77 What does that number mean to you? Right now, it’s the big bad number for the environment. Did you know that, in addition to working on raising the debt ceiling, Congress is also working on next fiscal year’s budget? The House of Representatives is debating and voting on appropriations bills, and here’s where the scary number 77 comes in: Did you know that 77 different anti-environment riders and amendments have been proposed for the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill?
That’s right – 77 different attempts have been made to cut funding for our environment! These riders range from prohibiting any more species from being added to the Endangered Species list, to blocking President Obama’s National Ocean Policy implementation, to a number of other measures which could help our environment and our economy. The following is from the website for Earthjustice, and it details all the crazy riders which are being proposed right now.
You might be asking, “How can I help? What am I supposed to do about this?” The answer is simple: call your member of Congress, or send an email now. Help save the environment, before it’s too late!