Target: Majority Leader, Harry Reid & Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell
Goal: Prioritize energy efficiency in order to combat global warming
In Washington, a bill that would have laid the groundwork in cutting our nation’s carbon emissions died in the Senate with a 55-to-36 vote. Congress has not passed a major energy bill in seven years because of debates between Republican and Democrat parties. “Today’s failure to move forward on a bipartisan energy efficiency bill is yet another disappointing example of Washington’s dysfunction,” said Senator Rob Portman who was one of the sponsors of the bill. He, along with other leaders of both parties, worked nearly a year to draft a consensus that both parties could agree to.
Turmoil erupted when the bill was presented on the Senate floor. Republicans began pushing for amendments while Democrat leaders would not allow the amendments to even come up for a vote. Unfortunately, neither side was willing to back down and a compromise could not be reached.
Due to the rapid onset of global warming, an energy bill needs to be immediately put in place. It has been too long since the last energy bill has passed and Congress should be stepping up and trying to resolve the issue. With the death of this bill comes a cease in the momentum of movement towards an energy-efficient nation.
Both parties need to create a new bipartisan bill concerning energy efficiency. If an energy efficiency bill is passed soon, it would be a tremendous victory in the race against global warming. A bill like that is exactly what the public needs in order to realize that our nation has the capability of becoming energy efficient.
Dear Senator Reid and Senator McConnell,
Reducing our nation’s carbon footprint and increasing energy efficiency should be a top priority for all Americans. With the death of the recent energy efficiency bill comes the public’s diminished hope of becoming an energy-efficient nation. It’s been seven years since a major energy bill has been passed and it is time that Congress takes action to implement one.
The fact that a bill was presented on the Senate floor to encourage energy efficiency shows that is is completely possible for further, immediate action to be taken by Congress. A new energy efficiency bill would greatly benefit our entire nation as a whole if it were passed.
Please take swift action in implementing an energy efficiency bill. We are all in this race against global warming together and that should be the main focus of creating a bill of this sort. Please come to a compromise soon in order to reassure the public that energy efficiency throughout the nation is possible.
[Your Name Here]
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