Mobilize for Climate Justice & Immigrant Rights

Fri, 06 Dec 2019 16:00:00 GMT

Around the world, climate change is driving mass migration as water dries up, farmland turns to desert, shorelines erode, coastal areas flood, permafrost melts and ecosystems can no longer support the communities they once could. And it is going to get much much worse. As far back as 1990, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) noted that the greatest single impact of climate change could be on human migration – and we’re seeing this projection come true. The latest estimates predict as many as 200 million climate refugees by 2050.

This is a climate and human rights crisis. Climate migrants routinely face life threatening hardship, discrimination and repression in their search for safety for their families, and often those most vulnerable to changing climate and extreme weather lack the resources to migrate, so remain in harm’s way.

Even worse, many of the same banks that made billions of dollars financing the fossil fuel industry that caused the climate crisis- Black Rock, Wells Fargo and JP Morgan Chase- are now profiting off of climate chaos by investing in the companies that are contracting with ICE to finance border wall construction and run for-profit prisons and detention centers. First they drive climate migration, and then they profit from it.

On December 6th, we’re going to shut down business-as-usual for the financial institutions that profit off of the climate crisis and immigrant detention. Meet us at 11am in Franklin Square (14th St. and I St. NW, Washington, DC 20005) for a rally featuring Jane Fonda and Fire Drill Fridays along with Saket Soni, the Executive Director of the National Guestworker Alliance, GreenFaith, the Franciscan Action Network and other climate, faith and migrant justice organizers. At 12 noon we’ll march through the streets of DC to visit the banks and financial institutions in DC that are profiting off of the climate crisis and immigrant detention.

A Task of EPIC Proportions: Reclaiming U.S. Leadership in Weather Modeling and Prediction

Wed, 20 Nov 2019 19:00:00 GMT

Witnesses:
  • Dr. Neil Jacobs, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction, performing the duties of Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, NOAA
  • Dr. Clifford Mass, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington
  • Dr. Peter P. Neilley, IBM Distinguished Engineer and Director of Weather Forecasting Sciences and Technologies, The Weather Company, An IBM Business
  • Dr. Thomas Auligné, Director of the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
  • House Science, Space, and Technology Committee 2318 Rayburn
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The Department of Energy’s Role in Addressing Climate Change

Wed, 20 Nov 2019 15:00:00 GMT

Witnesses
  • Vi Lyles, Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Rich Powell, Executive Director, ClearPath
  • Bob Keefe, Executive Director, Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2)
  • Dr. Ernest Moniz, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Energy Futures Initiative
  • House Appropriations Committee
    Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee 2362-B Rayburn
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Building a 100 Percent Clean Economy: The Challenges Facing Frontline Communities

Wed, 20 Nov 2019 15:00:00 GMT

Alfredo Gomez, Director, Natural Resources and Environment, U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

  • Lilian Sotolongo Dorka, Esq., Director, External Civil Rights Compliance Office, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Helena Wooden-Aguilar, Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Policy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Panel II
    • Mustafa Santiago Ali, Vice President, Environmental Justice, Climate, and Community Revitalization, National Advocacy Center at the National Wildlife Federation
    • Melissa Cribbins, Commissioner, Coos Country Board of Commissioners, On behalf of the National Association of Counties (NACo)
    • Patrick B. Ford, Executive Director, Lebanon/Marion County Industrial Foundation
    • Elsie Herring, Duplin County, North Carolina, Resident and Organizer, North Carolina Environment Justice Network
    • Sharon Lavigne, Founder and President, RISE St. James
    • Ruth Santiago, J.D., LL.M., Attorney, Comité Diálogo Ambiental de Salinas
    • House Energy and Commerce Committee
      Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee 2123 Rayburn
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    Nomination of Sean O'Donnell, of Maryland, to be Inspector General, Environmental Protection Agency

    Wed, 20 Nov 2019 14:35:00 GMT

    PN 1158, Sean O’Donnell, of Maryland, to be Inspector General of the Environmental Protection Agency

    • Senate Environment and Public Works Committee 406 Dirksen
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    Concepts for the Next Water Resources Development Act: Promoting Resiliency of our Nation’s Water Resources Infrastructure

    Tue, 19 Nov 2019 15:00:00 GMT

    Witnesses
    • Gerald E. Galloway, PE, PhD Brigadier General, (US Army-Retired) Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering University of Maryland
    • Ann Phillips Rear Admiral, (US Navy- Retired) Special Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Adaptation and Protection Commonwealth of Virginia
    • Ricardo S. Pineda PE, CFM Chair, Association of State Floodplain Managers Supervising Engineer Water Resources California Department of Water Resources Division of Flood Management On behalf of the Association of State Floodplain Managers
    • Louis Gritzo, Ph.D Vice President FM Global Research Manager, Testimony * Melissa Samet Senior Water Resources Counsel National Wildlife Federation * Julie Ufner President National Waterways Conference
    • House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
      Water Resources and the Environment Subcommittee 2167 Rayburn
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    Building a 100 Percent Clean Economy: Solutions for Planes, Trains and Everything Beyond Automobiles

    Wed, 23 Oct 2019 14:30:00 GMT

    Hearing Memo

    Witnesses:
    • Timothy Blubaugh, Executive Vice President, Truck & Engine Manufacturers Association
    • Fred Felleman, Commissioner, Port of Seattle and the Northwest Seaport Alliance
    • Adrian Martinez, Staff Attorney, Earthjustice
    • Dr. Wayne Eckerle, Vice President, Research and Technology, Cummins, Inc.
    • Dr. Emily Wimberger, Climate Economist, Rhodium Group
    • J.P. Fjeld-Hansen, Managing Director and Vice President, Musket Corporation
    • Jeremy Baines, President, Neste US, Inc.
    • House Energy and Commerce Committee
      Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee 2322 Rayburn
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    Examining the Oil Industry’s Efforts to Suppress the Truth about Climate Change

    Wed, 23 Oct 2019 14:00:00 GMT

    The Subcommittee will examine how the oil industry’s climate denial campaign has negatively and disproportionately affected people of color and vulnerable populations in our country and around the world, as well as drowned out the voices of everyday Americans.

    BACKGROUND

    Decades of climate denialism by the oil industry forestalled meaningful government action to avert the current crisis. As early as the 1960s, oil giants like Exxon knew that climate change was real and that the burning of fossil fuels was a major contributor to the problem.

    The lack of government action on climate change has a disproportionate impact on vulnerable communities who are often harmed “first and worst” by climate change.

    Climate denial not only led to these devasting effects on vulnerable populations; it also represents a distortion of our democracy, as powerful, moneyed interests control the conversation and drown out the voices of average Americans who are paying the price of climate change.

    Despite efforts to rehabilitate their image by pledging to stop supporting think tanks and lobbyists who promote climate denialism, Exxon has continued to fund climate deniers. Exxon still continues to fund organizations “steeped in climate denial and delay” to this day, clear evidence that it has not changed since its initial pivot from climate science to denial.

    Despite the already devasting effects of climate change, Exxon shows no signs of slowing down on its production of fossil fuels. To the contrary, Exxon and other oil companies continue to explore for more oil, meaning they are not taking the problem of climate change or the development of alternative fuels seriously.

    Witnesses:
    • Dr. Mustafa Ali, Vice President, Environmental Justice Climate and Community Revitalization, National Wildlife Federation
    • Dr. Ed Garvey, Former Exxon Scientist
    • Dr. Martin Hoffert, Former Exxon Consultant, Professor Emeritus, Physics, New York University
    • Dr. Naomi Oreskes, Professor, History of Science, Affiliated Professor, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University
    • Sharon Eubanks, Esquire, Of Counsel, Henderson Law Firm, PLLC

    Natural Solutions to Cutting Pollution and Building Resilience

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 18:00:00 GMT

    The hearing will focus on the ways natural systems, such as forests, grasslands and wetlands, can increase carbon storage across the United States, helping in the fight against the climate crisis.

    Witnesses:
    • Dr. Joe Fargione, Lead Scientist for The Nature Conservancy’s North America Region (@nature_org). Fargione is an expert in energy production, land use and conservation. Prior to Nature Conservancy, he held faculty positions at the University of New Mexico and Purdue University.
    • Frankie Myers, Vice Chairman of the Yurok Tribal Council (@TheYurokTribe). In honor of its forest management efforts to mitigate climate change, the Yurok Tribe was recently awarded the United Nations Development Programme’s Equator Prize, which honors “innovative nature-based solutions for tackling climate change, environment, and poverty challenges.”
    • Dr. Jennifer Howard, Marine Climate Change Director, Conservation International (@ConservationOrg). Howard’s professional work focuses on protecting coastal and marine ecosystems, which in turn can help vulnerable coastal communities address the challenges of the climate crisis.
    • Alexander “Andy” Karsner (@andykarsner), Executive Chairman, Elemental Labs. Karsner is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and a member of the Hoover Institution’s Energy Policy Task Force.

    Realizing the Conservation Benefits of Precision Agriculture

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 18:00:00 GMT

    Witnesses:
    • Dustin Madison, Farmer, Louisa, Virginia
    • Dr. Heather Karsten, Associate Professor of Crop Production and Ecology, Department of Plant Science, the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
    • Don Cameron, Vice-President and General Manager, TerraNova Ranch, Helm, California on behalf of California Farm Bureau
    • House Agriculture Committee
      Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee 1300 Longworth
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