Take Action: Tell Congress Not to Sequester
Clean Energy and Climate Action
Without Congressional action, drastic, automatic across-the-board budget cuts are due to take effect on March 1, 2013. These cuts, also known as the ‘sequester,’ were punted back from their original start date of January 1, 2013. The action earlier this year provided no solution to the sequester, merely delaying the potentially devastating economic and environmental impacts should the cuts go through.
While most of the media has focused on the economic impacts of budget sequestration, many civil society organizations are focusing on the environmental and human health impacts. On February 11, 2013, 3,200 national, state, and local organizations sent a letter urging Congress to support a balanced approach to deficit reduction that does not include further cuts to discretionary programs. Still, as the deadline looms, Congress needs to hear as many voices as possible.
If the federal government tumbles over the new ‘fiscal cliff,’ funding levels for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would be reduced to their lowest levels since the 1980s. National parks and wildlife programs could close, and research and development programs would lose some funding. Weather forecasts, too, may suffer, as funding delays the launch of polar satellites critical for observing the path and potential severity of climate change-fueled storms like Sandy.
Our elected leaders need to hear from the people who will suffer most if these crucial sources of funding are lost. Below we’ve compiled some resources to assist you in taking individual action or creating an action alert for your organization.
Natural Resources Defense Council Action Alert:
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is asking U.S. residents to, “Tell Congress to reduce the deficit by ending wasteful tax loopholes—not by allowing cuts that could risk public health and threaten our air, water, and land.”
Defenders of Wildlife Action Alert:
As Congress and the President work to forge a final budget agreement, it is crucial for them to hear from you about protecting funding for programs that conserve wildlife and habitat from any further cuts. Prevent the budget axe from falling on wildlife
The following links contain information on the sequester and potential impacts:
For more information and/or materials, please contact JP Leous, Outreach Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by Caroline Selle, US Climate Action Network Intern