Part two of a post about a member's visit to DC to lobby Congressional staffers to increase federal science funding.
A member of Austin Science Advocates went to DC to lobby Congressional representatives to increase federal science funding. Here she summarizes what she learned during her preparation.
This week: EPA wants your comments on repealing regulations, science as a values issue, National Parks supports >300,000 jobs/year, TX SBOE removes anti-evolution language from science standards, and more
This week: TX SBOE meets tomorrow to hear final testimony on streamlining Texas science standards, Pruitt will not pursue removing CO2 from the EPA's list of pollutants, Senators request increase in NSF funding, and more
This week: congress passes a bill to protect funding for weather prediction, EPA decides not to ban harmful chlorphyrifos, a proposal for new FDA trial designs, and more
This week: Trump begins to roll back Clean Power Plan, texts from the Heartland Institute land on educators' desks, a deathly measles outbreak in Europe, March Mammal Madness is a huge success, and more...
Conservation and Alternative Energy Currently, 20 Texas State Parks and 11 Wildlife Management Areas are actively leasing land for oil and gas drilling. Action: you can help prevent further damage by 1) stopping new leases, 2) supporting the removal of Kelcy Warren from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission (he is the CEO of Energy … Continue reading Weekly Digest — Feb 27 – March 5
Conservation and Alternative Energy Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines are moving forward (NPR). “Wind provided 40 percent of Texas’s electricity for 17 straight hours one windy day in December” (Scientific American). The effort to ban lead bullets at wildlife refuges may be stymied (Wall Street Journal). Texas Water Symposium will be 7pm on Thurs, … Continue reading Weekly Digest – January 23-29, 2017
Conservation A little out of date, but House Bill 1794, passed in 2015 (link) sets a hard cap on payouts to counties that sue corporations for polluting waterways and/or air, as well as a 5 year statute of limitations. (Excellent opinion piece here) Save Our Springs is moving forward with filing a new lawsuit in … Continue reading Weekly Digest – January 9, 2017
Conservation Hundreds of endangered blind salamanders were stolen from USFWS site in San Marcos (link). Good news! A 520-acre area called Peaceful Springs has been added to the Balcones Canyonland National Wildlife Refuge, permanently protecting limestone canyons, major bird and butterfly migration routes, and springs that attract endangered bird species. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) … Continue reading Weekly Digest – December 5th, 2016