calls needed: Demand that Mitch McConnell stop holding the government hostage.

More than 800,000 federal workers have been on unpaid leave or working without pay for more than two weeks. Many are struggling to make ends meet. Yet, McConnell doesn't seem to care. He is willing to keep the government closed to try to force Democrats to compromise with his party's fragile leader. Democrats have made clear that they want to end the shutdown and will refuse to cave to Trump's hostage taking. Now the ball is in McConnell's court. His refusal to act is unacceptable.

The Democratic plan to end the government shutdown includes two components: one bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security until February to allow time for further negotiation and another to fund other federal agencies through October. Both bills easily passed in the House of Representatives with bipartisan support and would very likely pass the Senate again. In fact, at least three Senate Republicans recently called on Congress to stop playing games and end the shutdown.

The next step is for the Senate to pass legislation and send a bill to Trump. That can't happen until McConnell gets the message and allows a vote.

Calls needed: Demand that Mitch McConnell stop holding the government hostage.
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