National Climate Emergency Letter

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker
U.S. House of Representatives
H-232 Capitol Building
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Charles Schumer
Majority Leader
U.S. Senate
S-221 Capitol Building
Washington, DC 20515

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The Honorable Kevin McCarthy
Minority Leader
U.S. House of Representatives
H-204 Capitol Building
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Mitchell McConnell
Minority Leader
U.S. Senate
S-230 Capitol Building
Washington, DC 20515

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Dear: Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Schumer, Minority Leader McCarthy, and Minority Leader McConnell:

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.  

Suffering from almost 20 years of megadrought, the Navajo Nation reached a grim milestone with the highest per-capita COVID-19 infection rate in the U.S. At a time when access to clean water and handwashing facilities is a matter of life and death, a third of the Navajo Nation’s population does not have running water.

At least 40 states will face water shortages this decade. And yet, Saudi Arabia and China are extracting American water at an alarming rate.

Globally, 37 acute conflicts, many unresolved, are due to water insecurity. Our intelligence and military community understand the climate emergency as a threat to national security.

These are serious examples of the dangers created by the climate crisis that is driving drought, disease, floods, fires, extreme temperatures, and storms.

These are clear and present dangers, but innovation, resilience, and the American spirit have created many proven existing solutions that can unify and protect us. Despite political inaction and misguided regulations that have held us back, there is hope. For example, California’s first solar thermal desalination plant recently went online; it can even clean agricultural wastewater. 

In Maine, clean energy innovators have deployed a revolutionary floating offshore wind turbine. These are just two of the many already working innovations that energize our economy. Clean, renewable energy is already less expensive than using fossil fuels and can generate millions of jobs.

We call on the president and Congress to develop a federal Climate Emergency Plan that can include, but not limited to the following objectives:

  • Transition to 100 percent clean energy
  • Ensure everyone has access to clean and safe water
  • Investment in communities on the frontlines of environmental injustice, including indigenous, communities of color, and economically vulnerable
  • Investment in clean, accessible, and affordable transportation systems 
  • Investment in a smart renewable-energy grid
  • Transition to regenerative agriculture
  • Phase-out of plastics and toxins that threaten our global oxygen supply
  • Prevent foreign entities from unsustainably extracting U.S. water 
  • Improve building energy efficiency
  • Divest, phase out fossil fuels, and invest in new technologies

America must lead the world in protecting everyone from the climate emergency.

To contribute and view details of the Climate Emergency Plan please click here or give us a call at 207-319 4511.

Sincerely,

Members, Elected Officials to Protect America

    
Kelly AlexanderAnthony AllisonPeter AnthonyMarshall ArcherLeonard Badolato
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Jesse BarlowKaren BashBarry BeckBonnie BennettSeth Berry
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James BoyesCathy BreenTim BriggsJuli BriskmanMonica Brown
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Glenda BryantMichael CacciottiMartha Camacho RodriguezMary Jane CanoseYadira Caraveo
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Brendan CoyneEdward CramerLisa CutterMarilyn DavisAnthony Del Plato
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Victoria DouderaJoseph DriscollPhillip DuarteRobert "B.J." DuncanRobert Elliott
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District 94, MaineSyracuse, New YorkTaunton, MassachusettsCutler Bay, FloridaSurry County, Virginia
     
Paul EvansPatricia FahySamuel FennellJoanne FerraryNatalie Figueroa
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Ronald FilippelliCaren FitzpatrickMike FooteMeg FroelichCobi Frongillo
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State College Borough, PennsylvaniaAtlantic County, New JerseyDistrict 17, ColoradoDistrict 3, ColoradoFranklin, Massachusetts
     
Debora FudgeMike GabbardMark GambaCristina GarciaTim Goodrich
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Windsor, CaliforniaDistrict 20, HawaiiMilwaukie, OregonDistrict 58, CaliforniaTorrance, California
     
Elizabeth GuzmanDavid HamptonHeidi HarmonZack HawkinsSarah hertweck
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District 31, VirginiaRio Vista, CaliforniaSan Luis Obispo, CaliforniaDistrict 31, North CarolinaIndiana Township, Pennsylvania
     
Joel HicksLaurie HigginsJon HoadleyRachel HoodShari Horne
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Borough of Carlisle, PennsylvaniaUpper Providence Township, PennsylvaniaDistrict 60, MichiganDistrict 76, MichiganShari Horne, California
     
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Rita MayfieldMonica MayotteJack McEvoyTimothy McGonigleToby McGrath
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Linda MontoyaDavid MoonJ.C. MooreTim MurphyMindy O'Neall
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Carmen RamirezPhyllis RandallWilliam ReinhardtSantiago RodriguezLinda B. Rosenthal
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Oxnard, CaliforniaLoudoun County, VirginiaAlbany County, New YorkTrenton, New JerseyDistrict 67, New York
     
Deane RykersonMeghan Sahli-WellsTomas SalazarIbraheem SamirahBenjamin Sanchez
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Mike SmithAnna SorensenNick SortalWilliam SoulesAnne Stava-Murray
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Calcasieu, LouisianaCanton, New YorkPlantation, FloridaDistrict 37, New MexicoDistrict 81, Illinois
     
Victoria SteeleChris StevensMimi StewartBill TallmanMaurine Taylor Ford
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Jane TempletonApril ThanosIsaiah ThomasSkip ThomsonElizabeth Thomson
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Brianna TitoneChristine TrujilloMike TurnerChris UngarAlex Valdez
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Anthony VaussAutumn VogelJenna WadsworthJames WalkinshawLance Waring
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Martine WatkinsDavid WattersHoward WattsElizabeth WeightLoretta Weinberg
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Santa Cruz, CaliforniaDistrict 4, New HampshireDistrict 15, NevadaDistrict 31, UtahDistrict 37, New Jersey
     
Fredric WeissMark WestJoyce WestonTina WildbergerJustin Wilson
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Lower Makefield Township, PennsylvaniaImperial Beach, CaliforniaDistrict 8, New HampshireDistrict 11, HawaiiAlexandria, Virginia
     
Gary WoodsJohn WotusMichael Yantachka  
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