Older blog entries for proclus (starting at number 1685)

Kids Sue to Force Government Action on Global Warming

Kids are suing the U.S. government for warming the globe, seeking to mandate action. I just asked President Obama to meet with them. He just might. Will you ask too? Click here: http://bit.ly/I5gKzm

Syndicated 2012-04-25 21:10:00 (Updated 2012-04-25 21:10:02) from proclus

Stop the Polar Bear Rug Trade

Polar bears are in big trouble from accelerating Arctic warming and a vanishing sea-ice habitat. This year's skyrocketing fur prices and trophy hunting are also taking a devastating toll. Polar bear sport-hunting and the trophy trade are prohibited in the United States, but the international trade in polar bear parts is alive and well.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now deciding whether it will move to protect polar bears under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. At the last round of CITES negotiations, the Service led the charge to ban all commercial trade in polar bear parts -- a move Canada blocked. The agency is now "undecided" on its position for the upcoming CITES meeting.

Canada still kills around 500 bears annually and leads the world in exporting rugs and hunting trophies. As polar bear numbers plummet under pressure from climate change, the Canadian territory of Nunavut quadrupled its hunting quota this season.

Tell the Service to take a stand against this excessive killing, stop the international trade in their parts and lead the world in polar bear protection.

Take action by using this Web address: http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=10286

Syndicated 2012-04-25 18:01:00 (Updated 2012-04-25 18:01:02) from proclus

CISPA vote this week

Friends,

We're making a big difference: As lawmakers get ready to vote on CISPA, the bill's sponsors have agreed to amend the legislation to constrain what the government can do with the information it uses CISPA to collect.

But those changes don't go far enough. We need lawmakers to support any and all amendments that would protect Internet users' privacy AND to vote against CISPA as a whole.

We're nearly out of time: Please click here to email your lawmakers right away:

http://act.demandprogress.org/letter/cispa_amends/?referring_akid=1324.45919....

CISPA would obliterate any semblance of online privacy in the United States. You can read more about it here. Many lawmakers share our concerns about CISPA and will introduce amendments to minimize its negative impact on ordinary Internet users. We need to get their backs and encourage others to support their efforts.

Please click here to email your lawmakers right away:

http://act.demandprogress.org/letter/cispa_amends/?referring_akid=1324.45919....

Thanks!

Syndicated 2012-04-25 16:17:00 (Updated 2012-04-25 16:17:25) from proclus

Michael wants you to take action on "Stop the Coast Guard's Butchering of Live Goats"!

Michael Love has just read and signed the petition: Stop the Coast Guard's Butchering of Live Goats

You can view this petition at: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/629/604/124/stop-the-coast-guard-from-butchering-live-goats/

Message from Michael Love:
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Hi, I signed the petition "Stop the Coast Guard's Butchering of Live Goats". I'm asking you to sign this petition to help us reach our goal of 5,000 signatures. I care deeply about this cause, and I hope you will support our efforts.

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ThePetitionSite.com provides tools and empowers individuals to make a difference and effect positive change through online activism. Get connected with the causes you care about, take action to make the world a better place, and start your own petition at http://www.ThePetitionSite.com!

ThePetitionSite.com is powered by Care2, the largest and most trusted information and action site for people who care to make a difference in their lives and the world. www.care2.com

Syndicated 2012-04-24 21:18:00 (Updated 2012-04-24 21:18:54) from proclus

Protecting our online privacy

Hi there!

Our privacy is up for a vote this week.

In an attempt to address cyber threats, the US House will be voting Thursday on a bill that would allow for the unlimited sharing of personal data amongst and between private companies and the government, without a single safeguard for privacy or civil liberties.

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act is a serious threat to our privacy, and if passed could have a ripple effect across the world. But there is still time to stop it. We need to convince technology companies supporting CISPA that protecting us against cyber threats does not have to come at the expense of our privacy.

I've already signed the Access petition urging these 30 companies and organizations to stand up for their users and drop their CISPA. And I think you should too. Add your name to the petition by clicking below:

https://www.accessnow.org/page/s/protect-our-privacy

Syndicated 2012-04-24 20:58:00 (Updated 2012-04-24 20:58:51) from proclus

Stop Oil Shale Development on the West's Public Lands

Millions of acres of public land in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming are being considered for oil-shale and tar-sand development, the dirtiest energy in the world.

We need your help to tell the Bureau of Land Management to reject this outrageously destructive proposal.

Oil-shale and tar-sand development would consume vast amounts of Colorado River water, which is already running dry. It would destroy thousands of acres of habitat, threaten endemic plants with extinction and accelerate global warming with massive energy inputs and CO2 emissions. Between worsening global warming and the extinction crisis, it's hard to imagine a worse use of public land.

Take action today to tell the BLM to reject this absurd proposal, which flies in the face of sound fiscal, social and environmental policy.

Take action by using this Web address: http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=10276

Syndicated 2012-04-24 20:34:00 (Updated 2012-04-24 20:34:58) from proclus

States vs. Citizens United

Montana can defeat "Citizens United" for all 50 states. I just asked my state to speak up in Montana's defense. Can you please do the same? It takes less than a minute here: http://bit.ly/Ii2LEd

Syndicated 2012-04-24 17:58:00 (Updated 2012-04-24 17:58:44) from proclus

Blog title...Tell your Senator: Join the fight to stop the doubling of student loan interest rates

Dear Friend,

Keeping federally subsidized student loans affordable for the families who need them most will provide millions of working class Americans with much needed economic relief. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) has introduced the Student Loan Affordability Act (S. 2051) which locks in the federally subsidized student loan rate at 3.4 percent and prevents it from doubling this summer.

It is urgent that we organize in support of Senator Reed's legislation today to make sure that interest rates do not double on July 1. The more Senators who come out in support of S. 2051 today, the more likely it will be that Congress acts on this issue before interest rates double this summer.

I just signed a petition asking my senator to stop Republicans from doubling the interest rate on student loans by cosponsoring the Student Loan Affordability Act (S.2051). Can you join the cause today? Thanks for taking action.
http://ping.fm/WzTca

Syndicated 2012-04-23 15:50:00 (Updated 2012-04-23 15:50:36) from proclus

BP Disaster: Two years and counting

It’s been two years since the tragic oil rig explosion that killed 11 men and initiated the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

But to date, no comprehensive oil spill legislation has reached President Obama’s desk.

Meanwhile, 200 million acres of federal water have been auctioned off to deepwater drilling corporations including BP.

Join me in urge our representatives to take the lead on passing legislation that reflects the recommendations of the oil spill commission.

Click here to send a letter to your representatives: http://action.citizen.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=10254

Syndicated 2012-04-20 20:01:00 (Updated 2012-04-20 20:01:31) from proclus

What costs $1.5 trillion and does nothing at all?

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the perfect example of waste and abuse in the military budget. After ten years and billions of taxpayers' dollars, we have little to show for the Pentagon’s most expensive program in history except money down the drain. It’s time to end the F-35 now.

The F-35 came with the promise of affordability, but current estimates place the lifetime operational cost at $1.5 trillion, more than three times the initial estimate of $420 billion. That’s $18,439.33 per taxpayer! And don’t expect that number to go anywhere but up.

Even Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and former Defense Secretary Robert Gates have soured on the plane, with Gates calling the F-35 an “unnecessary and extravagant expense.”

Cutting the F-35 is a no-brainer and could save up to $600 billion over the next decade without undermining our national security. But Republicans in Congress are fighting tooth-and-nail to prevent any cuts to the military budget whatsoever.

Will you sign our petition urging Congress and the President to end the F-35 program now?

We know that public pressure works. Back in 2009, we led a successful campaign to defeat the F-22, another plane we couldn’t afford and didn’t need.

Now we’re back again to defeat the F-35. But we’ll only be successful if we show Congress where the American people stand. Will you tell Congress and the President to stop funding the F-35 now?

http://act.truemajorityaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=361...

Syndicated 2012-04-20 19:53:00 (Updated 2012-04-20 19:53:18) from proclus

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