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Urge Your Senators to Oppose Bush’s Energy Bill

The energy bill conference convened in early September to hash out the differences between House and Senate versions of the bill. The Sierra Club opposes both versions because they move us backward and put our communities at risk. Democrats on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee say they are being excluded from the talks, and their input is not being sought. “To this point, they have not sought involvement of Democrats at all,” said Rep. Henry Waxman of California, a member of the conference committee.

Using the recent blackout as political cover, President Bush and congressional Republicans are claiming that their destructive energy bill is necessary to prevent future blackouts. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Bush bill ignores solutions at hand that would decrease our dependence on polluting, unsafe, and outdated energy systems. It attempts to open sensitive places like the Arctic Refuge to destructive oil and gas development, but conversely, does not save a drop of oil and does nothing to significantly increase our use of clean, renewable energy. It overlooks almost totally the importance of increasing efficiency, and fails to adequately prevent against further power outages.

Take Action!

Call your senators and urge them not to support this regressive legislation.

Tell them that President Bush’s energy plan:

• Ignores energy-efficient solutions in favor of increased oil, gas, coal, and nuclear production.

• Attempts to open sensitive places like the Arctic Refuge and other special places in the West to destructive oil and gas development.

• Allows automakers to sell more gas guzzlers by failing to raise fuel economy standards.

• Disregards the property rights of farmers and ranchers and provides incentives for destructive coal-bed methane drilling.

Encourage your senators to support only a much-scaled-back bill (with only the electricity reliability measures intact), eliminate the worst provisions from the current bill, or to spark a filibuster of the bill when it returns to the Senate.

Call your senator at the Capitol Switchboard:(202) 224-3121.

To find out who your senator is, check out zoomer.sierraclub.org.
Read more information on the energy bill here. www.sierraclub.org/ energy/bush_bill.asp


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