beatrice_otter: The Schuyler sisters from the musical Hamilton, pointing to the sky (Schuyler Sisters)
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Today, an issue which I called my congresspeople about twice came to a vote, and the Senate voted the direction I lobbied!  The bill in question was about the Bureau of Land Management's waste methane rule.  Basically, when you drill an oil well, you usually get methane first.  Oil companies can capture most of this and sell it, but it's not as profitable as the rest of the stuff they get out of an oil well, so they'd rather just burn it, wasting taxable resources and polluting the atmosphere.  There BLM has a regulation that says they have to capture it.  The Republicans tried to overturn that, and failed!

I call my congresspeople pretty much every day.  I do this using the 5calls.org website, which makes this easy.  It gives you a list of issues, you pick one, it gives you some background on it and the phone numbers for who to call about it and a script for what to say when you do.  It's really easy.  And if you have social phobias, you can call after hours and leave a message.  It's effective political activism made simple!  I highly recommend it!

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Date: 2017-05-10 05:25 pm (UTC)
watersword: Allison Janney as CJ Cregg wearing a T-shirt that reads Rock the Vote (Politics: Rock the Vote)
From: [personal profile] watersword
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Date: 2017-05-10 06:41 pm (UTC)
sulien: Made from my favorite photo of Big Lagoon, Humboldt, CA (Default)
From: [personal profile] sulien
YES!!! *spins you across the room in a victory dance*

Ooh, I hadn't heard about 5calls.org, I'm going to have to check that out. Thanks for the heads up! I usually call my Congresscritter and Senators (and state level reps) about things that I see in the news or in newsletters from various activist agencies (National Resource Defense Council, etc.).

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Date: 2017-05-11 01:51 am (UTC)
sulien: Made from my favorite photo of Big Lagoon, Humboldt, CA (Default)
From: [personal profile] sulien
Ballotpedia is a site I've used for a while now, they're great for national level information and some state ballots here in Washington state. Otherwise, my Google-Fu really gets a workout, especially when it comes to judicial elections. *sigh* As easy as it is to find information on Joe Schmuckatelli on the internet, there is seems to be little to nothing on candidates running for judicial positions. >:(

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Date: 2017-05-10 07:11 pm (UTC)
anghraine: leia in early esb smiling (leia [smiling])
From: [personal profile] anghraine
Nice! I just saw Senator Merkley excitedly tweeting about it, heh.

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