Target: U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers
Goal: Restore support for renewable energy to help fight climate change
Support for renewable energy sees a $113 million cut in a proposed Energy and Water Bill being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations. At the same time, the proposed bill would increase funding for non-renewable energy by $117.5 million. If enacted, this budget would reinforce our nation’s dependence on fossil fuels and make responding to the dangers of climate change all the more difficult.
The Energy and Water Bill has already passed a Committee on Appropriations subpanel, and now moves towards a full committee vote as early as the 16th of June. The bill was authored by Representative Mark Simpson (R-Idaho) and appears to have the full support of Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Kentucky), who called it “a well-balanced, responsible bill that reflects thoughtful budget decisions and makes the best use of taxpayer dollars.” Republicans currently hold a majority of seats on the Committee and if they follow the lead of their fellow party members, this misguided bill will pass without any trouble.
The President has made it clear in recent times that he intends to move forward with efforts to combat climate change. Many U.S. citizens support such action. The House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, however, seems determined to stand in the way of progress on this hugely important issue. It will take Republican leadership to prevent the Energy and Water bill from becoming law. By signing the petition below you will help urge Committee Chairman Hal Rogers to rethink his position on the bill and work to convince his fellow Representatives of the merits of renewable energy funding.
Dear Committee Chairman Hal Rogers,
The proposed Energy and Water bill that the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations recently released contains cuts to renewable energy funding that would make responding to the dangers of climate change more difficult. At the same time, the proposed increases in funding for non-renewable energy sources would only reinforce our nation’s dependence on fossil fuels. These spending priorities are dangerous and short-sighted, and must be opposed.
As Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations, you are in a position to lead your fellow members towards a brighter energy future. I urge you to oppose this bill when it comes before the full Committee, and to work to convince the other Committee members to do the same.
[Your name here]
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