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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  • melissa downes
    signed 2020-05-15 21:27:08 -0400
    I have attended two webinars in the last week. The first discussed how 14 states have already committed to net zero carbon energy futures. The second economic modeling showing how we could by 2050 make the economics work. I have an M.A. in climate mitigation and I am confident we can flatten the curve of climate change as we are doing with COVID-19. Please create a green infrastructure for us to reach to the moon.


    Don’t you share my faith that the pioneering spirit and resourcefulness of the American people will succeed? Shouldn’t American exceptionalism mean we are leading?
  • Virginia Robinson
    signed via 2020-05-15 21:12:58 -0400
  • Judith Black
    signed 2020-05-15 21:06:14 -0400
    Please, our traditional energy sector is one of the GREAT problems. Help them transition to renewables, not reinforce their deadly pursuit of oil and gas.
  • Louise Quigley
    signed 2020-05-15 20:58:26 -0400
    We need to switch off fossil fuels soonest! So we need to start by giving NO MORE money, subsidies, or bailouts to fossil fuels companies!
  • Victoria Hoyland
    signed 2020-05-15 20:56:50 -0400
  • Sandy Mishodek
    signed 2020-05-15 20:52:51 -0400
  • Jarrett Cloud
    signed 2020-05-15 20:51:42 -0400
  • Carol Gold
    signed 2020-05-15 20:48:05 -0400
  • Evan Patrick
    signed 2020-05-15 20:41:55 -0400
  • Maria Maffei
    signed 2020-05-15 20:14:49 -0400
  • Martha Simon
    signed 2020-05-15 20:08:32 -0400
  • Kim Williams
    signed 2020-05-15 20:00:10 -0400
    No bailout for big gas and oil!
  • Holly Cadena
    signed 2020-05-15 19:53:04 -0400
  • Laura Davis
    signed 2020-05-15 19:51:43 -0400
  • Leslie Mlawski
    signed 2020-05-15 19:32:13 -0400
  • Nathalie Bridegam
    signed 2020-05-15 19:31:59 -0400
    This smacks in the faces of millions of Americans who want to live their lives in a world embracing green infrastructure, eco balance, the saving of old growth (and all) forests, and the elimination of federal financial support of fossil fuels. You and so many members of Congress have lived your lives during a decent 6, 7, or 8 decades. Please write legislation that support The New Green Deal and so much more so that the younger generations will have a chance at life, albeit, not the life that so many of us older people have had the privilege to live while destroying the future of our children and grandchildren.


    Nathalie Bridegam
  • John Sigren
    signed 2020-05-15 19:30:03 -0400
  • Alison Page
    signed 2020-05-15 19:29:50 -0400
  • Sara Brenner
    signed 2020-05-15 19:28:57 -0400
  • Ericka Moreno
    signed 2020-05-15 19:27:55 -0400
  • Juliana Belding
    signed 2020-05-15 19:26:37 -0400
    This is a time to transition to more renewable energy. Please don’t bail out big gas/oil.
  • Caryn Graves
    signed 2020-05-15 19:24:52 -0400
  • David Dolbashian
    signed 2020-05-15 19:18:54 -0400
  • Barbara Hickernell
    signed 2020-05-15 19:14:53 -0400
  • Margaret Tritton
    signed 2020-05-15 19:14:17 -0400
  • Melanie Renaud
    signed 2020-05-15 19:12:21 -0400
  • James Eggleston
    signed 2020-05-15 19:09:31 -0400
  • Juliet Pearson
    signed 2020-05-15 19:06:43 -0400
    Juliet Pearson
  • Joan Smith
    signed 2020-05-15 19:01:15 -0400
  • Judith Glixon
    signed 2020-05-15 18:56:30 -0400