June 12, 2019

350 Action on Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio signing the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge

New York, NY — Today, Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio announced his signing of the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge, making him the seventeenth out of 23 major Democratic Presidential candidates to do so.

On this latest commitment, Thanu Yakupitiyage, 350 Action spokesperson, issued the following statement:

“Bill de Blasio becoming the seventeenth candidate to sign the no fossil fuel money pledge is a clear testament to people power against the delay and deceit of fossil fuel billionaires. From lawsuits to make polluters like Exxon pay for climate damages, to opposing the Williams fracked gas pipeline and divesting from fossil fuel companies, de Blasio recognizes the urgency of the moment we’re in. Action on the climate crisis is already a top voter issue in the 2020 election, and hundreds of thousands of people are demanding the DNC hold a climate debate. We deserve to learn exactly how the next U.S. President will take action at scale with the climate crisis on Day One.”

Last week, Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Tom Perez said the party will not host an official primary debate on the climate crisis, and will restrict candidates from participating in third-party climate debates.

Tomorrow, activists will gather in front of the DNC headquarters in Washington, DC, to demand the party reverse its stance and provide a forum for presidential hopefuls to debate one of the greatest threats facing humanity today. A broad coalition of progressive groups will be delivering more than 200,000 petition signatures from people across the country in support of a climate debate.

WHEN: 10am – 11:30am EDT, June 12, 2019

WHERE: Front steps of the Democratic National Committee Headquarters, 430 South Capitol Street SE #3, Washington, DC 20003

WHO: Speakers at the event will include:

  • Karla Stephan, US Youth Climate Strike
  • Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., Hip Hop Caucus
  • Tamara Toles O’Laughlin, 350.org

Petition signatures were collected by CREDO Action, Greenpeace USA, Climate Hawks Vote, Oil Change U.S., Daily Kos, Friends of the Earth Action, Public Citizen, Endangered Species Coalition, People Demanding Action, CPD Action, Women’s March National, Bold Nebraska, Bold Alliance, Amazon Watch, 350 Action, Sunrise Movement, Food & Water Action, NextGen America, US Youth Climate Strike, and MoveOn.

PHOTOS: Photos from the event will be available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/greenpeace_usa

MEDIA: Press are invited to join the event. On-camera interviews with representatives are available; please reach out to the contacts below to arrange interviews in advance. The event will also be live-streamed at https://www.facebook.com/CREDO/.

Contact: Lindsay Meiman, 350 Action, lindsay@350.org, +1 (347) 460-9082


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350 Action is empowering voters across the country to make a direct impact in the most important climate races in the nation. From local elections that can determine the fate of proposed fossil fuel projects, to House races which could help wrestle control of Congress back from climate deniers and oil industry puppets, 350 Action is lifting up climate progressive candidates. Find out more about our work at www.350action.org.