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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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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: Senator Kirk Votes with the Polluters Today

Deciding vote in key Interior appropriations rider debate

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Press Contact: Josh Mogerman, NRDC Action Fund, 312-651-7909

CHICAGO (June 18, 2015) – Illinois Senator Mark Kirk was the deciding vote today on an effort to prevent implementation of the historic Clean Power Plan to cut dangerous carbon pollution from America’s power plants.

Following is a reaction from Henry Henderson, senior advisor to the NRDC Action Fund:

“In a key choice between people and polluters: Senator Kirk chose the polluters today.

“After walking back comments denying climate change earlier in the year, Senator Kirk’s vote today makes clear he is not interested in actually addressing the environmental issues that threaten Illinois’ air, water, and health.

“Senator Kirk is out of line with the people he is supposed to represent. Polling makes clear that Illinoisans support climate action and clean energy investments. Today’s vote is an effort to push the nation in the opposite direction.”

NRDC Action Fund had been running online ads urging Senator Kirk to support climate action. More information at http://www.nrdcactionfund.org/press-release/online-ads-urge-senator-kirk-to-support-climate-action.html/

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The NRDC Action Fund’s mission is to grow the environmental majority across America to achieve the passage of legislation that jump-starts the clean energy economy, reduces pollution, and sustains vibrant communities for all Americans. Now is the time for leadership and action from our elected officials — our current goal is a comprehensive clean energy policy that will repower our economy and fuel our future. www.nrdcactionfund.org

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. Use of the label “Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund” is incorrect; the only correct title is the “NRDC Action Fund.” In other words, 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.
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Online Ads Urge Senator Kirk to Support Climate Action

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Press contact: Josh Mogerman, NRDC Action Fund, 312-651-7909

CHICAGO (June 16, 2015) – Digital ads urging Senator Mark Kirk to protect children’s health and support action to limit carbon pollution have appeared on news outlet sites and in social media across Illinois. The ads, placed by the NRDC Action Fund, ran last week and continue this week in advance of several committee votes the Senate is expected to take on proposals to stop the US Environmental Protection Agency’s historic Clean Power Plan. The policy would set the first-ever limits on dangerous carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants, the largest source of pollution driving climate change.

“Senator Kirk has focused on the health of Illinoisans, the Great Lakes and national security: moving forward, addressing climate is going to be essential to addressing all of these issues,” said NRDC Action Fund senior advisor Henry Henderson. “The ads urge Senator Kirk to stand for these principles by supporting the Clean Power Plan. You can’t advance any of these issues without meaningful climate action.”

The NRDC Action Fund ad campaign hit the homepage of the Chicago Tribune last week and will be seen on the Chicago Sun-Times, Champagne News-Gazette, State Journal-Register in Springfield, and the Daily Herald this week. The campaign also includes a heavy social media presence and a letter that includes business and national security voices urging the Senator to support climate action.

Recent bipartisan polling shows Illinoisans are ready to fight climate change and advance clean energy by an overwhelming margin. Sixty-six percent of Illinoisans support the Clean Power Plan itself, and when informed that states can create their own plans to meet the pollution reduction goals of the Clean Power Plan, a whopping 83 percent of Illinoisans said they support their state developing a plan to reduce carbon pollution, as well as increasing the use of clean energy and energy efficiency.

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The NRDC Action Fund’s mission is to grow the environmental majority across America to achieve the passage of legislation that jump-starts the clean energy economy, reduces pollution, and sustains vibrant communities for all Americans. Now is the time for leadership and action from our elected officials — our current goal is a comprehensive clean energy policy that will repower our economy and fuel our future. www.nrdcactionfund.org

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. Use of the label “Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund” is incorrect; the only correct title is the “NRDC Action Fund.” In other words, 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.

 

NRDC Action Fund Launches Ad Marking Mitch McConnell’s First 100 Days, Unveils Website Showing Congressional Villains and Heroes on Climate & Clean Air

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Contact: Melissa Harrison, mharrison@nrdc.org, 202-513-6278, or Elizabeth Heyd, eheyd@nrdc.org, 202-289-2424

WASHINGTON (April 15, 2015) – As Mitch McConnell marks his first 100 days as Senate majority leader, the NRDC Action Fund today unleashed an ad blasting him for standing with “dirty polluters,” and introduced a first-of-its-kind website enabling users to track dirty votes by members of Congress and campaign contributions from polluting industries.

The five figure “100 Days of McConnell”  ad, running on social media channels, hits the Kentucky Republican for leading a GOP agenda to try to dismantle the first-ever carbon pollution limits on power plants. These standards, the ad’s narrator says, “will save as many as 6,000 lives per year, slow climate change, and are supported by most voters.”

At the same time, the WhoVotesDirty website, www.whovotesdirty.com, enables users to identify the “villains” throughout Congress who vote against clean air and climate action, and the “heroes” who vote to protect communities and health. The website, which encourages users to hold lawmakers accountable through social media, also tracks contributions from dirty energy interests.

“Senator McConnell’s first 100 days of protecting polluters’ interests certainly do not bode well for his next 100 days. The question is: Where will McConnell’s fellow senators stand—with the polluters or with families who want to protect their children and their health?” said Heather Taylor-Miesle, director of the NRDC Action Fund. “We’re shining a spotlight on those who vote against the best interests of their constituents, who many times are in the dark about what’s happening in Washington. The time has come to make sure that—unlike Las Vegas—what happens on Capitol Hill doesn’t just stay there.

“Clean air and climate protections are vital to protecting our children’s health and ensuring a brighter future for all generations,” Taylor-Miesle added. “And our new tracking system will arm constituents with an easy to use tool to hold their members accountable for voting against those life-saving interests, and instead to protect dirty energy and dirty air.”

The redesigned website uses sophisticated data from the government watchdog group Sunlight Foundation and cutting-edge data-gathering technology to provide real-time information to the public and others revealing how members of Congress are voting on clean air and climate action measures, as well as contributions they receive from polluters from the oil & gas, electric utility and coal mining sectors. The website encourages users to hold members of Congress accountable by sharing the information through social media channels.

“Who Votes Dirty is a compelling use of the legislative and campaign finance information made available through our free and open data offerings,” said Amy Ngai, the Partnerships and Training Director at the Sunlight Foundation. “By using Sunlight Application Programing Interfaces (APIs), the tool takes advantage of real-time data such as bill status and voting records to provide a dynamic and interactive interface for users.”

The enhanced www.whovotesdirty.com is currently tracking 49 pieces of climate and clean air legislation and/or amendments in Congress since September 2011. Based on these votes, the website shows that 293 members of Congress are dirty air villains.  This includes 50 Senators and 243 House members.

What makes a member of Congress a hero or villain? NRDC Action Fund policy experts identify the votes that have the greatest impact or potential to impact clean air and climate policy. Members who vote against clean air 80 percent or more of the time are considered “Dirty Air Villains.” Those who vote to strengthen protections 80 percent or more of the time are considered “Clean Air Heroes.” All other members have no assigned status.

Of the 243 Dirty Air Villains in the House 241 are Republicans and two are Democrats. In the Senate, 49 Republicans are Dirty Air Villains, and one Democrat is a Dirty Air Villain.

The upgraded WhoVotesDirty website utilizes several software tools developed by the Sunlight Foundation. It is refreshed daily and pulls voting records and polluter contributions for every member of Congress. It allows a user to simply input his/her zip code to quickly identify if his/her members of Congress are “Dirty Air Villains” or “Clean Air Heroes.”

Users can also utilize the name search function to find specific lawmakers. And, through additional functionality, users can take the data and tweet directly on Twitter to the member’s official twitter account.

The NRDC Action Fund will promote the site on a regular basis and key votes on climate and clean air legislation. Promotion will include paid online advertising, aggressive social media outreach and earned media channels with reporters and bloggers throughout the United States.

Listen to audio recording of the press conference: http://bit.ly/1OCpRGB

The WhoVotesDirty website can be viewed here: www.whovotesdirty.com

To view the McConnell 100 Days ad, please click here: http://bit.ly/1GHYYjl

The text of the ad follows:

“Mitch McConnell spent his first one hundred days as Senate leader trying to dismantle carbon pollution standards.

“Standards that will save as many as 6,000 lives per year, slow climate change, and are supported by most voters.

“He’s taken more than three million dollars from dirty polluters and has no plan to protect the environment or public health.

“Will your senators stand with Mitch McConnell and dirty polluters, or with families who want to protect their children’s health and future?

“Paid for by the NRDC Action Fund.”

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The NRDC Action Fund’s mission is to grow the environmental majority across America to achieve the passage of legislation that jump-starts the clean energy economy, reduces pollution, and sustains vibrant communities for all Americans. Now is the time for leadership and action from our elected officials — our current goal is a comprehensive clean energy policy that will repower our economy and fuel our future. www.nrdcactionfund.org

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. Use of the label “Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund” is incorrect; the only correct title is the “NRDC Action Fund.” In other words, 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.

 

 

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.