Winds of Change Newsletter, March 2010 See sidebar for table of contents
End DC-Style Business As Usual Join Us in A New Campaign
Fossil fuel lobbyists writing senators legislation... legislation being written that misses the most cost effective way to arrive at clean energy sources ... hundreds of millions of dollars from the fossil fuel industries going into Congress campaign coffers, influencing legislation ... These are just a few of the antics used by the fossil fuel industry to keep us dependent on dirty energy sources.
Congress and many of the national "green" groups are tied up in debating a "pollution control" model to combat global warming.
As a result, the current bills before the House and Senate not only fail to adequately set goals to combat pollution and global warming, they also introduce a financial scheme that is dangerous to the economic well-being of most Americans cap and trade, a financial mechanism that can be gamed by the same Wall Street crowd that brought us the economic collapse of 2008.
There is one way to change this dynamic: Grassroots voices like yours telling members of Congress that business as usual must end in Washington if clean energy policies are to be created!
There is a better way to meet our energy challenge, create jobs, improve the economy, and combat global warming. Energy efficiency can help provide the transition our nation needs from a fossil-fuel energy economy to a clean energy economy.
Mature renewable energy technologies such as wind and solar power can be phased in to meet the energy provided by aging and inefficient coal-fired plants that are health hazards to nearby communities. And we can direct serious national resources into critical new energy research for the breakthroughs of tomorrow.
Further investments in coal through the expensive and speculative carbon capture and sequestration research (a prospect that, if it could work, is decades away) and nuclear power are not productive uses of taxpayer dollars.
And thats what investment in these programs is: politicians investing our money in energy choices that are unhealthy for our communities, instead of investment in the most productive sources of jobs that will return the manufacturing base to the United States economy.
We can produce more jobs and combat global warming through practical technologies that are readily available. But Congress wont move the United States into a new clean energy future unless they hear from citizens across the country.
Thats why were joining with The CLEAN to initiate a new campaign that gets our voices heard in DC. Our vision: Congress will hear from organizations, city and town councils and citizens groups of all kinds articulating support in the form of a resolution for clean energy policy.
What to do:
Step 1. Make this resolution yours
For a copy of the resolution, visit www.theclean.org/resolved.html or contact Janet or Vivian at the OVEC office at (304) 522-0246.
Make edits specific to your organization the resolution is written so you can edit and change the "whereas" section to include points particularly relevant to your community/state. We ask that we all keep the "Resolved" section uniform around the country in order to demonstrate support for a very clear and decisive position for our growing movement.
Step 2. Get it passed
Take the resolution to your church group/organizations/city/town councils and get it on the agenda so that a real energy debate can begin!
Step 3. Spread the word
Once you have gotten any group to adopt or endorse the resolution, let Alex@theclean.org know. Send the resolution to your local Congressional delegation. Send a press release to your local media.
Call Janet or Vivian at (304) 522-0246 if you need help getting this going. Get active and hereby resolve to make a difference!