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Giant Sequoia National Monument is a natural wonder filled with sequoias as old as 3,200 years towering 250 feet in the air. These trees — surrounded by lush mountain valleys and pristine streams — can only be found on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains in California.

Now, the fate of this national monument is uncertain.  In response to Trump’s Executive Order to review over 20 years of national monument designations, the Department of the Interior is holding a rushed public comment period on whether places like Giant Sequoia should remain protected. Only two weeks remain to tell Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that our public lands must be protected, not dismantled. Together, we must make sure these irreplaceable sequoia groves continue to thrive.

Send your letter today, and tell Secretary Zinke that Giant Sequoia National Monument must remain protected.

The 27 national monuments included in this review are extraordinary places that showcase our country’s wide-ranging geography and cultural history. Spanning two oceans and 12 states, these national monuments feature ancient coral reefs, expansive deserts, snow-capped mountains, breathtaking canyons, flower-filled plains, red rock wonders, and wild forests. Our national monuments tell the stories of cultures dating back millennia and continue to be a sacred place for many Native American Tribes. Protections for these lands and waters must continue uninterrupted.

Take action to ensure these natural and cultural wonders are protected for generations to come.

Make no mistake about it — this comment period is a slow-motion threat to America’s national parks, public lands, and oceans. As we work together to resist the Trump administration’s assault on our environment, we cannot allow this review to undermine our nation’s long history of protecting the places that celebrate our historical, cultural, and natural heritage.

A threat to one national monument is a threat to all of our public lands. Tell Secretary Zinke that the public has already spoken — our lands and waters belong to the people, not special interests that want to mine, frack, drill, and log away our special places.

Thanks for all you do to protect our public lands,

Dan Ritzman
Western Public Lands Protection Director
Sierra Club

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Bill coming soon to make Ohio renewable energy standards voluntary, customers can opt-out

Gov. John Kasichvetoed a bill late last year that would have made Ohio renewable energy standards voluntary for two years.

Bill Seitz, a Cincinnati Republican who is among the most vocal opponents of the renewable energy standards, vowed to come back with a vengeance– and now he’s about to follow through on the pledge.

“What we are now saying is we are going to scrap the renewable portfolio mandates in their entirety and repeal them with goals,” Seitz said Tuesday morning while addressing the Ohio Energy Management Conference in downtown Columbus. “So they will be goals and utilities will be encouraged to reach the goal of 12.5 percent by 2027, but they will not be fined into oblivion if they fail to meet the goal. We are confident that they will probably meet the goal without any state mandate holding a gun to their head.”

He also pledged to give every Ohio power customer – individuals and small and large businesses – the ability to opt out of the renewable goals. Now, with the standards in effect, customers pay a small charge on each monthly bill to help power companies meet the standards.

Kasich’s veto message noted that companies looking to expand operations in other states are increasingly asking for a portion or all of their energy to come from renewable sources. This is especially true of tech companies based in the West Coast.

Action Required

Contact State Senators and State Representatives and demand that reasonable renewable standards be REQUIRED OF OUR UTILITIES.

CONTACT DETAILS can be found in the “Who to Contact” tab in the menu at the top of the page.


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