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Letter Writing

Sunday, June 28, 2020 6 Tammuz 5780

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Systemic racism also sickens and kills by way of environmental injustice. People of color suffer from higher than average rates of respiratory illness, cancers and other health problems related to air and water pollution, in part, because polluting industries are disproportionately situated next to low-income communities and communities of color. Much of this pollution is related to the production and unabated use of fossil fuels, which in turn is causing changes in the climate and resulting in further disproportionate harm to these vulnerable communities. As Congress considers steps to revive the economy and put people back to work, there is an opportunity to further environmental justice by directing funding toward industries and programs that will reduce inequity by cleaning up environmental hazards, accelerating the transition to clean energy, and prioritizing jobs, for frontline communities and communities of color.

Possible legislation to ask for your representative support include:

• Additional funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to support weatherization, energy-related home repairs, prevention of utility shutoffs, and reconnection of homes that have experienced shutoffs. (This was included in the HEROES Act along with funding for Environmental Justice Grants.)
• Additional funding for the EPA’s Superfund and Brownfield programs for site cleanup to protect communities from toxic pollution, with funding and requirements to insure community-driven planning for local impacts of climate change and economic development. (See Preparing Superfund for Climate Change Act S2893)
 • Funding to close over 3 million orphaned oil and gas wells leaking toxic pollution into the local environment and greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
• Support the clean energy industry by extension of clean energy tax credits for solar, on and offshore wind, storage, electric vehicles and energy efficiency. (See HR 3961 S2289 and related legislation.) We will provide the information you need, a template letter to customize to include your own idea and explain the entire process. If you prefer to write your letters on your own, please submit them to Phyllis Blumberg by June 30th.

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