Tell your representatives: No permitting deal that guts environmental laws and sacrifices communities

What's At Stake

Fossil fuel and mining industry allies in Congress are once again attempting to gut bedrock environmental laws like the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Water Act, and Clean Air Act to make it easier to greenlight dirty fossil fuel projects and poorly regulated mining operations.

They want to open large parts of our public lands to extraction industries and issue permits to polluting industries that have a long history of polluting our water, land, and air. Most egregiously, they want to silence the voices of people most impacted by energy development from having a say in the projects built in their communities.

Earthjustice supporters have helped us defeat misguided and dangerous changes to our permitting process and environmental laws, and we need your help to do it again.

We must move away from fossil fuels and embrace our transition to clean energy, but we cannot do so without critical environmental protections. We do not have to choose between clean energy and environmental protection, we can do both. We can rapidly build out the clean energy infrastructure and supply chain we need to combat climate change while requiring strong environmental protections and engagement with impacted communities. Environmental laws like NEPA are a predicate to ensuring that our clean energy transition is grounded in justice and benefits all communities.

Join us and urge your Member of Congress to not agree to any permitting deal that guts environmental laws and silences communities.

At the People's Climate March on Apr. 29, 2017, more than 200,000 people filled the streets of Washington, D.C., to sound warnings of the Earth’s warming climate.
At the People's Climate March on Apr. 29, 2017, more than 200,000 people filled the streets of Washington, D.C., to sound warnings of the Earth’s warming climate. (Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)

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You level the playing field.

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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.

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It’s the law.

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

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 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.