On February 28, 2018, the U.S. Environmental and Protection Agency (EPA) held a listening session on the proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan in San Francisco, CA. Operation Free is grateful that members of the larger Truman Project network were there to give oral remarks in support of the Clean Power Plan, recognizing the national security implications that climate change poses to our nation.
Read on to see the full remarks by Julia Prochnik, 2015 Political Partner of Truman National Security Project and member of the Truman Project San Francisco Chapter:
“Thank you very much for the opportunity to be here today. Good Morning. My name is Julia Prochnik and I am here to day to speak on behalf of my family, my work and my community. The three worlds are interconnected and if you break one then you break all three.
I was talking with my children about why they love about the environment and they said they love the smell of the tress after a rainstorm, the color of cool water, and the crisp freshness of the air when camping.
Then I described this could all go away if the leader of the agency who is supposed to protect our environment instead destroys it.
They didn’t understand and asked how could this happen. They asked why? They wanted to know if MR. Pruitt was lying.
My work at the NRDC promotes renewable energy and the value of a green economy. We find and build bridges with various stakeholders to ensure a clean energy future. The market responded.
In 2015, one of every 50 jobs created nationally came from solar. In 2016, 36% of all American work in solar. Solar employs over 55x as many veterans as coal or gas for ever terawatt generated.
In addition to promoting our green economy and protecting our children future. I work with an amazing group of veterans, experts and policy makers to ensure our national security follows diplomatic values via the Truman National Security Project.
The physical and social infrastructure that unifies our communities also enhance our domestic security. Our veterans and military leaders know that climate changes are a national security threat. The department of Defense describes dclimate changes as a “threat multiplier” because it makes the jobs of our women and men in uniform harder.
We must keep the CPP for our families and our country and our veterans. Our livelihoods, our kid’s future depends on it. Thank you.”