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Current National IPL Energy Advocacy 

Paris: We’re Still in Paris Petition

Despite the strong support of a majority of Americans and major U.S. corporations, the Trump administration seems to be determined to back out of the Paris climate accord. Official withdrawal by the U.S. would be a stunning, unprecedented blow to a historic global agreement. Having the world’s richest country and second largest polluter renege, just as efforts to combat global warming were getting underway, could undermine the whole deal and the commitment of other nations.

Let’s show the world that no matter what the White House says: we’re still in. We can do our part. We, communities of faith and individuals of conscience, will do our part. We will reduce emissions, move to clean energy where we can and continue to advocate for a sustainable future.

Sign the Pledge to let your elected officials, the UN, and the world know that you are one of the many people of faith who has taken action to care for the earth.  Let them you are taking the Paris Pledge seriously and expect them to keep America’s promise to the world and keep us in the Paris Agreement.

Sign now

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Join a Town Hall

Attend a town hall meeting this summer and telling your representative to advocate for these programs that address global warming. Congress is not going to take action without hearing from their voters.

Click here to access the Interfaith Power & Light town hall toolkit and get all the resources you need to be an effective advocate.

Past Actions

Save Critical Methane Pollution Rule

The recent action to eliminate the methane rule to reduce venting, leaking and flaring of methane addresses some of the ethical and moral concerns This rule will keep an estimated 175,000 tons of methane emissions a year out of our air. The rule helps clean our air by preventing leaks from pollutants and volatile organic compounds like benzene, toluene, and xylene and prevents health problems like asthma that affect our children and the elderly. The gas wasted on federal and tribal lands covered by this rule is worth $330 million annually, much of which goes to taxpayers as royalties, to be spent in local communities to fund schools and local services that make our communities stronger.

See Statement about the letter delivery along with the letter here

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Tell President Trump not to penalize solar power!

President Trump has ruled against the solar industry by imposing damaging trade penalties. The decision supports the fossil fuel industry at the expense of protecting Creation and American jobs in a growing clean energy economy.

Tell the Trump Administration: No offshore oil drilling expansion

The Trump administration is proposing a massive expansion of offshore oil drilling, potentially opening 90% of our country’s outer continental shelf to oil exploration.  For decades, repeated oil spills have decimated coastal economies, killed marine wildlife, and polluted the very source of life – our oceans and waterways. The BP Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 took 11 lives, sickened thousands more, and gushed millions of barrels of oil into the ocean for nearly three months. The oil and chemicals used to “clean up” the spill led to the deaths of thousands of birds, and hundreds of dolphins and sea turtles. Some species still affected today.  It took years for Gulf state coastal economies to recover. 

Time for Senate to hold Scott Pruitt accountable

The administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, has been called to appear before the Environment and Public Works Committee in the Senate on January 31. This is the Senate committee that has the authority and responsibility to oversee the EPA’s actions and hold it accountable to its mission.

In less than one year as administrator, Pruitt has already undermined, delayed, weakened, and limited enforcement of dozens of environmental protections that safeguard the health of our families and our communities, create jobs and lower greenhouse gas emissions that are fueling climate change.

Save Critical Methane Pollution Rule

The recent action to eliminate the methane rule to reduce venting, leaking and flaring of methane addresses some of the ethical and moral concerns This rule will keep an estimated 175,000 tons of methane emissions a year out of our air. The rule helps clean our air by preventing leaks from pollutants and volatile organic compounds like benzene, toluene, and xylene and prevents health problems like asthma that affect our children and the elderly. The gas wasted on federal and tribal lands covered by this rule is worth $330 million annually, much of which goes to taxpayers as royalties, to be spent in local communities to fund schools and local services that make our communities stronger.

Let the EPA know you Support the Clean Power Plan

The EPA wants to gut the Clean Power plan.  Let them know you support the Clean Power Plan because it sets flexible and achievable limits on otherwise unlimited dumping of carbon pollution from power plants into our air and it encourages the development of clean, renewable energy allowing states to develop their own plans.

Keep Drilling out of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Once again, the beautiful wildlife of Alaska is in danger from oil drilling.  Help us protect the caribou herds, polar bears and nesting birds from the damage of drilling in these sacred lands.

The House budget in search of funds threatens these blessed creatures by opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling. It is one of the last remaining pristine wilderness areas in America.   It is time to go forward not backward. We need to focus on renewable energy, not oil and gas if we are going to save this Earth from catastrophic climate change.

Protect our Communities from Corporate Greed

Ask your Senators not to support S.951 – Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017.

If withdrawing from the Paris Accord wasn’t enough, now some in Congress have embarked on an effort to make it much harder for federal agencies to create new regulations that protect our air and water. This so-called “regulatory reform” is actually about putting corporate interests ahead of public health and safety.

Tell your representative: Save ENERGY STAR

Tell your congressional representative and both of your U.S. senators that Trump’s proposed budget does not reflect our nation’s morals and values.

Eliminating programs like ENERGY STAR would not only wreak serious harm on our environment, it will cost lives. Air pollution already kills thousands of people every year through asthma attacks, heart disease, and cancer.

Put our health before polluter profits

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is trying to delay and rewrite methane pollution standards that protect our children and our planet from dangerous methane pollution. We have a chance to send comments to the EPA right now so they know what the public thinks about weakening clean air protection.

Keep our Cars and Communities Clean

Ask your Senators not to support S. 1273– A bill that reduces fuel efficiency standards for the automotive industry. The bill – S. 1273 – is an attempt by the automakers to roll back clean car and fuel economy standards that are reducing pollution and saving drivers money at the pump. This bill would actually give automakers the green light to sell less fuel-efficient vehicles.

Join a Public Meeting or write a letter to protect the EPA

Last month, Donald Trump issued an executive order instructing the EPA and other federal agencies to “reform” (read: dismantle) regulations that protect our environment and health. But it’s not as simple as that, and the EPA has a public process it must implement before any regulatory changes. And now, the EPA has begun a public comment period to get feedback on the order.

Speak out against the anti-climate executive order

Donald Trump issued an executive order to turn back the clock on the climate progress we have made over the past decade.

Global warming threatens Creation and disproportionately harms the most vulnerable among us. That’s why climate change is the mother of all environmental justice issues, and an urgent priority for people of faith.

In addition to directing the EPA to dismantle the Clean Power Plan, this executive order is sweeping and also attempts to undo methane standards for oil and gas operations, stop federal agencies from considering the impact of climate change in their decisions, and open up federal lands for coal mining.

This issue goes to the heart of our spiritual values and our call to serve the poor, protect life, and to be good stewards of Creation. Over the past decade, we’ve made important progress: EPA actions have helped curb pollution from power plants, mileage standards are making our cars more fuel efficient, and we have supported climate-vulnerable nations to adapt with our contributions to the Green Climate Fund. We have much more to do, and we should be building on our progress, not reversing it.

Tell Your Senators not to Roll Back Methane Pollution  Laws

Last year, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) finalized common sense natural gas emissions standards aimed at putting an end to wasteful leaks, venting and flaring of natural gas and dangerous pollutants. The new standards would reduce the harmful impact of the oil and gas industry on our communities and cut methane, a potent greenhouse gas that traps 80 times as much heat over a 20-year period as carbon dioxide. Don’t let Congress go backward and let oil and gas companies off the hook by using a Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overrule the agency and the public. We deserve better – Senators must not sell out the health of their constituents to the fossil fuel industry.

Tell President Trump – Protect Creation not Pipelines

Send a letter to President Trump today.  Tell him to build a clean energy future, not more dirty oil pipelines.

In the face of clear scientific consensus that our dependence on fossil fuels is jeopardizing our climate and threatening vulnerable communities around the world, it is unconscionable to build more oil pipelines for the benefit of a few wealthy oil companies. Tell President Trump: support people, not oil industry profits. Creation and our climate depend upon it.

Stop tar sands pipeline: add your name

Enbridge, the company behind the worst onshore oil spill in American history, is back. This time, they’re trying to double the amount of tar sands oil coming to the U.S. on the Alberta Clipper pipeline. The Alberta Clipper pipeline already pumps 450,000 barrels of tar sands crude from Canada over major rivers, pristine natural habitat, and tribal lands. Enbridge wants to double that capacity by pumping more oil through the same pipes, greatly increasing the risk of toxic leaks due to high pressure.

Ask your Senators To Reject Scott Pruitt as the head of the EPA

Please call your senators now to ask them to stop the nomination of Scott Pruitt for the EPA. Call the US Capitol Switchboard 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to your senator’s office

Sample message: As a person of faith I am concerned about the nomination of Scott Pruitt for the EPA. He has actively worked against the mission of the agency he has been nominated to lead and he should be rejected by the Senate. We need someone who will stand up for clean air, clean water, healthy communities and a safe climate

You can look up your individual senator’s contact information here: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Ask your Senators not to confirm Rex Tillerson as secretary of state

This Wednesday the Senate is planning to hold confirmation hearings for ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson for secretary of state. The secretary of state is the senior U.S. official working on foreign policy.

Ask your senators now to reject Rex Tillerson as secretary of state.

Mr. Tillerson’s career at ExxonMobil, lack of understanding of the global climate crisis, questionable ties to foreign governments with anti-democratic leadership and human rights abuses is unacceptable for our secretary of state.

Dear President-elect Trump – Climate Change is not a Hoax

Denying climate change is not an option. Lagging behind the world on one of the world’s great challenges will only cede our status as a global leader. We urge you, our elected leaders to act responsibly on behalf of our world and our children’s future: commit to a clean energy future today. Protecting our health, preserving Creation, and revitalizing our communities all depend on climate action. Appointing climate-deniers far outside the mainstream of scientific consensus to run the EPA will not get us there. Rolling back common sense clean air standards that are saving lives and creating jobs will backfire.

We call for a united political commitment to combat climate change as a moral responsibility for future generations. Sign now Tell Trump and Congress that climate change is real and we need to take action to stop it

View the petition with faith leader signatures here.

View the press release here.

View the full list of signatories here.

Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline

We have a small window of time in which the Army Corps has stopped Energy Access Pipeline from completing construction. They need to hear from us now more than ever that the Army Corps should deny the permit outright. This pipeline doesn’t just endanger the Standing Rock Sioux Nation. By investing in oil infrastructure we are committing ourselves, as a nation, to deepening our dependence on fossil fuels – the greatest contributor to global warming.

Take the Pledge: Vote with climate and Creation in Mind!

Tell the presidential candidates that you are voting with Creation in mind.

Let the EPA know you support Clean Energy for Everyone

The EPA is accepting public comments until Nov 1st on their proposed Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP). Part of the Clean Power Plan, the CEIP is a “matching fund” program that helps states invest in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects that are implemented in disadvantaged communities. It helps states meet their Clean Power Plan goals while encouraging access to clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency programs.

Urge Congress to Support Green Climate Fund
The Green Climate Fund was conceived to help poor and vulnerable countries adapt to the unavoidable impacts of climate change like changing weather patterns, sea level rise, and extreme weather events and build more resilient societies. More than 30 countries have pledged $10.2 billion to get the fund up and running. But we need to do our part and deliver on that promise.

 Click here to tell your members of Congress: $750 million for the Green Climate Fund is essential to combating global climate change!

Tell CNN to stop giving more air time to Big Oil than to the biggest threat to humanity has ever faced: global warming.
In the weeks following announcements that 2015 was the hottest year on record and February 2016 was the hottest month ever, CNN aired nearly FIVE TIMES more fossil fuel advertising than climate reporting. As people of faith, we share the moral responsibility of caring for Creation, our most vulnerable neighbors who are already suffering from climate impacts, and the generations that will live here after us.That’s why IPL is working with Environmental Action, Climate Truth, Honor the Earth, and others to tell CNN they must #ReportOnClimate. Sign the petition now asking for fair and balanced reporting at CNN on climate change.

Sign Petition to Divest the Vatican
Did you know that the Vatican bank controls $9 billion in investments? What if all that money were invested with the values Pope Francis shares: protecting Creation for future generations and serving the poor? That could have a big impact. IPL is joining with our friends at 350.org to encourage the Pope to put the Vatican’s money where its mouth is. Join IPL and our friends at 350.org in urging the Vatican to divest from fossil fuels.
Click here to sign the petition.

Tell the EPA: Tighten Restrictions on Fracking Now
“Fracking” — short for hydrofracturing — involves injecting the earth with chemicals, diesel fuel, water, and sand to unlock oil and gas. It can also release methane into the air and radioactive elements underground, contaminate groundwater and many believe that it could destabilize faults and create earthquakes. But fracking is so minimally regulated that we don’t even know what chemicals are used or what health effects they may have.

Sign Climate Action Petition for UN
Add your name to our Interfaith Climate Petition calling for U.S. leadership at the climate summit, with a commitment to both meaningful emissions reductions and support for poor and vulnerable nations. Click here to sign Interfaith Climate Petition.