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GOAL: 60 U.S. Senators must say “YES” to pass the RESTORE Act (S.1400) which sends 80% of BP fine dollars under the Clean Water Act back to Gulf Coast states!
TIMING: The bill may come to a full Senate vote early in the 2012 session, which begins January 23. It was favorably reported out of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on a bipartisan vote on September 21.
TASK: Contact reliable, dependable family and friends who live in NON-GULF COAST STATES to fax and/or phone their two US senators. Ask for the staffer on environmental affairs and urge the senator to support the RESTORE Act.
MESSAGE: Emphasize why the RESTORE ACT is important to them and to America.
- With their critical role in providing energy independence, commerce, ecotourism, and national security to the entire nation, the Gulf Coast wetlands have a unique opportunity to be restored for America –– applying the BP fine money to proven scientific techniques and creating thousands of jobs.
- If most of the fine dollars are not designated to economic and environmental recovery of the Gulf Coast, they will disappear into the federal budget stream with no discernible impact.
- When catastrophes strike, the entire nation must support the affected area. The next disaster could be in that Senator’s state; we would want citizens of that state to get the fair and reasonable support we ask for.
MODEL: Sample content for fax or phone call: “Senator (NAME), I support the Restore Act because I know the importance of the Gulf Coast to (SENATOR’S STATE), the United States and around the world. I hope you will support it, too.” Then add a version of the message points above.
FEEDBACK: Please e-mail to Women of the Storm founder Anne Milling the states in which you have made contact with friends to call their senators and the information you and your friends have received about senatorial positions on the RESTORE Act.
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“This is manners 101. You mess up something. You go clean it up", –– Lucy Buffett, owner, LuLu’s in Gulf Shores, AL.