Let’s get OFF Fossil Fuels!

NOTE: Congress is still on recess this week, and we will return with our regular calls to action when Congress reconvenes on April 9. For today, we are focusing on a topic that remains urgent every day, the climate crisis. Please join our friends at Food & Water Watch who are fighting for the strongest climate bill ever! Sign their petition here:
https://secure.foodandwateraction.org/act/sign-now-we-need-100-renewable-energy-2035

UPCOMING EVENTS:
1) Today Wed, April 4, 4-5pm: Constituent Vigil at Chris Smith’s Office!
112 Village Center Dr, Freehold.
2) Please join us as we co-host a public meeting with Food & Water Watch and other environmental groups to stop the Raritan Bay Gas Pipeline & Compressor Expansion! The Raritan is home to sensitive marine life like whales, dolphins, and seals, and more gas means more air pollution for Bayshore communities!
When: Thursday, April 12 @ 7pm
Where: Madison Park Firehouse (3011 Cheesequake Rd., Parlin 08859)
Please RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/223668751709406/

CALL TOPIC: Let’s combat the Trump administration’s irresponsible stance on climate change by advocating for a bold agenda to address the climate crisis; urge Rep. Smith to cosponsor and work to pass the Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act, or “OFF Act.”
The OFF Act:
-requires 100% of electricity sold in the US to come from clean energy by 2035, with an interim benchmark of 80% by 2027
-provides funding to help individuals and communities currently employed in the fossil fuel sector to transition to other work
-places a moratorium on new fossil fuel projects
-bans the export of oil and gas
-modernizes the electric grid and moves our automobile and rail systems to 100 percent renewable energy

CALL SCRIPT:
1) Let’s call Congressman Smith’s office in D.C. at 202-225-3765…

Caller: Hello, I am a constituent of Rep. Smith’s; may I speak with the staffer who handles environmental and energy issues?

I strongly urge Rep. Smith to cosponsor HR 3671, the Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act. The OFF Act would move our country to 100% renewable energy by 2035 and provide for a just transition to a clean energy system by protecting vulnerable workers and impacted communities. This is exactly the kind of aggressive action we need to combat the climate crisis and build a 21st century energy economy that protects our health and resources. I know the Congressman has spoken out in the past in support of curbing global warming. I hope he will cosponsor this legislation and help make this a bipartisan effort. Thank you.

If you have a personal story to relate to this issue, and are comfortable sharing it, please do – our elected officials want to hear how their policies affect our lives!

SOURCES
https://www.foodandwateractionfund.org/content/off-fossil-fuels-better-future-act
https://www.ecowatch.com/off-act-tulsi-gabbard-2479880368.html

Caller best practices:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bh-wNrUSJgQHs7OfsOu7HMyNuCK4veyRsRH0IfibG6Q/edit?usp=sharing

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Rep. Chris Smith – http://chrissmith.house.gov/contact/
Senator Cory Booker – https://www.booker.senate.gov (scroll to bottom)
Senator Bob Menendez – https://www.menendez.senate.gov/contact
Comment directly to your NJ State Legislators: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/SelectMun.asp
Comment directly to Governor Murphy: http://nj.gov/governor/contact/
Comment directly to the NJ State Attorney General: http://www.state.nj.us/lps/contactus.htm
State of NJ reps – http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/districts/municipalities.asp
NJ Governor’s Office – 609-292-6000
Study up on the issues: https://www.grbwomensinitiative.org/resources/
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