No one said passing landmark climate legislation was going to be easy.
Senators John Kerry (D-MA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) were set to introduce a climate and energy bill on Monday. This bill had been months in the making and, among other things, would cut America's global warming pollution 17% by 2020 and 80% by 2050.
However, a partisan dispute threatens to undermine our momentum for action.
There are a lot of things we don't know about the future of this bill. But there is one thing we do know -- without intense grassroots pressure, this bill will not make it to the floor.
We need your help today. Here are 3 ways you can help right now:
Call your Senators
and urge them to support the Kerry-Graham-Lieberman bipartisan climate and energy bill. You can call our toll-free Climate Action Hotline: 1-800-493-3393
. Or you can use our online call-advocacy tool
. (See below for basic talking points
Forward this email to everyone you know who cares about global warming and the future of our planet.
Politics, Not Policy
The most frustrating thing about this week's conflict is that it has nothing to do with the substance of the Kerry-Graham-Lieberman bill -- it is all politics.
This bill has been months in the making. It comes at a time when the environmental, business, faith-based, veterans, labor, student, and other groups and stakeholders are most engaged and committed to passing a strong bill. And it comes when the possibilities for getting 60 votes in the Senate have never been better.
While this delay is certainly frustrating, our Climate Team has been in regular contact with Senators Kerry, Graham, and Lieberman as well as with Senate Majority Leader Reid and the White House working with all parties to break the political impasse.
There is hope we can move forward, but only if you help us apply maximum grassroots pressure on the Senate. This may very well be our last, best chance to solve the climate crisis.
Please call or email your Senators today and help promote the Kerry-Graham-Lieberman bill.
Thank you for your activism and support,
Environmental Defense Action Fund
Talking Points for Your Calls:
We need clear and decisive leadership on energy and climate;
The bipartisan Kerry, Graham, Lieberman bill is our last best chance to take decisive action this year;
The KGL bill stands a strong chance to attract the necessary 60 votes in its current form;
Since the House has already passed a bill, we have a tremendous opportunity to actually get this done this year; and
The Senate must pass a strong climate and energy bill to free America from our dependence on foreign oil and to reduce the pollution that causes global warming.