We have to protect our green members

 I’m Maria Laverdiere, one of the directors of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) PAC.

As you probably know, we support a coalition of nearly 70 Members of Congress committed to protecting our environment. We are fighting within the halls of Congress to advance clean energy, climate change solutions, and environmental justice while protecting our air, water, wildlife and public lands from Trump Administration rollbacks.

Each week, we email you to keep you informed about the most pressing environmental issues. And so many of you step up by signing petitions and making donations to support our members. We appreciate all of you so much.

But now we are asking our green movement to step up and make a donation before our critical August end of month deadline. Why?

In September we will cut checks to support the re-election of our SEEC members who have been fighting on the front lines of environmental issues these past two years. And our goal is to give every single SEEC member a check so they can fight back against anti-environmental interests and keep their seat green.

But right now our budget is $20,000 short, and some of our members might not get the help they need. This is our last month to fill the gap. 

I know so many worthy candidates and causes email you asking for donations. Here are just some of the countless things our members have done in Congress that make us believe re-electing them is worth your urgent attention:

  • SEEC Vice-Chair Rep. A. Donald McEachin and SEEC member Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva led the way on environmental justice by proposing the Environmental Justice for All Act that would stand up for the communities suffering the brunt of the pain from safeguard rollbacks, climate change, polluted air and water, and more.
  • SEEC Co-Chair Rep Doris Matsui has led the way on opposing Trump’s auto emission rollbacks by introducing of the Clean and Efficient Cars Act of 2018, which would preserve the Obama-era fuel efficiency standards
  • SEEC member Raúl Grijalva proposed the American Public Lands and Waters Climate Solution Act — which has been referred to as “one of the most aggressive climate bills of the current Congress.” This bill would achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions on public lands by 2040. 
  • SEEC Member Rep. Katie Porter led 90 of her colleagues in Congress in calling on the Trump EPA to reverse their decision to suspend all environmental safeguard enforcement during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • SEEC member Rep. Mike Quigley stood up for wildlife by proposing the Big Cat Public Safety Act, which ends the private ownership and abuse of big cats, including lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, jaguars, and cougars.
  • And as a coalition, SEEC members have fought tirelessly to keep climate and environmental sustainability at the top of the Congressional agenda–pushing for clean-energy tax credits in must-pass legislation, a bold infrastructure bill that puts us on a path to decarbonizing our transportation system and greening our grid, full funding for our public lands, and a sustainable recovery to the COVID-19 pandemic that makes critical climate investments.

This is a defining moment for our country. This next term will be our chance to preserve our planet for future generations. But we can’t do it if we don’t have an aggressive and strong coalition in the House focused on passing critical climate policies–a coalition that won’t let leaders forget that the climate crisis can’t be pushed to the back burner any more.

Yours sincerely,

Maria Laverdiere

Co-Director, SEEC PAC