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In 160 days, voters will face a choice between two major party nominees in the 2016 U.S. presidential contest: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Only one of those candidates wants to build a future powered by a clean energy economy. Only one of those candidates will make America a leader in the global fight against climate change. And only one of those candidates will work to ensure that every child and every family in America has clean water to drink, clean air to breathe, and a safe and healthy place to live.
That candidate is Hillary Clinton, and that’s why – for the first time – the NRDC Action Fund is stepping up now to endorse Secretary Clinton for President of the United States.
Hillary Clinton understands the environmental challenges America faces, and her approach to solving them is grounded in the possibility and promise our democracy affords us.
She knows that polluted air and unsafe drinking water are far greater burdens on poor communities and communities of color in America, and like us, she believes these communities deserve justice. The NRDC Action Fund will stand with her as she works to prevent crises like the one in Flint, MI, that has left the people of that community without safe drinking water for more than two years.
She understands the enormous potential of the growing clean energy economy, which has already created millions of jobs and is helping end our addiction to fossil fuels. We will fight with her to expand access to renewable energy from the sun and wind, and put Americans to work transforming our country.
She has the deep knowledge and diplomatic skills to fight for our kids’ future, preserve America’s leadership role in the Paris Climate Agreement and build upon that global framework to fight climate change. We will work with her to honor and implement that historic accord to preserve our planet for future generations.
Americans expect our president to enforce laws that protect our environment, not weaken them. We expect our president to fight for clean air, safe water and a healthier planet for all, not embrace and promote the agenda of big polluters.
If he wins, Donald Trump’s plan for his first 100 days would take us back 100 years. His nomination by the Republican Party puts one of the most anti-environment presidential candidates in history a step closer to the Oval Office. He proved that recently during a disastrous speech outlining his energy and environmental policies, when he promised he would renege on the Paris Climate Agreement, abandon pollution limits on coal-burning power plants and ease up on polluters who threaten America’s rivers and lakes. He’d continue subsidies for dirty fossil fuels and open up for more drilling vast tracts of unspoiled lands and oceans.
The NRDC Action Fund wants a president who will not only fight for all the environmental progress we have made, but for all the environmental progress we need. We have 160 days to make that happen,
The future is at stake. And that’s why we’re with her.
Rhea Suh is president of the NRDC Action Fund.
NRDC Action Fund Executive Director Kevin Curtis issued the following statement in response to Donald Trump’s speech on energy and environmental issues in Bismarck, N.D., earlier today:
“Donald Trump today proposed disastrous policies that would ruin the environment. As president, he would put decades of environmental progress at risk and make it impossible to grow the clean energy economy we need to avoid the worst effects of global climate change.”
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.”