The Trump administration is blocking funding for Caltrain electrification. It takes just seconds to sign the White House petition to release the funds.
The project (see this Mercury News article) decreases GHG emissions, co-pollutants, and (because electric trains perform better than diesel) improves service and thus ridership, decreasing traffic and congestion:
“I never imagined that the electrification of a train would be subjected to such brutal, partisan politics,” said Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, in a statement. “This is not a Democratic project nor is it a Republican project. It is about the modernization of an outdated commuter system that is the spine of the transportation system of the Peninsula and the Silicon Valley region.”
Scott Pruitt, a longtime adversary of the EPA, is now confirmed as the head of the agency. Now more than ever, we must come together and take back the future of this planet. Join us in our efforts today.
The California senate pro tem, Kevin DeLeon, eloquently summarized California's path forward to a cool, clean, just future:
From: Pro Tem Press
Subject: Pro Tem Statement on Confirmation of Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator
February 17, 2017
CONTACT: Anthony.Reyes@sen.ca.gov<mailto:Anthony.Reyes@sen.ca.gov>, (916) 651-4024
Statement on Confirmation of Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator<http://go.usa.gov/x9uUh>
SACRAMENTO – California Senate President Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement reacting to today’s U.S. Senate confirmation of Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:
“With the confirmation of the profoundly unfit Scott Pruitt – an unapologetic career mouthpiece of the fossil-fuel industry -- as head of our nation’s Environmental Protection Agency, this is a dark and ominous day for America’s commitment to clean air, clear water, children’s health, states’ rights, science-based solutions – and the national economy that depends on them.
“Republican Senator Susan Collins is right: Pruitt’s record and his vision for the EPA are inconsistent with the core mission of the agency -- to protect human health and our environment.
“Mr. Pruitt is a clear and present danger to our economic prosperity and the health of our children. He was appointed for one reason: to systematically dismantle our environmental protections when it comes to our water, air and wildlife. He made a career of defending corporate polluters and blocking environmental protections by litigating against the agency he now leads.
“California will not follow Trump’s destructive path. We’ve proven that you can protect the environment and grow jobs. We’ve delinked economic growth from greenhouse gas emissions and helped turn clean energy into a pillar of our economy that now supports over half a million jobs in our state.
“Our commitment to balancing quality of life and economic growth is a primary reason why California remains a magnet for immigrants from all over the world and will continue to be America’s capital of technological innovation.”
VIDEO: Conversation with former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy https://youtu.be/jy72eTb8I4w
You might also have gotten this message from 350.org. Resistance Confirmed:
Donald Trump is filling up his cabinet with fossil fuel industry puppets, but their ability to implement their agenda is rapidly diminishing.
Trump faces a crisis of legitimacy unlike any other in history. His nominees have faced more opposition in the streets and in Congress than any other President. He's besieged by protesters every time he tries to move a major policy. Less than a month after inauguration he is mired in dysfunction and scandal.
In other words, the resistance is working. But we can't settle for just being the opposition. Even if we stop every item on his dangerous fossil fuel agenda, simply doing nothing for the next 4 years would be enough to drive the planet into further climate chaos. We need to lay out a real climate and economic agenda that works for all and demonstrate the political will behind it so that every other politician in America sprints as far ahead as possible.
That's what the People's Climate Mobilization is for. We will put hundreds of thousands of people in the streets to oppose Trump's fossil fuel agenda and show that there's massive momentum behind a 100% clean energy economy that works for all. The mobilization is on April 29th. To change everything we need everyone -- join the march here.
The Senate just confirmed Scott Pruitt, Trump's nominee to lead the EPA. He joins what may be the most corrupt cabinet in American history.
The fossil fuel industry got what they paid for. Trump's energy and environment nominees all disagree with the 97% of climate scientists who say that the climate is changing because of burning fossil fuels. Without the millions of dollars the industry has spent on corrupting Congress, none of them would've been considered, nevermind confirmed.
The industry thinks that putting a bunch of their puppets in office means they've won. Pruitt, Sec. State Tillerson and others like them can do enormous damage -- but they have not won. Big Oil's profits are in free-fall, clean energy is cheaper and more plentiful than ever, and an unprecedented movement is standing up to oppose Trump's agenda at every turn.
Real power does not come from cabinet titles. It doesn't even come from the millions of dollars they spend. It comes from the people. From us. This April, let's show Trump's fossil fuel industry puppet what real power looks like, and take back the future they are trying so hard to steal.
We will keep marching forward. We cannot go back.
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