Bad Farm Bill failed to pass. Worse Farm Bill proposed:
Fails to provide reasonable safety net for farmers/low-income families
Weakens successful conservation programs
Allows factory farms to use taxpayer money to cover their costs
Prohibits States from setting stronger safeguards
Tell the CEOs of the World’s Largest Car Companies:
Stand Strong for Clean Car Standards!
SEND an email to the CEO’s of the world’s major auto manufacturers.
Tell Illinois the Illinois EPA invest Volkswagen Dollars in exhaust-free, zero-emission buses.
SEND your email to the Illinois EPA ( Kim.Biggs@illinois.gov )
Anti Endangered Species HB 5293 would:
- allow the killing of threatened and endangered species in Illinois
- halt Illinois’ efforts to recover threatened species, as long as the federal government was taking some action on those species.
- jeopardize endangered species protection by weakening the expert composition of the Illinois Endangered Species Protection Board by removing two scientists from the Board, making it harder to protect fragile populations.
Proposed Secy. of State Pompeo has:
Been named the “Koch Brothers’ Congressman” since he has taken more money from the Koch Brothers than any other member of Congress2
Opposed the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions and called efforts to address climate change “damaging” and “radical”3
Called for the permanent elimination of wind power production tax credits4
Introduced the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act, which would expedite the approval of pipelines to ship fracked gas5
Authored the DARK Act, Monsanto’s dream bill which preempted state laws that would have labeled genetically engineered (GMO) foods.
From Food & Water Watch:
President Trump’s infrastructure plan is a scam to make Wall Street record profits. The plan incentivizes privatization, setting up corporations to make a profit off of our infrastructure — and for the public to pay the costs. ¹
Here’s who Trump’s plan wouldn’t help: Martin County, Kentucky is a community struggling with poverty, unemployment, and poor water quality. Nearly twenty years ago, coal sludge polluted their local water, and the ramifications are still being felt. ² People in Martin County endured nightly water shutoffs in January, and the water they do get access to can be too contaminated to drink. And to add insult to injury, hearings were held last month to decide whether their water bills could go up by nearly 50 percent.Everything President Trump has said about his plan so far is that it would incentivize privatizing water systems, while cutting federal funding for public water. Our research proves that when corporations control water and sewer systems, prices go up even as services can worsen. ³ This isn’t an isolated issue. We need a comprehensive solution to this problem.
This is a fight we can win. Last year, the people of Atlantic City successfully fought off an attempt to privatize their water system. Food & Water Watch fought alongside local allies for years to protect the water system. In December, that work paid off: state officials announced that the state would “not sell or lease the Atlantic City Municipal Utilities Authority to a private company.” 4
1. Drinking Water is Being Threatened by Trump — At Tonight’s State of the Union, Medium, January 30, 2018.
2. Kentucky Community suffering severe water shortage could now see huge water bill increase, ThinkProgress, January 25, 2018.
3. Privatized Water Costs More Than Public Water, Food & Water Watch, February 16, 2016.
4. We Win! Atlantic City’s Water Stays Public , Food & Water Watch, December 22, 2017.