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Local Sierra Club Chapter to Discuss How to Fight Back Against Trump

by Dave Emke — January 10, 2017 at 2:45 pm 24 Comments

Sierra ClubConcerned citizens plan to meet soon in Reston to discuss worries they have about the future of environmental legislation.

The Sierra Club’s Virginia Chapter and the Sierra Club NOVA Hub organize monthly “Climate Action Night” events in Reston. Kelsey Crane, Northern Virginia program coordinator for the Club, says this month’s meeting — the time and date of which are in flux — will discuss major fears regarding the incoming Trump Administration.

We are going to be looking at some of the terrible climate deniers that Trump has in important positions and how we can work with our senators to have them block those nominations and stand up for the environment,” Crane said.

In November, Virginia was one of 18 states to pledge support of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency, is a strong opponent of the legislation.

U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) of Fairfax County called the pick of Pruitt part of a “Cabinet of Horrors” being assembled by Trump:

“The decision to appoint an individual who has repeatedly tried to stymie and rollback important environmental regulations — and a climate change denier no less — to head the very agency charged with protecting public health and safety is reckless, cynical and must be opposed.”

The Sierra Club is asking its supporters to show their displeasure with Pruitt’s nomination by petitioning Senate. They contend the Clean Power Plan offers an “unprecedented opportunity” in the effort to “reduce harmful carbon pollution by increasing our use of energy efficiency and renewable energy.”

Another Sierra Club petition exists to ask senators to block the nomination of Trump’s Secretary of State choice, former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson.

Crane said the Club is concerned about protecting not just the Clean Power Plan, but other existing efforts to battle greenhouse gases, including the nation’s participation in The Paris Agreement.

This is our first meeting of the year to really get together and strategize what are the biggest priorities we can put our attention and our efforts onto to protect our environment against what could be a disastrous administration,” Crane said. “[We’ll be looking at] how we can build a strong base of advocates and people who can do outreach in our community, to our media and to our decision makers.”

Local Climate Action Nights are usually held at the Reston Regional Library, Crane said, and they are open to the public. For further information about this month’s meeting and other local efforts, contact Crane at 703-438-6246 or [email protected].

  • Mike M.

    Great more people that can accept the democratic process.

  • Chuck Morningwood

    Interestingly, the choice for the head of the EPA hails from the same state (Oklahoma) that has seen an increase by a couple of orders of magnitude of serious earthquakes caused by oil industry waste water disposal practices.

    • Ann Perkins

      How do you know that?

      • LeftPolitico
        • Greg

          Fake news?

          “Oklahoma earthquake reignites concerns that fracking wells may be the cause”

        • Anne perkins

          It says it may cause. Not very strong.

          • Adrian Havill

            More than 100 earthquakes a year now.

          • LeftPolitico

            The November 2016 article also says that Oklahoma “has seen a sever[e] spike in earthquakes of 3.0 magnitude or
            higher since 2008, when energy companies ramped up their hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for oil and gas in the state, Choy said. The number of 3.0 magnitude quakes rose from 2 in 2008 to 889 last year, according to USGS statistics. So far this year [2016], there have been 572.” That sounds like strong circumstantial evidence even though there is no direct evidence at this time.

      • Chuck Morningwood

        And this 60 minutes segment. Sure, it’s part of the LSM, but they generally do a good job of somewhat balanced reporting.

        http://www.cbsnews.com/news/60-minutes-oklahoma-rise-in-quakes-linked-to-man-made-causes-2/

  • UStifosi .

    Thanks to Harry Reid the petitions won’t matter. Simple majority will suffice to get all cabinet nominees through. The Democrats really blew it with that one. Besides climate changers like Connelly just play along in hopes of growing the government and looking for more subsides. They should really focus on China, India and other 3rd world offenders.

    • Mike M

      Your are dead on, if you want results. But if you want to self-flagellate and burden the US economy, . . .

  • Greg

    It would be such a thing to let Mr. Trump actually be the president before entering into “fight-back” mode.

    And, of course, we know that those who plan on meeting will walk, bike or hike to the meeting places, right? #smfh.

    • Erica Barns

      Says the Hilary Clinton voter. This kid am I right guys?

  • Bridges not walls

    Building bridges not walls…

    https://youtu.be/Nd62RKqRg6I

    Just a thought.

  • Meggers

    I call B.S. on this post. I think the powers that be in Reston are doing a fine job of destroying the environment and atmosphere in Reston all by themselves! Over development, metro, increased traffic, increased crime, increased pollution, and paid parking at.RTC, just to name a few, came along well before Trump’s bid for President. Don’t try to make President-elect Trump your scapegoat! Take a look at the legislators in Reston that are poster children for Term Limits!! #GeraldConnolly, #JanetHowell, and #KenPlum.

    • Mike M

      Many thanks, Meggers!

    • Greg

      Bingo!

  • Hollow Earth

    Thanks for the censorship. I guess the oilers are keeping you fluid.

  • Chuck Morningwood

    Yay, more people willing to further deunify America

    • Chuck Morningwood

      So says “Not the Real Chuck Morningwood”.

  • Ann Perkins

    You didn’t work in the oil industry

    • Hollow Earth

      Basically i worked for the father of fracking. Made high pressure pumps, saver subs, drill pipe according to api standards. Bhi, hydril etc. Dont test my knowledge, i was #2 in my town and #1 was my boss.

      Lived and breathed oil for 10 years plus. If you count oil and gas software add another ten years. Also lived and worked on a family ranch and saw the dirty work done by the landmen and others.

      Also noticed, many people round them parts live in a bubble. If you want to.challenge me, tell me what you know.

      • Ann Perkins

        if you say so

      • Ann Perkins

        if you breathed oil you would be dead

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