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Daily Action: Clean Up the Senate's Dirty-Energy Bill

Sen. Dianne Feinstein
DC: (202) 224-3841
LA: (310) 914-7300
Sen. Kamala Harris
DC: (202) 224-3553
LA:  (213) 894-5000

Short Script:
Hello! My name is _______, and I am a constituent of Senator Harris'/Feinstein's in ____________, California. I'm calling to ask the senator to help stop the Energy and Natural Resources Act from including measures that promote the extraction and use of dirty energy. Because this huge bill is being brought directly to the Senate floor, rather than going through committee hearings as it should, we haven't heard enough about its support for increased fracking and for experimenting with biomass, methane hydrates and other dirty and non-renewable forms of energy. It also opens too much of our federal land to energy exploration and hunting. I'm encouraging the senator to shift the bill's focus toward renewables and protecting our parks and forests, via the amendment process or via filibuster if necessary. Thank you! 

The Energy and Natural Resources Act of 2017 has been fast-tracked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, allowing it to circumvent the committee process and head straight for a floor vote. It is the sequel to an omnibus energy bill that attracted broad, bipartisan support in the Senate last year, passing 85-12, before languishing in a House-Senate conference committee.

Many of its provisions are centered on energy efficiency, infrastructure (including upgrading the nation's energy grid) and cybersecurity that enjoy support among both Democrats and Republicans. However, it also opens more federal land to fossil-fuel exploration as well as hunting, and it speeds the permit processes for oil and gas companies to use fracking in their efforts to extract natural gas. 

Though last year's bill reflected a rare, old-fashioned compromise on Capitol Hill, its dirty-energy provisions still led environmental groups such as the Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth to oppose it.