Lawmakers Should Reject Mountain Valley Pipeline, Environmental Law Rollbacks

Credit: Appalachian Voices

Jean Su, Center for Biological Diversity, (415) 770-3187,
Dr. Crystal Cavalier, 7 Directions of Service, (336) 530-0930,
Rev. Michael Malcom, People’s Justice Council, (678) 913-7477,

WASHINGTON — Environmental justice and environmental groups urged Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries and members of Congress today to vote on a clean debt ceiling bill without the poison pills that harm disadvantaged communities and the climate.

President Biden released details of the debt ceiling deal with House Republicans on Sunday. The bill expedites the climate-killing Mountain Valley Pipeline, dramatically rolls back the National Environmental Policy Act and freezes nondefense spending for agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency and Interior Department. The deal was made in exchange for a modest raise of the debt ceiling.

“It is a surrender by President Biden to Republican hostage-takers,” the letter from 175 groups said. “It is an injustice and moral failure to have to choose between defaulting on our national debt or bankrupting the health of people and the planet.”

“What is Biden doing? By fast tracking the Mountain Valley Pipeline in his debt ceiling proposal, he is sacrificing Indigenous and Appalachian communities like mine and fueling global climate catastrophe,” said Dr. Crystal Cavalier, co-founder of 7 Directions of Service. “Congress needs to reject this dirtier-than-ever deal, pass a clean debt ceiling bill and protect people, not a handful of corrupt fossil fuel profiteers.”

Read more at the Center for Biological Diversity

Help stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline & Dirty Debt Ceiling!

  1. Make a call to House members before Wednesday – MAY 31 – to tell them to reject the Dirty Debt Ceiling Deal – we need a clean debt ceiling bill!
  2. Support Senator Kaine’s amendment to remove the Mountain Valley Pipeline provision from the Fiscal Responsibility Act
  3. Send an email to your senators to ask them to demand a clean debt ceiling bill!
  4. Post on Social Media + Amplify Posts – hold elected officials accountable and spread awareness