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Arizona needs to act on the climate crisis – for our future, oped by Asm. Richard Andrade, Arizona , Air Force veteran 

“While the state Legislature is working to act on climate, federal action is required. We need bold federal investments that will put us on the path to reduce carbon pollution by 50% by 2030, create jobs, and protect our nation. Climate can’t wait when our lives are on the line. Senators Sinema and Kelly, we’re counting on you to work with President Biden to get bold climate investments done as soon as possible.!” . . .More

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Stronger Together: Mobilizing Communities of Resistance with Dominic Frongillo, Earth Keepers Podcast 

Dominic Frongillo, a young climate advocate, politician, and teacher from New York State. Dominic was the youngest person ever elected to serve on the City Council in Caroline, New York, and one of the youngest deputy mayors in the U.S. He is also the cofounder and executive director of Elected Officials to Protect America—an organization whose mission it is to create a safe, prosperous, and healthy planet by supporting and mobilizing “elected officials and civic leaders to protect the environment, and fight climate change.. . .More

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Solidarity with Ukraine with CA climate action day, oped by Heidi Harmon, Former Mayor San Luis Obispo, Senior Public Affairs Director of Let’s Green CA Program

“The horrific invasion of Ukraine shows that we need to rapidly shift away from fossil fuels for our security and that of other nations. It’s clear that dependence on fossil fuels has fueled Russia’s war machine, and the leverage Putin wields over countries that are reliant on fossil fuels. Similarly, we would not have a climate crisis if the world wasn’t reliant on fossil fuels. Yet California is a top oil producer.” . .More

Veterans who are elected officials ask Pres. Biden to invoke the Defense Production Act (DPA) to accelerate renewable energy production for security and to help Ukraine 

EOPA has gathered over 500 signatures from lawmakers throughout America on a letter that supports invoking the DPA

“In 2014, the same year Russia annexed Crimea, then-North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen warned that Russia was covertly working to undermine European and U.S. fossil fuel production,” said Dr. Julia Nesheiwat, Consensus for American Security, American Security Project U.S. Army military intelligence officer, veteran. “We have to restructure the global energy system to avoid this kind of exposure to the whims of a single man, or nation. Removing barriers to ramp up our domestic energy production will strengthen our national security. Feeding diverse clean energy sources into our grid would also insulate us from the fluctuations of fossil fuel prices and autocrats who wield their oil and gas reserves as weapons. The security of peaceful democratic nations relies, in large part, by diversifying supply and curbing greenhouse gas emissions and their dependency on fossil fuels.” . . . read more HERE.

Climate action press conference at U.S. Capitol

Elected Officials to Protect America took part in event urging the  Senate action on climate legislation

“As long as we rely on fossil fuels, our economy and our families’ pocketbooks will be held hostage to the whims of dictators like Putin,” said Former U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. “America will be truly energy independent only when we use home grown alternative, sustainable energy which isn’t subject to price spikes due to uncertainty and chaos. It’s an issue of national security.” Read more HERE.

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From California to Maine elected officials share their stories with us about how they are working to combat the climate crises in their communities, state and nation.

VA Mayor Derick Wood, a Marine veteran, talks about the hardships people are enduring because of “Putin’s gas hike” and praises Ukrainian fight for democracy.

“The bravery of all the elected officials and public servants in Ukraine should be applauded for their bravery to protect its democracy. . . I want to offer my support to President Biden to invoke the Defense Production Act to increase a clean energy transition. As a nation, we could rely less on fossil fuels from abroad and open up ways in which we can use all energy options to reduce the burden the average citizen is facing as a result of inflation.”.”  Watch the video  here.

As a veteran, Dr. Julia Nesheiwat, of the American Security Project speaks about energy security in the wake of Putin’s invasion

“Feeding diverse clean energy sources into our grid would also insulate us from the fluctuations of fossil fuel prices and autocrats who wield their oil and gas reserves as weapons. The security of peaceful democratic nations relies, in large part, by diversifying supply and curbing greenhouse gas emissions and their dependency on fossil fuels.” said Dr. Julia Nesheiwat, Consensus for American Security, American Security Project U.S. Army military intelligence officer, veteran. To watch the video here.

As an Air Force veteran who is an VA elected official Mike Turner addresses how scarcity can lead to global conflict, making the case for energy independence

“Imagine how much less leverage Russia would have and how many more response options NATO nations would have if all EU nations had transitioned substantially to sustainable energy. The Ukraine crisis and its threat to global peace and security has brought into specific relief the immediate urgency for all free nations to move to a sustainable energy economy.”  To watch the video please click here.

Explore podcasts with elected officials, community leaders, concerned citizens and powerful youth voices from across the country who are actively combating the climate crisis.

Explore podcasts from the City Climate Corner as they explore how small and mid-sized cities are tackling climate change and moving toward an equitable and sustainable future.

Share their ideas and innovations with others.

Co-hosted by Abby Finis and Larry Kraft.

For City Climate Corner podcasts click HERE.

Explore podcasts from the Listening Project on the environmental fight in the refinery port city of Richmond, CA. From Chevron refinery’s toxic pollutants and the cleaning up of hazardous materials and from the former Zeneca site to the fight over the Point Molate shoreline, environmental concerns have shaped politics and conversations in Richmond for decades. These podcasts explore the issue.

For Listening Project podcasts click HERE

Radio/Print news reports

A partnership with PUBLIC NEWS SERVICE allows us to share important RADIO news reports from across the country on the climate crisis and action being taken.

Please listen or read the stories HERE.