More people than ever voted this year. There was a lot of interest in the elections and a number of states expanded access to mail-in voting and expanded opportunities for early voting. There was also lots and lots of education and outreach to voters and potential voters, making sure they were registered and ready to vote.
But despite these efforts, we have a lot further to go to restore and strengthen our democracy, and to make it truly representative and responsive.
It’s time to hold brands, manufacturers, and the plastics industry accountable for their role in the plastic pollution crisis! Please urge your representatives in the U.S. Congress to reintroduce the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act.
This bill, originally introduced by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) last year, would hold the plastic industry and other companies responsible for the waste they produce - also known as Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).
Everyone deserves access to clean water, and that’s why it’s so important that leaders in the U.S. House are fighting back against the Trump administration’s rollback of clean water safeguards. The Clean Water For All Act would block the administration’s reckless Dirty Water Rule, which jeopardizes the rivers, lakes, streams, and other vital water bodies our families, communities, and economies depend on.
Vote YES on 2 on March 21st!
Every two years, Rhode Islanders vote on bond questions as part of the November election. For the past decade, these bond questions have included investments in open space, clean water, and climate resilience. Because of ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the General Assembly did not pass the 2021 budget in time to get the newest slate of bond referenda on the 2020 ballot. Since statewide bonds must be approved by voters, the Secretary of State has set a special election for Tuesday, March 2nd.
The livelihood of millions of Californians has been drastically impacted by the pandemic, with many struggling to pay for basic needs such as housing and water. Unable to pay for water utility bills, many families are now drowning in water debt. When the current statewide moratorium on water shutoffs ends, communities could experience mass water shutoffs. A State Water Board report today shows that more than 5 million California residents live in households that are behind in paying their water bills.
Despite Governor Lamont’s commitment to a clean energy grid by 2040, the proposal to build a large, 650 megawatt fracked gas power plant in Killingly CT is moving forward. This proposal, started under the previous Governor, was touted as a necessary bridge fuel to assure that New England residents would have enough electricity even in times of peak demand.
Let them know we need to clean up our air!
The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) has proposed new rules to reduce pollution from U.S. Steel’s Clairton Coke Works. Right before Thanksgiving, pollution in the Mon Valley was so bad that we had a week of air that violated state and federal standards. Too many local residents have lung or heart problems that make them especially vulnerable to serious health problems from this pollution.