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March 2-4: Contact Your Elected Representatives
A new campaign pushing for comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation in the U.S. is underway. It's called "72 Hours For Clean American Power", and it urges Americans to contact their elected representatives, write letters to newspapers, and spread the word on social media sites (f.ex. check out Twitter's #72hours).
"America's dependence on foreign oil hurts our economy, our nation's security and the health of our planet. By investing in a clean energy future now, we can create millions of jobs, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and tackle climate change -- all at the same time. We can do it by passing comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation - now."
Indeed, just U.S. citizens spend hundreds of billions every year to buy fossil fuels. Clean energy isn't cheap, but at least the money goes to something that doesn't pollute and its price is still coming down (or at least stabilizing), while volatility is only increasing for hydrocarbons. The sooner we start building a cleaner infrastructure for the future, the less painful it will be. Let's not wait until oil is $300 a barrel...
Don't Forget Coal!
One thing that always bothers me in these types of campaigns is that they mostly focus on "foreign oil", while coal is actually worse as a polluter and contributor to global warming. If we want to make a difference, we have to close down coal plants, not just get off oil. So if you write or call, don't forget coal!
For more info, see Clean Energy Works.
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