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Call your senators and tell them to confirm Deb Haaland

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March 15, 2021

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Deb Haaland has been confirmed by the United States Senate as the next Secretary of the Interior. Thank you for supporting her historic nomination.

What was at Stake

The Secretary of the Interior oversees a vast amount of the nation’s public lands, wildlife, and industrial development. If successfully confirmed as Secretary of the Interior, Congresswoman Deb Haaland would be the first Native American, and only the third woman, to serve in this role. This appointment is a critical opportunity to enact policies that combat the climate crisis, conserve our public lands in partnership with Indigenous people, and strengthen protections for endangered species. Tell your senators to vote YES on the confirmation of Deb Haaland as Secretary of the Interior!

In her time in Congress, Rep. Haaland has courageously opposed fossil fuel industry interests, taking the bold position to greatly limit all forms of oil and gas drilling on public lands.

A sharp divergence from the Trump administration’s nonstop efforts to shrink conservation of public lands, Rep. Haaland respects Interior’s role in protecting our lands — she led the 30x30 charge in the House, a major conservation plan to protect 30% of land and ocean in the US by 2030. In just part of her long career, Rep. Haaland also introduced the ANTIQUITIES Act, a bill that would protect National Monuments of great ecological and cultural value from unlawful attacks.

Rep. Haaland has also been a strong advocate for environmental justice priorities, most recently leading the fight to require the Department of the Interior to conduct a report on how its activities impact environmental justice communities.

We need someone at the Department of the Interior who is unafraid to fight the fossil fuel industry and enact policies that proactively mitigate climate change and the biodiversity crisis. Urge the Senate to vote YES on Deb Haaland’s nomination to the Department of the Interior.

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You level the playing field.

Elected officials pay attention when they see that we are paying attention.

They may be hearing from industry lobbyists left and right, but hearing the stories of their constituents — that’s your power.

Our legislators serve at the pleasure of the people who gave them their job — you. When you contact your elected official, you’re putting a face and a name on an issue. Whether or not you voted for them, they work for you, for the duration of their term.

Make sure your elected officials know whose community and whose values they represent. (Find your local, state, and federal elected officials.)

Your action is with us in court.

If a federal agency finalizes a harmful action, the record of public comments provides a basis for bringing them into court.

Throughout each of the public comment periods we alert you to, Earthjustice’s attorneys are researching and writing in-depth, technical comments to submit — detailing how the regulation could and should be stronger to protect the environment, our communities, and our planet.

We need you to join us — your specific experiences, knowledge, and voice are crucial to add to the Administrative Record through the comment periods.

Lawsuits we file that challenge weak or harmful federal regulations rely on what was submitted during the comment period. The court can only look at documents that are in the Administrative Record — including the public comments — to decide if the agency did something improper.

Your actions aid our litigation. Taking action and submitting comments during a comment period is substantively important.

It’s the law.

Federal agencies must pause what they’re doing and ask for — and consider — your comment.

Many of us may have never heard of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), but laws like these require our government to ask the public to weigh in before agencies adopt or change regulations.

Regulations essentially describe how federal agencies will carry out laws — including decisions that could undermine science, or weaken safeguards on public health.

Public comments are collected at various points throughout the federal government’s rulemaking process, including when a regulation is proposed and finalized. (Learn more about the rulemaking process.) These comments become part of the official, legal public record — the “Administrative Record.”

When the public responds with a huge outpouring of support for environmental protections, these individual messages collectively undercut politicians' attempts to claim otherwise.

What this means is each of us can take a role in shaping the rules our government creates — and ensuring those rules are fair and effective.