Monday, March 1, 2010

It's time

Winston Churchill said, "Sometimes doing your best is not good enough. Sometimes you must do what is required."

Now is that time.

Our elected officials must rise to face the challenge of the climate crisis. And we must demand that they do what is required before it is too late.

That's what I wrote yesterday in the New York Times, and today I need your help to make sure our Senators pass a strong climate bill this year.

The good news is we could be very close. A bipartisan group of Senators is drafting a bill right now that could be introduced within weeks -- and critical negotiations over its content are taking place right now.

So starting Tuesday, a broad coalition of climate groups is launching a massive calling campaign to build grassroots pressure for the strongest bill possible. Will you join us by pledging to call your Senator on Tuesday?

Clicking here will add your name to the thousands who have already pledged to call.

It would be an enormous relief if the recent attacks on the science of global warming actually indicated that we do not face an unimaginable climate calamity. But the overwhelming scientific consensus remains unchanged. Every day we dump 90 million tons of global warming pollution into the atmosphere, as if it were an open sewer.

There is still a narrow pathway to stopping catastrophic climate change -- and it begins with a choice by the United States to pass a law establishing a clear cost for global warming pollution.

The House of Representatives has already passed comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation with bipartisan support. Now the Senate must follow suit, and the current effort may bring us closer than we've ever been.

To arrive at a strong bill, we must demand that our Senators take bold action on climate change. They need to know that we will support them if they do what is required.

That means you have to pick up your phone.

Pledge to call your Senator.

After all has been said and so little done, the truth about the climate crisis -- inconvenient as ever -- must still be faced.

The future of our nation and our world is depending on the United States Senate. Please join us this week to make sure they do what is required.


Al Gore
The Climate Protection Action Fund

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