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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NRDC Action Fund Ads Thank Senator Kirk For Clean Power Plan Vote

kirk cra thanks ad nov 2015CHICAGO (November 25, 2015) –The NRDC Action Fund kicks off a digital ad campaign today thanking Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) for a vote against a Congressional Review Act resolution that would have repealed the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan rule to cut dangerous carbon pollution from America’s power plants.

Kirk was one of three Republicans in the Senate to vote against the resolution – a critical test vote on climate policy. The measure passed 52-46 and President Obama has promised to veto it.

“Senator Kirk went against his party with this vote, and supported a specific action to combat climate change,” said NRDC Action Fund Midwest Director Henry Henderson. “His vote to support the Clean Power Plan was important, but it does not erase other serious environmental missteps made this year when he voted against clean water. We hope Senator Kirk will continue standing up for Illinoisans and not polluters on these important environmental issues moving forward.”

Earlier this year, Senator Kirk cast the deciding vote in favor of blocking the Clean Power Plan. Since then, NRDC has been calling on Senator Kirk to support action to combat climate change, as he generally did previously in his career. Last week, Senator Kirk voted in favor of a resolution to limit the protection of water under the Clean Water Act. Separately, Senator Kirk also voted to slash funding for clean water infrastructure and to block implementation of the Clean Water Rule, which would restore clean water protections for streams, wetlands and headwaters that flow into drinking water supplies.

Polls show that Illinoisans are ready to fight climate change and advance clean energy. A recent bipartisan poll released by NRDC shows that nearly two-thirds of Illinoisans support the Clean Power Plan and 8-in-10 Illinoisans support the state plan to cut carbon pollution.

More Information:

• Further information NRDC’s Illinois climate and clean power polling can be found at http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/hhenderson/polling_shows_illinoisans.html

 

NRDC Action Fund endorses Cortez Masto for Senate

cortezmastoFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 7, 2015

Contact: Denis Dison, NRDC Action Fund | ddison@nrdc.org | 202-717-8293

Washington – Catherine Cortez Masto today earned the endorsement of the NRDC Action Fund, a national organization working to build political support for protecting the planet and its people. Cortez Masto is a former Nevada attorney general and the presumptive Democratic nominee in the 2016 election to replace Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who is leaving the U.S. Senate at the end of his current term.

“We’re proud to stand with a candidate who will fight for Nevada’s clean energy future,” said David Goldston, NRDC Action Fund’s director of government affairs. “Catherine Cortez Masto understands that protecting the environment for our kids and creating clean energy jobs go hand-in-hand.”

“I am grateful for the support of the NRDC Action fund and their recognition of my record as a problem solver who works with both parties to get things done for Nevada,” said Cortez Masto.  “In the Senate I will fight to end wasteful taxpayer giveaways to Big Oil companies, protect Nevada’s public lands for future generations, and support Nevada’s clean energy industry that is already creating good-paying middle class jobs that can’t be shipped overseas.”

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. 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.

NRDC Action Fund responds to Bush energy plan rollout

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Contact: Denis Dison, NRDC Action Fund, ddison@nrdc.org, 202-717-8293

The NRDC Action Fund today released the following statement from David Goldston, director of government affairs, in response to the energy plan outlined by presidential candidate Jeb Bush:

“Jeb Bush gets energy policy entirely wrong, and this proposal should end any portrayals of him as a ‘moderate’ or ‘thoughtful’ candidate.  His plan barely mentions any future-oriented, environmentally friendly energy sources like wind and solar, and he mentions climate change only to throw poorly aimed brickbats at the President’s plan to limit carbon pollution – the only plan on the books to address the problem.”

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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. www.nrdcactionfund.org

Important 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.