Force Big Oil to Pay for Climate Change

Target: Senator David Vitter, top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee

Goal: Support a powerful bi-partisan bill designed to combat climate change

A piece of legislation forcing the nation’s largest polluters to pay fees for carbon and methane emissions was recently introduced.  Proposed by Senators Bernie Sanders and Barbara Boxer, the bill would use government revenue generated by the fees to address climate change issues.  If the bill is approved by Republican senators, it will very likely succeed. Take this chance to vastly improve our government’s policies towards climate change and urge influential Republican Senator David Vitter to approve the Sanders-Boxer bill.

The bill’s objectives include reducing emissions, protecting communities from fracking, and investing in sustainable energy, but all this hinges upon a “carbon fee” of $20 per ton of carbon/methane emissions.  Because the emissions fee is aimed at about 3,000 different companies – including oil giants like Exxon and Shell – that are responsible for 85% of US greenhouse gas emissions, it would generate an estimated $1.2 trillion in government revenues over the next 10 years.

Our country has never seen such a powerful and comparatively simple proposal in support of environmental action by the US government.  In his State of the Union address, President Obama called for a bi-partisan agreement combating climate change, and the Sanders-Boxer bill is exactly that.  The increased expenses to pollutant-intensive energy – combined with a new tariff that would be imposed on oil and gas imported from countries without emissions fees – provide powerful incentive for reducing emissions and using more clean, renewable resources.

If we are to stand any chance of counteracting the violent consequences resulting from current pollution rates, heavy-handed environmental legislation must become reality.  This proposal will no doubt be approved by the President, but both political parties must first agree on it in the senate.  Urge Republican senator David Vitter to approve the Sanders-Boxer bill and help our country towards a brighter future.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator Vitter,

As a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, you know the threat climate change poses not only to our country’s economies, but to the very continuance of the United States as we know it.  At the risk of our very government and its people, Republicans and Democrats must agree upon a plan of action to mitigate the potential repercussions of climate crisis.

Senators Barbara Boxer and Bernie Sanders’ newly proposed climate legislation is the most balanced, accommodating, and simple approach to combating the climate change crisis our country has seen.  It stands not as a reform that would throw the economy out of alignment, but as a sensible reaction to the environmental changes facing the United States and the world.

As scientists continue to darken their predictions and severe weather stresses the nation, it is clear that climate change must be addressed quickly and firmly.  To this effect, I urge you to approve the Sanders-Boxer bill.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. Now we all KNOW that the lobbyists are working OVERTIME to prevent this. If they dont, WE will eat the costs by higher prices.

  2. Signed, Thank You!

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