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We are current and former elected officials deeply motivated to protect our planet and people from the dangers of climate change. EOPA works to educate the public and officials through value-based storytelling, training for lawmakers, and creating networks for elected officials to inspire and enact strong environmental policy.

Land & Water Protections

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[Character Count: 500 character limit.] EOPA led veteran lawmakers committed to combating national water insecurity and climate change to make Congress reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund in 2018, preserving our public lands across the US. Our New York chapter was influential in the ban on fracking passed by Governor Cuomo, and our efforts in California have pushed for safety regulations and bans on fossil fuels across the state.

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Resilient Economies

We are planing our nation-wide digital tour to demand a Federal Climate Emergency Plan to address the escalating climate crisis by creating new jobs and opportunity across the country. Last year, our New York chapter was part of the successful divestment of the NYS pension fund. We also promote a transition to renewables, public investment in a smart grid, and outlays for impacted community in our sign-on letter.

Equity and Justice

Across our efforts, we promote equity and justice by working with officials elected by communities impacted by dangerous environmental policy decisions. This includes our advocacy campaigns as well as our work with Code Blue, our documentary video arm. We’ve documented stories of farmers whose water rights are usurped by foreign countries as well as the stories of young girls in California with health challenges caused by oil drilling near their homes. 

Latest News

LA Times: Gavin Newsom just promised ‘giant leaps forward’ on climate. Will he follow through?

New York Times: New York’s $226 Billion Pension Fund Is Dropping Fossil Fuel Stocks

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From the story: “A group called Elected Officials to Protect California — which has garnered support from more than 300 local politicians — was even more critical, accusing Newsom last week of “shadow dancing” on climate change. The group wants the governor to require 2,500-foot buffer zones around all oil and gas wells, and to accelerate the transition to 100% clean energy.”

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“New York State’s pension fund, one of the world’s largest and most influential investors, will drop many of its fossil fuel stocks in the next five years and sell its shares in other companies that contribute to global warming by 2040, the state comptroller said on Wednesday.  With $226 billion in assets, New York’s fund wields clout with other retirement funds and its decision to divest from fossil fuels could accelerate a broader shift in global markets away from oil and gas….”

National Programs


Water, Health, and Climate Security Letter

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[Character count quota: 700] We, the undersigned elected officials believe it is imperative we take action on the climate crisis because it is a threat multiplier for water security, deadly disease, and environmental racism. It is time to enact a national Climate Emergency Plan that protects all our communities. As an example of the racial and environmental injustice made worse by the climate crisis, in the predominantly African American community of St. Louis County, Missouri, radioactive and dioxin waste is being spread further by floods; this is exacerbated by climate change. The year preceding the recent Midwestern floods was the wettest on record. Now the community is a cancer and autoimmune disease cluster.  


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About Our Climate Emergency Plan

[Character count quota: 300] We, the undersigned elected officials believe it is imperative we take action on the climate crisis because it is a threat multiplier for water security, deadly disease, and environmental racism. It is time to enact a national Climate Emergency Plan that protects all our communities.

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The mission of Elected Officials to Protect America (EOPA) is to empower bold, courageous leadership from elected officials on climate change from the ground up

Elected Officials to Protect America

Elected Officials and Native Leaders across California are calling on Gov. Newsom to declare a #CodeRedCA Climate Emergency. Call Newsom today {1-877-434-0011} and urge action to protect our communities, restore Native cultural burning practices, and transition to clean energy.

The Supreme Court guts voting rights when upholding Arizona’s restrictions, elected officials speak out against biased racist court ruling

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State Programs

New York

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New Jersey

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NJ Text. Filler:  EOPA led veteran lawmakers committed to combating national water insecurity and climate change to make Congress reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund in 2018, preserving our public lands across the US. Our New York
chapter was influential in the ban on fracking passed by Governor Cuomo,
and our efforts in California have pushed for safety regulations and
bans on fossil fuels across the state.

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Elected Officials to Protect America, EOPA, is a project of the 501(c)3 Solon Center for Research and Publishing.