Chris Wallace, Fox News Sunday

Steve Scully, C-SPAN Networks

Kristen Welker, NBC News

Susan Page, USA Today

Dear Mr. Wallace, Mr. Scully, Ms. Welker, Ms. Page:

As proud members of the outdoor industry, we write to urge you to put climate change and the protection of public lands and outdoor spaces front and center in all the upcoming presidential and vice-presidential debates.

The climate crisis is no longer a far-off threat — it’s directly harming the health and safety of Americans across the nation. This summer, wildfires, hurricanes, and extreme weather conditions have cost billions in destruction and scarred wild spaces that are a treasured part of our nation’s heritage. Like COVID-19, the effects of climate change and environmental pollution are falling most heavily on low-income communities, rural communities and people of color. All of this will only get more dangerous and more destructive without meaningful action from Washington. …

By: Vincent Stanely, Director of Patagonia Philosophy

A few days after the governor ordered us all inside, I noticed the color of the sky — a deep blue, somewhere between marine and cobalt, of a particular shade I’d never seen in Southern California. In my youth our state had only half its current population, engaged in about a fifth of today’s economic activity. Times were slower, but the skies never deepened this way in the days when gasoline still contained lead. The current muffling of freeway traffic (social isolation for cars!) means a quieter neighborhood by day and more brilliant stars by night. …

On Friday, Columbia Sportwear Company and Patagonia joined forces to fight climate change. Together we filed an amicus “friend of the court” brief in a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s effort to roll back the Clean Power Plan.

This is the summary from the brief, click here for the full brief.

Amici curiae Patagonia Works (Patagonia) and Columbia Sportswear Company (Columbia) produce outdoor apparel, footwear, and equipment to help people access and enjoy the world’s wild places. The climate crisis threatens to disrupt the foundation upon which the outdoor recreation economy is built. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to rescind the Clean Power Plan (CPP) and replace it with the Affordable Clean Energy rule (ACE) — a rule which fails to fulfill the Agency’s statutory mandate to reduce harmful greenhouse-gas pollutants — is not only contrary to law and arbitrary and capricious; it will have significant negative impacts on the bottom line of the $887 billion outdoor recreation economy, in which amici play a leading role, and on the health and well-being of this industry’s many thousands of employees and millions of customers — real world costs that EPA has failed adequately to consider. …



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