Descriptive text of the issues page
(Released August 2007)
City of St. Paul
There is unprecedented scientific consensus that climate change is real, present and caused by human activity. The International Panel on Climate Change warns that, without intervention, temperatures may increase more than 10°F by the end of this century. As the world grows hotter, water resources will become scarcer and more seasonal. Increasingly frequent heat waves will be accompanied by intense storms, dangerous floods and severe drought.
As the President said in June 2013, we "don't have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society". We couldn't agree more. President Obama also asked if we have "the courage to act before it's too late". We think we do and that's why Clean Water Action and our million members are committed to working with the President, with Congress and State Legislatures...with anyone who is willing to join us to combat climate change before it's too late.
Diesel engines produce harmful pollution that can be reduced immediately. Older diesel engines emit a mixture of particles, metals and gasses including over 40 "hazardous air pollutants" as classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Clean Air Act. Diesel pollution can trigger asthma and cause lung cancer, stroke, heart attack and infant death, contributing to 21,000 early deaths a year. The cancer risk from diesel exhaust is 7.5 times higher than the total cancer risk from all other 133 air toxins tracked by the EPA combined.
Protecting Drinking Water in California
In May 2012, the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published a proposed rule around hydraulic fracturing and other well stimulation activities on Federal and Indian Lands. In the face of oil and gas industry pressure, and despite nearly 200,000 public comments in favor of a strong rule protecting health and natural resources, BLM published a revised proposal in May 2013. Clean Water Action is working to support a rule that puts the strongest possible protections in place for drinking water sources, public health and other natural resources.