Target: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
Goal: Stop stalling energy efficiency efforts
Congress recently began debating a bipartisan energy bill that, if passed, could greatly reduce the nation’s energy costs, via simple measures such as mandating that federal employees turn off the lights before they leave their workplaces. Unfortunately, a coalition led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has appended an amendment to the bill that would delay the implementation of Obamacare. This insures that the bill will be significantly delayed, and likely not passed at all.
If passed, the energy bill will set energy efficiency requirements for federal services and corporations receiving money from the government. It will also require that power companies give their customers more detailed information regarding their power expenditures, so as to encourage individuals to use energy more efficiently. It is estimated that the bill could reduce the nation’s energy costs by as much as $4 billion over the next ten years.
Notably the core body of the bill has nothing to do with healthcare, which wasn’t brought up as an issue until Senator Mitch McConnell amended the bill with a clause aimed at delaying the implementation of Obamacare for another year. Similarly, Senator David Vitter has announced plans to block any votes on energy efficiency until debate on the controversial Keystone Oil Pipeline is resolved. Once again, this is not an issue even tangentially related to the contents of the energy efficiency bill.
Usage of these disingenuous tactics to oppose the political agendas of other senators creates havoc in the government, and prevents any legislation from being passed. Attempting to tag unrelated issues on to the current energy efficiency bill results in a situation with no clear winners and at least two obvious losers: taxpayers and the environment. We must urge Senator McConnell to withdraw his addendum to the bill, and voice his opinions in a mature and productive manner.
Dear Senator Mitch McConnell,
I am writing concerning the amendment you recently made to the energy bill currently being debated by the senate. Your amendment, aimed at delaying Obamacare, has instead clogged up the Senate and prevented a vital, bipartisan bill that could save the United States $4 billion or more from being passed.
Needless to say, this is an inefficient and intuitive way of advancing your political agenda. I urge you to instead participate in open debate over Obamacare, instead of needlessly costing the nation billions of dollars and sidelining the environment.
[Your Name Here]
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