9 Sept 2016 GOOD NEWS! A Joint Statement from the Department of Justice, the Department of the Army and the Department of the Interior Regarding Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and CA Governor Jerry Brown’s efforts to combat climate change

I wasn’t going to get back on here this afternoon but when I saw this post on the https://www.facebook.com/CampOfTheSacredStone/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED&fref=nf  (Sacred Stone Camp Facebook page) I just had to share it!  I’m just so darn proud of everyone involved with this right now – working together….making NEW history together!!!  It hasn’t gone without missteps on all sides but my gosh…this is so much better than the history of our shared past.  I am just full of love and hope as I write to you at this moment!  Thank you, thank you , thank you!  (crying happy tears as I write!)

 

Source Sacred Stone Camp Facebook Page - Courage, Faith, Ancestors of all the nations of our rainbow working as one family!

Source Sacred Stone Camp Facebook Page – Courage, Faith, Ancestors of all the nations of our rainbow!

I know we there is much yet to do and I may be premature in my jumping for joy inside and out, there is yet a long journey ahead but my vision, of everyone walking together is actually happening!

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/joint-statement-department-justice-department-army-and-department-interior-regarding-standing – if you go to this link, you can share directly from it.

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Joint Statement from the Department of Justice, the Department of the Army and the Department of the Interior Regarding Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
The Department of Justice, the Department of the Army and the Department of the Interior issued the following statement regarding Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:

“We appreciate the District Court’s opinion on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act.  However, important issues raised by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other tribal nations and their members regarding the Dakota Access pipeline specifically, and pipeline-related decision-making generally, remain.  Therefore, the Department of the Army, the Department of Justice, and the Department of the Interior will take the following steps.

The Army will not authorize constructing the Dakota Access pipeline on Corps land bordering or under Lake Oahe until it can determine whether it will need to reconsider any of its previous decisions regarding the Lake Oahe site under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) or other federal laws.  Therefore, construction of the pipeline on Army Corps land bordering or under Lake Oahe will not go forward at this time.  The Army will move expeditiously to make this determination, as everyone involved — including the pipeline company and its workers — deserves a clear and timely resolution.  In the interim, we request that the pipeline company voluntarily pause all construction activity within 20 miles east or west of Lake Oahe.

“Furthermore, this case has highlighted the need for a serious discussion on whether there should be nationwide reform with respect to considering tribes’ views on these types of infrastructure projects.  Therefore, this fall, we will invite tribes to formal, government-to-government consultations on two questions:  (1) within the existing statutory framework, what should the federal government do to better ensure meaningful tribal input into infrastructure-related reviews and decisions and the protection of tribal lands, resources, and treaty rights; and (2) should new legislation be proposed to Congress to alter that statutory framework and promote those goals.

“Finally, we fully support the rights of all Americans to assemble and speak freely.  We urge everyone involved in protest or pipeline activities to adhere to the principles of nonviolence.  Of course, anyone who commits violent or destructive acts may face criminal sanctions from federal, tribal, state, or local authorities.  The Departments of Justice and the Interior will continue to deploy resources to North Dakota to help state, local, and tribal authorities, and the communities they serve, better communicate, defuse tensions, support peaceful protest, and maintain public safety.

“In recent days, we have seen thousands of demonstrators come together peacefully, with support from scores of sovereign tribal governments, to exercise their First Amendment rights and to voice heartfelt concerns about the environment and historic, sacred sites.  It is now incumbent on all of us to develop a path forward that serves the broadest public interest.”

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I wanted to mention how proud I am of what I read today about efforts California’s Governor Jerry Brown is trying to make to have his state lead by their example is reducing pollution! This is the kind of news I want to see, this restores my faith in my fellows and shows me that though money is a strong motivator for the actions to come…it is not God! 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/09/08/493191842/california-gov-jerry-brown-signs-new-climate-change-laws

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California Gov. Jerry Brown Signs New Climate Change Laws

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California State Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, holds a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, setting a new goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. Richard Vogel/AP hide caption

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California State Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, holds a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, setting a new goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.
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California is already on track to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

Now under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, the state will ratchet up its fight against climate change by launching an ambitious campaign to scale back emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

“This is big, and I hope it sends a message across the country,” Brown said.

California reduced emissions by imposing limits on the carbon content of gasoline and diesel fuel, promoting zero-emission electric vehicles, and introducing a cap-and-trade system for polluters.

The new plan, outlined in SB32, involves increasing renewable energy use, putting more electric cars on the road, improving energy efficiency, and curbing emissions from key industries.

Brown signed another bill, AB197, that gives lawmakers more oversight of regulators and provides aid to low-income or minority communities located near polluting facilities such as oil refineries and factories.

California’s crusade against climate change started under former Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who signed the state’s original emissions-control law, known as AB32.

“Here we are, 10 years later, emissions have gone down and the economy has gone up,” said Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), who wrote AB32 as well as SB32. “It’s a success story.”

But not everyone agrees. The two new laws signed by Brown faced fierce opposition from the state’s business community, including the oil industry, as well as from Republicans.

In a statement, California Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Allan Zaremberg said, “Taken together, SB32 and AB197, impose severe caps on the emission of greenhouse gases in California, without requiring the regulatory agencies to give any consideration to the impacts on our economy, disruptions in everyone’s daily lives or the fact that California’s population will grow almost 50 percent between 1990 and 2030.”

Brown noted at the signing ceremony that opponents are not going away. The San Francisco Chronicle carried this quote: “There’s powerful opposition,” Brown said. “These are real people with real bucks and real influence.”

The fight against climate change faces other hurdles. Revenue from the state’s cap-and-trade system is falling. That program allows companies to buy permits to pollute at auctions; the money is then spent to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. There are concerns about the program’s long-term viability.

 

 

 

 

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