NOVEMBER 2020: Election Jitters During COVID-19 Upticks

Note: This Presidential election is too important not to post something on my website. I read these items first in Jane Fonda’s book, What Can I Do, under the heading of 10 Steps for the Next Administration’s First 10 Days. I Googled the title and found this excellent resource which has lots more info: www.climatepresident.org.

Each step has an explanatory paragraph, so please go to the website for the whole story. Fonda’s book also contains information on how to transition away from fossil fuel dependency in a just and fair manner so people don’t lose their jobs, homes, and dignity (See step #7). I will be reviewing her book soon.

No matter who becomes president, these actions seem important enough to post and I urge you to go to the website for more information.  I also believe that the virus and climate change are linked. Chapter 13 of What Can I Do? is about Health and Climate Change, which I plan to review in a future posting, separate from the book review, since my website focuses on health (of the body [microcosm] and the planet[macrocosm].

 

TEN ESSENTIAL CLIMATE ACTIONS THE NEXT PRESIDENT
CAN TAKE WITHOUT CONGRESS

  1. Declare a national climate emergency under the National Emergencies Act.
  2. Keep fossil fuels in the ground.
  3. Stop fossil fuel exports and infrastructure approvals.
  4. Shift financial flows from fossil fuels to climate solutions.
  5. Use the Clean Air Act to set a science-based national pollution cap for greenhouse pollutants. Then, use all Clean Air Act programs to drive emissions towards zero economy-wide.
  6. Power the electricity sector with 100% clean and renewable energy by 2030 and promote energy democracy. 
  1. Launch a just transition to protect our communities, workers, and economy.
  2. Advance climate justice: Direct federal agencies to assess and mitigate environmental harms to disproportionately Indigenous Peoples, People and Communities of Color, and low-wealth communities.
  3. Make Polluters pay: Investigate and prosecute fossil fuel polluters for the damages they have caused. Commit to veto all legislation that grants legal immunity for polluters, undermines existing environmental laws, or advances false solutions.
  4. Rejoin the Paris Agreement and lead with science-based that ensure that the United States, as the world’s largest cumulative historical emitter, contributes its fair share and advances climate justice.

 

Please go to the website for the valuable information contained within each of the
10 Climate Actions: www.climatepresident.org

 

AND, DON’T FORGET TO VOTE!

Defend The Clean Air Act

MY NOTE: Thanx to my friend Honey for all the petitions she sends for me to read and sign (or not). The previous Sierra Club was from her, as is this one. Food, Water, and Air are all basic necessities, but sometimes we forget about air qulaity. This is a good reminder. It can also double as an Earth Day Every Day post since clean air is important for the planet and its inhabitants.

 

Tell the Senate: Reject the Smoggy Skies Act
The petition to the Senate reads:
“The ‘Smoggy Skies Act’ would reverse decades of progress to reduce smog and ozone levels and cause untold suffering to at-risk communities and thousands more premature deaths each year. Reject S.263, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act.”Add your name:

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Dear Honey,

If you know someone who suffers from asthma, heart disease or respiratory problems — or is simply elderly or a child — you should be very worried. A dangerous bill that quietly passed the House of Representatives could make life much worse for you or your loved ones, and it could even be deadly.

The “Smoggy Skies Act” would reverse decades of progress to reduce smog and ozone levels and permanently weaken the Clean Air Act. It’s a massive and appalling giveaway to big polluters at the expense of public health and the environment.

The bill is currently under consideration in the Senate where the oil and gas lobby have a stranglehold over many lawmakers. We must pressure every senator to protect public health and prevent this bill from ever seeing the light of day.

Tell the Senate: Reject the Smoggy Skies Act. Click here to sign the petition.

The Smoggy Skies Act would delay for nearly a decade critical clean air regulations set by the Obama administration for acceptable levels of ground ozone, the leading cause of smog. The bill also permanently lengthens the required review period of ozone standards and other pollutants from every five years to every 10 years.

While industry-backed supporters of the bill claim slashing regulations will be good for business, the legislation would be a disaster for at-risk communities including children, the elderly and people with health issues. An analysis by the Environmental Protection Agency found that stronger smog standards would save thousands of lives and lead to better outcomes for people with asthma and heart or respiratory problems. In fact, stricter standards could save the country between $2.9 billion and $5.9 billion annually in health care spending by 2025.1

Dozens of health and medical groups, including the American Lung Association, the National Health Association and the American Public Health Association oppose this legislation, and polls show that the American public — by a 2-to-1 margin — believe the EPA should leave current ozone standards in place.2

But despite the widespread public opposition, Big Oil is doing everything it can to get this bill on Donald Trump’s desk and has spent millions in campaign contributions to convince lawmakers to ignore decades of science and research in order to line their pockets with dirty fossil fuel profits.3

If this bill passes the Senate, thousands could die each year prematurely and millions more will suffer. We must speak out now in full force to protect public health and the environment before it’s too late.

Tell the Senate: Reject the Smoggy Skies Act. Click the link below to sign the petition:

https://act.credoaction.com/sign/smoggy_skies?t=7&akid=24370%2E9703851%2El-KIdz

Thanks for all you do.

Josh Nelson, Deputy Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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References

  1. Brad Plumer, “The EPA’s big crackdown on smog, explained,” Vox, Oct. 1. 2015.
  2. Matthew Weis, “Oil, Gas, and Chemical Money Boosts House Members Pushing to Weaken Clean Air Act,” MapLight, July 18, 2017.
  3. American Lung Association et al., “Coalition letter in opposition to H.R. 806,” March 21, 2017.

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