Our democracy has been under assault for years by powerful special interests who want to buy their way into our government. They have helped elect politicians who put their needs first and then do everything they can to make sure they can’t be held accountable by voters – introducing strict voter ID requirements, gerrymandering districts so it’s nearly impossible for them to lose, and more.
The oil and gas industry, aided by the erosion of campaign finance laws and nearly boundless lobbying budgets, asserts enormous influence over legislative processes in real time while also enjoying legacy influence in regulatory frame- works. The results can be devastating to the health of the environment and the public.
Pennsylvanians are calling Governor Wolf today and letting him know that cutting methane pollution from existing oil and gas operations must be a central action to addressing the threat of climate change.
We must amplify our voices and, more importantly, make sure Governor Wolf’s actions speak the loudest. Join residents from across Pennsylvania today in calling into the Governor Wolf’s office and leaving a message urging him to act on climate change by directly implementing measures to control methane from existing oil and gas operations.
Did you know the Philadelphia Water Department found that plastic bags comprise 17% of the total debris recovered by their skimming operations? Philadelphia’s litter index and 311 reporting show that business associations and residents of Philadelphia’s underserved communities bear the heaviest burden of litter cleanups and that underserved communities also suffer a disproportionate burden to their health. Plastic pollution affects everyone though by reducing our quality of life, blighting our neighborhoods, and by contributing to water pollution and the degradation of our planet.
In 2015, Minnesota made important progress by banning four of the most toxic flame retardants from our furniture and children’s products, but our work isn’t done. There are many other dangerous flame retardants, and they exist in more parts of our homes than just furniture and children’s products. Other states like Rhode Island, Maine, and recently California have banned flame retardants as a class of chemicals, and that’s what it will take to fully address this problem.
Recent reports about climate change – that it is impacting us right now and that we need to act before the window closes – should be a wake-up call. We must rapidly and dramatically reduce carbon pollution to assure that the global temperature does not rise more than 1.5 degrees Celsius. That seems dire, but there is a bright side – everything we do right now can help.
We’re making progress on PFAS! A bill to restrict PFAS chemicals in firefighting training exercises and in food packaging and food service ware was introduced and supporters like Clean Water Action testified in support at a public hearing on February 11th.
Now we need you!
We live here because of water – the rivers and lakes draw us and add to our quality of life. Minneapolis is recognized internationally for our parks and access to our lakes and rivers. We now have the opportunity to add to this great system.