Policy: Cultivating nonpartisan solutions

The best environmental solutions come from having everyone pitch in, regardless of their political views.

EDF has a long tradition of collaboration on policy. In 1990, we worked with Republican President George H. W. Bush and the Democratic Congress to achieve a bipartisan solution to cut in half the sulfur dioxide pollution that was causing acid rain.

Working together for chemical safety

More recently, we took a nonpartisan approach to chemical safety reform. For decades, the primary federal law regulating chemicals in everyday products had been weak and outdated. Our government lacked the ability to regulate even known dangers, such as formaldehyde and asbestos.

Over several years, we worked with diverse allies and with legislators in both parties to advance strong legislation. Each section of the new law was carefully crafted to balance long-standing interests.

The Lautenberg Act passed with overwhelming support, and was signed by President Obama in June 2016. However, after a strong start, the EPA under the Trump administration is stymieing or reversing progress made under the new law, setting back the bipartisan intent for stronger protections from toxic chemicals. Now we're fighting to make sure the law is implemented in a way that protects health.

A powerful ally: EDF Action

One of our chief allies in securing nonpartisan policy is EDF Action, our advocacy action partner. EDF Action is free to do things EDF can't, including unlimited lobbying of Congress. It does this by raising dollars that are not tax deductible.

Lawmakers listen to their supporters, and many in both parties want action on the environment, so EDF Action plays a key role in bringing them together to address environmental issues.

Working for progress on climate change

EDF does constructive, thoughtful, hard work, and that gains respect — and results.

The Hon. George P. Shultz
The Hon. George P. Shultz, Former U.S. Secretary of State

Despite the Trump administration's assault on the environment and public health, we continue to push back. So far, every bedrock statutory protection remains in place, but the battle continues.

Fortunately, we've been able to work with states, companies and countries such as China to reduce carbon pollution and boost clean energy. We also work with the growing number of policymakers in both parties who are stepping up to make climate change a priority issue in their work.

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