Raise your voice to make a difference
Sometimes all it takes is a simple phone call or email message to sway the opinion of our elected leaders and officials. Contact us at AlamoAlerts and we will add you to our local Sierra Club Action Alert Email List. You don't have to be a Sierra Club member to receive our alerts, (but we do hope you'll join us).
Make a call to stop Texas coal plants dumping on our parks
Call 1-888-407-1644 to tell EPA to do something about haze pollution from Texas coal plants
We have less than two months to protect the air in our national parks.
On November 26, 2014, EPA will release a proposal to reduce haze pollution from Texas coal plants, protecting national parks not only in Texas, but also throughout the region.
Over the next two months, we need to flood their offices with emails and calls telling them to make this proposal as strong as possible. Already, in the last week, over 2,500 people like you have sent in emails demanding our parks and our air be protected.
An email is great-- a call is better. Call 1-888-407-1644 to leave a message for Janet McCabe at the EPA.
Here are some easy talking points to use:
Hi, my name is _________. I'm calling from _________ to ask you to propose a strong rule for regional haze in Texas.
1. Submit a strong proposal that protects us from the effects of haze pollution .
2. We love our national parks, and we need to protect our federal lands from haze pollution.
3. We need to ask EPA for a strong federal plan to reduce the pollution released from the Texas coal plants to ensure that our parks are not polluted for future generations.
Over the past two years, we asked for your voices and you responded. Earlier this year, we met with EPA officials in Dallas and Washington, D.C. about our concerns, delivering over 4,300 petitions from people like you. Hundreds of others called, and EPA officials are listening.
We demanded EPA reject a plan submitted by TCEQ, the Texas environmental agency, because this plan did very little to solve haze pollution from Texas coal plants. EPA's new plan needs to go beyond the Texas do-nothing plan and make real reductions in haze.
Your emails, your calls, and your support matter. We have come so far already only because people like you are taking action.
Thanks for all you do to protect the environment,
Beyond Coal Campaign
Prohibit Coal Tar-Based Sealants
The Alamo Group encourages you to contact your City Council representative and the San Antonio Housing Authority about prohibiting usage of coal tar-based sealants on pavement. Here is a telephone script for contacting council. Your councilmember's contact info is here and here. Here is a suggested letter to the San Antonio Housing Authority.
Coal tar-based pavement sealants threaten our drinking water by contaminating it with known carcinogens. This recent magazine article notes that these “probable” human carcinogens continue to coat local parking lots, playgrounds and driveways. We highly recommend viewing these slides from the Sierra Club presentation by Stephen Kale, P.E. containing comprehensive information about the dangers of coal tar-based sealants.
Ask City Council to Ban Single-use Plastic Bags
Single-use checkout bags have harmful impacts on our environment and drain our tax dollars. San Antonio residents use more than 1.6 billion plastic bags every year. At least 80% of these end up in landfills or as litter.
While stores don't charge for the bags, city taxpayers pay for a variety of pollution impacts. They cause damage to recycling facilities, and despite the fact that they are about 1% of the waste stream, they cost recyclers as much as 30% of their labor time. They clog up storm drains and wastewater treatment plants. They cost San Antonio residents as much as $1.3 million a year to control their pollution, and they disproportionately affect low income communities who have fewer resources for litter control, less recycling and more fragile infrastructure. That $1.3 million could help low income San Antonio neighborhoods, but instead is being wasted on plastic bag pollution! Even more money is being spent on state and federal clean-up efforts, and it is impossible to put a dollar value on the impacts to wildlife killed by plastic bags.
Visit this page to send a message to City Council. Personalized emails are far more meaningful to your elected officials than form letters. Be sure to include a personal message about why the issue is important to you, and why you think passing a local ordinance will be the appropriate solution.
Also, be sure to sign Cris Medina's online petition. Then, consider:
- Sending a second email to the City Councilmember in your district encouraging him or her to carry the ordinance through the voting process.
- Asking to have a meeting with City Councilmembers to show your support.
- Learning more about the issue and spreading the word!
- Sharing this link with your community via email and social media.
Suggested Points to Include:
- Voluntary efforts have failed to solve the problem of plastic bag pollution
- I support removing single-use bags from San Antonio stores, and saving taxpayers and businesses the expenses caused by this pollution.
- Please pass a bag ordinance and stop wasting as much as $1,300,000 a year on clean-up efforts.
- Plastic bag pollution threatens our infrastructure, costs small businesses money and makes our city less attractive to visitors. Our economy will benefit from a bag ban.
- Brownsville, Fort Stockton, South Padre Island, Laguna Vista, Sunset Valley, Laredo, Kermit, and Austin, Texas have all passed bag ordinances. Now is the time for San Antonio to join their leadership.
- Please respond to my comments in writing, or via email at: