Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Help us win House approval -- Your emergency donation to Operation: Climate Vote will be matched $1-for-$1 between now and Friday.

"We all know why this is so important. The nation that leads in the creation of a clean energy economy will be the nation that leads the 21st century global economy. That is what this legislation seeks to achieve -- it is a bill that will open the door to a better future for this nation. And that is why I urge members of the House to come together and pass it."

-- President Barack Obama urging the House to pass the American Clean Energy and Security Act, June 23, 2009.

Your emergency gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar but only for the next 3 days!

Environmental Defense: Finding the Ways that Work

The deals have been reached and the full House appears set to vote on the most important piece of climate legislation of our lifetime this Friday.

Victory is within our grasp, but is far from assured.

Help us win House approval -- Your emergency donation to Operation: Climate Vote will be matched $1-for-$1 between now and Friday.

That means your $25 donation will generate $50 for our final sprint to a House vote.

The deep-pocketed opposition has pulled out all the stops to defeat this bill. Their game plan is simple -- sow confusion and fear about the costs of action and try to pick off just enough votes to defeat the bill.

We're at a make-or-break moment, and your donation right now will go twice as far to help us ramp up our campaign efforts, buy more ad time, and do more on-the-ground field work.

We need to raise $50,000 to cover our expenses over the next three days. Here's what we're doing to win the vote:

  • Our Air Campaign -- We are placing hard-hitting ads in key districts to help secure the votes to get a strong bill passed.
  • Our Ground Campaign -- Our grassroots organizing team is going door-to-door and community-to-community to raise public concern and mobilize voters to demand a yes vote in the House.
  • Our Hill Campaign -- Our legislative team is in constant contact with key Hill staff members to answer questions, respond to the bogus charges from our opponents, and provide expert analysis on the bill.
  • Our Cyber Campaign -- Through our Truth Squad blog and our Operation: Climate Vote hub page, we are using the power of the Internet to identify the false claims and scare tactics of the climate deniers, and to shine a spotlight on their cynical efforts to stop progress.

Here's what the historic energy and climate bill would do:

  • Set a declining cap on global warming pollution at 17% below 2005 levels by 2020 and 83% by 2050.
  • Reward clean energy innovation, spurring investments in low-carbon energy technologies and creating new manufacturing jobs.
  • Promote clean energy by requiring that 20% of electricity comes from a combination of renewable sources, such as wind and solar, and energy efficiency by 2020.
  • Provide an incentive for other countries to limit their emissions, by allowing the president to impose fees on carbon-intensive imports from nations that haven’t adopted their own greenhouse gas cap.

We need your help to pass this critical legislation.

For the next 3 days, an anonymous donor will match your emergency donation $1-for-$1.

Your donation will never make a bigger difference than it will today.

We are making history in 2009. Whether this becomes the year we changed America's direction or the one in which we lost one of our last great opportunities to act is up to us.

Please join us.

Steve Cochran
Director, National Climate Campaign

P.S. Our global warming lobbying team is working around the clock to win House passage. They are depending on your help to keep up the pressure and prevail in Washington.

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