Like I said, there's a longer explanation in the blog, but here's a short version of the context in case you need more info or want to forward to a friend.
Fossil fueled fascists in Congress have been hard at work trying to get the zombie dirty deal known as "permitting reform" back up and shuffling. They made it the centerpiece of the GOP-Controlled House's first bill, H.R. 1. And then they made that H.R.1 a central part —275 of the 315 page bill, in fact — of their dangerous bill to only raise the debt ceiling in exchange for rolling back climate legislation and essential government services like veterans benefits.
Since then, the situation has gotten both worse and more urgent. Last week Manchin re-introduced his dirty deal as "permitting reform". And then this week he got two big boosts:
First, when the White House gave it a full throated endorsement; And then again at a hearing of the Senate Energy committee which Manchin still (outrageously) chairs. At a closed door press briefing, House Republican leaders named permitting reform first among their priorities for the debt ceiling negotiation.
With negotiators set to return to the White House tomorrow, and conversations expected to continue for the next few weeks, it's not too late, but none too early for us to take action – and win, again, against Manchin's zombie dirty deal.
Here's the actions we think will make the most difference, and why:
- Sign and share the petition calling for a clean permitting reform only.
- Send a letter to your Senators now with our allies Climate Hawks Vote asking them not to support a dirty debt ceiling deal that expedites permitting for fossil fuels.
- Call your Senators and tell them not to accept and debt ceiling deal that expedites the Mountain Valley Pipeline, in particular, or fossil fuels, in general.
The next few weeks are going to be a sprint, and are going to require a lot of action, phone calls, and pressure. So, if you can, chip in $1.98. $19.80, $198 or whatever you can afford to help us cover the costs of these debt ceiling actions as well.
Thanks for taking action,
Drew and the 198 zombie slayers crew