Despite Trump Win, Americans Will Defend Our Environment and Health 

WASHINGTON (November 8, 2016) – Businessman Donald J. Trump has been elected the 45th president of the United States.

The following is a statement from Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council and the NRDC Action Fund:

“It’s time for every American who cares about a livable world – Republican and Democrat alike – to stand and defend our environment and health. If Donald Trump thinks he can launch a big polluter assault on our air, waters, wildlife and lands, we’ll build a wall of opposition to stop him. Whatever else we may have voted for on Tuesday, we haven’t turned away from generations of common sense environmental safeguards. We’re not about to turn away now.”

 

Will we turn our back on the world?

parisOn Friday, four days before Election Day, the Paris global climate accord takes effect, setting the United States, China and more than 185 other countries on track to shift away from the fossil fuels driving climate change and toward cleaner, smarter ways to power our future.

Last month, in Kigali, officials from more than 170 countries agreed to cut the use of climate-disrupting coolants called hydrofluorocarbons, a move expected to avert nearly one degree Fahrenheit of global warming.

And the week before that, in Montreal, more than 190 countries signed on to a plan to reduce the climate harm from jet travel, by improving airline fuel efficiency and investing in clean energy, forest restoration and other projects to offset carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions.

Consolidating years of concerted diplomacy, the nations of the world have rallied in these weeks around the urgent need to protect future generations from climate calamity by taking strong action to fight the pollution that’s causing it. It’s a historic victory for the kind of global cooperation required to leave our children a brighter, more hopeful tomorrow.

The question before us, as Americans, is whether we’ll build on that promise with further progress, or walk away from these global gains in isolated retreat.

The case for action becomes more urgent each day.

We just wrapped up the hottest summer since global record-keeping began in 1880. A key indicator of long-term climate change, Arctic sea ice in September fell to 28 percent below the 40-year average, tying 2007 figures for the lowest levels in the 47-year satellite record.

Last year was the hottest year ever recorded, and the first nine months of this year have been even hotter, a record 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th Century average. Nineteen of the hottest years on record have all occurred in the past 20 years.

Anyone paying attention sees the problem all around us: in sea level rise that threatens hundreds of billions of dollars worth of property, roads and other coastal infrastructure, from New Orleans to Boston; storms that have brought the kind of rains experts expect just once every several centuries to South Carolina, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Maryland, Texas and elsewhere, over just the past year; widening desertification that has forced more than 1.1 million Chinese from their homes.

If the threat is clear, so too is our choice on Election Day.
Read More »

Judd Apatow Stars in Climate Change Election PSA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Funny Or Die and NRDC Action Fund Team Up to Encourage Americans to Vote to Stop Climate Change Because it’s “Easier than Getting Gills”

WASHINGTON (October 25, 2016) – On Election Day, Americans should cast their vote to stop climate change because if we don’t take action “things could get real bad, real fast,” and it’s easier than trying to implant fish gills for rising seas, Hollywood producer and comedian Judd Apatow says in a new Funny Or Die video released today.

The Funny Or Die video, released two weeks before the November 8 elections, is here.

It was created in partnership with the NRDC Action Fund as part of Funny Or Die’s “Everyone Votes” campaign, a video series encouraging voters to show up on Election Day.

“Climate change is real, it’s happening now and it poses one of the greatest threats to our very existence,” Apatow says in the video.

On a lighter note, he adds that in preparation for climate change he had fish gills implanted, plans a comedy production studio on Mars and planted a flag on the bottom of Lake Michigan—now “Lake Apatow”— to claim its water in preparation for possible water wars.

“So if you have gills like me, you have nothing to worry about,” Apatow says in the video. “If you don’t, then make sure you get out and vote because, believe it or not, voting is easier than getting gills.”

Rhea Suh, president of the NRDC Action Fund, said: “Right now, voting is the biggest step we can take to protect ourselves against climate change. We are proud to partner with Funny Or Die’s ‘Everyone Votes’ campaign to help get the word out to all Americans—especially younger generations—that the stakes in this election are sky-high for our climate and future.

“Voting is how we can keep our commitment to cutting dangerous carbon pollution. Voting is how we ensure a quicker transition to clean energy. And voting is how we keep the promise to future generations to leave them a brighter, more hopeful world,” she added.

Funny Or Die and the NRDC Action Fund teamed up to create the video starring Apatow to drive home the point that climate change threatens everyone everywhere, and that strong action is needed now to avoid dangerously rising seas, extreme weather and hardship for millions of people.

###

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.

Richard Burr’s silence on climate change is dangerous for North Carolina

North Carolinians should elect Deborah Ross their next U.S. Senator. Your children will thank you for it.

Hurricane Matthew, a record-setting storm that dumped up to 18 inches of rain on North Carolina towns from Wilmington to Raleigh, caused catastrophic damage and tragic loss of life. As of early this week, at least 26 people have died and more than 2,000 remained in shelters. The financial costs are massive, too, with $1.5 billion in damage to homes, businesses, and government buildings. That number rises to a crushing $4 billion when taking into account the lost economic output as a result of the damage and cleanup.

The science behind manmade climate change is clear and well-documented. According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) analysis, Hurricane Matthew brought with it rainfall totals we should only experience once in a thousand years. Warmer oceans and high levels of atmospheric moisture likely contributed to these historic rainfall totals. Scientists tell us that without immediate meaningful climate action, North Carolinians, and indeed all Americans, can expect a future with more frequent and devastating weather events like Matthew.

In North Carolina, these dangers have fallen on U.S. Senator Richard Burr’s deaf ears for too long, and now he faces a powerful challenger in former Democratic state senator Deborah Ross. The outcome of this very close race should interest anyone who worries about the effects of climate change and the future we’ll leave our children.

Here’s why:

  • Last year, Burr voted NOT to formally acknowledge human activity’s role in climate change;
  • He has voted to preserve tax benefits for fossil fuel companies and tried to restrict the EPA’s authority to regulate the harmful greenhouse gases that cause climate change;
  • Burr was a staunch supporter of the Keystone XL pipeline;
  • He opposes limits on harmful carbon pollution (Clean Power Plan) and the landmark Paris Climate Agreement, the best chance we have to stave off the worst effects of climate change;
  • Burr supports dangerous offshore drilling, which could threaten North Carolina’s coastlines;
  • The League of Conservation Voters ranks Burr among the most dangerous enemies of climate, public health and the environment in Congress.

Burr’s positions on climate change and the environment are intolerable, and they are in line with the positions of those who bankroll his political campaigns. Since his first term in Congress, Burr has racked up $1.7 million in contributions from the energy industry, and just since his last campaign, the fossil fuel industry has pitched in nearly $900,000. Plus, the Senate Leadership Fund, a Republican super PAC whose top contributors are Chevron and Petrodome Energy, has gone all-out in spending on attack ads against Deborah Ross.

Richard Burr has tied himself tightly to the fossil fuels of the past and has consistently voted to block any action that would protect Americans from a changing climate. North Carolinians who value a stable climate and secure future should elect Deborah Ross their next U.S. Senator. Your children will thank you for it.

Kevin Curtis is Executive Director of the NRDC Action Fund.

NRDC Action Fund endorses Deborah Ross for U.S. Senate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

WASHINGTON (October 19, 2016) — The NRDC Action Fund today announced its endorsement of Deborah Ross in the race for the U.S. Senate in North Carolina, citing her strong environmental record and the need for a pro-environment majority in Washington.

“North Carolinians need a senator who will be a champion for a healthier future for our kids and their children. Deborah Ross understands we can build that future and create good jobs for North Carolina by welcoming the clean energy economy and fighting to protect clean air and safe water,” said Kevin Curtis, executive director of the NRDC Action Fund. “Senator Burr has repeatedly sided with big polluters instead of his constituents. In 2015, the League of Conservation Voters gave Burr a shockingly low 4% rating, meaning he voted against the environment nearly every chance he got. That’s an abysmal record, and the people of North Carolina deserve better.”

Ross becomes the fourteenth Senate candidate endorsed by the NRDC Action Fund during this political cycle. The group also made its first-ever presidential endorsement in May, backing Hillary Clinton in her historic race for the White House.

# # #

Note to reporters/editors: The NRDC Action Fund’s full legal name is “the NRDC Action Fund.” It is an affiliated but separate organization from NRDC (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 NRDC, a 501(c)(3) organization, faces certain legal limitations or restrictions.

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