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Senator Joe Manchin finally released the text of the “Energy Independence and Security Act of 2022”, a backdoor attempt to gut environmental regulations and fast track his pet project, the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). He struck a deal with Top Democrats to solicit their support for this fossil fuel wishlist in exchange for his vote to pass the Inflation Reduction Act. The bill attempts to dismantle bedrock environmental laws, evade environmental review and public input on energy projects, as well as limit community access to the courts for redress. Manchin’s bill requires the completion and operation of the MVP, regardless of delays and obstacles, and eliminates further judicial review of the project.
The good news is: we’re up to 1/3 of U.S. House Democrats and counting who have pledged to stand with us and oppose this dirty deal and demand it be uncoupled from the CR (Continuing Resolution), a must-pass bill that funds the government to be voted on next Fri, Sept 30th. Hundreds of experts from the fields of medicine and science have delivered a letter to lawmakers voicing their opposition, and a growing number of progressive Senators are also demanding that Democratic Party leadership use their power to remove it from the CR.
Our elected officials know we are watching, and they know we are informed. For us at the grassroots, driving calls to their offices and writing Letters to the Editor are 2 strategic ways we can help keep the pressure up, showcase our solidarity and the massive public opposition to this disastrous fossil fuel bill.
Let's keep the momentum up
A vote is expected by September 30, 2022. Our elected officials need to hear directly from us -- their constituents. The fossil fuel industry is working hard to pass this deal and we need to work harder to stop them.
Call Your Members of Congress
Please use and share this phone script with your networks:
Dial 888-997-5380 to be connected to your Senators
Dial 917-791-2257 to be connected to your Representative
Hi, my name is ____, & I’m from ____. As your constituent I’m calling to demand that you do all you can to block Senator Manchin’s bill, and ensure it is not tagged onto any must-pass legislation. This deal is a threat to our communities, climate, judiciary, and critical environmental protections, and it must be rejected. Stand with the communities who rallied outside of the Capitol on Thursday September 8th and who are most impacted by fossil fuels and the climate crisis! Thank you in advance for taking action to stop the dirty deal. Thank you!
Call Democratic Party Leadership
The Democratic Party Leadership is equally responsible for this dirty deal and its future. We must hold them accountable and make our voices heard.
Senator Chuck Schumer: (202) 224-6542
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi: (202) 225-4965
Call Script (if you’re not a Democrat, no problem - just omit the words in bold):
Hi, my name is ____, & I’m from ____. As a [Democratic] voter, I’m calling to demand that you do all you can to block Senator Manchin’s bill, and ensure it is not tagged onto any must-pass legislation. We the people do not approve of this dirty side deal. It is a threat to our health, climate, judiciary, and critical environmental protections, and it must be rejected. Stand with the communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis who rallied outside of the Capitol on September 8th. We need you [as a Party Leader] to uphold [the Party’s] commitment to Climate Justice and ensure Manchin's . Thank you.
Join Crystal for a Lunchtime Solidarity Call In Event on Wed, Sept 28th from 12pm-12:30pm. Register here!
Write a Letter to the Editor
- 7 Directions of Service Press Statement
- Article: Even centrist Dems are coming out against Manchin deal: “Shameless handout to fossil fuel industry”
- Article: Schumer and Manchin’s ‘dirty side deal’ to fast-track pipelines faces backlash
- Factsheet: Debunking Manchin’s MVP myths
- Report: The Status and Impact of the MVP
- Webinar: Environmental Justice Perspectives on the API Permit Reform
- Toolkit: Social Media, Messaging + Actions