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April 13, 2009

Letters for Climate Bill

Filed under: Energy/Climate,National Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 5:52 pm
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Occassionally, I like to do more than just blog about environmental and energy issues, but also give citizens an opportunity to weigh in on them and get involved. I’ve blogged some already about the national climate bill released by Congressmen Ed Markey and Henry Waxman, which you can read about here

But if you’re supportive of a strong climate bill and you want to see one passed, what can you do? Well for one, calling your Congressman and Senators and telling them what you want is important. However, letting the public know through the media that there is a climate bill and that it needs to be strong is crucual. My student group is working on sending letters to our local media outlets about what we like about the bill, and what needs improving. Below are the talking points we are using which you are free to take as well in writing your letters.

Letter to the Editor Talking Points

1.   A bill called The America Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 has recently been introduced to Congress to address the issue of global warming while at the same time investing in green technologies to create economic growth.

2.  This climate bill will be voted on this summer, and will be out of the House Energy & Commerce Committee by the end of May.  This is our chance to weigh in.

3.  Come tell Congressman Steny Hoyer that you want a strong climate bill at a Clean Energy Town Hall happening May 11 6:30-8:00 pm.  It will be at the University of Maryland in the Baltimore Room of the Stamp Student Union.  ***Must Mention***

4.  Steny Hoyer is the House Majority leader, making him one of the most powerful and influential politicians in the country

5.  The current bill has some good provisions.  It invests heavily in job creation from renewable energy technologies, and in money saving provisions such as energy efficiency.

6.  America has an opportunity to tackle the economic recession and global warming in one bill by investing in renewable technologies, the fastest growing market in the world today.

7.  The bill’s long-term targets are fairly strong, but the short term targets need to be stronger.  If we don’t have a strong short term commitment, the long-term is largely irrelevant.

8.  The current bill Congressmen Ed Markey and Henry Waxman have introduced has a short term carbon emissions reductions target of 20% below 2005 levels by 2020.  This target needs to be stronger.  The science calls for at least 25% below 1990 levels by 2020.

9.  It’s crucial to get a climate change bill passed before international negotiations for the next global climate treaty come to a close in Copenhagen Denmark at the end of the year.

10.  Any serious climate change bill must prohibit the construction of new coal fired power plants.

11.  Clean coal is a false solution that doesn’t exist, and the bill should not commit our tax dollars to it.  Instead, we should invest heavily in job creating renewable energy technologies, advanced automobiles and energy efficiency.

12.  This climate bill has too many carbon offsets.  Carbon offsets undercut our genuine efforts to reduce emissions by allowing us to pay someone else to go green for us.  They do not work.

Tips: In letter include your name, phone number, and city/state/zip, and keep letter under 250 words, and send to multiple outlets.

Media Outlets:  letters@gazette.net, letters@washpost.com, letters@baltsun.com,
opinion.dbk@gmail.com, tobiepulliam@countytimes.net, editorial@calvertindependent.com, rboyd@somdnews.com, clovejoy@somdnews.com

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