The Clean Air Act is under attack from coal lobbyists. But we're fighting back in creative new ways: MoveOn members just organized what one reporter called a "digital picket line" on the Facebook walls and Twitter feeds of dozens of senators—including Sen. Schumer.1
Since then, we've made real progress—one of the most influential papers in the country, The New York Times, joined the cause with a compelling editorial against rollbacks of the Clean Air Act in the energy bill.2
But most senators aren't yet paying attention. So right now, as they prepare to come home for the August recess, we need to make sure they see the surging support for saving the Clean Air Act.
Become a fan, then write something like this on his wall: The New York Times calls on the Senate to save the Clean Air Act: http://bit.ly/12X5D6 Here in Inwood, we're wondering if you'll help save it!
The New York Times calls on the Senate to save the Clean Air Act: http://bit.ly/12X5D6 Here in Inwood, we're wondering if you'll help save it!
Then, please let us know you did by clicking here:
With all the buzz about Facebook and Twitter, senators are really watching what voters say there. If you're not on, it's easy to join.3
Without this section of the Clean Air Act, President Obama's Environmental Protection Agency will have to halt recent efforts to crack down on the global warming pollution from dirty coal plants.4
And if Congress eliminates this Clean Air Act provision, they'll let old, dirty coal plants off the hook for their pollution—and could pave the way for the construction of over 100 new coal plants in communities across the country.5
As long as Big Coal dominates our politics and our energy grid, wind and solar power won't be able to compete on a level playing field. That's terrible news for the climate and the economy: wind and solar create more than twice as many jobs as coal and oil.6
We need the Senate to save the Clean Air Act and open the door to the clean energy economy of the future.
Please share this New York Times editorial with Sen. Schumer.
Then, please report back by clicking here:
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–Anna, Wes, Laura, Noah and the rest of the team
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1. "MoveOn Launches Virtual Picket Line on Senators' Facebook Walls," TechPresident, July 24, 2009
"Under House energy bill, coal won't be going away," Los Angeles Times, June 22, 2009
"Big Coal Using Climate Change Bill To Roll Back Clean Air Act," The Huffington Post, June 18, 2009
"Waxman-Markey Strips EPA of Clean Air Act Authority to Fight Global Warming," Friends of the Earth, June 2009
2. "Climate Loopholes," The New York Times, July 21, 2009
4. "Climate endangerment finding clears White House review," The New York Times, April 14, 2009
"Climate change legislation now faces Senate heat," Albany Times Union, July 12, 2009
5. Memo on Clean Air Act authority, Law Offices of Matthew F. Pawa, July 2, 2009 [PDF]
6. "Green Recovery: A Program to Create Good Jobs and Start Building a Low-Carbon Economy," Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, September 2008
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