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The 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.”
Former 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.
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Contact: Denis Dison, NRDC Action Fund, 202-280-0018, email@example.com,
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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.
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?”
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 www.nrdcactionfund.org for more information.