It is day 27 of my 365 Days of Living Deliberately, and I am still catching up on things and have had no time to blog,  so I’m sharing more info that comes to me via email.

 Environment America action@environmentamerica.org
We’re launching one of our biggest campaigns ever—to convince President Obama to use his second term to focus the full power of the presidency on solving global warming. To pull it off, we’re going to need everyone to pitch in. Can you donate $15? 

Click here
Environment America is the federation of state environmental groups with 29 affiliates nationwide.

Dear Deborah,

This is not the typical email we send you. Today I’m asking you to help launch one of Environment America’s most important campaigns ever.

President Obama came in with such high hopes, and over the last five years he’s done some amazing things. Our cars are cleaner. There’s less mercury pollution.

But the hard truth is, some of the most important parts of President Obama’s agenda have been stymied—by partisanship in Washington, the tea party, and above all the power of giant corporations. And that’s especially true when it comes to global warming.

Remember President Obama’s big climate bill? It was filibustered in the Senate and never even got a vote.

Looking for a bipartisan plan? Good luck—too many in Congress won’t even admit global warming exists.

And now we have only three years left, which sounds like a long time, but really isn’t—especially with a dysfunctional Congress that can’t even seem to pass a budget without endless drama.

But here’s the really important thing to understand going forward: while President Obama needs Congress to make progress on so many issues, global warming is one of the few problems that he really can tackle all on his own because of powerful environmental laws already on the books.

So at Environment America, we’ve made a big decision: We’ve decided to launch one of our biggest campaigns ever to get President Obama use his last three years to focus the full power of the presidency on dramatically reducing our global warming pollution. It’s an audacious plan, and we’ll face huge political attacks, so to make sure we have the resources to see it through, I’m writing to ask you to become a founding donor to this campaign. Can you contribute $15 to help jump-start this effort?

Yes, I’ll donate $15.

Are you getting excited? Good. Here’s the plan:

Step one is to make sure President Obama actually follows through on his promise to confront global warming. That means cracking down on coal plants, maximizing energy efficiency, fast-tracking wind and solar development, and much more. We know his heart is in the right place, but we can’t just assume he’ll do what’s necessary without a public outcry.

Second, we need to put pressure on both Republicans and Democrats in Congress not to pull any shenanigans to block President Obama from enforcing the law. Our opponents have proven that when push comes to shove they’re willing to shut down the government to get what they want. We can’t let them use those kinds of tricks to prevent action on global warming.

To do all that, we need more than just a campaign—we need a movement. Here’s what that looks like:

    • Concerned citizens across the country showing up at the offices of members of Congress and town hall meetings to let them know how we feel.
    • A rapid-response network of trained activists watchdogging the press and their members of Congress and responding with letters to the editor and on social media every time the issue flares up.
    • Hundreds of thousands of letters, phone calls, postcards, and public comments in support of the best parts of President Obama’s climate action plan.
  • A huge coalition of allies, including state and local elected officials, religious leaders, doctors, scientists, and others to make sure we can’t be ignored as “just a bunch of environmentalists.”

With more than 1 million online supporters, 29 state affiliates, 70 campaign offices, and allies organizing students on more than 100 college campuses—Environment America has the foundation we need to get the job done.

And President Obama’s already gotten started. Last year, he announced a bold climate plan including many of the key steps we need to take. And just last week, he formally proposed limits on climate pollution for new coal plants—a huge step toward eliminating the biggest single source of global warming pollution in the U.S.1

But the clock is ticking on President Obama’s second term. If we’re going to stop the worst effects of global warming, we can’t afford to waste one minute. It’s a huge task, but I’m convinced we can do it together. Can you chip in $15 so help kick this campaign off with a bang?

Yes, I’ll donate $15.

Thanks for all you do.

Yours,

Margie Alt
Environment America

Source:

1. “EPA Publishes First Rule Limiting Carbon Pollution From New Power Plants,” Think Progress, January 11, 2014

 

We’re launching one of our biggest campaigns ever—to convince President Obama to use his second term to focus the full power of the presidency on solving global warming. To pull it off, we’re going to need everyone to pitch in. Can you donate $15? 

Click here
Environment America is the federation of state environmental groups with 29 affiliates nationwide.

Dear Deborah,

This is not the typical email we send you. Today I’m asking you to help launch one of Environment America’s most important campaigns ever.

President Obama came in with such high hopes, and over the last five years he’s done some amazing things. Our cars are cleaner. There’s less mercury pollution.

But the hard truth is, some of the most important parts of President Obama’s agenda have been stymied—by partisanship in Washington, the tea party, and above all the power of giant corporations. And that’s especially true when it comes to global warming.

Remember President Obama’s big climate bill? It was filibustered in the Senate and never even got a vote.

Looking for a bipartisan plan? Good luck—too many in Congress won’t even admit global warming exists.

And now we have only three years left, which sounds like a long time, but really isn’t—especially with a dysfunctional Congress that can’t even seem to pass a budget without endless drama.

But here’s the really important thing to understand going forward: while President Obama needs Congress to make progress on so many issues, global warming is one of the few problems that he really can tackle all on his own because of powerful environmental laws already on the books.

So at Environment America, we’ve made a big decision: We’ve decided to launch one of our biggest campaigns ever to get President Obama use his last three years to focus the full power of the presidency on dramatically reducing our global warming pollution. It’s an audacious plan, and we’ll face huge political attacks, so to make sure we have the resources to see it through, I’m writing to ask you to become a founding donor to this campaign. Can you contribute $15 to help jump-start this effort?

Yes, I’ll donate $15.

Are you getting excited? Good. Here’s the plan:

Step one is to make sure President Obama actually follows through on his promise to confront global warming. That means cracking down on coal plants, maximizing energy efficiency, fast-tracking wind and solar development, and much more. We know his heart is in the right place, but we can’t just assume he’ll do what’s necessary without a public outcry.

Second, we need to put pressure on both Republicans and Democrats in Congress not to pull any shenanigans to block President Obama from enforcing the law. Our opponents have proven that when push comes to shove they’re willing to shut down the government to get what they want. We can’t let them use those kinds of tricks to prevent action on global warming.

To do all that, we need more than just a campaign—we need a movement. Here’s what that looks like:

    • Concerned citizens across the country showing up at the offices of members of Congress and town hall meetings to let them know how we feel.
    • A rapid-response network of trained activists watchdogging the press and their members of Congress and responding with letters to the editor and on social media every time the issue flares up.
    • Hundreds of thousands of letters, phone calls, postcards, and public comments in support of the best parts of President Obama’s climate action plan.
  • A huge coalition of allies, including state and local elected officials, religious leaders, doctors, scientists, and others to make sure we can’t be ignored as “just a bunch of environmentalists.”

With more than 1 million online supporters, 29 state affiliates, 70 campaign offices, and allies organizing students on more than 100 college campuses—Environment America has the foundation we need to get the job done.

And President Obama’s already gotten started. Last year, he announced a bold climate plan including many of the key steps we need to take. And just last week, he formally proposed limits on climate pollution for new coal plants—a huge step toward eliminating the biggest single source of global warming pollution in the U.S.1

But the clock is ticking on President Obama’s second term. If we’re going to stop the worst effects of global warming, we can’t afford to waste one minute. It’s a huge task, but I’m convinced we can do it together. Can you chip in $15 so help kick this campaign off with a bang?

Yes, I’ll donate $15.

Thanks for all you do.

Yours,

Margie Alt
Environment America

Source:

1. “EPA Publishes First Rule Limiting Carbon Pollution From New Power Plants,” Think Progress, January 11, 2014