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Breaking News – Climate Bill Passes Senate Committee

Posted by telecommatt on December 5, 2007

I received the following email from Environmental Defense today. I don’t normally do this, but I am going to publish the email in its entirety because ED does a better job of summing things up than I would. Please, send a message to your representative. Send messages to your friends. Help create awareness. We all tend to walk around going, “Well, I never get the opportunity to do anything that really matters.” or “No one ever asks my opinion about these things.”

This is it. This is that opportunity. Maybe the Climate Security Act won’t save the planet by itself, but it’s a big enough deal that it will make other things happen. This could be the big rock that starts falling down the mountain that creates the avalanche. But if we don’t do anything, and instead wait for other people to make things happen for us, we’ll have lost this opportunity and the momentum it could create.

*** BREAKING NEWS *** BREAKING NEWS ***

Dear Matthew,

Today’s vote is historic.

Send an
email!
Urge House leaders to act
now.

Moments ago, the Senate Environment and Public Works
Committee passed the Climate Security Act, a
bipartisan bill that would set a hard, economy-wide cap on
America’s global warming pollution.

With the Senate having taken the first historic step of
passing a climate bill out of committee, it’s now time
for the House to act
.

Send an
email
. Urge your Representative to call
on House leaders to pass strong climate legislation.

This breakthrough in the Senate moves us closer than ever to
passing national global warming legislation. The bill is now
ready for a full Senate vote, which could come early next
year.

While we can celebrate today’s victory in the Senate,
we have our work cut out in the House.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Energy and Commerce Committee
Chairman John Dingell have both pledged to vote on global
warming legislation this Congress.

But, Rep. Dingell’s committee has not yet circulated a draft
bill and it’s still unclear when we can expect a legislative
vehicle to start moving in the House.

Time is running out to solve the global
warming crisis. Waiting just two years to pass national climate
legislation would double the rate at which the U.S. will need to
cut emissions ā€“ from just under 2% a year to over 4.3% a
year ā€“ in order to bring emissions down to where they need
to be by 2020.

Send a
message today!
Urge your Representative
to call on House leaders to make global warming a top
priority.

This is a truly historic day and we wouldn’t
be here without your action and support.

But, we’ve still got a lot of work to do and we’ll need your
continued support more than ever.

In the meantime, please join me in celebrating today’s
victory.

Thanks so much for everything you do,

Steve Cochran
National Climate Campaign
Director

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