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Montana ads hit Trump on national parks funding

WASHINGTON (December 6, 2017) – Television ads sponsored by the NRDC Action Fund began airing across Montana today encouraging Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) to oppose deep cuts to federal funding for Montana priorities such as national parks.

The Trump administration, including Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke, has proposed slashing funding for the National Park Service while also considering raising park entry fees, a move that could limit access for Montana families and damage the state’s outdoor economy.

“National parks like Glacier and Yellowstone are vital to our way of life, our communities, and Montana businesses,” said Matt Skoglund, Senior Advisor to the NRDC Action Fund based in Bozeman. “Senator Tester has stood strong against President Trump’s reckless disregard for America’s public lands and our environment. We hope Montanans will tell the senator how important it is to them and their families that he keep fighting for our priceless national parks as well as the enforcement of the clean air and clean water laws we rely on.”

Funding of the federal government is set to expire on December 8 and decisions about funding priorities are likely to be made before the end of the year.

View the ad here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pmOCV2-I1Q

Tell Congress: Stop the Arctic Giveaway

Republican leaders in Congress are trying to open our pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to catastrophic oil drilling — the worst threat to the Arctic Refuge in decades. They’re using a huge tax cut bill to allow drilling on the refuge’s coastal plain. Billionaires and wealthy corporations get a massive tax cut windfall, and the rest of us pay for it by selling off our pristine public lands to oil companies?

It’s time to stand up and tell Congress to stop this travesty. That’s why the NRDC Action Fund is launching new TV and digital ads to amplify the voices of Americans who want our wild lands to stay wild.

Oil drilling is destructive and dirty; it has no place on public lands specifically designated as a refuge for threatened wildlife such as polar bears.

Call your congressional representatives now and tell them to vote against tax cuts for billionaires and wealthy corporations that the rest of us have to pay for. Tell them to stop reckless oil drilling in one of America’s most beautiful and pristine places.

Watch our ad here.

Voters Rewrite 2018 Political Playbook

This year’s decisive election results remind us that voters, not pundits or political operatives, will decide what we can accomplish in America. Voters yesterday proved we are paying attention, we are outraged and we will put a stop to the Trump administration’s attacks on our health and environment.

The Trump administration was counting on our complacency. The professional political class expected it. But voters in Virginia, New Jersey and elsewhere have them all rewriting their playbooks today.

We’ll get tired of resisting, they must think. Cynical corporate polluters assume Americans won’t notice when the president nominates a coal lobbyist to help run the EPA. They’re betting parents won’t figure out the Trump administration is trying to weaken common-sense safeguards that keep our children’s air and water safe. We’re just too busy to keep up with Big Oil’s takeover of our government, and if we start to catch on the president can always distract us with outrageous tweets, right?

Wrong.

The government isn’t Donald Trump’s, it’s ours. We’ll decide when it stops reflecting our values, and then we’ll change it.

Kevin S. Curtis is executive director of the NRDC Action Fund.

Virginia’s Golden Opportunity to Lead

Virginia’s Rappahannock River at sunrise.

On Tuesday, Virginians have an opportunity to reject the Trump administration’s reckless and destructive environmental agenda. Showing up to vote has rarely, if ever, been more important.

Reversing the damage caused by the Trump administration’s unraveling of common-sense health and environmental safeguards won’t be easy, but doing so is urgent and essential to protecting Americans’ quality of life.

Since January, President Trump and his congressional allies have declared war on our health and environment. Trump has abandoned the Paris Climate Agreement, rescinded the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, ditched fuel efficiency upgrades in cars and trucks, allowed more toxic chemicals in our food, water and consumer products, and moved to expose our most treasured publicly owned lands to exploitation by dirty energy corporations.

For Virginians, this could mean more air and water pollution. More bad air quality days. More childhood asthma attacks. More risk for coastal communities. And fewer opportunities to lead the country into the clean energy economy of the 21st century.

But here’s the good news for Virginians: their leaders have a plan. Thanks to Governor Terry McAuliffe’s (D) actions to defy President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, Virginia could become a major player in the fight against carbon pollution and climate change.

And with that investment comes economic opportunity for Virginia, unlocking the potential for growth that clean energy brings. Solar energy jobs in Virginia grew 65% last year, and that growth will only continue now that Virginia has a forward-thinking plan to limit carbon pollution from power plants.

Virginia voters have the chance to build on this new progress and choose a governor who will reject President Trump’s agenda and prioritize their health, safety and future—Democrat Ralph Northam. The alternative, Republican Ed Gillespie, casts doubt on the causes of climate change and supports Trump’s plan to weaken environmental enforcement, all to benefit polluting corporations’ bottom lines at the expense of our kids’ health.

Virginia voters should seize this golden opportunity to lead the nation to a safer and more prosperous future.

Kevin S. Curtis is the executive director of the NRDC Action Fund.

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