Stop the Amazon Chainsaw Massacre Luis Morago –

Brazil‘s Congress has just passed a bill that gives loggers and farmers free rein to cut down huge swaths of the Amazon. Only President Dilma can veto it. Domestic pressure is mounting, but a massive global outcry will prove her international reputation is at stake. Let’s tip her over the edge to stop the Amazon chainsaw massacre — sign the urgent petition and tell everyone:

Sign the petition

The Brazilian Congress has just passed a catastrophic forestry bill that gives loggers and farmers free rein to cut down huge swaths of the Amazon.

Now only President Dilma can stop it.

Fortunately, the timing is on our side — in weeks Dilma will host the world’s biggest environmental summit and insiders say she cannot afford to open it as the leader who approved the destruction of the rainforest. She’s facing mounting domestic pressure, with 79% of Brazilians rejecting this new bill. Now, if we join them we can turn up the global heat and push her to axe the bill, not the rainforest.
Dilma could make her decision any day.

Let’s get her to veto the bill now. Click below to sign the urgent petition to stop the Amazon chainsaw massacre and if you have already signed — send this to everyone:
The Amazon is vital to life on earth — 20% of our oxygen comes from this magnificent rainforest, and it plays a key role in mitigating global climate change.  Over the last decade, Brazil has vastly reduced deforestation rates, achieving a 78% decline between 2004 and 2011. The reason? A world-acclaimed forestry law, strong enforcement and satellite monitoring.
But this dangerous new bill would open up an area the size of France and Britain combined to clear-cutting and gives loggers amnesty for all past deforestation crimes. This would not only spark total forest devastation in Brazil, it would also set a bad precedent for other countries. That’s why it’s so crucial that we all protect it.
Brazil is a rapidly developing country, battling to lift tens of millions out of poverty. Despite evidence that growth does not require deforestation, Dilma is under pressure from the powerful agriculture lobby that helped her get elected to cut down rainforest for profit. And it is an ugly battle — activists are being murdered, intimidated and silenced. But ex-Environmental Ministers and people across Brazil have sent a clear message to Dilma that they want to save the Amazon. Now, it’s up to all of us to stand with them and urge President Dilma to remain strong.

The fate of Brazil’s rainforests is dangling by a thread. But, with President Dilma so vulnerable to public pressure right now, we can bring the global force of people power to get a win for our planet! Sign the urgent petition below and tell everyone — the petition will be delivered by Brazil’s former Environment Ministers directly to Dilma:
In the last three years, we have won battle after battle against the odds. Now, let’s come together before it is too late to stop the destruction of the Amazon, protect our planet and herald Dilma as a true international environmental leader.
With hope and determination,
Luis, Pedro, Maria Paz, Alice, Ricken, Carol, Lisa, Rewan and the entire Avaaz team
Brazil’s Congress approves controversial forest law (BBC)
Brazil Forest Code Passes In Defeat For Dilma Rousseff (Huffington Post)
Revised Brazilian Forest Code good for environmental criminals, bad for forests (IB Times)
Amazon deforestation record low (BBC)
Brazilians reject axing of forest protections (WWF)

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Heartland billboard takeover

Did you hear about The Heartland Institute‘s outrageous billboard comparing people who believe in climate change to mass murderers and terrorists? It’s possible you missed it, since a firestorm of criticism compelled them to take down their ad in one day. Take a look:

Since the billboard is now empty, we are reminding Heartland who is really on the fringe here. Just for this week, as Heartland convenes its annual conference, we are putting up our own ad in its place and on eight other billboards nearby — so that Chicagoans and everyone at the conference will see our response. And we are sharing this ad far and wide.

The Heartland Institute has a history of spreading denial and doubt about everything from tobacco to climate change. Now, they are associating everyone who believes in climate science with the worst of the worst.

We can’t let them have the last word. Serious leaders in science, business, religion and government from around the world have long recognized the need to take action to address the growing climate crisis. Our billboard will reflect their voices in the days ahead. And we need your help.

Take a look at our ad and help support this project.

Climate change is real. But there are groups out there — like the Heartland Institute — with a vested interest in promoting dirty fossil fuels. Don’t let them. Donate to our campaign to stop the climate deniers and win the conversation:


Maggie L. Fox  President and CEO  The Climate Reality Project

CONGRESS: the Republican led House – the Senate considers S.3187,the FDA user fees

the Senate Convenes: 10:00amET May 22, 2012

  • Following the prayer and pledge, the Majority Leader will be recognized. It is his intention to resume consideration of the motion to proceed to Calendar #400, S.3187, the FDA user fees legislation.
  • Following the remarks of the Majority Leader and the Republican Leader, the first hour will be equally divided and controlled between the two sides with the Majority controlling the first half and the Republicans controlling the final half.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • At 2:15pm, the motion to proceed to S.3187 will be adopted, the Harkin-Enzi substitute amendment will be agreed to and considered original text for the purposes of further amendment. The Majority Leader will then be recognized. Senators will be notified when votes are scheduled.

12:15pm Senator Vitter asked unanimous consent that the Senate take up and pass S.577, a bill to eliminate the child tax credit for U.S. citizen children of immigrant parents. Senator Reid objected.

Below you will find the unofficial transcript of Senator Reid’s response to Senator Vitter

2:30pm The previous order to adopt the motion to proceed S.3187, the FDA bill, at 2:15pm has been delayed until 4pm, with all other provisions under the previous order remaining in effect at that time.

4:13pm By consent, Senator Reid has delayed the execution of the order to adopt the motion to proceed to S.3187, the FDA bill, until 11:00am tomorrow, Wednesday, May 23.

There will be no roll call votes during Tuesday’s session of the Senate.




Began the Rule 14 process of S.3220, the Paycheck Fairness Act. (Mikulski and others)

Began the Rule 14 process of S.3221, the Rewarding Achievement and Incentivizing Successful Employees Act. (Rubio and others)






CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGSLEGISLATIVE DAY OF MAY 22, 2012 112TH CONGRESS – SECOND SESSION en-usPursuant to Title 17 Section 105 of the United States Code, this file is not subject to copyright protection and is in the public domain.Tue, 22 May 2012 14:00:03 EDTYes10:05:38 A.M. -The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on May 25, 2012.10:05:36 A.M. -The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.10:05:11 A.M. -PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG – The Chair led the House in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.10:04:18 A.M. -Today’s prayer was offered by Monsignor Stephen Rossetti, Associate Professor, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.10:02:45 A.M. -The Speaker designated the Honorable Roscoe G. Bartlett to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.10:00:34 A.M. -The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

House Hearings

4:00 pm
Hearing: Purchasing Perspective: VA’s Prosthetics ParadoxCommittee on Veterans’ Affairs: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations 5/31
10:15 am
Hearing: Reviewing the Implementation of Major Provisions of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011Committee on Veterans’ Affairs: Full Committee 6/6
10:30 am
Hearing: Through the Looking Glass: Return to PPVCommittee on Veterans’ Affairs: 6/6
2:00 pm
Hearing: Pending LegislationCommittee on Veterans’ Affairs: Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs