TCV is a coalition of state conservation groups and individuals dedicated to raising voter awareness, advocating stronger laws and holding our elected leaders accountable for safeguarding the environment of Tennessee.
Now is the time to reach out to your legislators and introduce yourself. Let them know why you care about the environment and share specific examples from your community.
Developing good relationships with decision-makers, contacting them in appropriate and timely fashion, and holding them accountable for how they vote are keys to moving forward. Our advocacy efforts are essential to guarantee that legislators are well-informed on the importance and value of safeguarding our clean air, clean water, and open spaces. The more they hear from representatives of TCV, our member groups, and especially from citizens and voters like you, the more we can successfully support clean water, clean air and our wild and scenic areas!
Here are three things you can do today to help us meet this challenge:
· Commit to asking at least 3 people to join our TCV Legislative Email Updates list at www.tnconservationvoters.org. When we are well-organized and informed on conservation issues, our message and impact on legislation is more successful.
· Send a polite and professional email to your legislators today and when they arrive back in session on January 8, 2019 letting them know you care about the environment. No matter how good or how bad your legislators’ past votes have been on our issues, they need to know that their constituents care.
· Continue working and planning together to make sure we stand unified in the face of unprecedented threats to our environment.read more
Unfortunately, Coal Primacy is inching closer and closer to becoming the law of the land. It passed the House Finance Committee after a contentious hearing in which the effects of the bill and our reasoning were misrepresented. The full House is scheduled to vote on this legislation Monday, 4/9 at 5PM! It has already passed the Senate, so the only hurdle left would be the Governor's signature. Primacy is scarily close to becoming the law of the land.
There is an opportunity here. Since this bill is going to be voted on by everyone in the House, every representative is in play. Please take a second to tell your representative to vote no on HB571!read more
Take action today to help keep the permitting of coal in federal hands - where it belongs! The House Finance Committee is poised to vote on House Bill 571 tomorrow! The Senate version of this bill has already passed, so if we can't slow this down tomorrow, it may be impossible to stop!read more
The Senate Finance Committee will be taking up the amended Senate Bill 686 on Tuesday, the 27th which seeks to force the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to create a brand new bureaucracy to regulate the coal mining industry - despite the fact that the federal government is already overseeing it!read more
Bill filing deadline is February 1st, but as we gather information and read the bills that are already filed, we are starting to get an idea for what we will face this year. This week, we want to highlight two areas that we think will see some movement before the end of the session, Procedural Bills and Open Government.read more
TCV strongly advocates for better energy policies for Tennessee. Check out this opportunity to support the broad environmental community and science-based policies!read more
ICYMI: Open government is a cornerstone of environmental advocacy and public health. This is very troubling.
"TDEC's withholding of information which has, for years, been open to the public comes at the same time that companies in Tennessee have filed notice they plan to import up to 10,000 metric tons - or more than 22 million pounds - of low-level nuclear waste from Canada for processing."read more
Trump nominated Bill Wehrum to be the top enforcer of our nation’s premier clean air law. Just one problem: He’s sued the EPA 31 times to weaken environmental and public health protections under the Clean Air Act. And that’s just the beginning. We deserve a true advocate to protect our communities.
Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/358701-week-ahead-controversial-epa-air-nominee-to-get-senate-voteread more