Friday, January 09, 2009

Stop Schwarzenegger Now.

In a note to the California Green Forum this afternoon, I asked people to call their Congress Critters, especially Senators Boxer and Feinstein, to express our outrage over the manner in which Schwarzenegger is trying to force a solution to California's Water Program. His latest step is to ask the Obama Administration to remove transportation and water infrastructure project from the need to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act. Net result: do what you want without any environmental impact assessment.

At that time, I promised a post on California Greening tonight. Well, this is it but I did not write it. Instead, let me re-post the alert sent out today by Restore the Delta. Click Read more! to do just that.

Help Stop an End-Run to Build the Peripheral Canal

Restore the Delta is asking you to take special action on behalf of protecting the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Dear Restore the Delta Supporters,

Governor Schwarzenegger has asked President-elect Obama to suspend or otherwise eliminate National Environmental Impact Review (NEPA) for the economic stimulus package projects for California, including some $8 billion in unnamed water and sewer projects. (The letter can be viewed at the Governor's website.)

The Governor has also been attempting to weaken the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) during the state budget process. It is the assessment of advisors working with the Restore the Delta staff that the Governor is trying to weaken federal and state environmental review standards in order to ease the development and construction of the peripheral canal, rather than following existing environmental laws and processes.

Please call Senator Diane Feinstein and Senator Barbara Boxer today and ask them to protect NEPA and all essential environmental laws while helping to develop the Federal economic stimulus package. Their numbers are below. And if you have time, please drop me an email to let me know that you called:

Sincerely yours,

Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Campaign Director

Senator Diane Feinstein:
Washington Office: 202-224-3841
San Francisco: 415-393-0707
Los Angeles: 310-914-7300

Senator Barbara Boxer:
Washington Office: 202-224-3553
San Francisco: 415-403-0100
Los Angeles: 213-894-5000

Restore the Delta
Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla
Making the California Delta fishable, swimmable, drinkable, and farmable by 2010!

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