Operation Free conducted Capitol Hill meetings from 25-29 September 2017 in order to discuss the importance of government agencies and programs that help to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. We focused primarily on states where advocates had also briefed state policymakers and conducted other outreach activities at the state level earlier this year. Those states included Illinois, Nevada, North Carolina, and Colorado.
Both North Carolinians, Operation Free Veteran Ryan McGill and Truman Senior Manager Rikkia Ramsey, were excited to sit with U.S. Senator Richard Burr.
Operation Free validators from these states traveled to Washington, DC to share their energy concerns and discuss the importance of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its role in reducing pollution, and why policies like the Fuel Economy standards help advance the United States toward a clean energy economy.
Rikkia Ramsey, Truman Senior Manager of Operation Free, stated about the Capitol Hill trip:
“We are thankful to have the opportunity to meet with our nation’s legislators in Congress. As a community of military veterans and national security experts, we understand firsthand that the threats posed by our dependence on fossil fuels should not be muddled by partisanship, but instead addressed by our leaders working together for the betterment of the American people.”