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This Week In Climate Action

THIS WEEK IN CLIMATE ACTION(!) – AUGUST 13, 2021

Aug 13, 2021

Mika Hyer, mhyer@lcv.org, 940-783-2230

Your weekly resource to learn what the environmental movement is saying about the news of the day and the political fight of our generation. Be sure to follow LCV on Facebook and Twitter.

QUOTES OF THE WEEK:

“Oppression takes many shapes and forms; it doesn’t have to be behind prison doors. Oppression is in the air when it’s time for you to go to sleep at night and you can’t breathe.”

— Pastor Norma Patterson of Good Shepherd Faith United Church of Christ, during a rally for cleaner air in St. Louis.

“Communities of color – low-income communities living in the frontlines of environmental injustice and pollution – are used to these kind of bad haze days. They’re living in a neighborhood that’s more polluted, so they have to deal with all the different ramifications of the pollution in that neighborhood.”

— Hilda Nucete, Health Equity Commissioner at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and LCV Director of Civic Engagement, stated in an interview with 9News. 

 “We cannot achieve economic justice or social justice in this country without simultaneously addressing environmental justice. Clean air and clean water shouldn’t be luxuries for the privileged – yet every day, communities of color, low income communities, and Indigenous communities are disproportionately harmed by pollution. This reality has largely been ignored, and the affected communities have been left without the legal tools to protect their rights. The Environmental Justice Act is an important step in returning power to these communities.” 

— Senator Cory Booker during last week’s reintroduction of the Environmental Justice Act, which would strengthen the legal protections of those impacted by environmental injustices and require federal agencies to take action for historically excluded and redlined communities.

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LCV IN THE NEWS:

Grist: In Maricopa County, an electric school bus brings power to the people
NBC News: First Read – The reconciliation ad wars have begun
Boston Globe: With infrastructure bill vote, some Republicans acknowledge climate change dangers. Will they act to stop them?
CNN: First on CNN: Advocacy groups ramp up pressure on lawmakers to take action on climate change
LA Times: The new report on climate change is dire. What can I do about it?
Washington Post: Biden wants to rebuild quickly, but infrastructure bill may bulldoze underprivileged voices

OUTSIDE THE BELTWAY: 

LCV’s affiliates are hard at work protecting the environment and fighting climate change in the states. Here’s what people are reading across the country:

AZ Central (AZ): Phoenix needed better Spanish outreach on climate plan, activists say
Click on Detroit (MI): Tour to highlight fight over voting rights in Michigan
WESA (PA): Local Communities Want Federal Dollars To Fortify Climate Change Infrastructure
Washington Post (VA): Virginia is on the front lines of climate change. Congress must make up for lost time.
Nevada IndependentBipartisanship can lead to a better economic and environmental future
Baltimore Sun (MD): Ocean City should not bury its head in the sand on climate
NJ.com (NJ): Here’s how to create jobs and rescue our climate | Opinion
Concord Monitor (NH): On the Trail: NH Democrats getting early start on 2022
Lite Rock 99.3 (FL): Florida Lawmakers Watch As Senate Works On Infrastructure
KTNV (NV): Conservationists, Native Americans fighting to protect land east of Mojave Desert
Concord Monitor’s Granite Geek (NH): Science Cafe returns in person (outdoors) to discuss Concord’s clean-energy goals

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COMMUNITY POWER⚡: This week, LCV and Chispa, in collaboration with The Redford Center, announced the launch of a new series of short films entitled “Community Power,” which will be featured on Grist and showcase the strength of community leaders as they call for collective civic engagement around clean transportation. Community Power highlights how investing in clean energy, and specifically clean transportation, provides the opportunity to cut harmful air pollution threatening our health and livelihoods, support people and communities who are too often left behind, and create millions of jobs that modernize our transportation and energy infrastructure. Through the power of storytelling, Community Power films will spotlight community voices and their stories of collective power to enact lasting change. 

OUR TAKE: Filmmaker and Chispa LCV National Communications and Creative Strategies Director Pita Juarez stated, “Too often we’ve seen stories about BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) communities being told by white filmmakers, while we – the community – have been demanding visibility, equity, and access to the documentary film industry for years. It’s time that filmmakers of color have a seat at the table and are supported by the industry to center our stories told by us. As the country is reckoning with racial and environmental justice, there is an opportunity to tie together our narratives to show how systemic these experiences of environmental injustice are, and accordingly, how intersectional our solutions must be. This year, I was fortunate to join The Redford Center and experience this opportunity with other amazing filmmakers who also shared those same values on clean energy and environmental justice.”

REDFORD CENTER TAKE: The Redford Center Executive Director Jill Tidman stated, “Every day is an opportunity to speak up, better our communities, and breakthrough to a healthier, more equitable future. As filmmakers who prioritize stories of progress and solutions, we see these wins more than most. The families and local organizers in Maricopa County, Arizona featured in our first Community Power film have counterparts all over the country. They are proof that collective actions can lead to big victories, but they need and deserve far more support. It’s an honor to collaborate with LCV and Chispa on this series, as we use stories to inspire communities everywhere to push for clean transportation in the name of justice, jobs, and the right to breathe clean air.”

IPCC SOUNDING THE ALARM: The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) climate report was alarming to say the least — we can no longer deny that humans are fueling the climate crisis. The impacts currently threatening communities will worsen if we don’t act, and Congress can no longer wait to take action. Congress must work to pass in tandem the budget and bipartisan infrastructure packages that will make the bold investments necessary to advance environmental justice and mitigate the damage the climate crisis poses to our communities, our nation, and our planet. 

OUR TAKE: LCV President Gene Karpinski stated, “The science lays out the paths in front of us, but it’s our government that will decide which direction we take. The alarming report from scientists around the world reinforces the urgent need for Congress and the Biden administration to act on climate at the scale that science and justice require. The United States is one of the world’s biggest contributors to carbon emissions and Congress has the opportunity right now through budget reconciliation to course correct and ensure we do our part in the global fight against the climate crisis. 

We expect the budget reconciliation package to include investments to cut carbon pollution by at least half by 2030 and put our nation on the path to 100% carbon-free energy powering our electricity grid and new cars, buses, and buildings by 2035 while delivering at least 40% of investment benefits to communities of color and low-income communities that have borne the brunt of fossil fuel pollution. Failure is not an option.”

A CLIMATE BUDGET: On Monday, Senate Democrats released their $3.5 trillion budget resolution, which was passed through the Senate on Wednesday. Voting on this framework is a critical step toward addressing the climate crisis and environmental injustices in our nation, and now Congress must write the details and pass a final reconciliation package to make the bold investments necessary to address the climate crisis. The IPCC climate report makes it clear — Congress must take action immediately to put us on track to tackle the climate crisis head on. Our communities, our nation, and our planet cannot wait.

OUR TAKE ON BUDGET RESOLUTION: LCV SVP of Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld stated, “The release of the budget resolution is welcome news on the heels of the alarming new IPCC climate report that once again underscores the pressing need for transformative climate action. Congress must continue to move swiftly on investments that cut carbon pollution by at least half by 2030 and put our nation on the path to 100% carbon-free energy powering our electricity grid and new cars, buses, and buildings by 2035 while delivering at least 40% of investment benefits to communities of color and low-income communities that have borne the brunt of fossil fuel pollution. The budget resolution includes game-changing investments to do just that, and the final package must include robust funding to meet the climate ambition goals science and justice require. We must meet the moment and cannot do any less — our future depends on it.”

OUR TAKE ON BUDGET RESOLUTION PASSAGE: LCV SVP of Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld stated, “What a week it’s been for badly needed and long overdue progress on the climate crisis! On the heels of the Senate passing the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill that includes initial investments in clean technology research and development, electric vehicle charging stations, clean water and more, we applaud Majority Leader Schumer along with every Democratic Senator for passing the Budget Resolution. It is imperative that these bills continue to move on a dual track in order to deliver the transformative investments in climate, justice, and jobs that the overwhelming majority of people across the country strongly support. From the ‘code red for humanity’ IPCC report to devastating extreme weather and long-standing environmental and racial injustice and economic inequality, it’s never been more urgent or more important to act on climate at the scale that science and justice require. We commend Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats for returning to D.C. this month to build on this week’s Senate progress. It’s time to enact President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda into law. Failure is not an option.”

184 U.S. REPRESENTATIVES’ TAKE ON CLEAN ENERGY INCENTIVES IN BUDGET RESOLUTION: 186 members of the U.S. House, led by Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Nanette Diaz Barragán, Jason Crow, Mike Levin, and A. Donald McEachin signed onto a letter to House Speaker Pelosi underscoring the need for important clean energy, energy efficiency, and clean transportation tax incentives. “These incentives will play a critical role in America’s economic recovery, alleviate some of the pollution impacts that have been borne by disadvantaged communities, and help the country build back better and cleaner,” wrote the House members. “We look forward to working with you to include a stable, predictable, and long-term clean energy, energy efficiency, and clean transportation tax platform…”

BID PASSAGE: On Tuesday, the Senate passed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal (BID), which, on its own, falls short of the bold investments needed to address the climate crisis and support the frontline communities who carry the most burden from climate change and pollution, including communities of color and communities of low wealth. It is critical that Congress concurrently moves a reconciliation package that matches the scale of the climate and environmental justice crises we face and adequately invests in our transition to a clean energy economy.

OUR TAKE: LCV President Gene Karpinski stated, “It is now up to the Senate to quickly deliver on the funding needed to meet President Biden’s Build Back Better climate goals and cut carbon pollution by at least half by 2030 through the budget reconciliation. The bipartisan bill and budget package must move in tandem. As debate on the budget resolution begins, it is imperative that the Senate stay focused on passing a bill that will meet the climate ambition goals science and justice require, and not waste time debating anti-environmental riders. As the UN said, the latest IPCC report is a ‘code red for humanity’ — failure to act on climate is not an option.”

IMMIGRATION REFORM IN RECONCILIATION: Earlier this week, LCV joined environmental justice advocates to support We Are Home and America’s Voice statement calling for immigration reform to be part of the reconciliation package. Immigrants are the backbone of this nation and are too often in jobs that put them on the frontlines of the climate crisis — even resulting in death. Fortunately, the budget resolution, or framework for the reconciliation package, released this week includes mention of a pathway to citizenship for immigrants, and we will continue to work with these advocates to encourage its inclusion as the committees develop the policies to make good on this commitment. 

COALITION TAKE: A broad group of 50 organizations said, “To Build Back Better we have to make sure everyone is included, particularly those traditionally left behind. Along with jobs, care, and climate, citizenship for immigrant workers and families is an integral part of the recovery package that Congress must enact this year…The political moment to enact a citizenship measure is now.”

TALKING INFRASTRUCTURE WITH GRANHOLM: This week, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm joined LCV for a virtual discussion with Alyssa Quintyne, Interior Organizer with The Alaska Center, Frank Hawk, COO of the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, and Gilbert Cambell, Co-Founder and CEO of Volt Energy. The President’s Build Back Better agenda presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to combat the climate crisis, strengthen communities, and create good-paying union jobs. Secretary Granholm spoke on the positive impacts clean energy has already had on their work, lives, and communities.

THE GOP ISN’T FOR THE PEOPLE: With Senator Ted Cruz’s obstruction to start debate on the For the People Act this week, it’s clear that Republican senators have no desire to acknowledge the need for voter protections. In state legislative sessions this year, 48 states have already introduced, prefiled, or carried more than 389 bills to restrict or limit voting access. These bills were intentionally written to suppress the record numbers of Black and Brown voters who turned out in 2020. Enacting the For the People Act would supersede these suppressive state laws and modernize our voting system to ensure a consistent, accessible, and secure process for voters across the country. The future of our democracy is at stake — the Senate must make eliminating the filibuster and passing the For the People Act two of its highest priorities when it comes back from August recess. 

SENATE MAJORITY LEADER TAKE: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer stated, “The Republican minority has just prevented the Senate from even having a debate — a debate, just that — on voting rights in this country. I understand my Republican colleagues don’t approve of every aspect of the Democratic bill to protect voting rights, but surely there are areas where our two parties can find some agreement.”

OUR TAKE: LCV Voting Rights Program Director Justin Kwasa stated, “Protecting the freedom to vote, creating a fair redistricting process, and limiting polluter money in politics are critical policies directly addressed in the For The People Act. In front of the Senate was an overwhelmingly popular bill supported by 8 in 10 Americans across the political spectrum. It is unconscionable that Republican senators, the same group that has blocked an investigation into the Capitol insurrection, have once again chosen to use Senate procedures, including the filibuster, to deny the will of the people on a bill with a clear path to being enacted. 

Our leaders must now take bold action to eliminate the archaic filibuster rule and end the shameful tradition of using it to marginalize the communities of color who have fought for fair representation since the founding of our country. With anti-democracy bills passing in state legislatures across the country, President Biden and Senate Democrats must follow the lead of House Democrats and remove all barriers to our freedom to vote and fair elections for all.”

& THEY AREN’T FOR BUILDING BACK BETTER EITHER: Congressional Republicans continue to try to obstruct progress alongside their Big Oil and corporate polluter allies, and, as lawmakers head back home, we know Republicans and their allies are going to continue to fearmonger and lob their misleading and false attacks about the budget reconciliation. See our full memo from LCV Research Director Julie Alderman Boudreau HERE.

OUR TAKE: LCV Research Director Julie Alderman Boudreau wrote, “The more we wait, the more expensive it’s going to be. We have no choice but to act now – the world’s climate scientists have made that clear, again. Nearly three-quarters of voters support the Build Back Better agenda after hearing the main provisions, costs, and tax components. The GOP attacks just don’t hold up. It is clear that we have to meet the scale of the crises we face with the big investments needed to build back better with justice and equity and it’s what voters across the country — Republicans, Independents, and Democrats alike — are demanding.”

🏈FROM THE FIELD🏈: Our team is at work on the ground, building power and support with climate advocates, business owners, community leaders, students, and those who are seeing the everyday impacts of the climate crisis working towards a clean energy future. This week, our organizers across the country hit a huge milestone, knocking on 100,000 doors! In addition, we connected with over 3,200 businesses and placed 8,000 yard signs! See our video highlighting how our organizers and volunteers have mobilized to demand bold investments in  HERE!

OUR TAKE: LCV tweeted, “🗣️ 100,000 DOORS KNOCKED!
Our organizers and volunteers have mobilized across the country this summer to demand bold climate action and clean energy jobs.
Voters in big cities and small towns, red and blue states, and everywhere in-between are calling for #ClimateActionNow! ✊”

NEW AD ALERT!: In response to Senate passage of the budget resolution, LCV and Climate Power released the first spots in a new seven-figure round of TV ads. The ads thank senators from Georgia, New Hampshire, and Nevada who voted in support of the $3.5 trillion budget resolution, or framework for the reconciliation package, early Wednesday morning, a plan with climate policies at its core, which according to recent polling, is supported by three out of four voters. Watch Georgia’s ad for “Lower Costs” HERE.

OUR TAKE: LCV Senior Vice President of Campaigns Pete Maysmith stated, “With the backdrop of record-breaking heat waves, catastrophic wildfires, droughts, storms, and floods sweeping the nation and the “code red for humanity” from the  IPCC  reinforcing the need for swift action on the climate crisis — we thank those Senators who took the first step and voted  for the transformative investments we need to build back better at the scale that science and justice require. The moment for climate, justice, and jobs is now and we are thrilled to see this once in a generation opportunity in progress. Now we must continue to meet the moment and ensure that President Biden’s full Build Back Better agenda is enacted into law to build a cleaner and healthier future for all.”

DOUBLE AD ALERT!: LCV and Climate Power announced an additional $4 million in new spending over August recess to push back on Big Polluter-funded lies and thank members of Congress for supporting transformative clean energy legislation that will create jobs, lower utility bills for families, and tackle climate change. The new ads will launch ahead of House members’ planned return to D.C. to vote on the $3.5 trillion budget resolution, just days after the pro-polluter group American Action Network launched false attack ads about the overwhelmingly popular Build Back Better agenda. Watch the ad for IA-03 HERE.

OUR TAKE:  LCV SVP of Campaigns Pete Maysmith stated, “It’s no surprise that a conservative front group wants to block overwhelmingly popular action on climate, clean energy, justice and jobs in a last ditch attempt to pad the pockets of polluter CEOs. As we heard from the UN, this is a ‘code red for humanity’ and failure to act on climate is not an option — these members of Congress deserve immense credit for keeping up the fight for working families and our planet.”

CLIMATE POWER TAKE: Climate Power Executive Director Lori Lodes stated, “Big Oil and Gas companies have been lying to the public for decades and we can’t let them get away with it any longer. The American people are ready for action on climate change and members of Congress are ready to do what’s necessary to create millions of clean energy jobs and stop the worst of the climate crisis.”

NEW POLL ALERT!: This week, LCV and Climate Power released new polling showing widespread support for the full Build Back Better reconciliation package, which includes investments in clean energy and environmental justice. The results were released the day the Senate passed an infrastructure bill, moving to a budget resolution that includes historic climate action. The national survey of registered voters was conducted at the end of July by Hart Research. See polling slides HERE.

KEY FINDINGS: Key takeaways from pollsters Geoff Garin, Corrie Hunt, and Jay Campbell include:

    • Three in four voters support the reconciliation plan.
    • Large majorities say the plan’s climate, clean energy, and environmental justice components are essential
    • 66% of voters, including 78% of Independents, say taking action to deal with climate change this year is an important priority for the President and Congress.
    • Focusing on the plan’s climate benefits can motivate the Democratic base.
    • Detailing the economic benefits to working families and middle-class Americans can motivate swing voters.
    • We have strong messages to win the debate on unfounded tax and inflation attacks, including: 
      • Note that the wealthy and corporations will pay for the bill and no one who makes less than $400,000 a year will be taxed
      • Talk about the ways the legislation lowers costs and puts money in the pockets of average people
      • Emphasizing economic benefits for working families—including lower utility bills

TIME TO RESTORE THE NATIONAL MONUMENTS: Board members of the Next 100 Coalition Teresa Ana Martinez, Jessica Loya and Eboni Preston wrote an op-ed urging President Biden to restore the boundaries of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. Restoring these protections is imperative for tribal nations who call these regions home and make progress toward President Biden’s goal of preserving 30% of US land by 2030.

COALITION TAKE: Next 100 Coalition board members Teresa Ana Martinez, Jessica Loya and Eboni Preston wrote, “Restoring these boundaries also provides an opportunity to recognize the significance of America’s national monuments and the community-led processes that result in these designations. When we think of national monuments, we may think of natural landscapes, perhaps with stunning cliffs, rivers and deserts. But the monuments are complex – they honor cultural, spiritual, historical and ecological values, and can be centered around justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.”

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE STATES:

RENEW NEBRASKA: Yesterday, a new organization promoting clean energy development in Nebraska was launched. Renew Nebraska is a group of community leaders advocating for the economic development and rural revitalization opportunities presented by clean energy. The group is co-chaired by Eliot Bostar, state senator and executive director of Nebraska Conservation Voters, the mayor of Norfolk, a board director of one of the state’s public electric utilities, and the former chair of the State Chamber of Commerce and former general manager of Nucor Steel. The launch comes as the board of the state’s largest utility, Nebraska Public Power District, considers committing to a zero-carbon goal, following two other Nebraska utilities that made the pledge in the past couple of years after successful campaigns by Nebraska Conservation Voters.

SEN. BOSTAR TAKE: State Senator and Executive Director of Nebraska Conservation Voters, Eliot Bostar, said, “In an era when so many issues are cause for division, we see that clean energy is something that unites Nebraskans, and for good reason: it creates jobs, it generates tax revenue, it bolsters national security, and it’s good for our health and the environment.”

POWER UP FOR RECESS!⚡: This week we’re continuing LCV and Climate Power’s Climate Action Now: Great American Build nationwide August recess tour, which includes clean energy facility visits, art activations, block parties and community gatherings highlighting the opportunity to take climate action now! In coordination with LCV’s state affiliates and partners, we will hold at least 31 events during this tour, many of which will include members of Congress in key states and Congressional Districts across the country. As we’ve seen from deadly heat waves and devastating fires over the summer, we cannot wait to tackle the climate crisis and invest in clean energy, justice, and jobs. See highlights from state action last week HERE.

IN ARIZONA: Yesterday, at Tucson’s Pima Community College Automotive and Technology Center, Congressman Raúl Grijalva along with state Representatives Andrés Cano and Kirsten Engel joined Arizonans to discuss how bold climate action can create clean energy jobs and protect frontline communities from pollution and severe weather in every part of the state. WATCH the event.

IN ILLINOIS: White House Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy, and U.S. Representatives Sean Casten and Lauren Underwood toured research facilities in Illinois this week with local climate leaders to discuss how bold funding in clean energy infrastructure will impact the Midwest and create good paying jobs while addressing environmental inequities and the climate crisis. Their visit to Fermilab in Batavia and Argonne National Laboratory in Darien followed the day after the latest IPCC report was released, showing how humans are exacerbating the climate crisis at an alarming rate.

MCCARTHY TAKE: White House Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy stated, “We don’t have to ever talk about climate change if you just want to look at the benefits of the actions that are being taken to normal humans, just talk about what it means for people. You actually do that by making sure you’re talking about economic development and talking about investing in our manufacturing again.”

UNDERWOOD TAKE: Representative Lauren Underwood stated, “We are facing a historic crisis of climate change right now. But also historic opportunities. The opportunity to create millions of good jobs, American jobs, that will also improve the health of our planet. And the opportunity to solidify Illinois’ role as a global leader in clean energy, cutting-edge scientific research and the fight against climate change.”

CASTEN TAKE: Representative Casten stated, “We have the intellectual tools in this region and we have the resources to do what’s necessary. We just barely have the time. Our moment is right now to do what’s necessary.”

IN ILLINOIS: This week, climate advocates and constituents joined Representative Brad Schneider, Zion Mayor ​​McKinney, and City Commissioner Holmes for a townhall discussing clean energy and climate justice. 

SCHNEIDER TAKE:  Representative Schneider tweeted, “Our first in-person Congress on Your Corner town hall in well over a year! Thank you, Zion, for coming out in conversation about what our communities have done to overcome this pandemic.”

IN MICHIGAN: This week, Michigan Conservation Voters hosted an event featuring electric vehicles with Representative Rashida Tlaib and Michigan state Senators Mallory McMorrow and Adam Hollier, where they discussed how investments in electric vehicles and innovative change can help to address the climate crisis.

TLAIB TAKE: Last week, Representative Rashida Tlaib tweeted, “#13thDistrictStrong is going electric! We are proud of our @UAW #Local22 family in helping us build electric vehicles. Clean cars are a small step in our fight to breathe clean air and protect our environment.”

IN MONTANA: This week, Montana Conservation Voters hosted an event in Great Falls to hear about how MCV is taking climate action to demand clean energy and good paying jobs while addressing the climate crisis and environmental injustice.

IN NEVADA: This week, Chispa Nevada and Nevada Conservation league hosted a virtual event with local Clark County advocates and officials to discuss transitioning to fully electric school buses. Clark County received an F-grade from the American Lung Association for its poor air quality and using electric buses would go a long way toward creating a healthier community, especially for children.

CHISPA NV TAKE: Chispa Nevada Program Director Rudy Zamora stated, “Senator Cortez Masto has already co-sponsored legislation to fund electric school buses and school districts across Nevada are considering a zero emissions models to protect children’s health and air quality.”

NEVADA CONSERVATION LEAGUE TAKE: Verna Mandez, Deputy Director of Nevada Conservation League, said, “This package will not only help us create healthier communities, but it will also bring good-paying jobs to so many. Investments in clean energy and clean transportation has the potential in creating over 1 million manufacturing job across the nation.”

IN NEW YORK: Yesterday, New York LCV joined Representative Paul Tonko, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, and the NRDC to discuss New York’s up to 360,000 toxic lead pipes delivering water to homes in New York. No amount of lead in water is safe, and our nation has watched for years as communities, particularly Black communities, have suffered from undrinkable water in their own homes.

NYLCV TAKE: New York LCV posted, “Yesterday we joined @RepPaulTonko @nrdc @albanymayorkathysheehan to talk about clean drinking water infrastructure and lead service lines. 9.2 million U.S. homes have lead pipes and NY is estimated to have at least 360,000 lead lines. The #BuildBackBetter #climaterecovery agenda would invest over $100 billion to eliminate all lead pipes and service lines to reduce exposure and improve children’s health. We are happy to have a champion in Congressman Tonko who is pushing for this bold and aggressive federal legislative package that will invest the resources we need to avert a climate crisis and reduce this harmful toxin from our environment.”

IN PENNSYLVANIA: This week, Conservation Voters Pennsylvania joined EDF Action to host a community event in Lehigh Valley to discuss how community members can continue to advocate for Lehigh Valley and Pennsylvania to be committed to climate justice and a leader in clean energy jobs. With bold investments for clean energy infrastructure, the Lehigh Valley can continue to thrive as a manufacturing community building a clean energy future.

IN WASHINGTON, OREGON AND IDAHO: This week, Save Our Wild Salmon, the Association of Northwest Steelheaders, Environment Washington Whale and Dolphin Conservation, and Idaho Conservation League hosted events in Washington, Oregon and Idaho to raise awareness for warming waters and its negative effects on salmon populations. Salmon are especially sensitive to higher water temperatures and risk extinction in the coming years if action is not taken.

SAVE OUR WILD SALMON TAKE: Local activist and Save Our Wild Salmon member Harvey Morrison said, “For the sake of the salmon, I think we’ve got to persist in pressuring these politicians…It’s very imperative to do it now because we’re in a crisis. These fish are facing extinction…They’ve been endangered for a long time and threatened. We are going to run out of time if we don’t do something.”

IN WISCONSIN: This week, Wisconsin Conservation Voters hosted a roundtable with Madison Satya Mayor Rhodes-Conway, Dane County Executive Joseph Parisi, and Sam Dunaiski with RENEW Wisconsin to discuss how a clean energy future can help transform and Wisconsin’s economy and address the climate crisis. WATCH the roundtable. 

COMING UP:

August 19: Lake Tahoe Summit featuring Interior Secretary Haaland