Over the summer, the U.S. House and Senate passed great pieces of energy legislation, both of which were filled with landmark energy and vehicle efficiency provisions designed to reduce global warming pollution.
But can the two chambers bring their bills together into one final law?
Congress MUST pass an energy bill in 2007 to lay the groundwork for strong, comprehensive global warming legislation. Spark your representatives to move this legislation to the finish line and pass a bill that...
*Requires the use of more renewable electricity;
*Requires automobiles to go farther on a gallon of gas;
*and Protects our public lands and wildlife from oil and gas drilling.
In the final energy package--which combines both House and Senate energy bills--should:
* Set a Renewable Electricity Standard that requires 15 percent of America's electricity needs to be met with clean, renewable energy sources.
* Increase fuel economy standards to achieve an average of 35 miles per gallon for new cars, SUVs and light trucks by 2020.
* Protect public lands and wildlife by including key oil and gas reforms in the House bill. This should include modifying or closing exemptions from the National Environmental Policy Act and the Clean Water Act, which were enacted in the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
* Expand the weatherization program to assist low-income families with saving energy.
* Call for a report to assess the needs of vulnerable communities around the world in dealing with global warming's impacts.
* Make sure biofuels are grown in ways that protect wildlife and biodiversity. Also, please make sure biofuels are grown so that they help curb greenhouse gas emissions instead of contributing to global warming pollution.
* Support a proposal backed by the Western Governors Association that would make migratory wildlife corridors and crucial wildlife habitat off limits to exclusions from the National Environmental Policy Act.
I also ask that the final energy bill not include anything that will make it harder to solve global warming.
* DON'T include any provisions that preempt states rights to regulate vehicle efficiency or reduce the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to set global warming pollution standards for vehicles.
* DON'T include mandates to produce liquid coal. Congress should focus on promoting transportation fuels such as advanced, sustainably produced biofuels that address global warming while improving energy security.
Thank you for taking my positions into account. I encourage you to help pass this final energy package. It's time for a bill that turns our nation's energy future in a new direction that helps solve global warming and also protects public lands, water and wildlife.