When he was running for President, Barack Obama promised us global warming legislation that made polluters pay for messing up our climate. But in crafting the bill, House Democrats gave away the store - and are now proposing to give the biggest polluters in the country free credits to keep fouling our atmosphere.We have to tell Congress that's not OK, and to get back to Obama's plan by making polluters pay for all the pollution credits. But time is short - the bill is being amended and marked up RIGHT NOW in committee. Email your Representative and tell him or her not to weaken Obama's energy bill.
The core of the House bill is to require every climate-polluter in the country to register their emissions, and then decrease them over time. Since polluters can trade credits for money if they cut pollution ahead of schedule, the idea is that we'll create an economic incentive to save the planet. It's worked in the past for acid rain pollution, and lots of people from Al Gore to President Obama think it can help stop global warming too.
But not if we give away the right to pollute for free. Free credits mean no incentive to reduce pollution. It also means no revenue to help homeowners save energy, or invest in green jobs. The Democratic leadership knows this, but they've traded away the principles of climate protection in favor of picking up votes from a handful of members who are bought-and-sold by industry3.
We can stop them. If we bring enough pressure onto the House, they'll reconsider watering down the bill and make polluters pay for the right to emit carbon again. That's what Obama wanted and what America needs.
Tell Congress not to give polluters a free ride, by making them pay for ALL the carbon credits.