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Tell Congress: Strengthen Climate Bill

Written in Consultation: 06/21/09, 15:28:50 by jonathan  | Print article  | View all categories.
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In the next week, Congress is expected to vote on a global warming control bill called the American Clean Energy and Security Act. If implemented, the bill would give all of us -- at best -- a 50/50 chance of avoiding catastrophic runaway global warming. And it repeals the power of other laws to act as a global warming backstop, effectively putting all our eggs in one precarious basket.

Leading scientists warn that the amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere must be reduced to no more than 350 parts per million to combat the climate crisis. But the American Clean Energy and Security Act sets a goal of allowing atmospheric carbon to increase to more than 450 parts per million. At that level, scientists say global warming could cause catastrophic impacts to humans and other species.

The bill also cripples the Clean Air Act, one of our nation's best tools for curbing air pollution. Under the American Clean Energy and Security Act, the Clean Air Act's ability to regulate critical polluters would be repealed, and numerous coal-fired power plants could be built without any additional emissions-reduction requirements for more than a decade into the future.

The American Clean Energy and Security Act is currently not strong enough to fight the climate crisis. Congress is poised to vote on the bill on June 26. Please, send a letter to your congressperson today urging them to support deeper, faster cuts in greenhouse gas pollution and keep the Clean Air Act backstop in place.