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Udall (D-NM) introduced the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, a new bill to reform the long-outdated Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA).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 funders and community leaders, RAN members are in a strong position to impact policy decisions and bring environmental issues to the attention of elected officials. One of the best avenues to exercise this influence is by lobbying. How can you leverage a meeting to build a relationship with your elected officials and advance the issues you care about? Here are our tips!