Tell Congress to Cut Emissions
Last year was the warmest on record for the United States, and the past few decades have been the hottest in hundreds of years. Scientists agree that unless we reduce global warming pollution significantly in the next 50 years, average temperatures could rise another 3 to 9 degrees by the end of the century, causing more heat waves, air pollution, droughts and wildfires, heavier rains and flooding, rising sea levels, melting tundra and widespread loss of wildlife habitat.
Bipartisan support for real action to cut global warming emissions using cleaner, more efficient energy technologies is growing, and even leading American businesses, including General Electric, Wal-Mart, Duke Power and others, have called for mandatory pollution reductions. Reflecting the mounting pressure for real action, on January 16th, Senator Sanders (I-VT) and Senator Boxer (D-CA) introduced the Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act of 2007, calling for cuts to heat-trapping pollution on the scale needed to help solve the global warming problem. The bill would freeze global warming emissions in 2010 and then gradually reduce emissions each year, reaching about 83 percent below current levels in 2050. In March 2007, Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA) introduced a similar bill in the House.
I urge you to co-sponsor the Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act of 2007 (S. 309). This important science-based climate bill would set real, long-term reductions in global warming pollution. If you have already co-sponsored S. 309 , thank you for your leadership on this critical issue.
Scientists agree that unless we reduce global warming pollution significantly in the next 50 years, average temperatures could rise another 3 to 9 degrees in the United States by the end of the century, causing more heat waves, air pollution, droughts and wildfires, heavier rains and flooding, rising sea levels, melting tundra and widespread loss of wildlife habitat. The Bush administration's voluntary approach to global warming will not stop -- or even slow -- the steady increase in global warming pollution, but will instead continue the buildup of dangerous levels of carbon pollution in the atmosphere.
S. 309 represents action on the scale we need to prevent the worst effects of global warming by starting to cut heat-trapping pollution now and increasing reductions year by year. Delaying this action will only make the task more difficult and more expensive.
I am counting on you to protect us from the real threats posed by global warming, and again urge you to co-sponsor the Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act (S. 309).
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