Friday, March 18, 2011

There’s still time to show your support—click here to stand up to the Tea Party and their corporate backers.

With gas prices nearing $4 a gallon and oil prices over $100 per barrel, it is hard to believe that Tea Party-backed governors— like Wisconsin’s Scott Walker—are doing everything they can to keep us addicted to oil.
As one of the starkest examples, these governors are rejecting billions of dollars to build 21st century high-speed rail that would help cut our dangerous dependence on oil and reduce harmful pollution. 
In just a few weeks, new transportation legislation will be introduced in the U.S. House. But Tea Party-backed governors are already standing firmly opposed to transportation solutions that reduce oil consumption while putting Americans back to work.
  • In Wisconsin, Governor Walker rejected an $810 million federal grant for a high-speed rail line between Milwaukee and Madison, declaring the project “dead.”
  • In Ohio, Governor John Kasich turned down nearly $400 million from the Department of Transportation for a high-speed rail line between Cleveland and Cincinnati.
  • In Florida, Governor Rick Scott—siding with his backers in the Tea Party—rejected $2.4 billion in Department of Transportation funds for a rail line between Tampa and Orlando
But we’re not standing by and letting the Tea Party take over—two weeks ago, in protest of Governor Scott’s decision, we helped mobilize more than 3,000 Floridians to stand up and speak out.   
Increasing access to high-speed rail, public transit and other low carbon transportation options will create good-paying jobs and reduce our addiction to oil. A recent analysis of the 2009 Recovery Act found that public transportation projects created 70 percent more jobs per dollar than road projects. 
With over 70 percent of the oil used by the U.S. in the transportation sector and Congress poised to act on transportation legislation, we can’t sit idly by and let corporate special interests set the agenda. We can’t afford to stay silent while Tea Party activists set out to destroy sound, job-creating transportation policies that are good for our environment and our economy.  
Corporate special interests and their Tea Party allies are attacking our environment on all fronts, but we are fighting their radical, pro-polluter agenda at every turn, at every level of government. We hope you’ll stand with us. 

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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.