Support the Advancing Grid Storage Act of 2016

This bill would reduce energy waste, improve grid resiliency, increase industrial competitiveness, and promote local economic development by helping public and private entities to implement energy systems that recover and use local renewable energy resources.

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Support Renewable Energy and Green Jobs (v. 4)

Last year was the hottest on record for the globe, and recently, a group of influential climate scientists have provided evidence from paleoclimate data, climate modeling, and modern observations that 2 °C global warming could be dangerous. We need to acknowledge that our planet is warming and will continue to warm at an accelerated rate if we do not act upon mitigating it.

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Prevent Massive Land and Water Grabs Under the Antiquities Act by Cosponsoring H.R. 3946.

I invite you to become a cosponsor of legislation that will update the 1906 Antiquities Act to ensure local community interests, as well as private property rights and water rights, are protected.

National monuments can be powerful symbols of our nation’s historical and natural heritage. Unfortunately, there is a long and shameful list of abuses of the Antiquities Act whereby Presidents of both parties far exceeded the intent and letter of the 1906 law.
 Presidents on either side of the aisle shouldn’t have unilateral authority to create massive new national monuments by executive fiat without local public input.  It is, after all, the people living near these national monuments who will be the most affected
by their creation.  These folks deserve to have a strong voice regarding the use of public land near their communities.

President Obama has exceeded the intent of this law and abused the Antiquities Act more than any other American president.  To date, he has designated or expanded 23 national monuments, and these designations have locked up more than 265 million acres of land
and water.  Unfortunately, he isn’t done yet, and we can expect several more overreaching designations within the next several months.

Unilateral designations that circumvent Congress typically result in devastating consequences for local communities that negatively affect their future economic prosperity.  Designations under the Antiquities Act don’t have to follow the environmental process
required under NEPA and also aren’t required to solicit public input prior to declaration.  For every new acre claimed for the federal government, there is an acre of private land lost.  Such actions exacerbate challenges for our local governments to fund
things like education, as lands that are added to the federal rolls can no longer be taxed.

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