State of the Air: MISSOURI

Kay MillsContact Kay Mills at kmills@momscleanairforce.org to learn more or volunteer.

Kay has been a political organizer in Missouri for over 15 years, working on many issues, including fighting for expanded access to health care. Kay lives in Southwest Missouri with her husband and three daughters. Much of her free time is spent watching her daughters play soccer and hiking with her family in the beautiful Ozarks hills. Kay is excited about continuing to work with a dedicated group of parents and health professionals who want to protect the health of kids and families.

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TELL GOVERNOR GREITENS: PROTECT OUR CHILDREN FROM CLIMATE POLLUTION

 

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WE HAVE MORE THAN 11,719 MISSOURI MEMBERS

Here’s what we’re working on in Missouri:

Moms Clean Air Force Missouri brings attention to issues and policies that impact clean air, climate change and children’s health.  We fight for a world free of harmful chemicals in our air, water and food, so children can grow up healthy with every opportunity to thrive.  We educate and activate moms and their families to work with local, state and federal leaders to advance clean air policies and climate solutions.  We are building a community of moms who care by meeting with elected officials, organizing and attending local events, speaking at community meetings and press conferences, and serving as a media resource on behalf of our children’s and community’s health.  By collectively speaking out against air pollution and climate change, we are creating a powerful force in Missouri that is rooted in the love we have for our children.

Right now, Missouri burns coal for more than 80 percent of its electricity. Missouri’s power plants produce toxins that poison our waters, and sulfur and other pollution that cause asthma and respiratory disease.

Moms Clean Air Force Missouri has collected petitions from hundreds of Missouri families, to make it clear to our elected officials that the health and future of Missouri’s children are more important than campaign contributions from dirty coal and other corporate polluters.

Specifically, Moms Clean Air Force Missouri is working hard to fight the Trump Administration’s attempt to repeal America’s Clean Power Plan. Under America’s Clean Power Plan, states would have considerable flexibility in deciding how to secure the required pollution reductions. This process would provide Missouri with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for clean air and clean energy. Along with a multitude of health benefits to Missouri residents, this transition to cleaner electricity would bring opportunity for thousands of new jobs in Missouri.

Despite the considerable health benefits of America’s Clean Power Plan, in October, 2015, Missouri joined 25 other states in a lawsuit opposing the Plan. Missouri’s then Attorney General announced his decision to join the lawsuit at a meeting of the Missouri Electric Coops.

Our Missouri chapter promotes strategies to cut carbon emissions in a way that protects both children’s health and the economy, and we believe that Missouri should implement energy policy that works for everyone.

Please join us in this fight for cleaner air and climate solutions in Missouri.

Moms Clean Air Force Programs in Missouri

Our Moms & Mayors program connects moms with their mayors and local leaders to improve children’s health and build resilient communities.  We educate, empower and mobilize Moms in their hometowns to work with their local elected leaders to implement clean air strategies, reduce toxins in the community and take action on climate change.   We also train Moms to join boards and commissions and urge them to run for office.

Our Baby Power program educates and engages expectant and new moms on our issues with the message:  every baby has the power to make you want to change the world.

In addition to state-specific work, Moms Clean Air Force Missouri is supporting national campaigns:

Stopping the Rollbacks of Environmental Protections:  We are working hard to oppose the assaults on our bedrock environmental laws by the Trump Administration and the EPA Administrator including:

  • Climate Change: We are fighting the Trump Administration’s attempt to repeal America’s Clean Power Plan that sought to reduce carbon emissions, decrease dangerous co-pollutants, and achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Accord.
  • Smog: We are opposing the Trump Administration’s EPA proposal to weaken national smog standards.
  • Clean Cars: We are opposing the Trump Administration’s attempt to roll back sensible fuel-efficiency standards for cars and light trucks. The current clean car standards would prevent 6 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution by 2025 and save American families $1.7 trillion in fuel costs.
  • Mercury: We are opposing the attempt by the Trump Administration to loosen regulations that reduce the harmful mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants.
  • Chemical Policy Reform: We are fighting to implement the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (2016) that keeps toxic chemicals out of the products we use every day.
  • Natural Gas Pollution: We are opposing the Trump Administration’s attempt to roll back Federal methane rules for new sources, weakening the limits on the amount of methane pollution that the oil and gas industry is allowed to vent, leak and burn. We are demanding strong protections from methane, volatile organic compounds, and other harmful air pollutants associated with fracking and natural gas development.
  • EPA Budget: We are fighting to ensure the EPA budget is fully funded, opposing the Trump Administration’s proposal to gut its budget by more than 25%.

Fighting to Make Climate Progress:

  • Clean Energy: We are working to build support at the local, state and federal level to ensure that our energy future is renewable, clean, and healthy — for the sake of our children’s health.
  • Tell Your Governor: Take the Lead on Climate Action:  With America’s departure from the historic Paris Climate Agreement, the responsibility for climate action now falls on others: States, municipalities, businesses, universities and communities. With the federal government surrendering its chance to lead on climate action, our states must be as aggressive as possible in the effort to thwart global warming and protect the health of our children. Let your governor know that you demand climate action and you need them to take the lead.

Missouri’s electricity generation by source, 2017:

  • Coal (79%)

  • Nuclear (13%)

  • Natural Gas (3%)

  • Wind (2%)

  • Other (3%)

According to the American Lung Association’s 2018 State of the Air report, Columbia-Moberly-Mexico, Missouri is tied for 1st for the cleanest U.S. city for ozone air pollution

The monetized value of diesel fine particle health impacts in Missouri per year is 1.7 billion dollars.

Missouri ranks tenth among U.S. states when it comes to carbon dioxide emissions from power plants

Roughly 5,795 asthma exacerbation attacks per year are a directly linked to coal fired power plant pollution in Missouri.

According to the American Lung Association’s 2018 State of the Air report, St. Louis County, Missouri received an F in ozone quality

116 cancer cases per million in Missouri are a direct result of inhaled diesel soot each year



Climate Change Increases Wildfires: Find Out How Your Region Is Affected

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON July 27, 2018
This wildfire resource is from Climate Signals: Climate change has increased the risk of wildfires through warmer temperatures and drier conditions that lengthen wildfire season, increase the chances of a fire starting, and help a burning fire spread. Warmer and drier conditions also contribute to...

TOPICS: Air Pollution, Alaska, California, Children's Health, Climate Change, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Great Lakes, Heat and Extreme Weather, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New England, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Science, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC, Washington State, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Play-in for Climate Action 2018 Photos and More!

BY Ronnie Citron-Fink ON July 15, 2018
We were excited to host our 5th annual Play-In for Climate Action this week. Hundreds of parents and children from 30 states gathered near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC to call for meaningful action on climate change. This family-friendly protest against the air pollution that...

TOPICS: Activism, African-American Community, Air Pollution, Alaska, Asthma, Children's Health, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, Colorado, Environment, EPA, Florida, Georgia, Great Lakes, Heat and Extreme Weather, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Latino Community, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, MCAF News, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Motherhood, Nevada, New England, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Politics, Pollution, Social Justice, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC, Washington State, Wisconsin, Wyoming

The State of Your Air 2018

BY Molly Rauch ON April 20, 2018
How does your city stack up when it comes to air pollution? The American Lung Association helps sort it out in their new report: State of the Air 2018. The results are troubling. More than 40% of Americans live in counties where the air is...

TOPICS: Air Pollution, Alaska, Asthma, California, Children's Health, Colorado, Florida, Fracking, Georgia, Heat and Extreme Weather, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Natural Gas, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Ozone, Pennsylvania, Pollution, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia

Does Your State Have a Climate Adaptation Plan?

BY Marcia G. Yerman ON March 23, 2018
As parents, one of our key and foremost concerns is keeping our children safe. Under the Trump administration’s philosophy of shrinking government, a slew of protections to children’s health are being sliced away. There is no regard for the potential ramifications. This is of particular...

TOPICS: Alaska, California, Children's Health, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, EPA, Heat and Extreme Weather, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New England, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Toxics, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington State, Wisconsin, Wyoming

The Power of Moms and Mayors

BY Dominique Browning ON March 22, 2018
It seems like every day we hear about new actions by the federal government to introduce a new dangerous policy or cut a crucial program that protects our air, water, and climate. I won’t lie to you — sometimes it is overwhelmingly appalling. But something...

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July 2018:

Members of Moms Clean Air Force Missouri attended the fifth annual Play-In for Climate Action on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

June 2018:

Moms Clean Air Force Missouri tabled at Dirt Day Festival in north Springfield.

Moms Clean Air Force Missouri tabled at Springfield Pride Fest.

May 2018:

Moms Clean Air Force Missouri tabledat the Baby-Kid Expo in St. Charles.

Moms Clean Air Force Missouri hosted a Mama Summit in Springfield to learn about and celebrate local action on climate change.  

April 2018:

Moms Clean Air Force Missouri tabled at an Earth Day Event in Springfield at Unity Church.

Moms Clean Air Force Missouri tabled at 417 Day in Springfield.

Moms Clean Air Force Missouri tabled at Democrat Days of the Ozarks.

Moms Clean Air Force participated and tabled at the March for Science in Joplin.

February 2018:

Members of Moms Clean Air Force Missouri testified at a Clean Power Plan listening session in Kansas City.

Field organizer, Kay Mills spoke at the City Utilities board meeting in Springfield along with members of the Missouri Sierra Club to raise concerns about potential coal ash contamination of groundwater from the John Twitty Energy Center landfill.

Moms Clean Air Force Supermom, Nanda Nunnelly Sparks participated in a national telepresser with Sierra Club and other coalition partners to respond to the significant budget cuts to the EPA proposed by President Trump in the FY 2019 budget.

December 2017:

Moms Clean Air Force Missouri hosted a health summit in Springfield focused on air pollution and health.

September 2017:

Moms Clean Air Force Missouri members traveled to Washington, DC to meet with lawmakers and urge them to protect EPA’s budget.

Moms Clean Air Force Missouri hosted a press conference in Joplin to oppose cuts to the EPA budget.

August 2017:

Moms Clean Air Force Missouri members attended Senator McCaskill’s Ozark  townhall on Tuesday, August 22, which was the Senator’s 35th in her goal of 50 townhalls over the summer.

July 2017:

Moms Clean Air Force Missouri attended a People’s Hearing on Ozone in Kansas City.

Moms Clean Air Force Missouri partnered with the Sierra Club to hold a People’s Hearing on Air and Climate in Kansas City.

Moms Clean Air Force Missouri members attend the 2017 Play-In for Climate Action in Washington, DC.

February 2017:

Moms Clean Air Force Missouri members attended a protest on the nomination of Scott Pruitt to head EPA at Senator Blunt’s office in Springfield.

January 2017:

Moms Clean Air Force Missouri members traveled to Washington, DC to meet with their Senators and urge them to oppose the nomination of Scott Pruitt to head EPA.

December 2016:

Moms Clean Air Force Missouri tabled at a Senior Democrats event at Library Center in Springfield.

Moms Clean Air Force Missouri attended a Health Care for All SouthWest Missouri coalition meeting.

November 2016: 

Moms Clean Air Force Missouri attended a rally in Springfield of activists who want to see continued protection of human and civil rights under a Trump administration.

Moms Clean Air Force Missouri attended a post-election event in Springfield.

October 2016:

Field organizer, Kay Mills spoke to a women’s club at the South street Christian Church in Springfield, MO about Moms Clean Air Force. Kay also spoke to a group from Jobs with Justice.

Moms Clean Air Force Missouri hosted a House Party in Springfield.

Moms Clean Air Force hosted a Play-In for Climate Action in St. Louis to call for climate action in advance of the Second Presidential Debate. This family-friendly protest showcased exactly what’s at stake as temperatures and sea levels rise: our kids.

September 2016:

Moms Clean Air Force Missouri attended a press event focused on the Clean Energy Incentive Program and low income communities.

Moms Clean Air Force Missouri hosted a roundtable event focused on Zika and climate change in Springfield.

August 2016:

Moms Clean Air Force Missouri participated in a Climate 911 puppet show in St. Louis.

June 2016:

Moms Clean Air Force Missouri hosted a “School’s Out Food Drive” contributing to the over 4,542 pounds of food collected by Moms Clean Air Force chapters nationwide.

Moms Clean Air Force Missouri led a press conference in Springfield highlighting the impact of climate change on food security. Speakers included Alexander Wait, a professor of biology and plant ecology at Missouri State University, and Ashley Quinn, outreach coordinator for Empower Missouri, a Missouri advocacy group working to combat poverty. Following the press conference, the group of Springfield parents and advocates met with Senator McCaskill’s office to discuss the importance of addressing climate change, food insecurity and children’s health.

April 2016:

Moms Clean Air Force Missouri attended an environmental coalition lobby day.

Moms Clean Air Force tabled and hosted a Read-In at Jackson Days.

Moms Clean Air Force is tabled and hosted a Read-In at Art Walk in Springfield, MO.

March 2016:

Moms Clean Air Force Missouri hosted a press conference and Read-In.

A letter organized by field organizer, Kay Mills and Ozark Dad and Elected Official Richard Green was reposted on the Daily Kos.

Field organizer, Kay Mills met with Senator McCaskill in Washington, DC.

February 2016:

Members of Moms Clean Air Force Missouri met with Senator McCaskill’s office.

Moms Clean Air Force Missouri attended a Public Service Commission meeting on America’s Clean Power Plan.

Moms Clean Air Force Missouri attended a health advocates advocacy day at the state capitol.


November 2015: Moms Clean Air Force Missouri attended Governor Nixon’s accountability press conference in Jefferson City, Missouri.


May 2015: Mama Summit 2015 | Moms Clean Air Force Missouri members gathered at the state capitol in Jefferson City to call on elected officials to take action on climate change.

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Eric Greitens

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US Senate

Roy Blunt

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  • 2740 B East Sunshine
    Springfield, MO 65804
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  • Phone: (417)-877-7814
  • Twitter: @RoyBlunt

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Claire McCaskill

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  • 324 Park Central West, Ste. 101
    Springfield, MO 65806
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (417)-868-8745
  • Twitter: @clairecmc

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US House of Representatives

William “Lacy” Clay Jr. (District 1)

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  • 111 S. 10th Street, Suite 24.344
    Louis, MO  63102
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (314)-367-1970
  • Twitter: n/a

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Ann Wagner (District 2)

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Blaine Luetkemeyer (District 3)

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Vicky Hartzler (District 4)

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Emanuel Cleaver (District 5)

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Sam Graves (District 6)

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Billy Long (District 7)

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Jason Smith (District 8)

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