(Meme Credit: Kim Fraczek)
Last week, 14 Democrats in the House wrote a letter to Trump calling on him to make FERC operational again by putting forward nominees for the open commissioner spots. These representatives don’t understand FERC like we do. For some reason, they think making this rubber stamping agency operational again will be helpful. We know otherwise. Let’s speak out!
Maya van Rossum with the Delaware Riverkeeper Network has been circulating this organizational sign-on letter to send to the 14 House Democrats. Please consider having your organization sign on!
If you’re from a state represented by one of the House Democrats (MA, NY, MD, VT, CO, IL), consider giving them a call. Below, you will find phone numbers to their Washington, DC offices, as well as a sample script. Please use the organizational sign-on letter and/or your own personal knowledge/insights/stories when calling as well.
MA Representative Joseph P. Kennedy
MA Representative William R. Keating
MA Representative James P. McGovern
MA Representative Michael E. Capuano
MA Representative Stephen F. Lynch
MA Representative Nicki Tsongas
MA Representative Seth Moulton
MA Representative Katherine M. Clark
MA Representative Richard E. Neal
NY Representative Paul D. Tonko
MD Representative John P. Sarbanes
VT Representative Peter Welch
CO Representative Diana DeGette
IL Representative Bobby L. Rush
Hello, my name is _________ from ___________.
I’m calling about the letter Representative __________ signed with 13 other Democrats calling on Trump to approve new commissioners to FERC. I am disturbed by the letter.
FERC funding and staffing are heavily tied to the industry they supposedly regulate. That’s why FERC approves virtually every fracked gas infrastructure permit that crosses its desk, regardless of community opposition, negative health and environmental impacts, and devastating climate change consequences. Such undemocratic and corrupt practices put communities in the state at risk in order to serve the bottom-line of the fracked gas industry.
Without a full quorum of commissioners, FERC can’t approve devastating, unwanted, and unneeded fracked gas infrastructure. This is a good thing.
Until FERC is investigated and its abuses stopped, I demand that their quorum not be restored.
Tell the representative to publically rescind his/her support for Trump to appoint new commissioners to FERC.