While California is currently in the midst of the worst drought it has ever faced, the multi-national Nestle Corporation is pumping tens of millions of gallons of water a year — on a permit that expired in the 1980s.
Why was this allowed to happen? The U.S. Forest Service said their permit system has been too backlogged to notice Nestle was working on an expired permit.
Sign your name and tell the U.S. Forest Service to shut down Nestle’s unregulated water pumping IMMEDIATELY.
California’s drought is bad — really bad. It’s estimated that the Golden State only has enough water to sustain itself for one more year. But while residents and farmers are living under strict water usage limits, Nestle — the nation’s largest bottled water producer — has been pumping between 50-80 million gallons of water a year from the Sacramento region alone. A drought of epic proportions, and what little water there is is being bottled and shipped elsewhere — and sold at an enormous profit.
The kicker? Their permit to pump water expired in 1988.
Gov. Jerry Brown declared the drought a state of emergency. California residents have been told to cut their water usage by 20 percent or face huge fines. Nestle on the other hand, is only paying 65 cents per 450 gallons they take from the state — a tiny fraction of what they sell it for once bottled.
It gets worse: California doesn’t have any laws limiting the amount of water drawn from groundwater. In the Coachella Valley, it’s estimated that Nestle draws 2OO,OOO,OOO gallons of water a year.
To put that in perspective — California’s entire grain industry only uses 69 million gallons of water a year.
Sign your name and demand U.S. Forest Service shut down Nestle’s unregulated water pumping>>
Oh well, there goes any hope I had for getting any work done today…
You can now play PacMan on Google Maps
The Logan Act is a law that’s been on the books since 1799. Here is what it states:
Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
Yesterday, a group of 47 Republican Senators blatantly violated this important law by sending an open letter to Iran’s leaders warning them that they’ll reverse any nuclear deal Iran signs with President Obama’s administration after he leaves office.
Remember, these Senators did this while President Obama is in the middle of high level negotiations with Iran to prevent them from getting nuclear weapons. It’s completely reckless. It’s a precedent that can’t be allowed to stand.
SIGN YOUR NAME: Charge 47 Republican Senators with Violating the Logan Act for Sabotaging Negotiations with Iran >>
It’s time these Republicans face consequences for their incredibly reckless actions.
FYI, from Left Action:
Republican leaders in Congress pushed through a bill to build the Keystone XL pipeline – and President Obama has used his veto pen to stop it.
Please sign your name, and join us in thanking the President for protecting our environment and our future.
Here are the facts about Keystone:
- It is not a job creator. In fact, the project would only create 35 permanent jobs, while putting farms and communities in its path in peril.
- It would, however, create more than 5 billion tons of CO2 by 2050, damaging our environment, and making it far harder to fight climate change.
- The existing Keystone pipeline has spilled more than two dozen times. Future spills could threaten water supplies for millions.
No matter how much the Republicans try to cheerlead for Keystone, facts are facts – it is a terrible idea. And President Obama was right to veto it.
Please join us in thanking him.
After 16 years, Jon Stewart is stepping down as host of The Daily Show.
Send him a thank you message.
(UPDATE Feb 4, 2015: After 2 weeks, Warren leads with $150K in pledges, Clinton in 2nd with just over $100K, and Bernie Sanders close behind in 3rd, with just over $80K!)
Just launched: “DemStarter.com.” Check it out:
DemStarter is a project of Left Action, with two goals: 1) Show potential Democratic candidates how much support they would have if they decided to run (and help convince them to take the plunge); 2) Give the eventual Democratic nominee a head start by taking pledges that can quickly be turned into donations once the campaign begins.
Here’s how it works:
- Visit the DemStarter home page
- Click on the potential candidate or candidates you’d like to see run, and fill in the amount you’d pledge to donate if they decide to run. You are not making a payment now, just a pledge.
- If the potential candidate announces they are running, we will let you know where you can go to fulfill your pledge, and make a donation.
So if you have a candidate you’d like to see run, show them your support, and make it easier for them to do it!
Remember what Rush Limbaugh said about Obamacare back in 2010?
Responding to a caller who asked him where he would go for health care if Congress enacts reform, Limbaugh replied, “I don’t know. I’ll just tell you this, if this passes and it’s five years from now and all that stuff gets implemented — I am leaving the country. I’ll go to Costa Rica.”
It’s 2015, and five years have passed!
Send Rush a message. Tell him the make good on his promise, and to start packing his bags.
(Oh, and to the good people of Costa Rica….um… sorry).
(P.S. – Don’t tell Rush, but Costa Rica actually has universal health care).