Biofuels this and emissions standards that…

June 12th, 2007 10:01 pm by Kelly Garbato

UPDATE, 6/12/07:

…and the Sierra Club weighs in….

Take Action: Support Energy Efficiency Standards!

Incandescent Light BulbIn order to achieve energy independence and curb global warming we must increase energy efficiency. We need an energy efficiency standard that will move America toward the 80% reductions in greenhouse gases that scientists say are necessary to avoid the worst consequences of global warming. By making better use of the electricity we already produce, we can not only save 300 million metric tons of global warming causing carbon dioxide by 2020, but consumers can also save a total of $26 billion.

Urge your Senators to support Energy Efficiency Standards!

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I’m running late, so I though I might take a shortcut and consolidate all of today’s climate change/fuel efficiency/general enviro alerts into one big link farm post.

(In fact, climate change is such a “hot” topic* right now that I may even do a link roundup post every day or two.)

So, yeehaw.

Act for Change / Working Assets: Give Clean Cars the Green Light!

Specifically, California and 11 other states have adopted tailpipe standards to reduce global warming pollution from cars and SUVs, amounting to one-third of the U.S. auto market. However, in order to implement the standards, California — and the other states — need a stamp of approval (called a Clean Air Act “waiver”) from the EPA, and the Bush EPA has been sitting on the decision for nearly a year and a half.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last month -– in which the Court found that carbon dioxide and other global warming pollutants are indeed “air pollutants” and can be regulated under the Clean Air Act –- compelled the Bush EPA to move forward in its decision on the state clean cars standards.

You can help by telling the EPA to stop dragging its feet and give the states the green light to put clean cars on the road.

League of Conservation Voters: Vote YES on the Bingaman RES Amendment Today!

This week, the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on Senator Bingaman’s (D-NM) Renewable Electricity Standards amendment that would help curb global warming, strengthen our economy, and make us more secure.

The Bingaman RES amendment would increase our use of wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass to 15% of America’s electricity by 2020. It’s all homegrown energy, which means more jobs and cheaper electric and gas bills. And it’s all renewable, which puts us on the right path towards breaking our dangerous dependence on fossil fuels.

National Environmental Trust: Urgent: Tell Congress to Increase Gas Mileage Standards

Tell Congress to support the Senate Commerce Committee bill that will increase fuel efficiency standards and save American families money at the pump and to oppose any amendment, such as the Levin-Stabenow proposal, that would weaken the mileage targets in the bill. By sending the letter below and following up with a phone call you will send a strong message to your member of Congress that increasing fuel efficiency is important.

National Wildlife Federation: Stop Global Warming with the Energy Bill

Global warming is the greatest moral challenge of our time–and the single most urgent threat to the future of wildlife. Right now, the U.S. Senate has the chance to pass an Energy Bill that turns America’s energy future in a new direction and helps change the forecast for wildlife.

Natural Resources Defense Council: Tell your senators to pass a strong, clean energy bill

The Senate is debating energy legislation that must be strengthened to ensure progress on important issues like global warming, increased fuel economy standards and clean, renewable energy sources. Urge your senators to support amendments that would strengthen the energy bill and oppose amendments that would weaken the legislation.

SaveOurEnvironment.org: Tell the EPA to Let States Fight Global Warming

Twelve states want to tackle global warming by mandating tougher emissions standards that would drastically reduce pollution from cars and SUVs. But the Environmental Protection Agency won’t let them cut emissions without a special “waiver.” Worse yet, more than a year and a half has passed and the EPA has not even approved the “waivers” needed.

Union of Concerned Scientists: Keep Nuclear and Fossil Fuels out of the Renewable Electricity Standard

To reduce global warming pollution and increase America’s energy independence and security, we must boost our use of clean, renewable energy. Today, Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) introduced a renewable electricity standard bill that would require utilities to acquire 15 percent of their energy from renewable sources like the wind and sun by 2020. Unfortunately, the bill is threatened by an amendment that would include the use of nuclear, coal, and other dirty, non-renewable energy sources.

* Get it? Hot! Because our planet’s warming! Such a card, I am.

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One Response to “Biofuels this and emissions standards that…”

  1. Tom Gray Says:

    The inside word on the Bingaman Renewable Portfolio Standard is that the vote will be very tight. If you support this concept, the time to weigh in is right now. You can reach any Senator’s office through the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121.

    Regards,
    Thomas O. Gray
    American Wind Energy Association
    http://www.awea.org
    risingwind.blogspot.com

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