Just got this important information from the Appalachian Mountain Club regarding the federal renewable portfolio standard that needs support in the House of Representatives:
Renewable energy standards are among the most important components of climate change legislation, ensuring that an increasing percentage of our energy demand comes from renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and hydro power. The U.S. House of Representatives is currently considering an amendment to the proposed energy bill that would require that 20% of U.S. electricity demand come from renewable energy sources. The Udall-Platts Amendment, HR 969, will come up for a vote next Tuesday, July 31. A similar amendment was already struck down in the Senate, meaning that the passage of the Udall-Platt Amendment is the only way to keep the issue of renewable electricity standards alive in this energy bill.
The effort to pass the Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) amendment got a boost this week when 19 Democrats, lead by Rep. John Hall of New York and Paul Hodes of New Hampshire, sent a letter (PDF) to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urging her to include a renewables standard in this summer’s bill. To see the signers, go here (PDF).
You can help by calling or emailing your U.S. Representative and asking him or her to support HR 969. If your member is one of the folks who sent the support letter to Speaker Pelosi, please call and thank them for their leadership in the fight against climate change. To find out the phone number of your Representative, go to www.lcv.org and enter your zip code. You can also send an e-mail to your Representative by going to the Union of Concerned Scientists’ RES Campaign Individual Action page and clicking the link to e-mail your member of Congress. Some points you might want to make on the phone or in your e-mail include:
* HR 969 creates a growing market for clean, renewable energy that increases gradually to 20% by 2020.
* It is a solution to global warming that creates good-paying jobs and increases farm income.
* It’s a way to save consumers money on their utility bills by increasing the competition from renewable energy sources and reducing the demand for natural gas.
* A national renewable standard is needed because, while 21 states and the District of Columbia have renewable standards, a national standard is needed to harness the price stability, energy security, economic development, and environmental benefits of renewable energy for the entire country.
* Renewable standards give utilities options. Through a nationwide trading system of renewable energy credits (RECs), energy producers can purchase renewable energy credits from the lowest-cost producer anywhere in the country.
* To see further points, go to the Union of Concerned Scientists’ RES campaign talking points document.
It is crucial that the United States respond to the reality of climate change as soon as possible. The sooner we start making changes to the way we consume energy, the lesser the impact of climate change will be on our lives and our planet. Please call your Representative today and tell him or her how important it is for you, your family, and the Appalachian region that we start making substantive energy changes!