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Friday, February 3, 2017

Tell your Senators to hold off on confirming any new appointments to FERC!

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President Donald Trump has already made it clear that he intends to trash climate change agreements and give the fossil fuel industry exactly what it wants. But the pipeline projects being pushed by the Trump Administration cannot move forward unless they are first approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission—and FERC can’t operate without a quorum. The five-member commission has been operating with only three members, and today it lost another one. With just two members left, it won’t be able to approve any more infrastructure projects until at least one new commissioner is seated—and the Senate has the ability to block Trump’s FERC appointments.

The inability of FERC to do business actually counts as a step forward because for years the commission has been little more than a captive agency of the oil and gas industry, routinely greenlighting infrastructure projects with little regard for public safety.

Tell your Senators to hold off on confirming any new appointments to FERC until there has been an investigation into the commission’s failure to put the public interest ahead of the corporate interests—and until Donald Trump promises to abide by our commitment to international climate change agreements.

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