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Recently, an article in your local paper discussed record-breaking heat in California this winter and the possibility of another deadly drought. Climate change is already here in California—and it is putting our communities at serious risk. It’s time for Representative Darrell Issa to do his job, protect his constituents, and take action to address these dangers.
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Letter to the Editor: Repealing the Clean Power Plan doesn't make sense -- for our climate, our health, or our economy
Dear Editor of the San Diego Union-Tribune,
We're in trouble. As Rong-Gong Lin II reminded us in his recent article, this past October and November were the hottest in the 122 years of recorded temperatures in southern California. It's no wonder that wildfires are destroying nearby communities -- and may even continue, as we are looking into the possibility of yet another drought.With climate change leading to hotter temperatures and less rainfall, we must take action to protect our state and communities. But this can only happen if our leaders -- including Representative Darrell Issa -- stand in support of climate action, rather than against it. For example, the Clean Power Plan -- our only nationwide limits on carbon pollution from power plants -- is currently under attack by the Trump Administration. We need Rep. Issa to fight back against this repeal effort and protect the people of California by supporting this crucial safeguard for our environment, economy, and public health.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. Darrell Issa wants to keep California's economy competitive, communities healthy, and skies free of toxic pollution, he will show bipartisan leadership and leave a legacy of fighting against efforts to repeal the Clean Power Plan -- and pave the way to a clean energy future that puts the people of California first.