Congress is in the midst of an historic attempt to spur a transition to a clean energy economy and away from our over-reliance on fossil fuels - creating jobs and fighting global warming at the same time. Now that the House has passed a climate bill, it is up to the Senate to act.
Your senator is hearing daily from opposing voices, among them far-right bloggers and talk radio hosts, who do not believe global warming is real and want to keep our nation hooked on dirty fossil fuels. It is time for us to demand that the Senate act swiftly to combat global warming and usher in an era of clean renewable energy.
As President Obama has said, the time for delay has passed. We are now at a crossroads with a choice between responsibly addressing the problem now or dealing with severe consequences later.
The Senate must pass a strong bill that sets science-based enforceable caps on carbon emissions. The EPA must have the authority to ensure those reductions are actually achieved. In particular, we cannot afford to allow the old dirty coal plants most responsible for carbon emissions to continue business as usual. It is past time for them to clean up or shut down so that emission-free alternatives can compete.
Shifting away from the fossil fuels that cause global warming will create good new jobs for millions of Americans. The U.S. can either lead and take advantage of this shift or miss the boat as other countries act more swiftly.
As President Obama has said, the time for delay has passed. We are now at a crossroads with a choice between responsibly addressing the problem and achieving the emissions reductions science tells us are necessary now or dealing with severe consequences of climate disruption later. Those consequences include irreversible sea level rise, biodiversity loss, changes in the foods we grow, availability of fresh water to drink, and the spread of infectious disease.
Again, I urge you to act quickly on clean energy legislation that will create millions of jobs and protect our planet from a climate catastrophe and not reward the old, dirty power plants that have played such a significant role in creating the climate crisis in the first place. There is not a moment to waste.