Donate here to help us put up a billboard in Louisiana calling out Jindal's climate denial, and the cost of his inaction on his state.
This week marks the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and the devastating damage it left behind in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region. President Obama is marking the storm's anniversary by meeting with residents of New Orleans who continue to rebuild their lives and communities.1
But not everyone is happy to see the president. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who’s also running for president as a Republican, sent a letter to Obama Wednesday asking him not to "stray into climate change politics" or "the divisive political agenda of liberal environmental activism" during his visit.1
Fortunately, Obama had a different plan. This trip is the second stop in his 11-day climate tour where Obama is speaking out about the country’s need to invest in renewable energy, protect coastal communities, and be part of a global effort to address climate change. "There's no denying what scientists tell us, which is that there's reason to be concerned about these storms getting worse and more violent," White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.1
We need your help to reinforce the President's point that without action on climate, we're just waiting for the next Katrina. And we need New Orleans, in particular, to get that message even after the press and VIP's leave town. If we can raise $2,500 this week, we'll put up a billboard like the one below in New Orleans to grab everyone's attention. Click here to help us make sure Jindal gets the messege.
Jindal should know that memories of Hurricane Katrina still haunt residents of New Orleans. He can see effects of the BP oil spill along Louisiana's coast. He should pay attention to the fact that his home state is literally sinking because of sea level rise.2 And he must know that climate-fueled disasters are more likely now.3 Plus, as a Catholic, Jindal has surely heard Pope Francis' calls to act on climate change as a moral issue.
Bobby Jindal has seen some of the worst effects of climate change up close and heard all our calls for action. So why is he fighting action on climate change by refusing to comply with the Clean Power Plan?
New polls show that 70 percent of registered voters want their governors to comply with the EPA's Clean Power Plan, including 58 percent of Republicans surveyed.4 And that's what makes Seditious Six governors like Jindal so dangerous: Science, morality and the public are crying out for action. But six Governors (five Republicans and a Democrat) have announced that they will not only ignore the Clean Power Plan, they'll attack it in the courts and use all their political capital, to block it.
We need your help right away. Click here to donate $15, $50 or whatever you can to help us tell Gov. Jindal to act on climate!
Thanks for all you do,
Sally and the Clean Power team at Environmental Action
1. Superville, Darlene. Obama walks New Orleans streets, says city 'moving forward'. Yahoo News. August 27, 2015.
2. Global Warming and Hurricanes. Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. June 15, 2015.
3. Schleifstein, Mark. National climate change report says effects on Louisiana will be significant, costly. The Times-Picayune. May 6, 2014.
4. Wolf, Eric. Obama to talk resiliency, climate change in New Orleans — As nation burns, Senate committee to host wildfire hearing. Politico. August 27, 2015.