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Let’s be clear. The only way we’re going to win on clean energy is to upend business as usual politics.

Enough people need to act with enough strength that our elected officials can look beyond what Big Oil and Big Coal want — so they can lead, taking us into the 21st century to a clean energy economy. Otherwise those powerful special interests will ensure that we ignore the greatest challenge of our time.

We’ve got to push past them with a movement of ordinary Americans just like you coming together to solve the climate crisis so we can revitalize our country and leave our children and grandchildren a legacy of clean American energy.

You can see the personal determination people have to seize this moment in the notes supporters like you have been sharing as they match each other’s donations. I wanted to share a few of these notes with you:


Mathew in Norristown, PA:

Thank you so much for your support. Every person that contributes is making an investment in our future. A future with clean renewable energy for our children, thank you again.

Daniella in Los Gatos, CA:

It surprises me that we are even having to battle Big Dirty Energy at this late stage in the game. Yet, fight we must. Thank you Joan for offering this matching fund opportunity.

Jeremy in Edgewood, KY:

Thanks for matching my donation Ali. I believe clean energy is the way to greater prosperity and security for this great nation of ours (and for the world).  Let’s make it happen.

Join each of these new supporters by making your first contribution today. A previous donor has pledged to match your gift, doubling your impact.

Make your first donation of $25 now. If you’d like, you can exchange a note with the donor who matched your contribution.

The powerful interests thrive when we sit on our hands. But their power wilts when we decide to act.

We can have the clean energy future America so urgently needs — but only if we’re willing to fight for it. Help inspire a movement big, broad and strong enough to win.

Thanks for everything you do,

Maggie L. Fox
President and CEO
The Alliance for Climate Protection

From Environmental Defense Fund

Dear Vaness,

The 111th Congress has now been sworn in and is already busy drafting an economic stimulus bill. The bill will include tens of billions of dollars in transportation investments, and hundreds of billions in other spending.

We need your help to make sure Congress passes a smart stimulus bill.

Please email House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid today.

Saving and creating jobs is an urgent national priority. But there is a right way to do this and a wrong way.

  • The right way is to invest in infrastructure and energy-efficiency projects that will offer a short-term economic boost and set us up for long-term growth with increased energy independence.
  • The wrong way is to throw money at “bridges to nowhere” projects that will set back our efforts to create long-term, environmentally sustainable growth or to use the stimulus as an excuse to weaken long-standing environmental protections.

We need to create jobs now by building the smarter, more efficient transportation and infrastructure system America will need in the 21st century.

Please take action to support a smart stimulus package.

Here are four simple steps Congress should take as they draft a bill:

  1. Prioritize the Next Generation of Transit: Investments in hybrid buses, light rail, and new train lines — as well as fixing our existing roads and bridges — all create more jobs per dollar spent than just building new roads. And they give us something we desperately need: an affordable and sustainable ride to work. What better stimulus than to get transit into our communities quickly, so we can get out of traffic jams and to our jobs?
  2. Give Your Community a Seat at the Table: There is a risk that cities, counties and metropolitan areas will be shortchanged in federal stimulus spending. Local and regional transit agencies buy the buses, build the light rail, sidewalks, and bike paths, and hire the transit operators. They need to be key funding partners.
  3. Be Transparent and Accountable: Spend money in ways the public can see and understand. To date, only 16 states have publicly released their lists of transportation projects submitted to Congress. Of these, at least nine proposals would spend 10% or less of stimulus funding on public transportation. Three-quarters of proposed spending on these lists would go towards expansion, not repair and restoration, of highways and bridges. Congress should oppose efforts to weaken core environmental protection laws in the stimulus.
  4. Offer Rebates for American Made Energy-Efficiency Products: Congress should provide strong rebates for purchase of energy-efficiency technology made by U.S. workers. Products that create U.S. manufacturing jobs while helping reduce energy use include: anti-idling equipment for trucks; energy-efficient windows for homes; high-efficiency boilers and water heaters for schools and commercial buildings; and energy-saving smart controls for older home boilers.

Let’s Do it Right

A smart stimulus bill will be good not just for the economy, but for public health and the environment.

The U.S. transportation sector accounts for 70% of our oil consumption. Our modest public transportation, biking and walking networks already save hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil daily.

Expanding public transit systems into new cities and towns, enlarging the ones we have, and ensuring that all remain operational and affordable would be a major step towards President-Elect Obama’s goal of reducing oil imports by 3.5 million barrels a day ten years from now.

Take action today: Urge Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid to craft a smart stimulus bill.

Thanks for your activism and support,
Michael Replogle
Transportation Director

 


 

 

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