CLIMATE CHANGE & related -Goal: landing an effective global warming bill on
President Obama's desk in 2009 -- is within reach.
Landmark climate legislation is pending in the House Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment.
What happens there will determine the future of climate action this year.
Right now, members of the house are intensifying negotiations on the sweeping energy and global warming bill. Because this Subcommittee bill will set the tone for the entire debate that follows in both Houses of Congress, the outcome of these
negotiations is key to our success.
Here's an inside look into what's happening right now:
-- Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Energy and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Ed Markey (D-Mass.) said they would wait until next week before beginning the Subcommittee markup on their proposed legislation.
-- As we speak, House leaders are hammering out detailed legislative language that will cut America's global warming pollution.
-- Our legislative team is working with House leaders to get the strongest possible bill that caps and reduces global warming pollution by about 2% per year and 80% by 2050.
-- We have been running a series of targeted ads and doing street canvassing in Subcommittee districts to build support for the bill.
-- We've just launched two new states (Utah and South Carolina) in our interactive jobs website - CLICK here . This site features state maps that show legislators
exactly where capping carbon will help create new jobs and jumpstart our economy.
We have our work cut out for us. More than 2,000 top corporate lobbyists are on Capitol Hill working to stop global warming action. And news reports state that these lobbyists have increased their already mind-blowing expenditures by 30%.
This is a huge fight, but with your continued support and activism we're doing everything we can to move a strong bill.
Here are three things you can do right now to help us seize this historic opportunity:
1) Call your House member to voice your support for a strong bill: Dial the Capitol Hill switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected with office of Rep. Heath
Shuler. Tell the staff that you support the America's Clean Energy and Security Act now pending in the Energy and Commerce Committee.
2) Ask 5 friends to take action: Just email this link http://action.edf.org/ct/7dz2fgM1d41D/ to your friends and family letting them know that now is a critical time for action on this important issue.
3) Make a donation: https://donate.edf.org/01/kaw09cv001/n81z2fgMq-0kV?. Your financial support comes at an important time. Our ability to pass legislation this
year depends on what happens in the next couple of weeks.
Thanks for your continued support. We'll keep you posted in the days and weeks ahead.
Sincerely, Sam Parry
Director, Online Membership and Activism