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Delivery to Environmental Protection Agency, Bureau of Land Management, Secretary Haaland, and Secretary Raimondo

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What’s At Stake

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Tell the EPA to ban leaded aviation gasoline

While the use of leaded gasoline in most cars was banned 25 years ago, leaded aviation gasoline is still used in nearly 170,000 piston-engine aircraft across 20,000 airports. EPA estimates that emissions from these airplanes account for about 70% of lead released into the atmosphere. Send a letter to the EPA today to advocate for regulating this common source of lead pollution! 

Protect the Western Arctic from oil drilling

The Willow Project is a disastrous Western Arctic drilling plan that could generate as much carbon as 66 coal plants emit in a year, jeopardize the health and traditional practices of nearby Alaska Native communities, devastate local wildlife like polar bears, migratory birds, and caribour. Thanks to an Earthjustice lawsuit, the project is on hold for now. However, the Bureau of Land Management released a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and finished a new comment period – which means the agency is still moving towards allowing drilling. Join us in calling on Secretary of the Interior Haaland to stop the project.  

Stop fossil fuel facilities before they're even built

The fossil fuel industry has aggressive plans to lock in new oil and gas infrastructure in the form of crude oil and gas export terminals. In the Gulf of Mexico, Earthjustice is challenging proposed construction of four crude oil and gas terminals, which would cause significant greenhouse gas emissions and pose significant health and environmental risks for Gulf Coast communities. Tell the Biden administration: Protect our communities and our climate – reject the offshore deepwater port proposals in the Gulf of Mexico 

Tell the Biden administration to tackle the biodiversity crisis

The world is facing a biodiversity crisis. In the coming decades, a million of Earth’s species face the possibility of extinction due to climate change, pollution, and habitat loss. The crisis threatens not only the plants and animals we know and love, but all of us. World leaders committed to protect 30% of the world’s lands and oceans by 2030. The Biden administration must focus on actions the U.S. can take in the next two years to protect biodiversity. 

Protect the endangered Gulf of Mexico whale from extinction

The Rice’s whale, also known as the Gulf of Mexico whale, can be as big as a railroad boxcar and as heavy as a typical fire truck and is the only large whale species that lives year-round in the waters of the United States. And because of fossil fuel exploration development and other human activities, it is also the most endangered large whale species in the world. Only about 50 of these rare whales remain. Join us in urging the Biden administration to protect the endangered Gulf of Mexico whale from extinction. 

Your Actions Matter

Your messages make a difference, even if we have leaders who don't want to listen. Here's why.

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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.