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ACTION ALERT: Senate to Vote on Global Warming Bill


December 5, 2007
Hon. Barbara Boxer / US Senate

After more than 10 months of hearings, testimony from hundreds of scientists and experts, and hours of debate, the US Senate’s Environment & Public Works Committee may be only a few days away from sending the most far-reaching global warming program in the world. America's Climate Security Act, S. 2191, would cut greenhouse gases below 1990 levels by 2020 and cut emissions by nearly 70% by 2050.

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We're on the verge of a breakthrough moment in our fight against global warming. After more than 10 months of hearings, testimony from hundreds of scientists and experts, and many hours of debate, the Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee may be only a few days away from sending the most far-reaching global warming program in the world to the Senate floor.

America's Climate Security Act, S. 2191, would cut greenhouse gases below 1990 levels by 2020 -- and cut emissions by nearly 70% by 2050.

This is a critical step in our fight against global warming, but as EPW Committee Chair, I'm working with only a one vote margin. We're so close to passing this bill through the Committee and sending it to the Senate floor, with a vote coming as soon as Wednesday, but it's going to be difficult. That's why I'm asking for your help today.

Forward an email to the members of the Environment and Public Works Committee now, urging them to pass our global warming bill and send it on to the full Senate!

Global warming is only becoming more urgent by the hour. The world's leading scientists on the International Panel on Climate Change recently reported that without bold action, 40 percent of the species in the world would be threatened with extinction. And global warming does not just threaten the environment: Economist Jeffrey Sachs warns that climate change may have depleted many resources in the Darfur region and been a root cause of the genocide in Sudan. This gives a terrifying look into the future.

But I approach this issue with hope, and not fear. We can do this. If our bill passes, it will send an incredible signal to the world that America, the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases and the only major industrialized nation that has failed to sign the Kyoto Protocol, is finally acting. Together, we can save our air with clean energy sources and stop our dependence on foreign oil. In short, we can be healthier and stronger, with good green collar jobs and new technologies to export.

But for this bill to make it to a Senate vote, I need you to speak out and urge my fellow Committee members to support America's Climate Security Act today.

Forward an email to the members of the Environment and Public Works Committee now, urging them to pass our global warming bill and send it on to the full Senate!

We're already seeing the effects of global warming, and it is past time that we start working against more severe consequences.

Our bill recognizes that there must be a smooth transition in our industrial and economic sectors, and we have been very mindful of helping our consumers and businesses change in a positive way. America's Climate Security Act takes strong action on an urgent and dangerous matter without crippling our economy.

We're so close to passing this bill through the Environment and Public Works Committee -- the same committee that wrote every major piece of environmental legislation, including the Clean Air Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Superfund Act, and many others. We're poised to make history again, but I need your help in this last push today.

Forward an email to the members of the Environment and Public Works Committee now, urging them to pass our global warming bill and send it on to the full Senate!

I am so proud that so many have urged members of the EPW Committee to vote in favor of this key global warming legislation, including a broad bi-partisan group of leading elected officials in California, as well as a long list of well-respected environmental organizations, leaders of the faith community, and many others.

I've been Chair of the EPW Committee for less than a year -- and this week, my dream for the Committee may well come true, with your help.

The world has waited long enough for America to take action on this urgent issue. Now is our chance to lead the fight against global warming.

P.S. The special interests are already running attack ads against this important bill, and I need your help to counter them today. Please take just a few seconds, right now, to urge the Senators on the EPW Committee to support America's Climate Security Act before Wednesday's expected vote -- and then invite everyone you know to do the same.

The Letter
I urge you to support S. 2191, America's Climate Security Act, and to join the fight against global warming. Passing this bill through the EPW Committee and sending it on to the full Senate is a critical step in combating climate change.

America's Climate Security Act, S. 2191, would decrease pollution so that our greenhouse gas emissions would be below 1990 levels by 2020 -- and cut emissions by nearly 70% by 2050. The world's leading scientists on the International Panel on Climate Change recently stated that without bold action, 40 percent of the species in the world would be threatened with extinction.

From melting polar ice caps to increased extreme weather conditions, we're already seeing the effects of global warming, and it is past time that we start working against more severe consequences.

The world has waited long enough for America to take action on this urgent issue. Now is our chance to lead the fight against global warming.

Please support S. 2191, America's Climate Security Act.

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