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Tell your Senator to reject the nomination of Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General

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President-elect Donald Trump’s first cabinet appointment, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) for U.S. Attorney General, is a foundational member of Mr. Trump’s cadre of climate change deniers, civil rights opponents and antagonists of immigrants and the LGBTQ community.

Sessions has a dismal record on the environment and has shown hostility toward civil rights and voting rights. It is untenable that he could be trusted to serve as the chief law enforcement officer for the nation’s bedrock civil rights and environmental laws.

But Sessions must be approved by a majority vote of the Senate. This is our chance to prevent him from stepping into this role. Tell your senator to reject Mr. Trump’s nomination and demand an attorney general who will protect the right of all Americans to environmental and civil rights protections!

Sessions’ reprehensible civil rights record and extreme views on climate and the environment include:

  • Opposing nearly every piece of global warming and environmental legislation since 1997
  • Supporting a resolution to roll back protections from toxic mercury—protections the Environmental Protection Agency estimates prevent 11,000 deaths a year
  • Defunding renewable and solar energy development while renewing oil and gas exploration subsidies
  • Calling the Voting Rights Act “a piece of intrusive legislation” and prosecuting three civil rights workers in a baseless and malicious attempt to suppress the black vote
  • Defending the idea of banning Muslims from entering the United States
  • Supporting the construction of a 2,000-mile border fence or wall along the U.S. border with Mexico
  • Opposing same-sex marriage

As an organization that fights in court for the right of all to clean air, clean water and healthy communities, Earthjustice opposes the appointment of someone who has shown such disregard for these fundamental protections.

To protect our environment, we must ensure that people feel safe in speaking out in its defense. A strong commitment to human rights is a core principle in the protection of our planet.

We can’t afford to be silent now. Stand in solidarity with national and global movements for civil rights and social justice. Tell your senator that Sessions’ opposition to these fundamental values makes him an unacceptable nomination for U.S. Attorney General.

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Reject the nomination of Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General

Dear Senator,

The U.S. Attorney General is sworn to enforce and uphold the laws of our nation--not just laws that protect our right to a healthy environment, but all laws that uphold our fundamental civil rights.

Senator Sessions is an untenable choice for attorney general.

His record on civil rights is reprehensible, especially on matters of racial justice and marriage equality. Former colleagues of Sessions gave sworn testimony that he referred to civil rights groups such as the NAACP as "un-American."

In regards to the environment, he is on the record as a climate change skeptic and, given his stance on civil rights, it is clear that he is no champion for environmental justice.

His extreme view on climate is matched by a hostile congressional record toward our bedrock environmental protections. He has opposed nearly every piece of climate change and environmental legislation since taking office in 1997.

We must defend our bedrock environmental protections for clean air, clean water and healthy communities. I strongly oppose the appointment of someone who has shown a complete disregard for these protections. And I am severely troubled by the prospect of Senator Sessions being put in charge of upholding our nation's laws when his comments indicate that he believes the laws protect some groups and not others.

I strongly believe that the Senate should reject the nomination of Jeff Sessions for attorney general and demand a nominee who will defend civil rights and environmental protections for all Americans.

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