Bird-dogging questions for Broads members

2020 Elections

Ideally these can be used for most elections – from local to state to federal.

 

From Climate & Public Lands 101 Talking Points:

97% of scientists agree that present day climate change is human-caused because of activities people are that have caused sharp increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, such as deforestation, which eliminates carbon sequestration provided by intact old-growth forests. 97% of scientists agree that present day climate change is human-caused because people are responsible for the sharp increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and destruction of carbon sinks through deforestation. How do you plan to combat climate change if elected into office?

Intact natural landscapes can provide nearly a third of the carbon mitigation needed to keep climate change under 2 degrees Celsius. Reforestation, maintaining forest protections, and habitat restoration projects are essential climate mitigation approaches that allow natural climate sinks to lock up carbon. How do you plan to protect and preserve our forests?

 

In the last three years, leases offered to private companies to develop new oil and gas

operations on public lands could result in lifecycle emissions between 1 billion and 5.95

billion metric tons of CO2e. Do you plan to combat climate change by slowing oil and gas leasing on public lands?

(from TWS’s The Climate Report 2020: Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Public Lands.)

 

Inspired by previous Action Alerts:

 

  1. The earth is suffering a devastating mass extinction caused by human activities. Meanwhile, we face a deadly global pandemic caused by the exploitation of wildlife in illegal trade and trafficking. Damaged ecosystems, shrinking habitat, and blocked wildlife corridors are decimating the planet’s biodiversity and will only increase the likelihood of another pandemic. What are your plans to prevent the biodiversity crisis and the next wildlife created pandemic?

 

  1. In mid August, the Trump administration confirmed they were pulling the nomination of William Perry Pendley as Director of the Bureau of Land Management. However, he has continued to serve as acting BLM Director. Do you support him continuing in this role? If not, how will you work to get him removed from this position?
  2. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) must remain intact for the protection of our public lands, public health, and public input. The Trump administration’s attacks on NEPA protections are reckless and dangerous during a global public health crisis. This rollback is nothing more than a thinly veiled sellout to corporate polluters at the expense of the health and safety of American families. How do you feel about these rollbacks? What will you do to keep NEPA intact?
  3. More than 100 miles of Trump’s border wall are under construction right now in Arizona. Aside from work continuing under a pandemic (and the impact it could have on small rural communities should the virus spread), the construction is tearing up protected wild lands, bulldozing sensitive habitat, and pushing endangered wildlife, such as the jaguar, closer to extinction. Will you insist that all plans for construction need to stop, during the pandemic and forever?
  4. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), proposed a new rulemaking process with no environmental analysis that could allow all classes of e-bikes on non-motorized trails on BLM lands across the country. Motorized bikes travel further and faster into the backcountry, disrupting wildlife, impacting habitat, and ruining the small portion of public lands that are free from motors. [still debating a question here]

 

Here are SIMPLE questions relating to our key advocacy campaigns:

  1. Do you support new public lands protections and new wilderness designations?
  2. What do you see as the most major threats to public lands? And what is the best way to solve those threats?
  3. Do you support the 2016 designation of Bears Ears National Monument?
  4. Do you support and defend the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)?
  5. Do you acknowledge climate change is real, human-caused and has disrupted earth’s natural cycles?
  6. How can our nation’s public lands be the solution to climate change?