Proposed bills in Congress would gut protections on 1 million acres of public lands around the Grand Canyon and halt a much-needed 20-year ban on new uranium mining. We’re not getting a break in our fight to stand up for wildlife, clean water, clean air and wildlands — a vote on the Grand Canyon rider, and other anti-environment riders, could come as early as midday tomorrow.
House Republicans, led by Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., have introduced a radical, industry-driven legislative rider that, if passed, would block the Obama administration from imposing a long-term ban on new uranium mining across 1 million acres of public land surrounding Grand Canyon National Park. We need to do everything we can to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Soon, a bi-partisan group of congresspersons is expected to introduce an amendment to kill the uranium rider. Grand Canyon’s future hangs in the balance.
We need your help: I’m asking you to consider an emergency gift to the Center for Biological Diversity’s Grand Canyon Defense Fund and to then call and email your congressperson and say NO to any proposal that risks Grand Canyon to destructive, poisonous new uranium development.
Without new protections — which the Obama administration is working to enact — new uranium mines will ruin iconic wildlands, put endangered species like the California condor and humpback chub in danger and risk irreversible contamination of aquifers feeding Grand Canyon’s biologically-rich springs and creeks.
For several years the Center has campaigned tirelessly to stop uranium mining near this national park. Now, Rep. Flake’s rider could destroy the progress the nation’s made to protect this incredible, biologically rich and diverse area.
This fight is so critical that a Center donor has pledged to match every dollar donated to this campaign 1-to-1 to double your gift and double your impact. Please give generously to the Grand Canyon Defense Fund today. Our staff will put it right to work.
We can win this fight, but we can’t do it without your financial support and your action to contact Congress and tell them to vote NO on any proposal that puts this national park in danger. Please, forward this email to your friends and social networks to help create a groundswell of support in this critical moment.
Thank you for standing up for the Grand Canyon and all its species,