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.”

NRDC Action Fund endorses Ted Strickland for Senate

TedstricklandFormer Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has won the endorsement of the NRDC Action Fund as the group works this year to build a pro-environment majority in the U.S. Senate. Strickland is seeking the seat now held by Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH).

“Ted Strickland will fight to protect the environment from big polluters. Unfortunately, Senator Portman appears to be taking orders from them,” said Kevin Curtis, executive director of the NRDC Action Fund. “Ohio families deserve a senator who will be a reliable champion for clean air and clean water. Senator Portman’s shifting views on climate change and repeated votes to gut bedrock environmental protections have disappointed Ohioans who want a healthier future for their families.”

“I’m honored to be endorsed by this group that shares my strong commitment to creating the next generation of clean energy jobs, tackling the challenge of climate change, and protecting the environment so future generations of Ohioans always have clean air and clean water. As governor I was proud to put in place the most ambitious renewable and advanced energy standards in Ohio’s history — helping to stimulate our economy, saving Ohioans over $1 billion on their energy bills, and tackling the challenge of catastrophic climate change. When it comes to energy policy, the difference between Senator Portman and myself is very clear– I’m fighting for working people, while he prioritizes big polluters, well-connected insiders and wealthy special interests that he serves,” Strickland said.

While governor of Ohio, Strickland established an ambitious renewable energy standard that led to thousands of manufacturing jobs. “As Senator, I will continue my efforts to build a clean energy economy and position our communities to benefit from all this new economy will bring—more jobs, lower electricity rates, and better public health,” Strickland said.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Denis Dison, NRDC Action Fund, 202-280-0018, ddison@nrdc.org,

***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: https://app.box.com/s/eeihg24vcfp9jvmw9vyx55e6zs2nuc9p

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.

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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 www.nrdcactionfund.org 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

duckworthpicFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 14, 2016

Contacts:
Hannah Blatt, hannah_blatt@lcv.org
Denis Dison, ddison@nrdc.org
Jonathon Berman, jonathon.berman@sierraclub.org

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 www.nrdcactionfund.org 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 http://www.sierraclub.org.