Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Send a message to your senators today, calling on them to pass a real climate deal -- one that protects people and the planet, not polluters.

This morning, Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) unveiled a draft of their long-awaited cap-and-trade bill, the "American Power Act."
Unfortunately, it's as bad as we feared. Summaries of the proposal released this morning indicate they would eliminate critical tools needed to stabilize climate chaos while handing out billions in giveaways to some of the worst industrial polluters in the country.
Send a message to your senators today, calling on them to pass a real climate deal -- one that protects people and the planet, not polluters.
The Kerry-Lieberman bill rolls back important protections in the Clean Air Act, the strongest tool we have at the federal level to reduce global warming pollution and undermines states' ability to reduce their carbon footprints with innovative solutions.
Adding insult to injury, the bill would also allow expanded offshore drilling, even though millions of gallons of oil continue to spew into the Gulf of Mexico, damaging the vulnerable ecosystems of the Gulf and the economies that rely on them. With the likes of oil behemoth BP (whose negligence precipitated the catastrophic spill) and other polluters backing the bill, it's clear who stands to benefit.
We need your help. Tell your senators today that we need a climate bill that contains true clean energy solutions.
We can soon be on the road towards a 100 percent clean energy future. Unfortunately, the Kerry-Lieberman bill would send us in the wrong direction.
Senator Kerry is defending his bill by saying that while it's not perfect, he thinks it's the best the Senate can do. We think a better strategy would be for the Obama administration to implement existing Clean Air Act protections, while senators work on building support for a stronger bill -- one that doesn't shower billions on polluters.
We need a bill that maintains all existing Clean Air Act protections, invests in clean energy, rather than providing more polluter handouts, and has the integrity to deliver rapid cuts in climate-disrupting emissions.
Let's mobilize to demand a real climate bill. Send a message to your senators today.
Erich Pica
President, Friends of the Earth
John Kerry didn't say shit when the Republicans were sliming his militery record and Joe Lieberman is one of the worst weasels in history.  NEITHER OF THESE DICKHEADS IS WORTH LISTENING TO ON MUCH OF ANYTHING.

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As Jim Hightower explains it, is that “the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess more net worth today than the bottom 90 percent of us combined. Worse, these privileged few and their political henchmen have structured a new economic ‘normal’ of long-term joblessness, low wages, no benefits or worker rights, miserly public services, and a steadily widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us.” We must restore sanity to this nation.