Speaker Pelosi: Seize this moment for a cleaner, more just future

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Dear Speaker Pelosi:

In these uncertain times, we appreciate elected leaders who work tirelessly to ensure that American workers and families are supported and cared for during the pandemic. We know that a tremendous amount of work goes into the stimulus bills and that complicated legislation requires bipartisan cooperation. As Mothers Out Front we applaud the work you are doing to protect our most vulnerable citizens. We are writing today to ask that you make that protection complete by addressing the grave threat to our health that the climate crisis presents.

We were dismayed to learn that the newest stimulus bill being developed by Congress could be used for bailing out oil and gas companies. Worse, it has no funds allocated to building a green economy. At a time when the effects of environmental destruction are so clearly linked to the health of people in our country and around the world, it seems impossible to imagine that our government would not be doing everything within its power to build our clean-energy sector-- one that provides a just transition for workers in the energy industry and ensures that all children will have the hope of a livable climate for their lifetime.

Mothers around the country understand the clear links between the coronavirus and the climate crisis. We see the connections between industrial pollution and those who suffer the most from the virus. Americans who live on the frontlines of fossil fuel and other industries that pollute our air and water often fare the worst from the virus. Black and Latino Americans are getting the virus in higher numbers and are dying from it at disproportionate rates. 

We call on Congress to learn the lessons that the pandemic so urgently brings to us all. We must acknowledge the links of industry to public health and we must transition away from fossil fuels and to clean, renewable energy. 

We respectfully ask that you and all members of Congress seize this moment in time to turn away from the fossil fuel industry.  This industry has deliberately misled the public for decades, polluted our air and water, which has led to negative health impacts for those of us who live on the frontlines of extraction and processing, and led to climate change which affects us all. Instead, we urge you to fund the future through green stimulus. The blue sky that shines above us all right now is a reminder that we can do things differently. We cannot go back to pre-pandemic life, we must go forward into a cleaner, more just future. 

 

Thank you,

Kathie Piccagli and Maia Piccagli, Mothers Out Front San Francisco

Adelita Serena, LaTisha Harris, Linda Hutchins-Knowles and Sandy Naranjo, Mothers Out Front California

Anya Deepak, Bobby Monacella, Electa Sevier, Eliza Johnston, Ellen van Bever, Kelsey Wirth, Susan Campbell, Vanessa Rule, Mothers Out Front National Leadership Team

 


References:

https://projects.iq.harvard.edu/covid-pm 

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200427-how-air-pollution-exacerbates-covid-19

https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/08/us/coronavirus-pandemic-race-impact-trnd/index.html

 

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  • Laurie Ferhani
    signed 2020-05-15 16:40:46 -0400
  • Barbra Chevalier
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  • Gillian Pederson-Krag
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  • James Tuleya
    signed 2020-05-15 16:30:13 -0400
    Chairperson, Carbon Free Silicon Valley
  • Ilene Linssen
    signed 2020-05-15 16:29:39 -0400
  • Elaine Becker
    signed 2020-05-15 16:29:35 -0400
    NO money for Big Oil! They are the most profitable industry in world history. They do NOT need any more from us!
  • Liz Thorne
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  • Jane Matlaw
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  • Nancy Erickson
    signed 2020-05-15 16:16:06 -0400
  • Scott Ragsdale
    signed 2020-05-15 16:16:04 -0400
    Pelosi – Democratic National Committee – you need to step into the work of putting green ethics into every work you do.
  • Sharon Schuetze
    signed 2020-05-15 16:15:31 -0400
  • Deborah Williams
    signed 2020-05-15 16:14:25 -0400
  • Susan Scerbo
    signed 2020-05-15 16:09:31 -0400
    Please turn off the faucet for fracked gas! It undermines your efforts for environmental justice & a healthy planet. We will all breathe easier without the added methane, NO2, CO2, and heavy metals in our atmosphere. Thank you for all you do!
  • David Abramson
    signed 2020-05-15 16:09:25 -0400
  • Suzanne Bennett
    signed 2020-05-15 16:06:33 -0400
    This is the time when history can be re-written, when our children’s children will see that we made changes to protect all life on earth.
  • Rachel Keen
    signed 2020-05-15 16:06:07 -0400
    Speaker Pelosi, I have admired the photo of you surrounded by children, standing in front of a flag. Please remember those children’s future by including in the current bill money for Green Energy, rather than bailouts for fossil fuels.
  • Erica Warren
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