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New video featuring Virginia Congressmen to encourage action on global warming

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Environment Virginia launched a new online video campaign featuring  interviews with Congressmen Gerry Connolly and Jim Moran to encourage  Virginians concerned about global warming to tell the U.S. Environmental  Protection Agency (EPA) to act on climate.

Washington, DC –Environment Virginia launched a new online video campaign  to encourage Virginians concerned about global warming to tell the U.S.  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to act on climate. The video  features exclusive interviews with U.S. Congressmen Gerry Connolly  (VA-11) and Jim Moran (VA-8), who say they’re prioritizing tackling  climate change and Virginia would benefit from implementing climate  solutions, like cutting carbon pollution and investing in clean energy.

The video comes in the midst of the EPA’s public comment period for  the proposed standard to limit the carbon pollution fueling global  warming from new power plants. Congressmen Gerry Connolly and Jim Moran  explain why they support the EPA’s proposed new rule and ask citizens to  make a supportive comment before the public comment period closes on  March10.

“If we want a safer climate and future for our kids, we can’t keep  letting dirty power plants pollute,” said Madison Poche of Environment  Virginia. “This video is a call for thousands of Virginians to come  together and say: No new dirty power plants.”

“Sea level rise in Hampton Roads impacts Virginia’s largest employer,  the U.S. Navy,” said Congressman Gerry Connolly of Fairfax, who sits on  the U.S. House Committees on Foreign Affairs and on Oversight and  Government Reform. In the full interview, he continued, “The  commonwealth has practical, economic reasons to be concerned about  climate change.”

“Not only does coal’s toxic elements impact our drinking water here  in Virginia,” said Congressman Jim Moran, who sits on the House  Appropriations Committee and represents Arlington, Alexandria, and Falls  Church, “but if we don’t limit carbon from our power plants, severe  weather events will become all the more frequent and seas will continue  to rise.”

A recent report from Environment Virginia Research & Policy Center  found that power plants emit 40% of the nation’s carbon pollution and  are the nation’s largest the single-largest source of the pollution  fueling climate change.

Both Congressmen have long histories of standing up for environmental  issues. As Chair of the Fairfax Country Board, Rep. Connolly launched  the Cool Counties campaign, aiming to reduce local carbon emissions 80%  by 2050. He still meets regularly with the campaign’s leadership and  wants citizens to know that their actions—from installing energy  efficient light bulbs to calling elected leaders across party lines—do  make a difference.

Similarly, Rep. Moran was instrumental in closing an outdated  coal-fired power plant, which was a source of lung problems and water  pollution, in Alexandria when he was mayor. Now, in his role as an  appropriator, he works to ensure that the EPA has the resources it needs  to keep Americans healthy and safe.

The congressmen believe that new EPA carbon pollution limits on power  plants will spur clean energy innovation and jobs across the state  while mitigating the devastating impacts of extreme weather events.

“Environment Virginia encourages all citizens to watch the video and  take action by submitting a public comment to the EPA by visiting EnvironmentVirginia.org before the comment period closes on March 10,” said Poche.

 

  • kindler

    Even in John Boehner’s Tea House, there are effective buttons you can push.  

    And this video has a critically important point — people need to make their viewpoints known to EPA, so that “public comment” doesn’t just mean (as it too often does) just comments from wealthy interests and their lobbyists.  Every comment has to be counted and acknowledged, so yours will too — and it’ll matter to young people and future generations who will bear the brunt of global climate disruption.