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NRDC Action Fund’s Weekly News Summary

trump 2This is what the NRDC Action Fund has been reading this week:

Clean Power Plan opponents want Trump in office – The next president may decide the fate of the Clean Power Plan, and officials leading the charge against the emissions rule are rooting for Donald Trump. (U.S. News & World Report)

Now Trump’s energy advisor wants to undermine clean water – Trump’s energy adviser, Rep. Kevin Cramer, will be advising the presidential candidate to “tackle” the Clean Water Rule. (E&E Publishing)

Across the globe, air and water problems are worsening – According to the United Nations Environment Program, damage to Earth is happening more rapidly than previously understood. (Washington Post)

Trump admits climate change is real at his golf course – Donald Trump, an outspoken climate denier, wants to save his golf course in Ireland from rising sea levels caused by climate change. (Salon)

Al Gore is troubled by Trump’s climate position and thinks you should be too – According to former vice president Al Gore, if Donald Trump becomes president, he would try to roll back years of progress in the continued fight against climate change. (NBC New York)

Trump presidency = bad for the environment – Former Director of the Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy Carol Browner explains why Trump’s vow to renegotiate the Paris climate agreement is a bad deal. (U.S. News & World Report)

Climate change is more than political to Americans – Americans affected directly by climate change say it’s not just political, it’s personal. (E&E Publishing)

NRDC Action Fund Responds to Trump’s Energy Plans

trump 2NRDC Action Fund Executive Director Kevin Curtis issued the following statement in response to Donald Trump’s speech on energy and environmental issues in Bismarck, N.D., earlier today:

“Donald Trump today proposed disastrous policies that would ruin the environment. As president, he would put decades of environmental progress at risk and make it impossible to grow the clean energy economy we need to avoid the worst effects of global climate change.”

NRDC Action Fund’s Weekly News Summary

Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland. | Photo Source: Gage Skidmore

Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland. | Photo Source: Gage Skidmore

This is what the NRDC Action Fund has been reading this week:

Donald Trump would abandon Paris climate pact – Donald Trump said this week that as President he would “at minimum” renegotiate the Paris climate agreement, adding, “and I might do something else.” (Business Insider)

Trump and the Paris Climate Agreement – A senior State Department official says market forces pressuring the fossil fuel industry mean the U.S. will likely meet its Paris climate goals even if a President Donald Trump reneged on the deal, but international observers still fear a climate denier in the White House. (The Guardian)

Climate change presents a financial and human risk – The World Bank reports that by 2050 climate change would put 1.3 billion people and $158 trillion at risk without preventative action. (The Guardian)

Donald Trump taps climate denying energy adviser – Donald Trump has tapped U.S. Republican Congressman Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, a climate change skeptic, to help draft his energy policy. (Huffington Post)

Bill Nye on climate deniers – Popular scientist Bill Nye explains his efforts to challenge climate deniers. (Huffington Post)

Farewell to the American West – The Center for American Progress and Conservation Science Partners released an analysis to show that the American West is disappearing to development. (ThinkProgress)

En banc review for the Clean Power Plan – Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit announced it will hear en banc from the outset legal challenges to EPA regulations that cut greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants. The regulations are part of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, a key driver of the global climate agreement reached in Paris. (Washington Post)

NRDC Action Fund endorses Katie McGinty for Senate

McGintysmallThe NRDC Action Fund today announced it has endorsed Katie McGinty as the group works this year to build a pro-environment majority in the U.S. Senate. McGinty is running against incumbent Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA).

“Katie McGinty has been a champion for clean energy, environmental protection and fighting climate change during her entire impressive career,” said Kevin Curtis, executive director of the NRDC Action Fund. “She understands that Pennsylvania’s future depends on developing the clean energy economy. Sen. Toomey, on the other hand, has too often voted with big polluters and against the protections that keep our air and water clean.”

McGinty was the first woman to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality. She is also the former head of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection, which actively pursued renewable energy under her leadership, helping the state rank third nationwide in a 2009 Pew Charitable Trust survey of green jobs.

Her opponent, Sen. Toomey, has repeatedly voted to undermine bedrock environmental protections, including voting to repeal the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, to gut the Clean Water Rule and against clean energy tax credits.

“I’m honored to have the support of the NRDC Action Fund, a leading organization working to elect candidates who will stand up for the environment,” McGinty said. “Throughout my career, I have worked to prove that a clean environment and a strong economy go hand-in-hand. In fact, you can’t grow an economy without clean air, land, and soil. We can–and as Senator I will–put people to work on sustainable infrastructure and clean energy projects, sustainable agriculture and open space preservation. I will work to bridge partisan divides, enact common sense environmental protections, and invest in a clean energy economy that meets the needs of the 21st century.”

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