To harness the incredible energy of climate activists since the election, a coalition of environmental and women’s groups will offer a free training to pro-environment women who want to run for office on April 30, the day after the People’s Climate March in Washington, DC.
Using 2006-2015 data from the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Environmental Scorecard, Rachel’s Network found that women federal legislators vote for environmental protections more often than their male counterparts in both the House and Senate.
Presidential headaches aside, we’re optimistic about this election year. 2016 is looking greener, younger, and more diverse — and that is a good thing. We couldn’t be more excited about Rachel’s Action Network endorsed candidates. They will bring fresh solutions and perspectives to the many pressing issues we face when they win in November. Remember the budget showdown two years ago, it was the women in the Senate who broke the impasse. When women lead, our families win and the environment wins.
Nathaniel Stinnett, founder and CEO of the Environmental Voter Project spoke with Rachel’s Action Network members on April 12 about voter trends and what groups are doing to give environmental issues greater political prominence. Nathaniel shared polling research that shows the environmental movement doesn’t have a “persuasion” problem; instead, there is a “turnout” problem. The lack of voter demand for environmental leadership is detrimental. Even when environmental champions are elected, they are less compelled to spend political capital on the environment without broad public support.
On March 16, Rachel’s Action Network Members gathered at the Stewart Mott House in Washington, DC to hear from Senator Patty Murray of Washington State at a breakfast celebrating the accomplishments of the women of Congress.
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On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, under President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, proposed a plan to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants. Nationwide, the Clean Power Plan will help cut carbon pollution from the power sector by 30 percent from 2005 levels. The proposal will also cut pollution that leads to soot and smog by over 25 percent in 2030. This is the cornerstone of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and will be finalized at the end of the summer. Take action to help your state become a clean energy leader!
Last month, Senators David Vitter (R-LA) and Tom Udall (D-NM) introduced the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, a new bill to reform the long-outdated Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). The Vitter-Udall bill has been widely criticized by many in the environmental community for not doing enough to reform existing laws and, in some cases, undermining the ability of current laws to protect our health.
As the new board chair of Rachel’s Action Network, I’m nervous and excited to take on the leadership of our small but mighty organization! I’m eager to work to empower women leaders to influence the political process, and I look forward to working with RAN members to raise our voices on behalf of the environment. It’s clear that our current environmental policies are not enough, and there’s no time to waste!
The election has increased the number of women in Congress to more than 100 for the first time in history, with 20 women in the Senate and 81 women in the House. While an important milestone, this is a net gain of only two women, and only 11 are incoming freshman. Overall, it was a night of mixed results for RAN’s endorsed candidates, with half of our candidates coming up short.