Clean energy bill needs your help

Call your Congressman, the person who represents you in the U.S. House of Representatives, and urge a “yea” vote on the comprehensive clean energy bill.

You can check your representative at several places, or follow the instructions through RePower America, listed below the video from our old friend Al Gore.

Repower America said in an e-mail:

Clean energy bill needs our support

Any moment now, the House will be voting on the boldest attempt to rethink how we produce and use energy in this country. The bill’s passage is not assured. Call your Representative today.

  • Call 877-9-REPOWER (877-9-737-6937) and we’ll connect you to your Representative right after providing you with talking points. (We’re expecting high call volume, and if you are unable to be connected please use our secondary line, 866-590-0971.)
  • When connected to your Representative’s office, just remember to tell them your name, that you’re a voter, and that you live in their district. Then ask them to “vote ‘yes’ on comprehensive clean energy legislation.”

They’d like you to report your contact, here.

What?  You haven’t been following the debate?  Here’s what the pro-pollution, give-all-your-money-to-Canada, Hugo Chavez, and the Saudis group hopesHere’s where the anti-pollution, pro-frog and clean environment people say the proposed act is way too weak as it stands.  Here’s the House Energy and Commerce Committee drafts and discussion of the billConsumer Reports analyzed the bill here (and said it can’t be passed into law fast enough despite its flaws).

Call now.  Pass the word to your friends.  Tell your children to call — their kids deserve better than the path we’re on now.

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7 Responses to Clean energy bill needs your help

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    As to the folks at CEI: Yeah, I well know their work for tobacco. If CEI says it, it’s false. If CEI says it’s false, it’s true.

    That simplifies the study of this bill for me.


  2. Bryan says:

    Thanks for the link. Unfortunately, I have to add it to the list of CBO reports I need to read, as well as the Waxman amendment (I write that partially tongue-in-check because there’s no way I could accomplish that).

    BTW, I’m listening to the CSPAN live stream and just heard Rep. Doggett say he’s going to support the bill, after earlier having said he’d oppose it. Part of his reasoning was the cry from the flat-Earthers and climate change denialists on the other side of the aisle. Priceless. I’m sympathetic and would like nothing more than see the US Chamber of Commerce, CEI, et al. squeal with discomfort. But it’s still not enough to get me to say OK at this time.

    If this is a small step, I have to ask (as others are) is it enough? If it’s a big step, it needs to be in the right direction. One step forward won’t work if it’s also two steps back with phony, ineffective offsets, a give-away of credits and dubious economics. I’m not saying the bill is all that, but I need more assurance that it’s not.


  3. Ed Darrell says:

    I understand your reticence. I also know Waxman. I trust him a lot.

    There will be much in this bill that could be improved. I still think we need to start. Every pollution control bill in the past was opposed as the fatal blow to our economy, but each instead turned out to be a job creator. I expect this one will be similar. But we may need to make some small steps before we can get enough people to go along with committing to the whole journey.

    Be sure to read the Rules Committee Report on H.R. 2454 — all 743 pages of it. The sections that explain the bill are clearly labeled.


  4. Bryan says:

    Ed, Rep. Waxman added a 300-page amendment to the bill very early this morning:

    Click to access waxman1_hr2998_111.pdf

    It’s possible that this amendment does a lot of good, but it has to be read and understood and communicated to the public before I would be comfortable telling my rep and senator to vote for this bill (not that they’ll vote for it anyway…my rep is Ralph Hall).

    I expect I came off as a CO2-loving, Chamber of Commerce zealot, but that’s not the case. I’m Liberal, Progressive, leftist, etc. Been a Democrat all my life (a Northern Democrat, no less). But these bill is too important to leave it to talking points on both sides to make the argument for or against. Ask the Europeans how their CO2 program is going, after having given away much of the credits. And that’s just one aspect of it.


  5. Bryan says:

    I’m doing my due diligence and may very well come to see it as the best we can do, but I don’t agree that any bill is better than no bill. Again, unintended (or even intended but hidden) consequences could have to be considered.


  6. Ed Darrell says:

    No, it’s not a perfect bill by any stretch. It beats not having a bill at all, however. We’ve dawdled far too long, and we need to act, now.


  7. Bryan says:

    Ed, sorry but I’m not convinced that cap & trade is the way to go, particularly when many of the credits are being given away. Your links to the “pro” arguments are also months old. Even a review done last week won’t address all the garbage that’s going to end up in this bill.

    Here’s one of my favorite energy blogs with a very recent post (and older ones) on the matter:

    I am very uneasy with the willingness to forgo proper due diligence on this bill. My unease is based on the trail of unintended consequences left behind by other well-intentioned kludges (MTBE, flex-fuel, ethanol, clean coal, to name a few).


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