The government shutdown, which began on Oct. 1, is already wreaking havoc on our economy and halting essential activities of the federal government: More than 800,000 federal employees are furloughed, government services have slowed to a stop, and our cherished public lands are closed to the public.
But even though the public is barred from entering public lands, big business continues as usual. We can't hike, camp or enjoy our nation's public parks and monuments. But grazing, mining, logging, and oil and gas extraction continue without disruption -- even though the shutdown has sent everyone able to enforce regulations designed to protect our lands and wildlife home without pay.
Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) is calling on Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to get their priorities straight. He's asking for a halt to mining, drilling and other dirty energy extraction activities on federally protected lands while visitors are locked out and employees are home without pay.
Please take action now and join Rep. Grijalva to close public lands to fossil fuel companies as long as the government shutdown lasts.
October 8, 2013 Action Alert ID# 119
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