Target: Jeff Merkley, Democratic Senator for Oregon
Goal: Enact complete substitution of fossil fuels for other energy sources in the United States by 2050.
The United States could be fully weaned off of fossil fuels by 2050 thanks to a planned proposal by Senator Jeff Merkley, a Democrat from Oregon. The bill is expected to come out as thousands of activists organize and gather for protests around the country demanding action on global warming. The bill will be introduced in an anti-climate change Congress, and some might question whether this is the right moment to push for a new strategy to tackle global warming and promote a sensitive shift in the energy production. However, the existence of a highly hostile Congress is the very reason for why the proposed legislation should be strongly supported right now.
For the past years, the debate about climate change has gained momentum. There is a consensus among serious scientists that human-induced activity is the main reason for the increasing temperatures on our planet. Historic marches and bold interventions in the media have called attention to the importance of immediately addressing the issue. Climate change is one the biggest – maybe the biggest – threat to humanity nowadays. Yet, President Trump and the Republican-dominated Congress dismiss this threat by calling it a hoax. Not only do the President and Congress spread misleading views on this critical issue; they also actively undermine efforts to address climate change by cutting funding to research and promoting plans for vigorous coal, oil, and gas extraction and pipelines crossing the country.
Senator Merkley’s bill proposes a two-tiered strategy: on the one hand, it defends encouraging the electrification of vehicles, home heating, and other combustion-powered aspects of daily life; on the other hand, it supports converting the power grid to zero-emissions energy sources. It is important to highlight that the bill also addresses the needs of low-income families and families of color, who are likely to live around coal power plants and are disproportionately affected by pollution.
Though the bill has virtually no chance of becoming law, it can stand as a comprehensive alternative view to the Trump vision of the future. A rapid transition to a new energy production model cannot wait four or eight years, and people should rally behind a new project right now. Sign the petition to support such an endeavor and give a chance to our planet and ourselves.
Dear Mr. Merkley,
I express my support to your plans to introduce legislation to wean the United States off fossil fuels by 2050. As our country and the world face a difficult moment regarding the fight against climate change, it is crucial to outline clear strategies, such as the one presented in your bill.
Though the bill has little chance of becoming law, I regard it as a comprehensive alternative view to the Trump vision of the future, which pushes for vigorous coal, oil, and gas extraction and pipelines crossing the country. A rapid transition to a new energy production model cannot wait four or eight years, and people should rally behind a new project right now. I hope this is the beginning of a strong momentum in the fight for a better and safer planet.
[Your Name Here]
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