Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump, Myron Ebell
Ask Trump to Clarify and Carefully Consider His Energy and Regulation Policies.
To President-elect, Donald Trump, We, concerned Americans, ask that you please carefully consider the potentially disastrous impacts your energy and regulation policies will have on our future. Our hope is that when you become president, you will confer with and give reasonable deference to legitimate experts in the fields of energy and climate change who may guide your policies in an informed and sustainable direction. Climate change is considered by a host of world leaders in both business and government to be the single greatest threat facing the future of the global economy and humanity in general. (See the Statement of G8 Climate Change Roundtable, created by 23 of the world’s leading global companies, which calls on businesses and governments to coordinate vigorous responses to climate change. See also statements made by President Obama in his 2015 State of the Union Address, as well as statements from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President of the French Republic Francois Hollande, Pope Francis, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, among others. See also “The Paris Agreement,” negotiated at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC, in which more than 100 countries agreed to make efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with the aim of slowing the effects of climate change). If we do not change our global behaviors, we will continue on a path of devastating and irreparable damage to our health, our economy, and our planet, which eventually will no longer be able to sustain human life. According to the EPA, unless we take immediate actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and avoid many of the adverse impacts of climate change, the U.S. in particular faces grave consequences which are expected to increase in both magnitude and frequency over the coming decades, with significant risks to human health, the economy, and the environment (EPA. 2015. Climate Change in the United States: Benefits of Global Action. United States Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Atmospheric Programs, EPA 430-R-15-001.). The EPA estimates that inaction will cost the U.S. $trillions in damages and remediation over the next 75 years. Without greenhouse gas emission reduction programs, unmitigated sea level rise and storm surge will wreak havoc on our infrastructure, causing an estimated $3.1 billion in additional damages to coastal properties in the year 2100 (as compared to a future with policy action), $4.2-$7.4 billion associated with maintenance and repair of roadways and bridges that will become structurally compromised, and $50 million-$6.4 billion in costs to adapt our stormwater drainage systems (Id. at 32). Extreme temperatures and increased air pollution will result in an estimated 57,000 additional deaths from poor air quality, 12,000 additional deaths from extreme temperatures, approximately $110 billion in lost labor, and $2.6-$3 billion in damages from poor water quality (Id. at 22). Increased inland flooding would cause anywhere from $38 million-$2.8 billion in damages (Id. at 52). Severe and extreme droughts would increase by 40%-59%, causing the loss of an additional 6.0-7.9 million acres of forests to wildfires, and water shortages costing key economic sectors $11-$180 billion in damages (Id. at 50). Changes in temperature and precipitation, more frequent and severe extreme weather events, and increased stress from pests and diseases will cost the agricultural sector $6.6-$11 billion, and the forestry sector $520 million to $1.5 billion in damages (Id. at 58). Changes in migrations; habitat shifts; food chain disruptions; and increases in pathogens, parasites, and diseases will elevate the risk of extinction for many species (Id. at 64). By 2100, approximately 35% of Hawaii’s coral reefs will be lost, the shellfish population will decrease by approximately 29%-37%, and an estimated 230,000-360,000 acres of coldwater fish habitat will be lost (Id). Furthermore, storm surges, increased temperatures and effects on the water supply will stress our aging power grids, costing the U.S. an estimated $10-$34 billion in power system costs (Id. at 44). We understand that your primary concern is economic security and global preeminence in our present time, but are you willing to achieve this regardless of its unsustainable consequences and at the cost of continued severe and irreversible harm to our future security and our environment? You want to invest in the continued development of fossil fuels rather than develop clean, renewable technology. You claim that these natural resources are a treasure trove of economic opportunity for America, a gold mine which will lead to millions of jobs and energy independence. Even if this were true, the continued and expansive use of fossil fuels will have disastrous consequences on public health and our economy in the future. Increasing temperatures, rising sea levels, and the deterioration of biodiversity as a result of increased air pollutants will destroy our coastlines, infrastructure, and agricultural sectors, inevitably sending us into a state of national emergency which will cost $trillions to address. The shortsighted pursuit of economic superiority is not worth the risk to the safety and security of America’s future. We believe, rather, that moving away from fossil fuels and investing in clean energy technologies, such as solar, wind, geothermal, and even nuclear can more sustainably lead America to energy independence and economic superiority, as well as a healthy climate. Your “America First Energy Plan” proposes to unleash the wealth of America’s fossil fuel reserves, including “clean coal,” and “[e]ncourage[s] the use of natural gas and other American energy resources that will both reduce emissions but also reduce the price of energy and increase our economic output.” (https://www.donaldjtrump.com/policies/energy/). How will this be done in concert with reducing emissions and conserving our natural habitats, as the plan claims? Let alone while preserving the overall wellbeing of our most valuable resource—our environment? You claim that investing in “clean coal” technology will lower our energy costs while creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs. You want to “[e]liminate our most intrusive regulations, like the Waters of The U.S. Rule,” and “scrap the EPA’s so-called Clean Power Plan which the government estimates will cost $7.2 billion a year.” (https://www.donaldjtrump.com/policies/regulations/). But experts estimate that Carbon Capture and Storage technology—methods used to make "clean coal" production possible—will cost anywhere from $15-$30 billion to implement over the next 10 years, and will be less cost effective than conventional power plants (Garber, Kent. "Why Clean Coal Is Years Away." US News. U.S. News & World Report L.P., 17 Mar. 2009. Web. 14 Nov. 2016.). And while we will be investing America’s future in this hazardous and eventually obsolete technology, we will be falling behind other nations in the advancement of renewable alternatives, which will significantly disadvantage our economic position in the future. In the meantime, expanding coal production and fracking for natural gas will have devastating impacts on our communities and natural environment. Many of the mountains and hillsides which so many Americans enjoy and depend on will be stripped away for mining. Valuable waters of the United States will be used and contaminated. A growing number of miners will face increased safety and health risks, of whom 50-60 die every year in mining accidents (Kerley, David, and Michael Murray. "Mining: The Most Dangerous Job?" ABC News. ABC News Network, 2010. Web. 14 Nov. 2016.). Increasing amounts of energy will be required and disturbing levels of pollution emitted in the transportation of coal and other resources. Moreover, it must be considered that even with “clean coal” technology, waste is not actually avoided but simply transferred from one depository, like the atmosphere, to another, like the sea or beneath the earth’s surface (IPCC special report on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage. Prepared by working group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Metz, B., O. Davidson, H. C. de Coninck, M. Loos, and L.A. Meyer (eds.). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA, 442 pp. Available in full at www.ipcc.ch). President-elect Trump, we worry that your plans ignore the long-term consequences of their implementation. You want to make our economy great again, but we are concerned that it will be at the risk of bankrupting our environment and America’s future. Please tell us in detail how you plan to address these issues, and what you plan to do not only to make America great again, but to ensure that it remains that way for generations to come.
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
Tell Congress Clean Energy Jobs Are Not Bargaining Chips
Changing the tax code should not mean sacrificing American competitiveness, innovation and the incredible growth in clean energy jobs, currently helping to bolster our economy. Yet the tax reform legislation Congress is considering right now could seriously damage the jobs in solar, wind and energy efficiency – putting our future and the jobs of 3 million Americans at risk. We cannot pay for tax breaks for the rich with the jobs of million of folks working in clean energy. Please sign this petition to tell Congress: Wind and Solar Energy: Do not repeal or change the previous agreement to extend and phase-out the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for solar energy and the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind energy. Tax Equity Markets: Preserve the most common way of financing lean energy projects worth billions to state economies and millions of jobs by changing the current base erosion anti-abuse tax (BEAT) language in the bill and giving clean energy developers time to plan. Other Renewables: Honor the previous agreement to extend the ITC deal to other clean energy technologies like geothermal energy and fuel cells. Energy Efficiency: Reinstate energy efficiency tax credits that support millions of jobs in construction and manufacturing Do not repeal an electric vehicle tax credit that saves consumers money at the pump and encourages innovation for American car makers Renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors create American jobs that cannot be shipped overseas. They save money for consumers and businesses alike. They drive innovation and competitiveness in our economy. Join E2 and help us tell Congress that America’s 3 million clean energy jobs are not bargaining chips to help pay for its misguided tax reform package. Lawmakers need to know that any legislation aimed at growing jobs and expanding business opportunities must include policies that provide certainty for these growing industries.
Petition to Assemblymember Chris Holden, Assemblymember Jim Patterson, Assemblymember Autumn Burke, Assemblymember Phillip Chen, Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham, Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman, Assemblymember James Gallagher, Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, Assemblymember Chad Mayes, Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi, Assemblymember Bill Quirk, Assemblymember Eloise Gomez Reyes, Assemblymember Miguel Santiago, CC: Californians for Energy Choice, Assemblymember Phil Ting
Sign To Stop Attack On Local Clean Energy In California SB 237 Committee Votes Next Month!
Sign to stop SB 237, a fossil fuel industry giveaway that will kill local clean energy in California!Next month the California Assembly Appropriations Committee will vote on a zombie bill (originally from 2015) that will remove all restrictions on the sale of polluting fossil fuel based 'Direct Access' electricity from large private energy corporations to big commercial customers.'Direct Access' means that big dirty energy corporations can sell polluting electricity directly to other corporations at dirt cheap prices, without supporting local community energy programs at all. This would put California's booming local clean energy movement out of business!SB 237 would decimate community based clean energy programs by stealing all large commercial customers away from them, undermine renewable mandates by favoring fossil fuel corporations, perpetuate fire dangers by entrenching dependence on dangerous long range transmission lines, and could trigger another California energy crisis by collapsing the state's clean energy market.
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives
Tell Your Representative Cosponsor/Pass H.R.3671 Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act!
This bill transitions away from fossil fuel sources of energy to clean energy sources (e.g., energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable energy). By 2027:(1) 80% of electricity sold must be generated from clean energy resources, (2) 80% of new vehicle sales from manufacturers must be sales of zero-emission vehicles, and (3) 80% of train rail lines and train engines must be electrified. By 2035: (1) 100% of electricity must be generated from clean energy resources, (2) 100% of vehicle sales from manufacturers must be zero-emission vehicles, and (3) 100% of train rail lines and train engines must be electrified. The bill establishes a car allowance rebate system within the Department of Transportation to provide economic incentives for consumers to purchase new, clean energy vehicles. No federal permits for new major fossil fuel projects may be issued in 2018 and thereafter. The bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) terminate specified fossil fuel subsidies, (2) permanently extend renewable electricity production tax credits for electricity generated from wind, and (3) permanently extend a business energy investment tax credit for solar or wind energy technologies. A Community Assistance Fund is established for specified industrial and energy efficiency programs. The bill permanently reauthorizes the Weatherization Assistance Program, which provides energy efficiency retrofits of low-income homes. It prohibits exports of domestically produced crude oil and natural gas, including liquefied natural gas. The Center for Clean Energy Workforce Development is established within the Department of Labor.
Petition to Tulane Administration, COO Patrick Norton, President Mike Fitts
Urge Tulane University to Install a Community Solar Array on the Reily Center
Students Sara Heimlich and Amanda Krantz are working to bring solar energy to Tulane's campus. Tulane administration committed itself to a Climate Action Plan in 2015, which expired in 2020. The only promise not fulfilled--or even touched--is a solar initiative. We are urging the Tulane administration to not only engage in solar energy but to introduce the community solar model to campus. Community solar is a set of regulations recently passed by the New Orleans City Council. It provides low-income New Orleans residents with discounted Entergy energy bills without them having to install solar panels on their homes. Instead, New Orleanians are "subscribing" to Tulane's solar project (at no additional cost). Essentially, community solar is a way to engage Tulane in clean energy while combatting environmental issues that disproportionately affect BIPOC. Tulane has the opportunity to be a host site for the Community Solar project; this project would actively benefit the greater New Orleans community while also providing clean energy. Tulane should use its position in the city of New Orleans for the greater good-- we are not only requesting that Tulane invests in green energy, but also that they do so in a manner that actively benefits the city. Help us move forward with this project by signing this petition. If you want to learn more about the community solar model, here is a link: http://www.communitysolaraccess.org/about-us/community-solar-explained/
Petition to Coppell Independent School District Board of Trustees
It’s Sunlight Savings time: Help Coppell Middle School East get solar panels NOW!
Solar energy is the future. It’s clean, free, and everywhere around us. This is why we want our school, Coppell Middle School East, to invest in solar energy. We have a large campus that uses a lot of energy every month, and solar power will lower our electric bill immensely and also lessen our dependence on fossil fuels. In the past few years, our middle school has become a lot more sustainable. The biggest school club is dedicated to sustainability, and last year we broke ground on a new garden to grow food for student meals. But at the end of the day, we still power our building with the municipal power grid- and more than 85% of that energy comes from sources that are bad for the environment like nuclear, coal, or crude oil energy. The solar panels will pay for themselves in about 3 years and then will start turning sunlight into money! With our project, we hope we can show people that clean energy is the future, and we want our school to serve as a model for schools in our district and in other places that are considering solar power. With this petition, we are striving to show that people care about our project and they care about clean energy. If we get enough support, our hope is that our district’s board of trustees will take notice of this clear and easy solution to save money with solar energy and invest it back into our amazing school and the people who deserve it. -Erin and Stayton, student organizers P.S. Please don’t donate! Your support is enough!
Petition to World Governments, President of the United States, Citizens
Yes to Nuclear Energy
We want to make the pubic understand the befits of nuclear power and show how there are more deaths from renewable resources or fossil fuels. Also how nuclear energy can become an alternative to renewable resources while we move to become green. Lastly that nuclear energy can power cities with just hours of stored energy. I want this petition to help us get closer to our green goal by helping the world rethink nuclear energy.
Petition to North Carolina State Government & The Private Electrical Sector
North Carolina Clean and Renewable Energy Project
The fight for clean and renewable energy many times is argued as the fight against climate change. We as a world are living in an unprecedented climate emergency where history is no longer repeating, but happening. It should be obvious that this is the fight against climate change, but sadly it is not. However, there is so much more to clean and renewable energy; for its also a fight for rural America, the economy, and infrastructure. Clean and renewable energy should be the cure for rural America. Most of rural America is rural because it lacks industry (other then agriculture). Clean and renewable energy requires nothing except nature and space, parts rural America has an abundance of. Strengthening this one industry would bring a high demand industry to the parts of America that need it most. Plus, clean and renewable energy provides a variety of jobs such as IT, manufacturing, cybersecurity, business, and logistics. Jobs that can spread from outside the actual energy site and into cities across America. Furthermore, clean and renewable energy would strengthen the existing infrastructure by building on to the already in-place electrical grid. This petition is a petition to work on strengthening the clean and renewable energy industry in North Carolina. This includes government proposals and private sector investment/work. Sign your name to join a community sharing the same goal and become a voice for the future of North Carolina, all of North Carolina!