Call of the Day: Support International Cooperation to Fight Climate Change

Today’s call has three options- you can call your representative, your senators OR both!  It’s up to you!  Just remember, if you call your senators, ask them to support S. Res 155, and if you call your congressmen, ask them to support H. Res 85. 

Last Thursday, President Trump announced that he was withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord. 

By doing so, Trump hopes to fulfill one of his devastating campaign promises to roll back critical climate and health protections, at the expense of the American public and of generations to come.  Trump announced the U.S. will withdraw from Paris despite widespread opposition by the American public, the business community, advocates, and even political leaders from both parties.

As Indivisible points out, “The bottom line is Congress doesn't have much power here.  You would need a filibuster-proof majority to pass legislation forcing Trump to reverse course, something that we just don’t have.”

But we can let our Members of Congress know you support the scientific consensus on climate change and want them to protect our environment- especially our coastlines and waterways.  You can also let your state legislators, mayors and local officials know that you support your cities and townships adhering to the guidelines of the Paris Climate Accord, even if the federal government will not.  (We'll be doing more on that front tomorrow, for our weekly state-level call.)

WHO TO CALL: 

Senator Bill Cassidy - in DC at (202) 224-5824, and in Metairie at (504) 838-0130.

Senator John Kennedy - in DC at (202) 224-4623, and in Monroe at (318) 361-1489.

Representative Cedric Richmond - in DC at (202) 225-6636, and in New Orleans at (504) 288-3777

OR

Representative Steve Scalise - in DC at (202) 225-3015, and in Metairie at (504) 837-1259

Because of how Congressional districts are drawn, New Orleans residents have either Richmond or Scalise as their representative.  If you don't know who your representative is, you can look it up by entering your home address on the U.S. House of Representatives website.

Reminders: Identify where you're calling from (town and zip code is fine) so they know you're an actual constituent.  Only call your own representatives.  Be concise - the office will get through more calls that way.  Be polite and don't argue with the staffer - they don't set policy.   If you get a voicemail, then leave a message.  And if you get a busy signal -- call back later!

Sample script- 

Hi, my name is [Name] from New Orleans, zip code 70118 [or wherever you're from].  I don't need a response.  I am calling to let you know how disappointed I am that the U.S. will not be joining the Paris Climate Accord, and I want the Senator/Representative to support plans that will mitigate climate change and environmental damage.  I want him to show that Louisianians support the active measures to combat climate change by voting YES on:

(IF REPRESENTATIVE SCALISE/RICHMOND) H. Res. 85

(IF SENATOR CASSIDY/KENNEDY) S. Res 155

I also want them to support common-sense climate action by rejecting Trumps budget’s call to cut funding for the EPA by 31% and instead support foreign assistance for climate adaptation, energy research, and job retraining programs.

Thank you for your time, and your hard work answering the phones.

If you need more reasons to support the Paris Climate Agreement, check out the Indivisible Primer here.

This call is courtesy of Metairie Indivisible.