OVER 340 ORGANIZATIONS CALL ON TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO ABANDON RUSHED REWRITE OF NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT

Source:  Earthjustice.org

NEPA helps communities protect themselves from dangerous, rushed or poorly planned federal projects. It was instrumental in safeguarding the town of Arecibo, Puerto Rico against a proposed incinerator that would further compromise the air quality of a community already at-risk.

Bedrock law, authored to solidify environmental and civil rights protections, currently facing revisions

Washington, D.C. —

More than 340 public interest organizations from across the country formally submitted comments on Friday urging the White House Council on Environmental Quality to abandon its reckless and unprecedented attempts to rewrite the implementing procedures of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

The Act, written partly in response to 1960s highway revolts protesting the destruction of communities and ecosystems, has long been considered a bipartisan core of American environmental law. It passed the Senate unanimously when first considered.

Raul Garcia, Earthjustice Senior Legislative Counsel, issued the following statement:

“The National Environmental Policy Act was written in response to some of the most significant environmental and civil rights issues in modern history.  And yet here, in the middle of August, with limited opportunity for public input at a time when millions of Americans are on vacation, the Trump administration appears to be embarking on a sweeping rewrite of the law.  Simply put, it’s unacceptable that the administration could roll back the core protections this law affords without seriously listening to the voices of all Americans.

“Instead of persisting with this sham of a rule-making process, let’s work together to strengthen environmental protections for all communities.”

Read the coalition’s comments.

 

6 comments

  1. So what else is new? Get rid of Trump before OUR country is destroyed! He is one disgusting individual! He is treasonous! The White House should be flying that flag at half.staff.for Senator John McCain!

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  2. From COUNTERPUNCH

    Some Call It Forest Management, I Call It Racketeering
    by STEVE KELLY
    AUGUST 24, 2018

    When government agencies like the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management produce the danger, the propaganda hyping the danger, and the protection against it at a price, that’s racketeering. The definition of a racketeer is someone who creates a threat and then charges for its reduction.

    Government land management agencies commonly simulate, fabricate and exaggerate threats in ways common to all other racketeers. Constantly at war with the forces of nature and the land they manage, this pattern of immoral extractive commerce targeting public land is a microcosm of a vast universe of Government Sponsored Enterprise (GSE). GSEs generate huge profits for private companies and government, in partnership.

    We must find common purpose and do this before it’s all cut down. An overwhelming allied, grassroots force demanding better national forest protection laws is ultimately the most effective – and likely only – way to protect forests from the timber industry and U.S. Forest Service-U.S.D.A.

    I know how difficult this will be. An open debate among activists and groups will take collective courage.
    Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you, you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action, and follow it to anend, requires some of the same courage which a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    What choice do we have? Congress writes the laws. If we fail, forests will be clearcut, bulldozed, mined, grazed, drilled and made into “pay-for-play” amusement parks. If we rise together, work together, move together, there are enough of us to move Congress to act.

    Wake up, stand up, do something. When you do something, however small, it makes it a little more difficult for the liars and racketeers to pawn off their propaganda, corruption and usury as real. Raise your voice and raise a little hell against organized crime. Do it for America’s forests.

    Steve Kelly is a an artist and serves as a member of the board of directors of the Alliance for the Wild Rockies. He lives in Bozeman, Montana.
    https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/08/24/some-call-it-forest-management-i-call-it-racketeering/

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    • This sounds EXACTLY like what the BLM and USFS does with the FALSE statements about wild horse and burro populations and so-called “excess”.

      “When government agencies like the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management produce the danger, the propaganda hyping the danger, and the protection against it at a price, that’s racketeering. The definition of a racketeer is someone who creates a threat and then charges for its reduction. Wake up, stand up, do something. When you do something, however small, it makes it a little more difficult for the liars and racketeers to pawn off their propaganda [and] corruption … as real.”

      https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/08/24/some-call-it-forest-management-i-call-it-racketeering/

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    • Well, if the Obama administration was responsible for the 2012 law – heck, all thats necessary is to inform our President – that guarantees action, right?

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  3. Interesting letter to the editor, pointing out a BLM press release mentioning compliance with NEPA, with no doubt full comprehension NEPA is under attack:

    “These statements from a press release of the Bureau of Land Management, published on Sept. 6, exemplify current policy aimed at monetizing the United States’ natural resources.

    ‘The BLM’s policy is to promote oil and gas development if it meets the guidelines and regulations set forth by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and other subsequent laws and policies passed by the U.S. Congress. The sales are also in keeping with the Administration’s America First Energy First Plan, which includes development of fossil fuels and coal, as well as renewable energy.

    ‘In Fiscal Year 2016, oil and gas development on public lands directly contributed $796 million to Colorado’s economy. BLM Colorado received more than $144 million in federal revenues, including royalties, rents and bonus bids, from oil and gas development on public lands. Statewide, more than 22,900 jobs are tied to mineral and energy development on public lands.’

    What is missed here is that monetizing requires sales, and the reality that something sold is something gone.”

    https://www.steamboatpilot.com/news/sarah-woodmansee-a-penny-earned-a-dollar-gone/

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