Stop Trump’s Trade War From Destroying Solar Power in America

Target: Donald Trump, President of the United States

Goal: Stop all import taxes on solar panels made outside of the U.S. that are crippling the solar industry.

Solar energy companies are cancelling over 2.5 billion dollars’ worth of new large- scale solar projects in the United States as the result of tariffs placed on imported solar panels by the Trump Administration. While most other countries worldwide are looking to expand their solar projects, these import taxes are a sign that Trump is not interested in developing renewable energy, but would rather cling to obsolete and environmentally-damaging fossil fuels like coal and oil.

Solar energy industry leaders and environmentalists had warned President Trump that his proposed tariffs would kill thousands of American jobs and raise prices on solar energy to the point where it would no longer remain competitive. Especially damaging is the fact that efforts to create U.S. solar panel manufacturing jobs have not been able to keep up with the demand and that most panels are still being made overseas.

We must stop this international trade war that is damaging solar power in the U.S. and expand on efforts to increase solar panel manufacturing domestically. Please sign the below petition calling on Trump to lift the tariffs on imported solar panels.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Trump,

I am writing to demand that you stop imposing unnecessary tariffs on imported solar panels. Your trade policy is harmful to both the American economy and the environment, as shown by the over 2.5 billion dollars’ worth of canceled solar projects this year alone. Before these taxes went into effect, solar was posed to become one of the fastest-growing sectors, and could have resulted in thousands of new jobs.

The U.S. cannot afford to hold on to obsolete forms of energy like coal and oil. The world is outpacing us with new advances being made in renewable energy, including solar, at a rapid pace. There will be dire consequences for this country—and potentially the world— unless more is done to expand on solar. That is why I am urging you to lift these tariffs and allow this industry to compete on the global stage for the good of all Americans and for future generations to come.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Do Not Bail Out Dirty Energy

Target: Rick Perry, Secretary of the United States Department of Energy

Goal: Stop intervention into the energy industry on behalf of aging coal-fired power plants.

A leaked memo from the Department of Energy revealed plans by the Trump Administration to force power grid operators to purchase electricity from declining coal-fired power plants in order to prevent their shutdown.

The proposal would use two federal laws, the Defense Production Act of 1950 and the Federal Power Act, to direct electricity grid operators to purchase power from “more reliable” sources that have fuel located on-site, i.e. coal-fired, power plants. These plants are noncompetitive with cleaner, cheaper power plants that use natural gas and renewables, and are facing decommissioning and switchovers to other fuel sources. The leaked memo cites national security issues in encouraging the support of struggling dirty energy plants, however, grid operators and other experts reject the administration’s premise that there are reliability concerns with the current mix of natural gas and renewables for power generation. Instead, the Trump Administration is feeding into public concerns for national security in order to support ailing industries that should be eliminated by attrition in the marketplace.

This is an unacceptable intervention by the government to instill fear and force an agenda of dirty energy. Sign the petition to discourage the Department of Energy from intervening on behalf of aging coal-fired power plants and instead bolster our energy independence using clean, renewable energy.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Perry,

The bailout of dirty energy companies under the guise of national defense is despicable. Coal-fired power plants are rightfully being eliminated by attrition because they cannot compete with cheaper, cleaner power such as natural gas and renewables. The energy industry is not experiencing any of the alleged reliability issues used to justify this unprecedented intervention.

This is not an issue of energy security or national defense, but one of politics. America wants cleaner energy, not a federal bailout of coal-fired power plants undergoing decommissioning. Do not collapse under pressure from President Trump to promote an agenda of dirty energy.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Protect America’s Migratory Birds from Extinction

Target: Ryan Zinke, Secretary of Interior Department

Goal: Reinstate vital protections on migratory birds.

The Trump Administration, which continues to categorically destroy the natural environment of this country, is now attacking migratory birds protected under The Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act is one of the nation’s first conservation laws and is vital to protecting our birds that both inhabit and pass through the United States on migration. Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke recently announced an end to the law, which is devastating for the birds that had so far been successfully protected.

The law used to state in plain language that any harming, capturing, hunting, or killing of migratory birds is strictly forbidden. Secretary Zinke has changed the language of the law to state that only “intentional acts” are prohibited, leaving huge loopholes for hunters and industrial zones to harm or kill migratory birds without any repercussions. The law is another attempt to decimate our natural landscape and we will not tolerate this any further. Demand Secretary Zinke undo his harm to this law at once.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Zinke,

You recently led the charge in changing The Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which until now had protected countless migratory birds in our country. We believe your change to this vital migratory bird law is not only predatory, but malicious in nature. Your reasoning for this change is absolutely unacceptable and we will not stand for destruction of our natural landscape by someone who only seeks to exploit. This rule change is outrageous and you should be held accountable for such a mistake.

We have had enough of the environmental bullying by the Trump Administration and we are seeking to undo all of your damage before it’s too late. We demand that you take the measures to reverse this decision immediately.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Don’t Hunt Grizzly Bears

Target: Mark Anselmi, President of the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission

Goal: Reverse decision to allow hunting of grizzly bears.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission unanimously voted to reinstate the hunting of grizzly bears, allowing as many as 22 bears to be killed in the Yellowstone area. The state of Wyoming considers the grizzly bear population to be recovered enough to take the animals off the endangered species list, along with allowing trophy hunting of the precious bears. The Sierra Club issued a statement calling the vote a “misguided proposal” that will undoubtedly reverse 40 years of population restoration efforts.

Populations of grizzlies were restored enough in 2016 that the US Fish and Wildlife Service declared they were ready to be taken off the endangered list, but many conservation groups said the move was premature. In 2017, just a year later, 11% of the grizzlies in Yellowstone died. Sign the petition below to send the message that we can’t afford to lose any more grizzlies.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Anselmi,

The state of Wyoming should be ashamed of how it has treated wildlife on a legislative level. Why is it that the first response to taking an animal off the endangered species is to allow trophy hunting of that same animal? There is no reason we should be opening up hunting season on a recently endangered species.

Grizzly populations are vital to keeping our ecosystem balanced, and without them, Wyoming and the United States wouldn’t have the same wildlife that makes these areas so uniquely important.We need to protect our animals, not hang them from our walls. We implore you to reverse the decision to reinstate hunting of grizzlies.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Urge Trump to Retain Ban on Extreme Hunting in Alaska

Target: Donald Trump, President of the United States of America

Goal: Do not lift ban on extreme hunting in Alaska.

The Trump administration is discussing lifting a 2015 ban on aggressive predator control tactics in national preserves in Alaska. If the ban is lifted, extreme hunting tactics, like shooting bear cubs and wolf pups in their dens, will become legalized. The proposal to repeal these rules has received a lot of negative responses from environmental groups.

The changes would affect the National Park Service’s current regulations and would permit controversial sport hunting and trapping techniques on about 20 million acres of Alaskan federal lands. Supporters of lifting the ban claim that allowing these controversial techniques would increase hunting opportunities on national preserve land.

Actions that are currently prohibited but would be allowed if the ban is lifted include luring bears with bait, hunting bears and their cubs using artificial lights, shooting animal young in their dens, using dogs to hunt bears, and shooting caribou that are swimming to escape motorboat traffic.

Sign this petition to urge Donald Trump to protect Alaskan wildlife by keeping the ban on extreme hunting tactics in Alaska.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Trump,

Alaksa is one of the last wild areas that the United States has, and it needs to be protected and preserved. A recent proposal made by your administration would lift a ban on extreme hunting tactics on federal lands in Alaska. This would permit hunters to shoot animal young in their dens and use dogs and artificial lights to hunt bears. To use these cruel and unfair tactics to hunt wild animals for sport is unjust and cruel. I urge you to keep the ban on extreme hunting tactics in Alaska to protect and preserve the animals that call Alaska their home.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Snapple: Stop Harming the Environment With Plastic Bottles

Target: Larry D. Young, CEO of the Snapple/Dr. Pepper Group

Goal: Demand Snapple company stop their use of plastic bottles.

In the last year, Snapple has replaced their signature glass bottles with plastic ones. While this may be convenient for consumers who prefer unbreakable bottles, it is the exact opposite for the environment and wild animals. Plastic is one of the leading causes of wildlife deaths and illnesses; microscopic bits of the material find their way into the water and grass from which animals feed, leading to their ingestion of these bits.

Snapple, a company that has often prided itself on being in tune with nature, is contributing to this problem with their switch from ecologically-friendly glass to plastic bottles. Their use of plastic not only goes against their eco-friendly image, but is completely unnecessary. Not only because it harms wildlife, but many consumers in the past have claimed Snapple’s products taste better coming from glass bottles rather than plastic.

There is absolutely no advantage to using plastic bottles over glass bottles, and Snapple must realize this and return to their exclusive use of glass, for the sake of both customer satisfaction and to put a stop to wildlife deaths via plastic ingestion. Sign this petition to demand Snapple stop their use of plastic bottles.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Young,

Your company’s recent replacement of glass bottles is unacceptable. Snapple has always given the image of being in tune with nature and the environment, and plastic bottles go against that image. Not only have consumers claimed to prefer the taste of your product coming from glass bottles, but plastic pollution is one of the leading killers of wildlife. Animals either die of poisoning after ingesting microscopic bits of plastic, or choke on larger pieces carelessly thrown away by consumers.

You must stop your use of plastic bottles entirely. Excessive plastic is not good for wildlife, and nothing is gained from changing the materials used to contain your products. Glass bottles are safer for the environment, preferred by consumers, and plastic is not that much more convenient despite being unbreakable. Please fall in line with your company’s eco-friendly image and reputation, and switch back to glass.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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End Destructive Logging in America’s South

Target: Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Goal: Bring an end to damaging logging practices which are destroying the rare and endangered forests of America’s south.

More forests are being cleared by logging in the American south than by rainforest clearing in South America. In fact, logging in the South is four times more destructive than deforestation in the rainforest. Something must be done to protect America’s forests now.

Forests provide an invaluable benefit to the living beings of America. They provide drinking water, as well as flood control and air purification. However, now the forests are being used for wood pellets. The South is the world’s largest supplier of wood pellets to European nations.

This deforestation is impacting the health of both humans and the natural world. Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is on the rise, animals are losing their homes, and a loss of tree cover is leading to erosion and water pollution. Sign the petition to demand the United States Government act to protect what remains of the South’s forests.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Pruitt,

Deforestation is more rampant in the American south than in the South American rainforests. In fact, the American south is facing destruction that is four times greater than the rainforests. Logging for wood pellets is destroying tree cover, air quality, and endangered habitats.

You must act now to protect the beauty of America’s southern forests. I demand regulations be enacted to bring harmful and damaging logging to an end.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Praise California For Passing Landmark Water Use Bill

Target: California Governor Jerry Brown

Goal: Congratulate California on passing landmark legislation that regulates water usage to prevent further droughts.

California is geared up to pass some landmark legislation that would be a first in the United States. California is about to pass two pieces of legislation that limit egregious water usage, creates a framework to record how the water is used, limits how water is distributed, and creates protections to ensure that a statewide drought is less of a threat. The legislation also includes plans to create a system of data that breaks down efficiency, clarity, and overall quality of California’s water suppliers.

Laws like this are what helps states keep track of their water and how their energy is stored and distributed, allowing them to stay accountable to the needs of the state residents. If more bills like this passed across the country, there would be a far less likely chance of a future crisis when water supplies are threatened by climate change. Sign the petition below to commend the State of California for passing such important legislation.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Gov. Brown,

The people of the United States and beyond thank you for being a champion of clean, accessible water. The State of California has made a huge decision to regulate the water usage in a way that should be seen across the country. If we didn’t have laws such as this in place, our water supplies could be easily exploited.

Thank you for allowing such important legislation to make it to your desk for signing. The State of California and beyond appreciates how hard you’ve worked to restore the water supply to the people.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Congratulate Minneapolis on Choosing 100% Clean Energy

Target: Jacob Frey, Mayor of Minneapolis

Goal: Congratulate Minneapolis on being one of the biggest cities in the world to unanimously voting in clean energy.

The city council in Minneapolis celebrated a huge victory in progress with their most recent unanimous vote to commit the city to clean, renewable energy by 2030. Part of the city’s commitment include a passage on reversing past negative effects of environmental program on lower income areas: “The City Coordinator’s Office blueprint shall also include strategies ‘to ensure that all consumers, especially those who have been left out of the benefits of energy programs in the past, communities of color, low-income communities, renters, and communities that have borne the brunt of past environmental racism, receive equitable benefit from this transition.”

This commitment is exactly the sort of step this country needs to take if we ever wish to reverse the serious damage done by climate-ignoring politicians of the past. Minneapolis is a landmark example of the sort of victories we need to move this country forward and truly make America great. Sign the petition below to encourage more victories like this.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mayor Frey,

Thank you for everything you have done to commit yourself to clean energy and transparent accountability as the leader of Minneapolis. So far, the country has been incredibly impressed with your abilities as mayor to lead the city in the right direction.

Please continue making decisions as radical and remarkable as this one, so that we may stand a chance to counteract the harm done by our past politicians. Thank you for your commitment to environmental justice.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Praise Georgia City For Choosing Clean Energy

Target: Edward Terry, Mayor of Clarkston, Georgia

Goal: Congratulate Clarkston, Georgia for committing to 100% clean energy.

The Sierra Club has made a mission to get 100 cities to commit themselves to 100% clean energy and a city in Georgia is a special example of this which deserves praise. Clarkston, Georgia is the first city to be governed by a council of a millennial majority and is considered the most ethnically diverse square mile in the country. Clarkston is also one of the latest cities to commit themselves to 100% clean energy.

The move marks a shift in tides as the younger generation takes office and begins implementing the actions that need completing. The shift to clean energy is a huge step in the right direction for a town that is making waves with every decision they make. Sign this congratulations below to show Clarkston that their efforts are not going unnoticed.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mayor Terry,

Thank you for dedicating your city’s resources to renewable energy. This step is the first of many that we will remember Clarkston by. Your dedication to a cleaner, more accountable future is one that will surely be copied by minds all over the country, for good reason.

If we had more great minds like yours in office, we might be able to permanently reverse the damages made by generations before us. We need more effective leadership like yours, hopefully this next election cycle will bring in more change like this. Thank you for your commitment to a better future.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Georgia Secretary of State