In addition to our work on Capitol Hill, the RCC currently focuses its organizing at the grassroots level in North Carolina, Maryland, and Pennsyvania.
This week, news broke that the North Atlantic Ocean is experiencing an “unprecedented” heat wave, endangering marine life. Last week, air quality up and down the East Coast turned toxic as a result of deadly Canadian wildfires.
The effects of climate change are already devastating communities and ecosystems around the world and right in our backyards. We know that urgent action is necessary to avert more climate impacts. And the promise of urgent action was why we elected President Biden, who campaigned on a historically progressive climate platform. Now, it’s time to call the climate crisis what it is: an EMERGENCY!
Let Them Be Heard! 06-08-23
Nearly a decade ago, 21 plaintiffs between 10 and 18 years old filed suit against the federal government on the basis that the government’s fossil fuel energy system and its actions that cause climate change violate the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property, as well as their rights to essential public resources like air and water.
For years, the plaintiffs have been unable to have their voices heard at trial. Please join us in saying:
LET THEM BE HEARD!
During the Trump administration, the Department of Justice (DOJ) employed a legal tool known as a Petition for Writ of Mandamus that subverts the judicial process. It keeps these young Americans from having their evidence heard and considered by a judge in open court. But their wait may be over. On June 1, 2023, U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken ruled that the plaintiffs can amend their case, known as Juliana v. United States, and go to trial!
Stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP)! 06-02-23
The Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) is a $6.6 billion project designed to transport dangerous methane gas more than 300 miles from West Virginia to southern Virginia. Over the last year, fossil fuel industry mouthpiece Joe Manchin and other members of congress have been trying to tie the MVP to must pass legislation- and they’re close to winning. It’s time to tell the Biden administration to stop the MVP once and for all!
Our planet, our lives, and our future are threatened by fossil fuel production. That’s why we’re asking you to join the RCC and our coalition partners in front of the White House on June 8th at 2PM to voice our demand.
The EPA is setting limits on power plant carbon pollution – let’s get these regulations over the line! 06-01-23
The EPA is setting new limits on carbon pollution for fossil fuel power plants. By 2042, these new regulations could result in a net decrease of 617 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (the amount to power 75 billion homes for a year!). But the EPA needs support from the public to finalize it. The agency is holding a public comment period until June 6th, and we need all hands on deck!
Tell the EPA to crack down on Big Coal’s water pollution! 04-28-23
Big news: The EPA is stepping up and setting limits on the coal industry’s reckless contamination of our waters with new guidelines on steam power plant pollution limits. We could be on the precipice of witnessing a landmark rule on Big Coal’s endangerment of their power plants’ surroundings. But the EPA needs support from the public to codify it. The agency is holding a public comment period for the next thirty days, and we need all hands on deck!
The RCC has prepared a public comment for you to send directly to the EPA (you can add to or personalize it if you want) It voices your strong support for the rule in a matter of seconds.
Join the RCC, April 22. End the Era of Fossil Fuels! 04-13-23
This Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, the Rachel Carson Council is partnering with Earth Day Network and dozens of other environmental organizations to demand that the federal government and other decision-makers end the era of fossil fuels.
Join us at NOON for a youth-led rally and concert in Freedom Plaza (1455 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Metro Center Station), followed by a march to the White House and an organizing fair, where Rachel Carson Council will be talking about and tabling for our No New Off Shore Oil and Gas program. Come see us and join us in the fight for climate justice and cleaner communities!
Tell the OMB! No Delay for Clean Air Regulations! 04-06-23
On Tuesday, the RCC and our allies brought together environmental justice advocates, led by a brass band, to march directly to the doors of the EPA. We told the EPA stop delaying critical rules that would protect Americans from fossil fuel power plants’ harmful, often deadly emissions.
Pollution from this dirty industry is responsible for thousands of deaths a year, the majority in low-income communities and communities of color.
One of the most important tools that EPA has for fighting the climate crisis and protecting public health is section 111(b) from the Clean Air Act. It gives EPA the authority to toughen and tighten New Source Performance Standards for new fossil fuel power plants.
Tell the Biden Administration No New Oil or Gas Leases 03-31-23
On Wednesday, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management held one of the largest offshore oil lease sales in U.S. history. Lease sale 259 could result in over one billion barrels of oil over the next 50 years in the Gulf of Mexico, which will significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions and add to the climate crisis. This action, just two weeks after approving the Willow Project in the North Slope of Alaska, does not comport with the Biden administration’s stated climate goals.