Target: Senator Daniel Inouye, President pro tempore of the United States Senate
Goal: Do not pass new farm subsidy bill
In the midst of the upcoming fiscal cliff and the endless debate surrounding it, members of Congress are trying to sneak further agricultural subsidies into a proposed financial relief bill. Although the bill’s intent would be to help alleviate the nation’s economic woes, it would end up being extremely detrimental to the environment. Furthermore, the bill is being pushed forward exclusively by powerful agricultural lobbyists. Call upon Senator Daniel Inouye, the President pro tempore of the U.S. Senate, to prevent this bill’s passage.
Going over the fiscal cliff would have devastating effects on the American economy. Allowing this bill to be passed would have similar effects on American ecosystems. If allowed to pass, conservation programs would lose over six billion dollars in federal funding. The bill’s main advocates are those representing the interests of industrial agriculture; big agriculture is responsible for more water pollution in America than any other industry.
If this bill was passed, we would see an increase in greenhouse gas emissions and the loss and misuse of protected lands, including valuable wetlands and the Great Plains. Yet this land loss and expansion of factory farms would not necessarily yield more food; rather, much of the money would go to insuring crops.
Quietly tacking a bill of this nature and magnitude onto an economic policy bill is a wily and undemocratic move. We must not allow Congress to pull the wool over our eyes, hiding something so controversial and potentially destructive from the view of the public. Tell Congress not to allow this bill to be passed, whether it is standalone legislation or combined with a larger bill.
Dear Senator Inouye,
There is no doubt that the looming fiscal cliff is weighing heavily on the minds of every member of Congress. It is an issue of immense importance and one that should be dealt with swiftly and firmly. However, I am writing today because of a bill that various members of Congress are trying to add on to the fiscal cliff bill.
This new bill, which is as of yet unnamed, would greatly expand agricultural subsidies at the expense of our environment and ecosystems. Conservation programs would lose billions of dollars, protected lands would be freed up for industrial farming use, and carbon emissions would choke the air in even greater numbers. It does not take a scientist to realize that none of this is beneficial for America or the globe.
Due to the controversial nature of the bill, its proponents are trying to tack it on to an upcoming bills dealing with the fiscal cliff. You, and all of Congress, must not let this happen. A bill that would be in effect for multiple years and that deals with nearly a trillion dollars should not go without discussion.
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