Urgent Energy Message from Robert Redford
Over the next few weeks,
President Bush and his congressional allies will try once again to ram their
disastrous energy bill through the U.S. Senate. They fell only two votes short
in November and they've vowed to make passage of the bill their top priority now
that Congress has returned from recess. This bill may be the worst piece of
legislation you and I will see in our lifetimes. It would pick your pocket,
despoil your natural heritage, endanger your family's health and smother your
hope for a more secure energy future. We ignore
this bill at our own peril.
Let me tell you our simple plan for thwarting this shameless attack on our environment and pocketbooks. If millions of Americans each took one minute to protest this bill, it would cause every senator who is tempted to vote
for it to think twice about doing so. You can make this happen within the next few hours by doing two things:
First, go to http://www.savebiogems.org/takeaction.asp?src=RR0401 and send your two senators an email or fax, telling them to vote against this pro-polluter energy bill. Then, forward my email to at least four of your friends, family members or colleagues.
I am emailing this message to 500,000 BioGems Defenders and other NRDC
activists. If each one forwards this message to just four more people, we will generate a national tidal wave of opposition before this day is over. And that won't be a moment too soon. This disgraceful bill would pick our pockets to hand out billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies to the oil, coal and nuclear industries. That's their long-awaited reward for making big-time contributions to the Bush-Cheney campaign. They profit while the rest of us pay the price -- in tax dollars and environmental degradation. This bill gives the energy giants a free pass to drill their way through our last wild places, burn more dirty coal, build a new generation of risky nuclear power plants and dramatically increase air pollution that would sicken the vulnerable -- especially children and seniors -- for decades to come. It would establish oil and gas development as the dominant use of our federal public lands, open national parks to the construction of electricity transmission lines, exempt polluters from core provisions of our clean air and water laws and waive liability for the producers of the toxic gasoline additive MTBE -- even though it has contaminated at least 1,500 public water
supplies in all 50 American states.
You'd be hard-pressed to
come up with a more backward-looking, wasteful and self-defeating energy
"plan" than this one. At a time when the federal deficit is soaring
and we're going to war in the
understand that we simply must reduce our out-of-control appetite for fossil
fuels if we ever are to secure energy independence. That means turning
American rooftops into the
Making this transformation to a super-efficient, low-pollution economy
would save consumers upwards of a trillion dollars, spare our last wild places
from destruction, improve our health, slow global warming and reduce our
dependence on undemocratic regimes overseas. It's a no-brainer to anyone living outside the White House. But unless millions of Americans speak out right now, the enactment of the president's energy bill will doom us to an apocalyptic future of blighted wilderness, poisonous air pollution, devastating climate change and endless wars over fossil fuels. Please make your voice heard. Go to
and tell your senators to obey the will of the American people, *not*
the dictates of giant energy corporations! Call on Congress to create a
sustainable and affordable energy path. And please be sure to forward this message to at least four other people.
Believe me, millions of Americans are just waiting for a simple way to
stop this madness and lend their support to a sane and hopeful energy future.
Board of Trustees Natural Resources Defense Council
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