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February 12, 2007

An Incredible Opportunity

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On Thursday, a new bill was introduced in the House that could be the best chance to finally pass strong, national renewable energy policy—but early support is needed.

This bill would require utilities to generate or buy 20 percent clean, renewable energy by 2020. This bill would create a large and growing market for clean and truly renewable sources of energy. It would save all of us a LOT of money, it would create a LOT of new jobs for Americans, and it would do an INCREDIBLE amount of good for the environment.

Energy from the sun and wind lasts forever and conserves resources for future generations. By requiring utilities to generate an increasing percentage of their electricity from renewable resources—rather than fossil fuels which emit carbon dioxide, soot, mercury, and other pollutants (they are very bad for the environment)—a national renewable energy policy would dramatically expand America’s use of solar, wind, geothermal, and energy from crops.

Analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists of a 20 percent RPS shows that the standard will:

--create 355,000 new jobs, nearly twice as many jobs as generating the same amount of electricity from fossil fuels;

--save consumers a total of $49 billion dollars on their utility bills for both natural gas and electricity

--reduce carbon dioxide emissions—the main cause of global warming—by over 400 million metric tons, the equivalent of taking 71 million cars off the road or planting 104 million acres of trees.

CLICK HERE to write to your representative. It is really easy. When you click that link, you will go to a page where there is a letter already filed out. You can either send that letter, or change it and send a letter with your own thoughts and words. The really cool part is this: when you put in your address, zip, etc... this site automatically sends your letter to your representative. You don't have to look them up or anything. If you don't want to be on any email lists or anything, just uncheck the boxes at the bottom of the page (right before the "send this message" button.

Thanks for caring and doing your part to make this world a better place.

Posted by collin on February 12, 2007 12:28 PM

Comments

I wrote a very moving letter.

Posted by: ian on February 12, 2007 02:27 PM

Did you see the News Journal article on the front page this past Sunday? There is a proposal to put a wind farm off of Rehoboth and Bethany beaches.

Posted by: Anonymous on February 12, 2007 03:52 PM

very cool. i've passed on the info to some others on campus... it may get spread around to all of the environmental groups...

Posted by: jd on February 12, 2007 06:58 PM

Cool!

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