Category Archives: Federal Regulation (U.S.)

Indivisible Guide, Version 2.0 – We can go on offense now!

By Roger Straw, November 14, 2018

Indivisible on Offense: A Practical Guide to the New, Democratic House

Rachel Maddow hosted an important interview last night with Ezra Levin, co-author of the Indivisible Guide.  The 5-minute interview (below), and the new Indivisible on Offense: A Practical Guide are exciting introductions to the work ahead in these next two years.

Main premise: Now that Democrats have taken control of the House, we are no longer ONLY playing on defense; we can now set agendas, advocate for new legislation and powerful oversight moves.  The guide is a powerful tool for everyday folks like you and me.

Download the Indivisible Guide 2.0, formatted in PDF or Word.

Here’s Rachel’s equally interesting INTRODUCTION to the above interview, in which she describes the original 2016 Indivisible Guide:

P.S. – If you’re curious, here’s the original Indivisible: A Practical Guide For Resisting the Trump Agenda last updated in December, 2016.  This guide was developed with the understanding that progressives had NO pull in the House, Senate or executive branch of government.  Remember: it’s a whole new ball game now – see above!

    Trump Trashes Oil Train Rules – Safety rolls on archaic rail brakes

    From a recent Google Alert

    Trump Trashes Oil Train Safety Rules

    The Independent | SUindependent.com
    Trump Trashes Oil Train Safety Rules, Wolverton, Petroleum, Oil, Obama, Safety Rules, Railroads, Trains, Braking, Tank Cars, Derailment, Spills, Department of Transportation
    Trump Trashes Oil Train Safety Rules, Wolverton, Battle Ground, WA

    CARTOON: Trump Trashes Oil Train Safety Rules. Posted by a guest contributor … (link)

    Safety rolls on archaic rail brakes

    Port Huron Times Herald

    If you live … you probably do not want to look at the map the environmental organization Stand.earth keeps on its website.

    …Last week, while everyone was watching the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Trump administration reversed another Obama-era regulation intended to protect the people who live along the nation’s rail corridors and the environment….  (continued)

      Washington Gov. Inslee on Trump admin roll back of oil train safety rule

      Repost of press release by Washington Governor Jay Inslee

      Inslee statement on Trump administration’s decision to roll back crucial oil train safety regulation

      September 25, 2018

      “Today, the Trump administration repealed a crucial oil train safety regulation which will increase the risk posed by oil train derailments. We know all too well the horrific damage and potential loss of life that could result from the greater numbers of trains carrying crude oil through Washington and along the Columbia River. Today’s news signifies a reckless disregard for the life and property of all who live or work along the rail tracks that transport volatile Bakken crude oil.
      “The Obama administration proposed thoughtful electronic braking system requirements that would help keep trains from speeding off the tracks. It is incomprehensible why this administration would pursue a biased cost-benefit analysis to make a case that this safety measure is too expensive and then dismiss such a common sense measure from further consideration. I fear the day we witness a destructive or deadly derailment that could have been prevented with readily available technology.
      “This is yet one more example where this administration has abandoned its responsibility to protect our communities and left it to states to handle. We will continue to do all we can to ensure our communities are prepared and ready to respond, if necessary, and I will continue to lean on our federal partners to do the right thing and put the safety of our communities over the profits of the oil industry.”
      Background
      Inslee has been advocating for stronger oil train safety measures for years. He issued a directive in 2014 directing various state agencies to conduct risk analyses and develop response plans in coordination with state and provincial partners, and has worked with legislators to implement additional inspection, safety and notification requirements. Inslee met with federal officials in June 2014 following a derailment in Mosier, Oregon, and sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation and wrote an op-ed in 2016 pleading with federal officials to pursue numerous actions, including phasing out outdated tank cars, requiring lower speeds in populated areas and implementing electronic braking requirements.
      The Trump administration late last year dealt another blow to efforts to improve oil train safety when it issued a decision to withdraw sleep/fatigue rules for railroad employees.
      Media Contact

      Jaime Smith
      Governor Inslee’s Communications Office
      360.902.4136