NRDC Action Fund Ad Blasts Senators Yudichak and Blake for Stalling Pennsylvania’s Clean Power Plan


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***Listen to the ad below***

HARRISBURG (April 29, 2016) – The NRDC Action Fund today is launching a five-figure radio ad criticizing Pennsylvania lawmakers John Yudichak and John Blake for voting to delay Governor Tom Wolf’s work on a state Clean Power Plan, which aims to clean up the air and boost clean energy jobs.

“Don’t they get that clean energy would be good for our economy and create lots of new jobs?” one narrator says in the radio ad. Another narrator responds, “Yeah, and what about improving our health… reducing pollution will make the air cleaner… and help thousands of kids in the state who suffer from asthma.”

The 60-second radio ad will run from April 29 to May 8 in the Scranton and Wilkes Barre markets. It calls on Yudichak and Blake, key state senators who represent the 14th and 22nd districts in those areas, to stop putting polluters ahead of Pennsylvania children.

“It’s disappointing that senators Yudichak and Blake are turning their back on Governor Wolf’s plans to reduce harmful carbon pollution and accelerate the transition to clean energy,” said Mark Szybist of the NRDC Action Fund and a native of Williamsport, PA. “Senators Yudichak and Blake should support, not try to sidetrack, the governor’s vital work—backed by 82 percent of Pennsylvanians—to develop a state Clean Power Plan that best suits our communities and economy. And they can do so by opposing SB 1195 now before the full Senate.”

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized the Clean Power Plan, which sets the first-ever limits on power plant carbon pollution, a key driver of climate change. Under the plan, states can create their own customized plans to meet those limits, or EPA may impose a standard, potentially less flexible, federal plan upon them.

On April 12, the state Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee approved SB 1195, with Yudichak and Blake voting in favor. It could come up for a full Senate vote soon.

SB 1195 amends a 2014 state law that already gives the General Assembly at least 100 days to review—and comment on –a state Clean Power Plan. After that the state can revise its plan and the General Assembly can again review it before it’s submitted to the EPA for approval.

SB 1195 nearly doubles the review period and extends the post-feedback legislative review so long the state may be unable to submit a plan to the EPA.

“SB 1195 is a clear assault on the Clean Power Plan and Pennsylvania’s ability to chart its best course to cut harmful pollution, expand renewable energy and create good-paying jobs,” said Szybist.

Click here to listen to the NRDC Action Fund radio ad:

The text of the ad follows:

SFX:                Sound of a coffee shop.  Ruffle of newspaper.

MAN:              Wow… I can’t believe that.

WOMAN:        What?

MAN:              State Senators John Yudichak and John Blake voted to hold up Governor Wolf’s proposed clean power plan

WOMAN:        I can’t believe that either – I thought they were pretty good legislators.

MAN:              Don’t they get that clean energy would be good for our economy and create lots of new jobs?

WOMAN:        Yeah, and what about improving our health… reducing pollution will make the air cleaner… and help thousands of kids in the state who suffer from asthma.

MAN:              If the state doesn’t develop it’s own clean power plan – the EPA could impose a plan from Washington – a plan that won’t be designed for Pennsylvania.

WOMAN:        What’s the saying – “cutting off your nose to spite your face?”

MAN:              Exactly.

WOMAN:        I think it’s time the legislature got it’s priorities straight – and stopped putting polluters ahead of our kids.

ANCR:             Tell State Senators John Yudichak and John Blake to support Governor Wolf and the Pennsylvania Clean Power Plan.  Paid for by NRDC Action Fund.


About the NRDC Action Fund:

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. Visit for more information.



NRDC Action Fund endorses Kamala Harris for Senate

Kamala_Harris_Official_Attorney_General_PhotoSan Francisco – The NRDC Action Fund today announced its endorsement of California Attorney General Kamala Harris in her race for the U.S. Senate. Harris is running for the Senate seat now held by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), who is not seeking re-election.

“California has a long history of sending environmental champions like Senator Boxer to Washington. Kamala Harris is the candidate best positioned to continue that tradition as a strong voice for clean air, clean water and American leadership on fighting climate change,” said Annie Notthoff, NRDC Action Fund California director. “She’s a fighter and she gets results. That’s the kind of senator we Californians deserve.”

Harris has advocated for bold action on renewable energy, pledging to push for a national standard that will create jobs while lowering emissions that contribute to global warming. She has prosecuted polluters throughout her career as a public servant, paying special attention to environmental justice cases and protecting those most vulnerable to harm from pollution.

“I’m honored to have the support of the NRDC Action Fund in this race,” said Harris. “I’m proud of the work we’ve done in California to fight climate change, hold polluters accountable and win justice for families who have been harmed by environmental disasters. While Congress has failed to act on climate change and protecting our environment, I’ll bring California’s bold approach to these issues to Washington.”


Major Environmental Groups Back Duckworth for Senate

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) has won the endorsements of three of the country’s most powerful environmental organizations in her campaign to represent Illinois in the U.S. Senate. The League of Conservation Voters Action Fund, the NRDC Action Fund and the Sierra Club are backing Duckworth because she is the right choice to advance U.S. leadership on climate change and protect the country’s bedrock clean air and clean water laws. Duckworth is seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL).

“The people of Illinois deserve two senators who will consistently support climate action and defend public health, and we are thrilled to endorse Representative Tammy Duckworth to join Senator Durbin as the next senator from Illinois to do just that,” said LCV Deputy Legislative Director Alex Taurel. “We know that Congresswoman Duckworth will continue her steadfast commitment to protecting our air, water, lands and wildlife and her support for crucial steps to address climate change, such as the Clean Power Plan.  She fought so bravely for our country, and now we are proud to fight alongside her in her campaign for U.S. Senate.”

“Building the ranks of pro-environment senators is an important goal for the NRDC Action Fund this year, which is why we’re proud to endorse Representative Tammy Duckworth. She has been a strong proponent of American leadership in the global fight against climate change, an advocate for clean energy as essential to our national security and economic future, and a genuinely reliable environmental champion,” said Henry Henderson, a senior adviser to the NRDC Action Fund. “Tammy Duckworth understands Illinois’ future depends on developing the clean energy economy, limiting carbon pollution, and protecting clean water and the Great Lakes.”

“The Sierra Club is proud to endorse Representative Tammy Duckworth for U.S. Senate,” said Sierra Club Illinois’ Political Director Kady McFadden, “As a veteran, she knows that climate change is a significant threat to national security; as a mother, she understands that reducing pollution is crucial for the health of our communities and for our future; and as our Senator, Tammy Duckworth will continue to champion the policies we need to combat the climate crisis and seize the clean energy future.”

“I’m humbled to receive the support of these three highly respected and effective organizations, each of which shares my commitment to a clean-energy future that preserves and protects our most precious natural resources — the air we breathe and the water we drink — as well one that creates good jobs by modernizing our economy. As a new parent, I feel a particular responsibility to act in the face of overwhelming scientific consensus about global climate change, and you have my commitment that in the Senate I will continue to work with these groups and everyone else who accepts scientific reality and is committed to solving this existential threat,” said Duckworth.

Representative Duckworth has been a strong and consistent leader on issues of clean energy and addressing climate change. Based on her experience in Iraq, she has spoken out about the severe costs of our nation’s dependence on fossil fuels and advocated rapid investment in alternative energy sources, especially by the military. She has been outspoken on the need to renew the wind Production Tax Credit (PTC), including organizing a letter from the Illinois delegation in 2014 to then-Speaker Boehner in support of extending this critical tax incentive. She also has a long history defending our nation’s public health. As a doctoral student at Northern Illinois University, Duckworth authored a study linking radon gas exposure and susceptibility to cancer, and then worked to inform local families of the risks. More recently, she’s publicly and steadfastly supported the EPA’s common sense carbon pollution limits for power plants. In 2015 Tammy Duckworth earned an impressive 89% score on the League of Conservation Voters’ National Environmental Scorecard, the nationally accepted yardstick used to rate members of Congress on environmental and clean energy issues.

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About the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund (LCVAF):

LCVAF works to elect pro-environment candidates and defeat climate deniers. In addition, LCVAF’s GiveGreen website, is the only bundling website devoted exclusively to raising money for environmental champions for federal office. Last cycle, LCVAF endorsed over 70 candidates and raised and donated almost $6 million dollars via GiveGreen.

About the NRDC Action Fund:

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. Visit for more information.

About the Sierra Club:

The Sierra Club is America’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than 2.4 million members and supporters. In addition to helping people from all backgrounds explore nature and our outdoor heritage, the Sierra Club works to promote clean energy, safeguard the health of our communities, protect wildlife, and preserve our remaining wild places through grassroots activism, public education, lobbying, and legal action. For more information, visit

NRDC Action Fund names new executive director

The NRDC Action Fund today announced veteran environmental policy and political strategist Kevin Curtis has been selected as the organization’s next executive director. Curtis most recently served as executive director of the Partnership Project, which facilitates collaboration among 19 national environmental groups.

“Kevin is the ideal choice to lead the NRDC Action Fund as we work to expand our advocacy, accountability and political work,” said Rhea Suh, the group’s president. “He brings a deep understanding of environment, energy and climate policies and politics, and an impressive track record of non-profit management.”

Curtis previously served as the chief program and advocacy officer at the Climate Reality Project. He was also a Deputy Director of the Pew Environment Group where he was responsible for campaign operations as well as the global warming and a number of other issue campaigns.  Curtis also worked for a decade at the National Environmental Trust, a multi-issue environmental advocacy and communications organization that merged with the Pew Charitable Trusts.

NRDC Action Fund Board Chair Patricia Bauman said the selection of Curtis is well-timed. “The year ahead will be pivotal for the environmental movement, and indeed for the future of the planet. The board of directors is excited to work with Kevin to advance this mission, to hold our political leaders accountable and to advocate for action on climate change all across America,” said Bauman.

“I have worked closely with Kevin for the past two decades. He is a smart, strategic and well-respected leader who has spent his entire career working to safeguard our environment,” said League of Conservation Voters President Gene Karpinski. “I am thrilled that we can work with Kevin as we continue our important alliance with NRDC Action Fund to tackle the climate crisis head on and protect our planet for generations to come.”

Curtis succeeds Heather Taylor-Miesle, who left the Action Fund last year to become the executive director of the Ohio Environment Council.


NRDC Action Fund Radio Ads Highlight Senator Kirk’s Anti-Clean Water Vote

The NRDC Action Fund kicks off a radio issue ad campaign today highlighting a vote by Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) in support of a key Congressional Review Act resolution that would repeal essential clean water protections. The issue ads running in Illinois highlight the Senator’s recent vote to kill the Clean Water Rule, which restores protections for streams, wetlands and headwaters that flow into the Great Lakes and drinking water supplies.

“For a politician so quick to crow about Great Lakes stewardship, Senator Kirk’s Congressional Review Act vote is utterly shocking. His vote would repeal the Clean Water Rule and allow pollution of streams and wetlands that flow into Lake Michigan,“ said NRDC Action Fund Midwest Director Henry Henderson. “We were excited last month to congratulate Senator Kirk on his recent climate change vote, but this anti-Clean Water vote is a significant environmental misstep, putting polluters before people and threatening water quality in the Great Lakes.”

The NRDC Action Fund has previously run issue ads, both positive and negative, around other votes cast by Senator Kirk on environmental issues. The week before last, the Action Fund ran digital ads thanking Senator Kirk for going against his party to vote in support of the Clean Power Plan to cut dangerous carbon emissions from the nation’s power plants.

But the Action Fund has been strongly critical of Senator Kirk’s repeated votes against clean water.  He has voted to slash funding for clean water infrastructure and has voted on repeatedly to block the implementation of the Clean Water Rule.  For example, the day before voting for the Congressional Review Act resolution to repeal the Clean Water Rule, he also voted for a separate bill that would torpedo the Clean Water Rule.

The ad buy will run on numerous Chicago and Springfield radio stations through the end of the week.

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