ACTION ALERTS

Below please find actions you can take on the local, state, and federal levels, to protect the environment, defend health, and demand justice, including anti-nuclear weapons and military spending reduction policy advocacy.

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MORE ACTIONS to STOP Manchin’s Dirty Deal!

  • Even if you signed and called last week, please send the NEW PSR letter and CALL again!
  • We need CALLS to Senator Padilla’s office and other Senators on 9/26 & 9/27 ahead of a possible vote on Tuesday night, 9/27, ET!

UPDATES AND ONGOING!

  • SIGN Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty
  • SB 1137  PASSED —  A Victory! 3,200-foot setbacks from oil wells will help to protect community health
  • SB 846 PASSED — A Defeat! Diablo Canyon will remain open. We need more green renewable energy, NOT nuclear. MORE INFO on this will be sent next week.
  • Save Rooftop Solar—the battle continues—we need more solar, not less, and no nuclear!
  • Tell Governor Newsom and California Air Resources Board (CARB) — we need a climate plan that prioritizes health and equity
  • SIGN American Lung Association Letter to EPA re: Strengthen Pollution Regulations
  • And more below

STOP Manchin’s Dirty Deal!
Protect community and climate health!

As part of the deal to pass the Inflation Reduction Act, Senators Manchin and Schumer have introduced a separate piece of legislation that would fast-track permit approvals for dangerous fossil fuel projects.

The deal is a disaster – it guts bedrock environmental protections, endangers public health, fast-tracks fossil fuels, and pushes approval for Manchin’s pet project, the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

This is a dirty deal written by and for the fossil fuel industry. Senate Majority Leader Schumer could attach this legislation to a must-pass government spending bill by next week, so we must do everything we can to stop this legislation in its tracks.

We need Members of Congress to block any efforts to fast-track fossil fuels and strip away environmental review protections. The provisions Schumer and Manchin are calling for would lead to new fossil fuel projects and less community input. Protecting our communities and climate is more important than giving Senator Manchin and the fossil fuel industry another handout.

On September 22, 400 plus scientists and health professionals, including SF Bay PSR, delivered a letter to Speaker Pelosi and Senator Schumer to oppose the energy permitting bill released by Senator Manchin. READ the letter HERE.

Also, 653 frontline communities and environmental organizations, including SF Bay PSR and many PSR chapters, send a letter, READ HERE.

UPDATE: MORE Actions for TODAY!

Even if you signed and called last week, please send another LETTER and CALL again!

We need CALLS to Senator Padilla’s office TODAY ahead of a possible vote on Tuesday, Sept 27!

1. Send a letter to your Members of Congress using PSR National’s tool.

This is a NEW and additional letter.

SEND LETTER HERE

2. Call Senator Alex Padilla’s office TODAY!

SF Office: 415-981-9369
DC Office: 202-224-0454

Please use the script below.

3.  Call your Members of Congress

CALL to be connected to your reps: 917-791-2257

(If for any reason this doesn’t connect you to your representatives you can find their number here.)

CALL SCRIPT

“Hi, my name is ____, and I am from ____, and I am a health professional/health advocate. I’m deeply concerned about the legislation negotiated by Senators Manchin and Schumer that would fast-track fossil fuel projects and strip away the public’s ability to give input on new energy projects. As your constituent I’m calling to demand that you publicly oppose this dirty deal and do all you can to stop it from passing.  Protecting our communities and climate is more important than giving away yet another handout to the fossil fuel industry. Stand with the communities most impacted by fossil fuels and the climate crisis and stop the dirty deal!”

TALKING POINTS

  • Senator Manchin’s dirty deal would fast track dangerous fossil fuel projects that threaten our climate and communities.
  • Under the plan backed by Manchin and fossil fuel CEOs, big polluting oil and gas companies could force through dirty, dangerous fossil fuel projects in any neighborhood and community where they want to build them, cutting the voice of the public out of the process.
  • This plan would attempt to rubber stamp the Mountain Valley Pipeline – a dirty project that neighboring communities have said they don’t want and have been fighting for years.
  • We can’t let the fossil fuel industry build whatever polluting project they want, wherever they want. The public has to be able to have a say – especially the frontline, low-income and BIPOC communities that have far too often been targeted for these projects.
  • There are better ways to safely reform our infrastructure approval process than this dirty deal that guts bedrock environmental protections, cuts out the voice of the public, endangers public health, and fast tracks more dangerous fossil fuel projects.
  • This dirty deal will directly undercut President Biden’s climate agenda and the positive impacts of the Inflation Reduction Act by fast tracking more climate polluting fossil fuel projects.
  • We already paid an incredibly high price with the fossil fuel handouts in the Inflation Reduction Act – from mandates for new leasing to credits for false solutions – and we’re not going to allow our communities to keep being sacrificed when Manchin’s dirty deal comes out in September.
  • We’re calling on Congress to stop this dirty deal and protect our communities, our voices, and our climate.

READING

Politico: Senate progressives are looking to separate stopgap government funding and energy permitting reform — another possible hurdle for the deal made with Joe Manchin.

Guardian: Schumer and Manchin’s ‘dirty side deal’ to fast-track pipelines faces backlash

NY Times: Manchin’s Gas Pipeline Deal Irks Both Parties, Snarling Spending Bill

NY Times: Manchin’s Donors Include Pipeline Giants That Win in His Climate Deal 

Washington Post: Democrats’ side deal with Manchin would speed up projects, West Virginia gas

The health community calls for

A Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty


PSR has co-authored a letter with our international health professional allies to demand governments develop and implement a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty (FFNPT).

Please SIGN HERE

To protect the health and lives of present and future generations we need a rapid, equitable phase-out of fossil fuels globally. Please sign and share the letter broadly with your colleagues and organizations. Our plan is to publicize the letter in September.  

SF Bay PSR participated in writing the letter and crafting an information session last week organized by our international partners about the Fossil fuel non-proliferation Treaty.

SB1137 PASSED!
A HUGE VICTORY for Frontline Communities!

We are thrilled to share that bill SB 1137, requiring 3,200-foot setbacks from oil wells, PASSED the California senate, and we expect Governor Newsom to sign it!

We want to first extend our congratulations to the frontline communities who have been fighting for setbacks from oil wells for decades! We also want to thank all the coalition members,Voices in Solidarity Against Oil in Neighborhoods (VISIÓN), Physicians for Social Responsibility, Los Angeles, and all the assembly members and senators who voted YES.

We want to let you know that Senator Pan did vote YES! Thank you for making the calls to his office!

And of course, MANY THANKS to all of you who signed letters, made calls, and posted on social media!

This is a huge victory, but it is the first step, 3,200-foot setbacks are not enough! 

We agree with California Oil and Gas Public Health Rulemaking Scientific Advisory Panel: “The most health-protective strategy is to stop drilling and developing new wells, phase out existing OGD activities and associated infrastructure, and properly plug remediate legacy wells and ancillary infrastructure.”

READ MORE about the harms of oil extraction on children’s health in the New England Journal of Medicine.

ACTION

If you have not done so yet, please SIGN OUR LETTER to ban oil and gas drilling in Contra Costa County!

MANY thanks to everyone who called, signed, shared, and posted!

Prevent California from a Nuclear Disaster

UPDATE: SB 846 passed

The aging Diablo Canyon Nuclear power plant that is near four earthquake faults will remain active for at least five more years.

We remain OPPOSED to the continued operation of the Diablo Nuclear Power Plant for these reasons:

  • It was built on the presumption of no active earthquake faults within 30 kilometers, it is now known there are 4 nearby active faults capable of larger quakes than the plant was designed for. One fault comes within 600 meters of the plant.
  • The reactors are aging, with critical upgrades having been avoided because of the presumed shutdown in 2025.
  • The attacks on the Zaporizhzhia reactor complex in Ukraine remind the world of the vulnerability of such plants to attack by adversaries / hackers, whether governments or terrorists, and the potential for massive radiation release.
  • Spending billions of dollars on the aging Diablo nuclear plant would steal resources that should be used for far more cost-effective renewables and storage, essential for dealing with climate change.

Image courtesy Solar Rights Alliance

Save Rooftop Solar in California

UPDATE: The Solar Tax was REMOVED from SB 846 bill that passed and will keep the Diablo Nuclear plant open. However, the battle isn’t over. PG&E is still trying to sneak a solar tax into legislation. We remain vigilant and will let you know about future actions.

LEARN the history, facts, and current news at Solar Rights Alliance.

The Solar Tax is illegal and discriminatory

Solar Taxes have been struck down many times in other states. That’s because it is discriminatory. People reduce their electricity consumption in many ways, such as energy efficiency and conservation. Yet, no one is proposing a tax on people who hang-dry their clothing rather than run the electric dryer!

Watch People Power Solar Cooperative’s 7-min video about the extractive economics of investor-owned utilities. (WARNING: If a Youtube solar advertisement comes up first, SKIP IT. It may not be accurate.)

READING

Save CA Solar FACTSHEET: Utilities like PG&E want to stop California’s solar progress. Don’t give up your solar power.
ORGUP: High Equity Stakes in California’s Solar Fight
LA Times (Nanette Diaz Barragán and Ken Wells): Slashing California’s solar incentives would hurt low-income communities
CalMatters (Jenn Engstrom): Don’t let the CPUC reverse its deal with solar customers
New York Times (Arnold Schwarzenegger): We Put Solar Panels on 1 Million Roofs in California. That Win Is Now Under Threat
Sacramento Bee (Editorial Board): Cutting rooftop solar subsidies would be a huge mistake. California needs to reassess

Tell Governor Newsom:
Don’t let Big Oil write our climate plan!

Right now, the Governor is directing CARB to include mythic, oversized carbon capture and removal targets in the statewide climate plan – targets that let the oil and gas industry off the hook to continue polluting in working-class communities. Meanwhile, the draft plan lacks a clear timeline for an oil and gas phaseout.

Join the California Environmental Justice Alliance and residents across California to call on Governor Newsom to support the community, not the oil and gas industry.

ACTION: Call Governor Newsom

Call 866-932-1358 –you will hear a pre-recorded message before being connected with Newsom’s office.

“My name is _____ and I am a  (doctor, nurse, public health professional, medical student,…..” ___ from (county).

  1. Climate change is a public health crisis and solutions should prioritize public health and overburdened communities. Fossil fuel companies are killing our patients and destroying our planet. I ask for a full, coordinated phase out of fossil fuels, with targets for oil refining by 2045 and oil and gas extraction by 2035.
  2. Do not rely on expensive, risky and unproven carbon capture, storage and utilization (CCUS) which introduces a new set of public health hazards and puts overburdened communities in harm’s way.
  3. At least 90 percent of emission reductions by 2045 must come from actual, direct emission cuts rather than through trading schemes or CCUS. I want you to prioritize strategies that lead to urgent direct emission reductions. Our children deserve a livable future.

 

Tell EPA: Set Stronger Limits on Particle Pollution

Sponsored by the American Lung Association 

PLEASE SIGN HERE

The “State of the Air” 2022 report shows that dangerous levels of particle pollution are on the rise. Right now, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering strengthening the national limits on particle pollution. If they make the standards as strong as what the scientific research shows is needed to protect health, the whole country could see health benefits. Join the American Lung Association in calling on EPA to set strong new limits to make our air safer to breathe.

EV Charging Access For All Californians (SB1482)

Sponsored by EV Charging for All Coalition, Acterra, and California Interfaith Power and Light

ACTION: SEND a LETTER to Governor Newsom asking him to sign SB 1482 into law, click here.

UPDATE from the EV Charging for All Coalition:SB 1482, the EV Charging Equity bill, will head to Governor Newsom’s desk as soon as the two different versions passed in the Senate and the Assembly are reconciled. SB 1482 passed the California Assembly on August 30, 2022, on a vote of 44-11, hooray! Now it’s all-hands on deck to ensure that Governor Newsom signs it into law in September.”

Bad news: “Unfortunately, the powerful California Building Industry Association (CBIA) pressured the Committee to amend SB 1482 in ways that weaken its impact. Instead of directing the relevant agencies to adopt our code recommendations in the intervening CALGreen code cycle (which takes effect July 1, 2024), the bill now states they shall simply “research and develop and may propose for adoption” our recommendations by the next triennial code adoption (which takes effect January 1, 2026). These and similar amendments postpone the urgent changes needed and take the teeth out of the bill.

The bottom line: Despite the amendments, it remains vital to pass SB 1482, as it still ensures greater community participation in the code-making process and pushes the CALGreen code to expand access to EV charging in multi-family housing.”

Why is SB1482 so important?

“Passing SB 1482 is essential to provide multi-family housing (MFH) residents with charging at the place where it’s most affordable, easy-to-access and safe—at home. Without such access, apartment and condo residents are much less likely to get EVs, missing out on their financial, health and climate benefits. And it’s much cheaper to add the charging infrastructure up front, at the time of construction, rather than later as costly retrofits. For equity, climate and clean air, all new apartments and condos units must have EV charging access!”

SB1482 FACT SHEET

Support common-sense legislation to reduce gun violence in the U.S.

Sponsored by American Public Health Association (APHA)

WRITE to your senator with APHA’s easy tool.

Gun violence is a public health crisis and is taking an enormous toll on our communities. The recent devastating killing of at least 21 people, including 19 elementary school children in Uvalde, Tex., and the killing of 10 people in Buffalo, N.Y. are sad reminders of the magnitude of this problem in the U.S. We cannot allow senseless gun violence to continue and we must act now to prevent future tragedies. Take the time to tell your senators to support commonsense legislation to reduce gun violence in the U.S.

Vote YES to Divest: Support the Fossil Fuel Divestment Act (SB-1173)

UPDATE: Sadly this bill died in committee on Tuesday, June 21, but our collective wins this year will give us moment for next year! A HUGE THANK YOU  to everyone at Fossil Free CA and on SF Bay PSR’s Divestment Task Force for all your efforts!

Join Fossil Free CA, SF Bay PSR, Youth vs Apocalypse, CA Faculty Association, and more to support SB-1173, introduced by Senator Gonzalez and Senator Wiener. The Act would require CalPERS and CalSTRS to divest from fossil fuels in the next five years. Teachers and state employees agree: our retirement savings shouldn’t be used to capitalize the fossil fuel industry.

California has been a world leader in combating the climate crisis, but our public pension funds are actively investing billions of dollars in the very fossil fuel companies driving climate chaos. CalPERS and CalSTRS, which invest the retirement savings of state employees and teachers, have a combined $9 billion propping up the industry driving environmental racism, devastating wildfires, and the destruction of our biosphere.

SF Bay PSR is a founding member of the NGO coalition that has been working for more than a year to bring a bill to divest public pension funds from fossil fuels to fruition.

SB 1173 FACT SHEET

NEW REPORT Calling out CalPERS & CalSTRS

A first-of-its-kind comprehensive report  from Fossil Free California reveals that the combined $800 billion California Public Employees’ and State Teachers’ Retirement Systems have repeatedly given incorrect and inflated figures on the costs of divestment, including in the numbers reported to the Appropriations Committee last month for SB 1173, the Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill. This report comes ahead of anticipated Senate Committee and floor votes this month.

No Nuclear War over Ukraine

Supported by International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, SF Bay PSR, PSR National, and others

SF Bay PSR continues to stand with our global allies in support of the Ukrainian people. We have all been feeling a bit overwhelmed by Russia’s brutal attack on Ukraine and the new United Nations Climate Change report. But history has proven that we can achieve power and hope when we take action alongside others who are standing up across the globe for peace and a healthy planet. Join us!

As of August 4, 2022, more than a million people have signed! Let’s keep it going!

SIGN HERE

As healthcare professionals, we call for NATO and the Russian Federation to renounce the use of nuclear weapons in this conflict and for an immediate cease fire and the withdrawal of all Russian military forces. We are extremely concerned about the heightened risks of nuclear harms, including from the use of nuclear weapons and from potential damage to the 15 nuclear power plants in the region. We must protect Ukraine’s people and sovereignty. Our own government must work for immediate and long-term diplomatic solutions that will provide for true security, both at home and abroad. And we must follow Ukraine’s lead in their negotiations for peace.

CLICK HERE for more info on our efforts to support peace in Ukraine.

Health Professionals for Electric School Buses

By American Lung Association

SIGN HERE

Diesel exhaust is a serious threat to lung health, especially for the millions of children riding school buses every day. Transitioning to zero-emission school buses will ensure healthier air for children and communities across the country.

Unfortunately, many school districts continue using diesel-powered school buses in part because of their lower initial costs. We need Congress to prioritize funding for zero-emission electric school buses to help school districts make the switch.

Join the American Lung Association and tell Congress to support the transition to electric school buses.

Demand a Full Cleanup of Radioactive & Toxic Contamination in San Francisco, Bayview Hunter’s Point Community

SIGN the petition here

Please join SF Bay PSR to support Bayview Hunters Point Mothers and Fathers Committee, Marie Harrison Community Foundation, Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice, Literacy for Environmental Justice, Youth Vs. Apocalypse and other allies to demand a FULL cleanup of ALL contamination at the Hunters Point Shipyard Superfund Site and adjacent areas.

For more info, please email kamillah@greenaction.org

Aude Bouagnon at BVHP Rally

SF Bay PSR Board Member Dr. Aude Bouagnon spoke at a rally on Earth Day 2021 to support Bayview Hunters Point community efforts to advocate for the clean up of toxic wastes harming the health of residents. Photo by Dr. Ahimsa Sumchai.

ONGOING

Contact San Francisco Mayor Breed & Board of Supervisors to ask them to ACT NOW:

● Declare a Public Health Emergency in Bayview Hunters Point and Treasure Island!
● Declare a moratorium on shipyard development and Lennar’s unsafe soil excavation!
● Conduct full retesting, safe cleanup and removal of all radioactive and toxic contamination at Hunters Point Shipyard Superfund Site & Treasure Island!

The San Francisco Hunters Point Naval Shipyard site was home to a Naval shipyard repair facility from 1945 to 1974 and the Naval Radiological Defense Laboratory (NRDL) from 1948 to 1960. These facilities contaminated soil, dust, sediments, surface water and groundwater with toxic chemicals, heavy metals, PCBs, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and radionuclides.

We are honored to support the Bayview Hunters Point Community Advocates in their efforts to fight for environmental justice.
READINGS & RESOURCES can be found HERE.

BEYOND the FIRST 100 DAYS

Let's keep the pressure on the Biden-Harris administration and your congressional representatives. Tell them you want to see in a "Green New Deal" that justly transitions us to a green economy.

To read more about President-Elect Biden's positions on "Green New Deal" polices please see our recent newsletters.

Support the Thrive Agenda and contact your representatives. Supported by 200 grassroots organizations and 83 members of Congress, the Thrive Agenda is a roadmap to a just recovery from our climate crisis, the global pandemic, and the intertwining of persistent racial injustice, Make your voice heard!

Also, please support the Third Reconstruction resolution, introduced on May 24, 2021, by Congresswomen Barbara Lee and Pramila Jayapal, in collaboration with the Poor People’s Campaign, “Realizing a Third Reconstruction: A Moral and Political Commitment to Fully Address Poverty and Low-Wealth in America by Building Up from the Bottom.”

Tell Congress to invest in clean energy: Tell Congress to Invest in a Clean Energy Future
President Joe Biden has proposed the American Jobs Plan, which can put people back to work, rebuild our aging infrastructure, accelerate our shift to clean energy, and improve our resilience to the climate impacts we can no longer avoid.
READ MORE at PSR National.

VISIT the MEMORIAL to Healthcare workers lost to the pandemic

“Lost on the Frontline,” an online memorial launched by the Guardian and Kaiser Family Foundation’s Kaiser Health News to honor and memorialize all of the frontline health-care workers who have died because of COVID-19.

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The National Academy of Medicine offers Resources to Support the Health and Well-Being of Clinicians During COVID-19

NurseJournal.org: How Nurses Can Combat Compassion Fatigue