Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act

At last week’s general meeting, Mono350’s Janet Carle gave us a bit of information on H.R. 763. The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act has been introduced into the US House of Representatives with bipartisan sponsorship. I’m sharing the below message from Don Condon, president of the Eastern Sierra Electric Vehicle Association and a member of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

“There has been a lot of press lately about the New Green Deal. Just to be clear, it is only a resolution and a statement about how we should address climate change and wage inequity. In concept it is great, but is unlikely to ever become legislation. Its main value is to rally progressives for a noble cause. With great attention being paid to a problem which most voters agree needs to be addressed an actual bill was introduced in the House last month. The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (H.R. 763) is bipartisan and has supporters on both sides of the aisle. This bill has a number of features which recommend it. For one, it can gain support from both Democrats and Republicans because it is revenue neutral. The bill will provide dividends to those who will be the most impacted and will aggressively reduce our carbon emissions. We now know we only have 12 years to really get to work on this problem. Given the fires, hurricanes, droughts, and other events we read about and experience now, we can no longer say, “I am not a scientist” or proclaim that this is not human-caused.  We all now know the facts.  Here is a link to the bill’s site
I encourage everyone to call their members of Congress and ask them to sponsor or support this bill.  Also consider joining the Citizens Climate Lobby, whose efforts have largely made this bill possible. Fee and Dividend is the most effective way to reduce our emissions and is supported by a majority of economists.
Please take a moment to act and call or write your Congressional representative. The time to act is now.”

Safer Sunscreens and More

The snowiest February in history is coming to a close, so it may seem an odd time to talk about sunscreen, but in the sunny Eastern Sierra we don’t wait for summer to slather it on! It turns out that the ingredients in the sunscreen products many of us are using on a daily basis pose risks for us and other creatures. Fortunately, there are organizations like the Environmental Working Group to help us make decisions that are healthy for both us and the environment. “EWG’s 2018 Guide to Sunscreens” is just one of many consumer guides you can peruse and download at their website.

Toilet paper is in the news this week, too! Go to the Natural Resources Defense Council’s blog post of February 20 to read about “The Issue with Tissue.” I was shocked to learn that much of the pulp for our toilet paper comes from centuries-old trees in the boreal forests of Canada. You can read the blog post, but it pays to scroll down a bit and click on the link to the actual report, which has a much more detailed scorecard of the available brands (it’s on page six of the PDF). For instance, in an abbreviated report card I saw online, Trader Joe’s gets an “A” grade, but it turns out that’s only for the basic TJ TP. Their “super soft” TP gets a barely-passing “D.” As a bonus, the original report has report cards for facial tissue and paper towels as well.

Low-Income gear library in Pauahuunadü (Owens Valley) and local bolt removal project

Jolie Varela and other members of the community are working to remove climbing bolts from the local Piaute monument Winnedumah in recognition of its cultural significance. The process is underway, but in need of support. Please give your assistance in the protection of this sacred place by sending letters expressing support to the address below. or to IWH  527 N.  Third St.  Unit B, Bishop CA 93514

Also, check out the awesome work being done to support outdoor activities for all; bellow is a message from Jolie and the Indigenous Woman’s Hike about the wonderful gear library they are sponsoring here in Bishop.

“We are currently in the process of creating an outdoor gear library to provide equipment and education to all low-income families and individuals throughout Payahuunadü. We will also provide access to organizations traveling to Payahuunadü to recreate on our homelands. We are currently raising funds primarily through donations from our supporters. Please consider contributing to help us fulfill our vision to make outdoor recreation accessible to all!”

Please help them by donating funds or gear to the same address as above, any questions can also be sent to Jolie at the aforementioned email address.

Woman’s March

We have had people asking lately about a 2019 Women’s March. The short answer is that Bishop won’t have a Women’s March this year. The last two marches were not INYO350 events. They were planned by a number of people—a few of us just happened to be among that group. When it came time to plan the 2019 march, there just didn’t seem to be the same interest, and the ball never got rolling. While Bishop won’t have a march this year, Women’s Marches are happening in Reno, LA and San Francisco, among other locations. We encourage folks to car pool to one of those and then bring back the sights and sounds and inspiration they find there to the Eastern Sierra! We are sorry if the absence of a Women’s March in Bishop is a disappointment. We at INYO350 are always looking for actions that will have a positive impact on our community, and the more folks we have participate in prioritizing and planning those actions, the easier that process is. With that in mind, we are planning a meeting that will be a bit more of a brainstorming session than most of our general meetings, one where we can all talk about what we would like to work on in the new year. We’re still working on the exact date and location, but we hope to finalize that soon, and we hope to see many of you there.

Get Involved – Let Your Voice Be Heard – Help Get Out the Vote

INYO350 is proud to endorse the following candidates:
These three individuals have been actively involved with INYO350 since its inception two years ago helping to promote the causes of environmental protection and social and economic justice here in the Owens Valley and beyond.

Bishop City Council candidates:
-Stephen Muchovej (
-Karen Schwartz (

Please contact everyone you know in the Bishop City Limits and encourage them to vote for Stephen and Karen.

Bishop Unified School District Governing Board
Virginia Figueroa (

Talk to all the voters that you know in the school district (which includes Round Valley and Paradise) and encourage them to vote for Virginia

NO, we do not have a Congressional candidate that we are willing to endorse or work for, but there are other opportunities to help out, get involved, and try to influence a positive outcome as we move into the final stretch before the mid-term election on November 6.
Let’s make these last three weeks count! Let’s build that blue wave! – Our actions do make a difference!

1) Vote Forward – Write letters or postcards to Democrats in key swing districts– you choose the districts from list supplied. There are 4 districts in California.
2) Blue Wave Brigade – Nevada Democrats – Weekends of Action, Text and Phone Banking Key Senate race where Democrat Jacky Rosen is running neck and neck with Trump cronie Dean Heller. Text and phone bank from home.

3) Flip the 14 in California – Calls, Postcards in English and Spanish – they pick the Districts that havethe best chance of being flipped and assign us the names. For texting and phone banking; for postcarding
Postcard Party Open House Oct. 23, 1-7, 1763 Zuni Circle, 760-920-2892 for info. Bring postcards and postcard stamps if you can.

4) The Last Weekend – A massive effort coordinated by Swing Left in collaboration with a dozen other organizations for the final push before election day.

September 15: Great Sierra River Cleanup

River cleanup


The Great Sierra River Cleanup is a statewide, volunteer event that  focuses on removing trash and restoring the health of our Sierra Nevada waterways, the source of drinking water for more than 60% of Californians. Join us on Saturday, September 15 to help our side of the Sierra do its part. We will meet at 8:30 AM, and the cleanup ends at noon. Pre-registration is required. Please email Ryan Delaney at Eastern Sierra Land Trust or call (760) 873-4554.

As always in the Eastern Sierra, bring a hat, sunscreen and water, and wear sturdy footwear. Pastries and drinks provided.