This was supposed to be the week the Senate made history.
After years of planning and many months of careful negotiating, a major bipartisan proposal on climate and clean energy was all set to be introduced this week. The press conference was scheduled, the speeches were written, and the media was alerted. It would have kicked off debate and served as the foundation of the strong Senate bill we need so badly.
Then it all fell apart.
Comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation is being held prisoner to partisan bickering and political posturing. History has been put on hold -- and I need your help to get the Senate back on track.
If enough of us make noise, we can jump-start the process and make sure that this is just a minor detour instead of another dead end.
Call your Senators right now and urge them to put partisan politics aside and take immediate action on climate and clean energy: 1-877-9-REPOWER (1-877-973-7693).
The urgency of this moment cannot be overstated.
If our leaders in Washington cannot overcome the current climate of partisanship and distrust, the bill that Senators John Kerry, Lindsey Graham, and Joe Lieberman have spent so many months laboring over could be left with no Republican support.
That would mean any hope of passing a comprehensive bill this year -- a bill that would finally address the climate crisis, our addiction to oil and the future of our economy -- would fade away.
We can't let partisan bickering stand in the way of policy that is critical to Americans across every region, party, and demographic -- and whose policy substance has support from courageous Senators on both sides of the aisle. The only way to get this bill back on track is for every Senator to hear from constituents who are demanding action.
Call your Senators now and tell them that they can and must end our addiction to foreign oil, create almost 2 million clean energy jobs and begin to cut carbon pollution:
And then report your call here.
Let's be clear: The Kerry-Graham-Lieberman bill draft won't be perfect -- and we hope to be fighting over the coming weeks to strengthen it as much as possible.
But we won't get to have that fight if we don't make ourselves heard, right now, about how important it is to solve the climate crisis and transition to a clean energy economy.
Your voice is needed like never before.
Maggie L. Fox
The Climate Protection Action Fund
P.S. Last week, Arizona passed an unjust and punitive anti-immigrant law that violates common sense, human decency, and the same sense of shared humanity and responsibility for our common fate that brought many of us to the climate movement. Our founder, Vice President Al Gore, and the rest of us here at the Repower America campaign ask you to stand with us in solidarity to oppose this law, recognizing that no society that tolerates such disregard for other human beings is capable of building a healthy and sustainable economy and natural world.