EDF Action Delivered Nearly 300,000 Messages from Grassroots Members Urging Congress to Invest in our Clean Energy and Electric Vehicle Future
(Washington, D.C. - June 10, 2021) - This week, EDF Action delivered nearly 300,000 messages to Congress from EDF and EDF Action members from across the country urging them to Power Up America with job-creating federal investments in clean energy and electric vehicles. These constituents have signed the petition from all 435 House districts and all 50 states and the District of Columbia calling for a more just and equitable America with less pollution, more jobs, and safer, healthier communities. EDF Action Climate Team organizers and volunteers are delivering some petitions in person to district offices and the rest will be delivered electronically.
EDF, EDF Action and our members are asking Congress to build back our economy in a way that puts the health of our communities first by cleaning up pollution from our transportation and electric power sectors, the top sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. and key drivers of air pollution.
To slash pollution, unleash innovation and create millions of jobs, Congress must act now and set ambitious national goals, including 100% clean electric power by 2035, all new cars are zero polluting by 2035, and all new trucks and buses are zero polluting by 2040.
These goals are achievable with commonsense policies including incentives for clean energy expansion and research, enforceable limits on pollution from power plants, energy efficiency, energy storage and zero-emission vehicles including their manufacturing and deployment. In particular the petition urges significant portions of these investments in communities disproportionately harmed by power plant and transportation pollution, which are often Black, Latino, Asian and low-income neighborhoods, and for workers who will be impacted by our transition to a 100% clean economy.
“Now is the time to come together and support a cleaner, safer, more prosperous future with bold action to slash pollution and unleash clean energy innovation,” said Jeremy Pittman, Director of Grassroots Engagement at EDF and EDF Action. “Our members across the country are motivated and want our leaders to prioritize building a cleaner, brighter future. We have a narrow window for Congress to act on a bold American Jobs Plan that will create good jobs and address climate change.”