A recent study from Harvard University, in collaboration with universities in England, found that world-wide one in five premature deaths can be attributed to fossil fuel air pollution. According to this new research, over 350,000 people in the United States died in 2018 from fossil fuel air pollution prematurely – numbers three times higher than previously suggested by other studies.

February 2021 Protect Earth Newsmagazine

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

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.

“I’m proud to serve as Co-Chair of Elected Officials to Protect California, where more than 300 of us signed a letter to him to take action to halt permitting, put safety zones around existing wells and to phase out fossil fuel production once and for all,” said Meghan Sahli-Wells former Culver City Mayor, and current Councilmember, Elected Officials to Protect California Co-Chair. “We delivered the letter to his office in Sacramento on Valentine’s Day, and have yet to receive a response from him personally. The proper response, in my view, is for him to take action on our points. Is it too much to ask to protect the health and wellbeing of Californian citizens with logical steps?”

In September 2020 Los Angeles Times .

“Low-income communities, communities of color, and people with disabilities have long suffered from air pollution caused by vehicle emissions. It’s time for bold leadership. We need mayors and local elected officials to advocate for transportation options that work for the health and needs of every community.”

In July 2020 Urban Mayors Press.

Protesters on both coasts have an idea: calling on Newsom to halt fracking and new drilling, a demand that former Gov. Jerry Brown fended off throughout his environmentally groundbreaking tenure. The dream for environmentalists and scores of elected officials is that Newsom flexes his executive muscle to cut back fossil fuel production — if not an outright extraction ban, then perhaps more stringent requirements that wells be a certain distance from homes and schools (as would have been required by a bill whose death this year was a triumph for both the energy industry and labor).”

In a little over a month, the so-called Green New Deal has won endorsements from more than three dozen sitting or incoming federal lawmakers as Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) makes a high-profile bid to shift debate over climate change toward policy on the scale of the crisis.

On Friday, the effort got a boost from 311 state and local officials. 

Forty-four mayors, 63 county and state legislators and 116 city council members were among the officials from 40 states ― including some top oil and gas producers ― who signed an open letter issuing a sweeping, full-throated call for the phaseout of fossil fuels and adoption of Green New Deal-style climate policies.

Recent Press Releases

July 13, 2021

Over 110 elected officials from across New Jersey have signed a letter of support for the responsible development of offshore wind. The New Jersey Chapter of Elected Officials to Protect America is issuing a call for more elected officials to join the effort and sign their letter of support: https://protectingamerica.net/nj/nj-osw/.

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June 29, 2021

“Communities of color, and low-income communities suffer from higher rates of exposure to health-harming pollution from transportation and other sources, due to decades of systemic racism that has influenced where highways, ports, airports, bus and truck depots, and other polluting infrastructure is located,” said Atlantic City Councilmember Kaleem Shabazz. “I applaud the inclusion in the commitment by the TCI-P Signatory Jurisdictions in the MOU to invest no less than 50 percent of their annual program proceeds to assist communities overburdened by transportation pollution and underserved by the current transportation system. I stand ready to assist the process.”

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June 14, 2021

”While the cyberattack garnered headlines, in Virginia we’re used to sudden gasoline price hikes every time a hurricane happens or Colonial Pipeline has technical issues. This major fossil fuel artery has been shut down 30 times in twenty years. It’s clearly a national security threat, along with the grid. We must build a more resilient grid that has many renewable energy sources to power it,” said Mike Turner, Ashburn District Supervisor, Virginia, USAF Colonel (Ret.), “An electric system that draws power from multiple clean energy sources can bounce back more readily from a breakdown and guard against sudden price spikes.”

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May 19, 2021

In a joint investigation, NPR and PBS Frontline found that oil and gas companies knew it was cheaper to make new plastic items than to try and sort and melt items, transforming them into new products. Plus, because plastic degrades, much of it can not be recycled. But for decades, the industry spent millions of dollars telling the American public the opposite, actively encouraging consumers to recycle. Starting in the 1990s, commercials about recycling plastic were paid for by the plastics industry, made up of companies like Exxon, Chevron, Dow, and DuPont. 

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April 20, 2021

The American Jobs Plan will dedicate billions to rebuilding infrastructure, put hundreds of thousands of people to work building roads and railways, fixing bridges, building 500,000 EV charging stations and improving the public transit that supports the economy. There would be federal funding for converting school buses to electric vehicles, and consumer incentives for EVs.

A $10 billion investment would be made in a new Civilian Climate Corps.In addition to conservation of public lands and waters projects, which was the focus of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s CCC, Biden’s Corps would be deployed on projects to bolster community resilience and advance environmental justice. 

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March 31, 2021

President Biden also pledged to tackle a legacy of discrimination that has driven generations of Black Americans from their farms, with steps to improve people of color and other minority farmers’ access to land, loans and other assistance, including climate smart production.

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March 9, 2021

U.S. policy supporting industrialization and consolidation in food production has perpetuated racial and ethnic inequities. Hundreds of millions in commodity subsidies in the farm bill, technology advances, trademarked plant and animal varieties, and access to international markets has accrued to the largest white owned farms. But farmers of color, immigrant farmers, and female farmers, who typically have smaller farms and grow higher-value, labor-intensive products have received far less government support.

“The Indian farmer’s uprising has exposed the inequalities that shape Indian agriculture, as well as ours. The current fate of small-scale Indian farmers is linked to our history. Unjust laws in India led to protests. In America, unjust laws have plagued women farmers and farmers of color.”  said State Representative Debbie Sarñana (NM), Air Force veteran (rt.)

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March 1, 2021

Transportation accounts for nearly one-third of America’s carbon output. Light duty vehicles (LDVs) account for 59 percent of transportation greenhouse gas emissions. In October of 2019, New York Senator Chuck Schumer announced legislation to phase out gas-powered vehicles and replace them with zero-emission vehicles.

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February 22, 2021

“A former Secretary of the Interior once proclaimed his goal was to, ‘civilize or exterminate’ Native Americans. Not only is it poetic justice that Rep. Haaland has been nominated for his former position, it’s true justice. Our public lands are part of the soul character of ‘we the people.’ They are the birthright of every American. That’s why we need a steward that respects and honors them by protecting them for future generations, not selling them off to the highest bidder,” said Oregon State Representative Paul Evans, EOPA Co-Chair and veteran.

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February 19, 2021

Elected Officials of America – California warns that the state must stop using gas for electricity, for the health and safety of residents and to stop fueling the climate crisis. EOPA says now is the time to build out more clean energy sources, like wind and solar to ensure blackouts don’t happen again.

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February 15, 2021

“Not only is our democracy built on a sacred covenant of the people’s trust, our Constitution ensures we act to uphold it. All elected officials are sworn in — pledging their allegiance to our Constitution — to the laws of our democracy. President Trump started the insurrection on January 6, 2021 that resulted in five deaths. In that domestic terrorist act, The United States Capitol, the people’s house, was violated, desecrated. He is unfit to serve as President and needs to be swiftly removed from office, and held accountable for his sedition.

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February 10, 2021

Before environmental justice was a buzzword, it was the simple demand from  members of a rural North Carolinian Black community who put themselves on the line to prevent toxins from being dumped in the midst of their homes. The events of 1982 in Warren County sparked a movement that continues to this day, and form just one part of the long legacy of Black leadership in defense of our planet.

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January 28, 2021

“Many climate and health calamities are colliding all at once. It’s not just the pandemic that keeps people inside; it’s poor air quality. Multiple studies have shown that air pollution is associated with an increased risk of death from COVID-19. And just like we need a unified national response to COVID-19, we desperately need a unified national response to the climate crisis because there is a climate crisis,” said the President, during the EO announcement.

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January 11, 2021

While 2020 was the year climate change finally entered the political spotlight, the momentum had been building for years. The energy revolution is well underway. Over the last decade, the economics of climate change have undergone a radical shift.

Since 2009, the cost of wind power has dropped 71 percent, and the cost of solar power has dropped 90 percent. Since 2010, the cost of EV batteries has dropped 87 percent.

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January 11, 2021

“This week’s White supremacist violence and effort to overturn an election is, not only the product of Donald Trump and his enablers’ incessant lies and incitement, it is the latest and most shocking in a series of attacks designed to undermine our democracy at its roots. Voter suppression, dark money, and gerrymandering are all efforts to install a powerful minority in power despite the will of the people, just as this attempted coup was,” said New Mexican State Representative Debbie Sariñana, Air Force Veteran, EOPA National Co-Chair.

December 21, 2020

These Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states along with the District of Columbia have been collaborating on TCI for years. Now the Memorandum of Understanding is ready for the governors to sign, to become official participants.

More than 115 elected officials have already signed an Elected Officials to Protect America – New Jersey letter to Governor Phil Murphy urging him to sign the MOU. The TCI consortium will be able to invest in modernized resilient transportation infrastructure regional systems that will improve health outcomes.

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December 17, 2020

The term fast fashion was first created in the 1990s in response to the opening of the store Zara in New York City. Whereas most stores up to that point had had four seasons of new clothing shipments, corresponding to the four seasons of weather, Zara is described as having “52 micro-seasons,” meaning the store receives shipments of new styles every single week. Many other stores are considered fast fashion as well, such as H&M, Forever 21, Gap, American Apparel, TopShop, and Uniqlo.

The average U.S. household spends around 3.8 percent of their income on clothing. Families bringing home the average $64,175 annually spend around $2,440 on clothing per year. At Christmas, the average family will increase spending on clothes by 43 percent. This means that demand for fast fashion increases. Fast fashion providers churn out even more products at even lower prices to boost profits for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas, and New Year sales. 

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December 15, 2020

Urgent action combating climate change, and systemic change that addresses racial inequalities, has to happen. That’s why Elected Officials to Protect America (EOPA) urges President-elect Biden to prioritize a National Climate Plan that will be just for all, and employs hundreds of thousands transitioning America to a clean energy economy.

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December 4, 2020

This year, from America’s shorelines battered by hurricanes, to the heartlands scorched by droughts, and to apocalyptic wildfires in the West, climate change has proven to be a destructive force — fueled by the fossil fuel industry. It has devastated livelihoods, displaced thousands, and tragically taken lives. September was the hottest on record globally, federal government scientists say. A new multi-agency report from leading science organizations, United in Science 2020, concluded that 2016–2020 is set to be the warmest five-year period on record.

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November 19, 2020

The production of fossil fuels has affected health outcomes of citizens across the country for decades, causing cancer in children and adults, asthma, respiratory and cardiovascular problems, headaches, nausea, dizziness, and premature and/or low birth weights. Scientific knowledge, from more than two dozen peer-reviewed studies that were published over the last 20 years, all conclude that living near oil and gas wells risks potentially serious health consequences. Petroleum-related air toxins like benzene, toluene, formaldehyde and xylene are the culprits. 

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November 11, 2020

On Veterans Day four veterans who also hold elected office, and Brigadier General Stephen Cheney held a press conference to highlight the national security dangers of climate change. The elected officials are part of a group called the Elected Officials to Protect America. (EOPA). Brigadier Cheney is the President of the non-profit American Security Project.(ASA.) Their assessments of the situation locally, and internationally were eye opening. That’s why we’re sending the ZOOM press recording to you, in case you missed the event.

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October 27, 2020

“We can either throw away money on the fossil fuels of the past. That is the road to more pollution, or we can invest in the technologies of the future, renewable energy, nature-based solutions, sustainable transport and green technologies . . . only one of these paths is rational,” wrote UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in an oped.

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