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NRDC Action Fund, EDF Action Launch Major Ad Drive Urging Senator Toomey to Stop Voting Against Public Health and Climate Protections

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Contact: Jake Thompson, 202-289-2387, jthompson@nrdc.org | Contact: Keith Gaby, 202-572-3336, kgaby@edfaction.org

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EDF Action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6jrWp97bs0&feature=youtu.be

NRDC Action Fund: http://youtu.be/113W5CacMLg

PHILADELPHIA, PA (September 1, 2015) – The NRDC Action Fund and EDF Action today launched a seven-figure TV and digital ad campaign urging Senator Pat Toomey to stop voting against the federal Clean Power Plan, which cuts dangerous carbon pollution from power plants, and against vital public health and climate protections for Pennsylvanians.

Sen. Toomey, who has taken $1,163,431 in campaign contributions from polluters, has repeatedly voted to undermine environmental protections, including the Clean Power Plan, putting the health and safety of Pennsylvania families in jeopardy. The groups are launching the lobbying ads to highlight his votes and urge the senator to vote for public health and climate action if additional measures to dismantle them are considered, as expected, this fall in the U.S. Senate.

“Carbon pollution, the key driver of climate change, harms public health and causes more asthma attacks in children,” said Elizabeth Thompson, president of EDF Action. “No one wants to breathe dirty air, especially the most vulnerable among us. Senator Toomey ought to support the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and its safeguards that protect Pennsylvanians’ health.”

“Climate change is a clear and present danger to the health of Pennsylvanians, and one that Senator Toomey has ignored for too long,” said David Goldston, director of government affairs, NRDC Action Fund. “Senator Toomey should stop siding with polluters and start protecting Pennsylvanians from dirty air that worsens asthma attacks, and the best way is to strongly support the Clean Power Plan. It will curb the dangerous carbon pollution fueling climate change and help Pennsylvanians breathe easier.”

The television and digital ads begin September 8th on Pennsylvania broadcast and online news outlets in the greater Philadelphia and Pittsburgh metropolitan areas, and will continue for several weeks.

The Environmental Protection Agency finalized the Clean Power Plan on August 3rd. It places the first-ever federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants, the pollution that fuels climate change. Those limits will also cut pollution that leads to increased asthma attacks for Pennsylvanians and other Americans.

The Clean Power Plan will cut carbon pollution from power plants 32 percent by 2030. As a result of the new standards, Americans will experience health benefits worth an estimated $14 billion-$34 billion in 2030, including avoiding 3,600 premature deaths and 90,000 asthma attacks in children. In addition, average electricity bills for consumers are projected to decline by more than $80 per year when the Clean Power Plan is fully implemented.

The ad campaign in Pennsylvania is part of a larger effort by four leading environmental and conservation groups to highlight key senators’ votes against carbon pollution protections that protect families and communities and urge the senators to vote for public health and climate action. Similar ad campaigns will run in North Carolina, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

EDF Action is sponsoring an ad titled “Facts” that will begin airing September 8. The ad’s audio text is:

“Let’s clear the air. There are no limits on the amount of carbon pollution power plants can release. And our Senator, Pat Toomey, led the fight to keep it that way.

“Carbon pollution, a major cause of climate change, leads to more asthma attacks in children. Over a million Pennsylvanians now suffer from asthma. And Senator Toomey took over a million dollars from polluters.

“Tell Senator Toomey: it’s time to clear the air. Vote for the Clean Power Plan.”

NRDC Action Fund is sponsoring an ad titled “Outside” that will begin airing September 18. The ad’s audio text is:

“More kids are suffering from asthma. And we still have no limits on carbon pollution, which can lead to more asthma attacks in children.

“But Senator Toomey has voted repeatedly to let polluters keep releasing unlimited carbon pollution into the air. And took more than one million dollars from the polluters.

“Tell Senator Toomey to vote for the Clean Power Plan. Because unlimited pollution shouldn’t be a right. But playing outside… should be.”

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EDFAction (www.edfaction.org), a 501(c)(4) organization, is at the forefront of educating legislators about developing new solutions that protect the natural world while growing the economy. Through grassroots and direct lobbying, EDFAction amplifies Environmental Defense Fund’s ability to champion laws that are based on science, economic incentives, and, above all, the protection of our environment

The NRDC Action Fund’s mission is to build political support in the United States for protecting the planet and its people.  We mobilize influential constituencies, experts, community leaders and others to directly advocate for clean air and water, public health, biodiversity, and a stable climate. We support candidates who stand up for environmental protection, and we expose those who side with polluters rather than the public good.

Please note: the NRDC Action Fund is an affiliated but separate organization from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). As a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, the NRDC Action Fund engages in various advocacy and political activities for which the Natural Resources Defense Council, a 501(c)(3) organization, faces certain legal limitations or restrictions. News and information released by the NRDC Action Fund therefore needs to be identified as from the NRDC Action Fund.

 

NRDC Action Fund Endorses Sen. Michael Bennet

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 “Addressing climate change, protecting our environment and investing more in renewable energy are important priorities that reflect Colorado values, and I’m committed to making progress in these areas as Colorado’s senator.Sen. Michael Bennet

NRDC Action Fund is pleased to announce that we’ve endorsed Colorado Senator Michael Bennet for re-election in 2016.

Senator Bennet is a clean air hero who has fought against efforts to gut the Clean Air Act, and he led an effort to make the fight against global climate a national security priority. He has also led bipartisan efforts to protect the Hermosa Creek Watershed, Chimney Rock, and Browns Canyon. His re-election would be a boon for Coloradans and is essential for securing a pro-environment majority in the next Congress.

Bennet’s Record

While we haven’t agreed with Bennet on every issue, he has a very strong climate and energy record (which we touted back in 2010, too). In fact, we’re so confident in Senator Bennet’s demonstrated commitment to a clean energy future that we are making this endorsement without knowing who his opponent will be. There are few people who can beat a record like Senator Bennet’s and his growing seniority puts him in a position to truly make a difference on the issue right now.

How good is Senator Bennet? According to the WhoVotesDirty.com database, he has a 100 percent record of voting in favor of clean air, making him a Clean Air Hero. Since WhoVotesDirty.com started tracking clean air votes in 2011 the Senator has taken the right position every time on climate change, clean energy, upholding the Clean Air Act, and reducing pollution.

Bennet clean air hero

Senator Bennet doesn’t just vote right. He’s an outspoken champion on the need to act on climate change. In April, he offered an important amendment linking “national security, economic growth, and public health by addressing human-induced climate change through increased use of clean energy, energy efficiency, and reductions in carbon pollution.” Even in a Senate led by Dirty Denier Mitch McConnell, this common-sense amendment was adopted 53 to 47.

Senator Bennet has also been a leader in protecting sensitive public lands for future generations. He led the effort to permanently protect the 100,000-acre Hermosa Creek watershed in Southeastern Colorado. The bill to protect Hermosa Creek was signed into law in 2014 after years of bipartisan work with fellow lawmakers and local stakeholders. Bennet also worked to protect Chimney Rock, which President Obama designated as a National Monument.

Colorado Voters Want Climate Action, Clean Energy

Senator Bennet’s clean energy bona fides should serve him well in the campaign ahead because Colorado voters support climate action and clean energy. A recent poll by Public Policy Polling found that a majority (57 percent) of Colorado voters consider climate change a “serious problem” and support President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. Similarly, a July poll by Quinnipiac University found Colorado voters agreeing with Pope Francis’s call for climate action by a two to one margin. Earlier this year, a separate poll, conducted by Hart Research Associates, found majority support in Colorado for increased clean energy, energy efficiency and EPA climate action. President Obama’s former campaign manager has credited Obama’s focus on wind energy with helping him win the state in 2012.

Colorado is a battleground state and is home to a growing and prominent clean energy economy. Senator Bennet’s re-election would help Coloradans while sending a signal to the rest of the country that our future will be based on clean energy. Michael Bennet will be an important voice for that future – during the remainder of this Senatorial term, during his campaign, and we believe, in the next Congress.

Clinton’s Candidacy Ensures a Robust Debate On Combating Climate Change

Contact: Elizabeth Heyd, 202-725-0648 (cell), eheyd@nrdc.org

WASHINGTON – Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced her candidacy for president of the United States on Sunday.

Rhea Suh, president of the NRDC Action Fund, made the following statement:

“Hillary Clinton’s candidacy ensures that America will have a robust debate about how we must respond to the central environmental threat of our time–climate change. We look forward to hearing–and evaluating–every candidate’s plan to address the issue.”

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The goal of the NRDC Action Fund is to grow the environmental majority across America. The Action Fund is growing power in the places that always matter around the country, so that together we can protect public health and the environment. www.nrdcactionfund.org

Note to reporters/editors: The NRDC Action Fund is an affiliated but separate organization from the Natural Resources Defense Council. As a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, the NRDC Action Fund engages in various advocacy and political activities for which the Natural Resources Defense Council, a 501(c)(3) organization, faces certain legal limitations or restrictions. News and information released by the NRDC Action Fund needs to be identified as from the “NRDC Action Fund.” The “Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund” is incorrect. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the NRDC Action Fund cannot be used interchangeably.  Also please note that the word “National” does not appear in Natural Resources Defense Council.

 

Oops: Rick Perry Forgets to Eliminate DOE

“Oops.” That’s how Rick Perry concluded his cringe-inducing remarks about eliminating three government agencies at last night’s GOP presidential debate in Michigan. The problem? Well, first, there’s the embarrassing fact that he could only remember two of the three departments (Commerce and Education) he wanted to abolish.

What’s gotten less attention is the fact that Perry eventually did remember that he also wants to eliminate the Department of Energy. I guess it is easy to forget your policy positions when they are nothing more than talking points fed to you by the polluters bankrolling your campaign. It’s much harder to forget carefully considered, common-sense solutions like those being implemented at DOE.

Certainly, DOE is not a perfect agency, but it is home to important programs that support energy efficiency and promote new clean energy technologies. Eliminating DOE would slow progress of renewable energy technologies like wind, solar and geothermal, on fuel-efficient vehicles, and on energy-saving appliances and buildings. Of course, that’s exactly the goal of Governor Perry and his Big Oil supporters who want to keep us dependent on the fuels of the past.

Perry’s biggest mistake? Thinking that the American people would be fooled by his dirty message. Oops.