Audubon & NET: Congress, Energy & Climate Change

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

UPDATE, 7/19/07:

See also: Make sure your Rep. supports the RES and fuel efficiency amendments, from the League of Conservation Voters and Hey Congress: Clean My Ride, Flex My Fuel, via the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

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Today I bring you two enviro alerts for your clicking pleasure:

Audubon: Give Renewable Electricity A Chance

The House will soon debate its version of America’s energy policy. We want to ensure that any energy legislation includes a strong nationwide renewable electricity standard (RES). Twenty-three states already have renewable electricity standards, which require utility companies to generate a certain percentage of electricity from clean, renewable sources like wind and solar. Audubon is committed to advancing these approaches in ways that safeguard birds, other wildlife, and their habitat. Establishing a nationwide renewable electricity standard is one of the biggest steps we can take to reduce global warming pollution. We have the technology to do this right now, but we need Congress to lead the way.

National Environmental Trust (NET): Urge Your Representative to Increase Gas Mileage Standards

Last month the Senate passed groundbreaking legislation to increase fuel efficiency standards for the first time in nearly 30 years. Now the momentum has shifted to the House of Representatives where a similar vote is expected shortly. It’s time to urge House members to follow the Senate’s lead and increase fuel efficiency standards that meet or exceed the mileage targets of the Senate bill.

The bipartisan Senate legislation set a target of raising fuel efficiency to a fleet-wide average of 35 miles per gallon by model year 2020 for cars and lights trucks (SUVs). A proposal by Representatives Ed Markey and Todd Plats seeks similar targets that would help consumers save money at the pump and reduce our country’s dependence on foreign oil.

Tell your House member to support legislation that matches or exceeds the Senate bill and to oppose any legislation, such as a current proposal by Representatives Baron Hill and Lee Terry, which offers considerably lower mileage targets and includes industry loopholes.

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Center for American Progress: Stand Up to Big Oil

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

Via Center for American Progress:

At the Center for American Progress Action Fund, we’ve been fighting to move America from dependence on foreign oil towards clean and renewable domestic alternatives. We’ve made our voices heard through the Kick the Oil Habit campaign and our innovative cross-country Road Trip. Now it’s time to show our support for legislation that will establish permanent change and set a new course for the entire nation.

This November, in California, voters have an opportunity to fight Big Oil and choose a path to cleaner alternative energy by voting Yes on Proposition 87, California’s Clean Energy Initiative. Prop 87 will reduce California’s dependence on gasoline and diesel by 25% in the next ten years. These reforms will be funded by collecting drilling fees from companies that drill for oil in California, similar to drilling fees already collected in states like Alaska, Texas, and Louisiana. Big Oil should not be getting a free ride in the number three oil producing state in the nation. They should pay their fair share to support alternative fuel technologies that will benefit all Americans.

To make Prop 87 a reality, Californians need your help. Big Oil is swamping the state in a smear campaign because they do not want to pay their fair share for access to our natural resources. Voters in California need to hear the truth. Sign our petition in support of Prop 87 to send a message to Big Oil to drop their smear tactics and pay their fair share towards a better energy future.