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“Climate change is probably the single most important environmental justice issue of our time because it will accelerate and exacerbate existing inequalities in terms of access to good housing, health care, food, water and safe environments, and the U.S. in many ways is a microcosm of what’s happening globally,” Bullard said. 

This global picture will be discussed in Glasgow, Scotland, Oct. 31 to Nov. 12 at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26). It will be attended by world leaders, business chiefs, representatives from fossil fuel companies, climate activists and various other groups and concerned citizens.

The meeting comes six years after the Paris Climate Accords, when 196 countries pledged to start reducing their greenhouse gas emissions through a framework known as Nationally Determined Contributions. But few – including the U.S.  – have done so in a way that is compatible with the Paris agreement’s goal to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels, according to Climate Action Tracker, an independent scientific analysis website that tracks government action connected to climate change. 

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January 25, 2022

An EOPA letter, which over 450 lawmakers signed, supports a clean energy plan and asks for a climate emergency declaration. The BBBA’s climate plan and the EOPA clean energy plan match in many areas. EOPA sees that with BBBA, there will be more opportunities in the clean energy fields than ever before. 

“The climate crisis is the defining challenge of our era. We must fight it with environmental justice becoming a reality. BBBA will put America on a path to dramatically cut fossil fuel pollution that drives the climate crisis, while building a just and equitable economy. Communities that have been systematically neglected need the transformative change BBBA could bring with good paying union jobs and breathable air,” said Delegate Danielle Walker, Charleston, WV. “This is the hopeful promise of a more inclusive America, one where one’s zip code doesn’t predetermine your future.” 

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OpEd: Debbie Sariñana, November 12, 2021

The climate crisis drives conflict and instability. As an Air Force veteran, I don’t want to see any more deployments, that result from wars born from climate change events. Instead, the world needs to wage the war on climate change.

U.S. Secretary Jennifer Granholm spoke on how imperative it is to cut carbon pollution by deploying more clean energy capacity. Specifically, we need to move from coal, and all fossil fuels to clean energy. While the coal industry is on the way out worldwide, we need to move five times faster to meet the IPCC goal. Read Full Article Here

Opinion: Alex Cornell du Houx – November 7, 2021

The climate crisis is a national security threat, which the Department of Defense and other national security experts have also recognized. Recently, over 100 lawmakers who are veterans and frontline leaders attended a White House summit on the climate crisis, urging for a National Climate Plan and Emergency Declaration Order to address the climate emergency.

From Maine’s forests to coasts, climate change is harming our state. Northern Maine is in the middle of a drought, which this past summer was tough on industries across the state. If we fail to act on climate, our state’s iconic lobster industry will be devastated due to rapid warming in the Gulf of Maine. Meanwhile, coastal cities like Portland will only continue to experience increasingly frequent and severe flooding, harming families and businesses.

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Story By Mario A. Rodrígruez, November 6, 2021

Durante la COP 26, Murdock trabajó en proyectos de ley para limitar el uso de plásticos de un solo uso y proteger a los habitantes de Carolina del Norte de las emisiones de gases contaminantes que dañan la atmósfera. Lea el artículo completo aquí

During COP 26, Murdock worked on bills to limit the use of single-use plastics and protect the inhabitants of North Carolina from emissions of polluting gases that damage the atmosphere. Read Full Article Here

Story By State Rep. Greta Neubauer, October 10, 2021

Every family in Wisconsin deserves to be able to trust the water coming from their pipes and have access to the digital economy. That is why Building Back Better replaces 100% of lead pipes in our community and expands high-speed internet to 100% of the state. President Biden is fighting so that everyone has the opportunity for academic and economic success, no matter where they live.

Oct 10, 2021, The Journal Times

Story By Ramona du Houx, September 14, 2021

On September 14th over 137 lawmakers, some who are also veterans, attended an Elected Officials to Protect America (EOPA) White House Summit on the climate crisis supporting urgent climate solutions and a Presidential Climate Emergency Declaration. Such a declaration would be the most immediate way forward. 

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Story By Jon Hurdle, July 14, 2021

On July 1, the Board of Public Utilities awarded its second offshore wind solicitation for two new wind farms off Ocean and Cape May Counties that will generate a total of 2,650 megawatts. Coupled with an already permitted wind farm that will generate 1,100 megawatts off Atlantic City, a forest of giant turbines will produce enough electricity to power 1.6 million homes by about 2028.

In July 2021, NJ Spotlight News

Story By Dan Bacher,  July 1, 2021

Water access in the Golden State is under threat of becoming more limited for everyday use like drinking, sanitation, and agricultural needs. Fields will have to be fallowed, freshwater ecosystems are facing catastrophe, and communities are bracing for water shortages. The current drought has outpaced the state’s devastating 2012-16 drought which left some residents having to rely on water trucks to bring in water in Kern County.

July 1, 2021, Red Green and Blue

Story By Ramona du Houx, February 25, 2021

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?

Story By Sammy Roth,  Sept. 9, 2020

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.

In September 2020 Los Angeles Times .

Story By Urban Mayors Press, Summer 2020

“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).”

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On November 2, Tuesday from 6pm – 7pm local Scottish time, Colorado State Senator Faith Winter spoke on a panel at Cop26 to urge world action on climate with America leading the way. The event showcased how all levels of government — cities, counties, states, and federal government — are coordinating to accelerate action toward a climate neutral future. The panel was called Time4 MultilevelAction USA.

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