Monday Mission #51

Welcome to another Monday Mission.

This is a little off the beaten path, but on October 3rd at 2:18 PM EDT, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will send out a new test of its emergency alert system. It will go to every cell phone in the United States. They have decided to call this nationwide, unblockable message a “Presidential Alert”.  I can think of all sorts of ways to misuse this system and very few reasons why it might be necessary. We shouldn’t allow ‘Presidential Alerts’ to become part of our national fabric, like the ‘Patriot Act’ and ‘Homeland Security’.  Contact information for the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System is below.

Email: ipaws@fema.dhs.gov Phone: (202) 212-2040

Emergency Alert

Wade Witmer
Deputy Director, IPAWS
wade.witmer@fema.dhs.gov

Al Kenyon
Customer Support Branch Chief, IPAWS
alfred.kenyon@fema.dhs.gov Office Number: (202) 212-3308

Mark Lucero
Engineering Branch Chief, IPAWS
mark.lucero@fema.dhs.gov Office Number: (202) 646-1386

Donica Allen
Stakeholder Engagement Branch Chief, IPAWS PMO
donica.allen@fema.dhs.gov

Andrew Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist, is acting head of the EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to roll back one of the most important of Obama’s policies for fighting climate change: fuel efficiency standards. They are also picking a fight with California and 13 other states with stricter standards by attempting to preempt those standards.

EPA’s primary argument is that this will make automobiles more affordable, neglecting the additional fuel costs, of course. The Obama plan would save consumers $1.7 trillion through 2025. Reducing pollution also saves lives. Air pollution from vehicles is responsible for 30,000 premature deaths a year. The transportation sector is the now the largest source of greenhouse gases . Keeping the current standards would avert 570 million metric tons of emissions by 2030, the equivalent of shutting down 140 coal-fired power plants. That’s according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.

To me, among the oddest claim the EPA makes is that higher efficiency standards make cars less safe. The argument is that people will drive efficient cars more and with more miles will come more accidents and as many as a thousand additional deaths a year. There is no evidence to back this up.

In fact, in a June email, senior EPA staffers told the Office of Management and Budget — the White House office charged with evaluating regulatory changes — that rather than 1000 fewer deaths, there would be a small increase, an estimated 17 more each year. There is plenty to talk about, but those are the main points. I encourage you to comment before the deadline of October 23rd. Follow this link.

The next few weeks leading up to the election will be busy ones. Get involved in the campaigns and encourage your friends and neighbors to vote. Keep up on events with the weekly newsletter from New Mexico Resistance. We will not have another opportunity like this to turn the country around.

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