We need your help amplifying a crucial point in your local paper.
Recently, an opinion article in your local paper discussed air quality and the dangers of exercising in smog. The author went on to discuss ways to monitor the air and apps that may help you detect pollution—but what would truly help is an elected official who takes action to ensure that our air is safe to breathe.
We’ve prepared a Letter to the Editor to reply to this piece to make sure it gets the attention it deserves. But we need your help to get it published.
Letters to the Editor are crucially important. Even while in D.C., your members of Congress are paying close attention to their local papers—especially when they mention their names and set off their Google alerts.
Sign your name to EDF Action’s Letter to the Editor of Bakersfield.com and amplify the voice of your climate action allies in CA-21!
Letter to the Editor: California is a climate leader -- but we could be doing more to protect our communities.
Dear Editor of Bakersfield.com,
As Genevieve Gale pointed out in her letter, exercising in California calls for planning and precaution, as air quality can have many side effects on an outdoor enthusiast. While California is an environmental leader in the United States, we need our elected officials also stepping up in Washington. If the rest of the country doesn't follow California's leadership, our state alone can't stop the climate crisis.That's why it's more important than ever that Representative David Valadao takes decisive action to combat rising global temperatures and hazardous pollution in our air by protecting the Clean Power Plan -- our only nationwide limits on carbon pollution from power plants -- from the Trump Administration's attacks.The EPA has estimated that the Clean Power Plan would annually prevent up to 4,500 premature deaths, 1,700 heart attacks, and 90,000 childhood asthma attacks once it is fully implemented. In addition to protecting our health, the plan would empower lawmakers to work with power companies and implement innovative policies -- such as energy efficiency incentives -- that create jobs and reduce electricity bills for people like you and me. Not to mention, in 2016 alone, wind and solar comprised more than 60% of new utility-scale generating capacity -- clearly indicating that renewable energy will continue to bolster vibrant economies, while fossil fuels will continue to become an obsolete and inefficient power source of the past. If Rep. Valadao wants to keep California's economy competitive, communities healthy, and skies free of toxic pollution, he will show bipartisan leadership and fight against efforts to repeal the Clean Power Plan -- and pave the way to a clean energy future that puts the people of California first.