• Senator Dianne Feinstein
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    (415) 393-0707
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    (202) 224-3841
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    (310) 914-7300
  • Senator Kamala Harris
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    (415) 355-9041
  • DC Office
    (202) 224-3553
  • Sacramento Office
    (916) 448-2787
  • Congresswoman Barbara Lee
  • Oakland Office
    (510) 763-0370
  • DC Office
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CALL SCRIPT

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP].

I am calling to urge the Senator to oppose Barry Lee Myers to lead NOAA and Andrew Wheeler to be Deputy Administrator for EPA. The Trump administration continues its attempt to fill federal agencies and departments with leaders whose interests and experiences lie, not in science-driven protections for the public, but in promoting the interests of powerful polluting industries. Among these nominees, there are none with strong public health, science and environmental protection credentials, who will put facts and the public first.

Thank you for your time and attention.

[If leaving a voicemail, leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

Background

The Trump administration continues its attempt to fill federal agencies and departments with leaders whose interests and experiences lie, not in science-driven protections for the public, but in promoting the interests of powerful polluting industries. In total, Trump’s nominees represent an unparalleled action to place industries in power throughout government. Among these nominees, there are none with strong public health, science and environmental protection credentials, who will put facts, science and the public first.

Votes may come up for full Senate votes at any time, so please call or write now.

Barry Lee Myers to lead NOAA – As CEO of a private weather service, Accuweather, he has a conflict of interest, and as a non-scientist he has no experience with NOAA’s vast responsibilities related to oceans, fisheries and coastlines. He has clashed with NOAA about what he called unfair competition. Critics are concerned that he will use his position for competitive advantage and minimize the National Weather Service’s role.

Andrew Wheeler to be Deputy Administrator for EPA – Wheeler is a lobbyist for the giant Murray Energy coal company and was a senior aide to Senator Inhofe, a strong critic of EPA who denies climate change.

References

New York Times - Trump Names Former Texas Regulator as White House Environmental Adviser

Washington Post - Trump taps climate skeptic for top White House environmental post

Inside Climate News - Trump Pick for Top Environment Post: Carbon Dioxide Is ‘The Gas of Life’

Washington Post - Barry Myers, AccuWeather chief executive, emerges as front-runner for NOAA’s top job

New York Times - Trump Nominates a Coal Lobbyist to Be No. 2 at E.P.A.

Washington Post - This coal lobbyist once wrote Trump was a ‘bully.’ Now he’s the nominee for EPA’s No. 2 spot.

New York Times - Michael Dourson’s Work for Chemical Industry Sponsors

Safer Chemicals - Families & Senators speak out: EPA toxics nominee Michael Dourson is all wrong for the job

NRDC - Where Will Bill Wehrum, Trump’s Latest EPA Nominee, Take Us On Clean Air?

New York Times - Chemical Industry Ally Faces Critics in Bid for Top E.P.A. Post

Washington Post - Trump to tap longtime coal lobbyist for EPA’s No. 2 spot

The Intercept - Donald Trump’s Pick for EPA Enforcement Office was a Lobbyist for Superfund Polluters

Climate Wire - Pruitt’s new legal ally in climate rule repeal

Bloomberg BNA - EPA General Counsel Pick Criticized Agency’s Rules

  • Senator Dianne Feinstein
  • office-name
    (000) 000-0000
  • SF Office
    (415) 393-0707
  • DC Office
    (202) 224-3841
  • Los Angeles Office
    (310) 914-7300
  • Senator Kamala Harris
  • office-name
    (000) 000-0000
  • SF Office
    (415) 355-9041
  • DC Office
    (202) 224-3553
  • Sacramento Office
    (916) 448-2787
  • Congresswoman Barbara Lee
  • office-name
    (000) 000-0000
  • Oakland Office
    (510) 763-0370
  • DC Office
    (202) 225-2661