POW Action Fund & POW Alliance Members Climb Capitol Hill for Lobby Day
Photos by Elyse Cosgrove
On June 16 and 17, POW Alliance Members along with POW Action Fund, tackled one of the most challenging ascents out there —Capitol Hill— to lobby for climate action on behalf of the Outdoor State. Eighteen outdoor community leaders attended 20 meetings with lawmakers and administrators from both sides of the aisle to advocate for Federal action to protect the outdoor spaces our communities depend on. Key talking points included advocating for energy security, jobs and a clean energy future.
During the meetings, POW Action Fund advocated for the following:
- Support for H.R. 2406/ S.1016, the Electric Power Infrastructure Improvement Act. This bill will allow a tax credit through 2031 for investment in qualifying electric power, transmission line property and directly benefit 22 large-scale transmission projects across the country. Additionally, this bill would support more than 500,000 jobs, improve the resilience of the grid and support new projects that connect modern renewable energy resources to the power demands of regional consumer markets.
- Funding programs that focus on reducing emissions like the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund and Climate Pollution Reduction Grants.
- Updating the electric grid to support 100% carbon-free electricity by funding projects that upgrade transmission lines and intertie incentives.
- Supporting electric vehicles and electric vehicle infrastructure by making investments in rebates.
- Supporting worker transition by assisting communities with programs like energy community reinvestment finance.
- Stop drilling in the Arctic, specifically, stopping the Willow Project from moving forward in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska.
Additionally, POW Action Fund awarded its annual Friend of the Outdoor State award to members of Congress who demonstrate exceptional leadership toward POW Action Fund’s priorities in Congress and in the outdoor recreation community. Recipients included Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), Senator Catherine Cortez-Mastro (D-NV) and Rep John Curits (R-UT).
While having these conversations isn’t always easy, our community understands the importance of standing up and speaking out for the lifestyles and communities that we love. These meetings help us foster a collaborative working relationship with lawmakers through a common love for the outdoors. Our team left Capitol Hill feeling excited and energized as we head into midterm elections and we’re stoked to see what milestones come next.
Special thanks to all of our Alliance Members and Brand Partners who attended:
- Massimo Alpian, Cannondale
- Nate Bender, POW Trail
- Taylor Boyd, Fat Tire
- Elyse Cosgrove, POW Creative Alliance
- Brendan Davis, POW Creative Alliance
- Stacey Hutchinson, POWDR Corp
- Jeremy Jones, POW Founder
- Tucker Kimball, Orvis
- Mike King, POW Ski
- Brody Leven, POW Ski Team Captain
- Matt Lieto, POW Bike
- Len Necefer, Native Outdoors
- Dillon Osleger, POW Bike
- Emily Owens, Rapha
- Dani Reyes-Acosta, POW Snowboard
- Laura Schaefer, POW Board Member, Orvis
- Sarah Sturm, POW Bike
- Emily Tidwell, POW Creative Alliance
- Barry Wicks, POW Bike Team Captain