In late June, the House of Representatives took a historic vote to pass comprehensive climate and energy legislation that would put in place a nationwide plan to rein in global warming pollution and establish a cleaner approach to our nation's energy system.
This legislation establishes a critical first step in building the foundation to curb global warming, reduce our dependence on oil, and transition to a clean energy economy. Now we need the Senate to strengthen and pass the House bill.
According to a new, peer-reviewed study by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), if we combine energy and transportation policies with a strong limit or "cap" on carbon emissions, the United States could dramatically cut global warming pollution while saving households and businesses billions of dollars in energy costs.
Please urge President Obama to play an active role in ensuring that Congress passes a strong, comprehensive climate and energy policy that reduces global warming pollution, breaks our dependence on oil, and puts Americans back to work.
I am writing to urge you to tell Congress that passage of a strong, science-based climate bill is a top priority for the administration and the country.
To maximize the potential benefits of climate action, this legislation should:
* Reduce U.S. global warming pollution by 35 percent below current levels by 2020 and at least 80 percent by 2050.
* Require utilities to generate at least 25 percent of their electricity from clean, renewable sources, such as the wind and sun, by 2025.
* Invest more money in renewable energy and energy efficiency programs that will save consumers money.
* Preserve the Environmental Protection Agency's existing authority to regulate global warming pollution under the Clean Air Act.
* Ensure policies can be rapidly adjusted in response to emerging climate science.
We need your administration to actively urge lawmakers to pass comprehensive climate and energy legislation this year.