Message from Audubon AR: Tell Your Representatives to Support Climate Change Bill!

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Today, the U.S. House of Representatives is voting on the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. The bill calls for a renewable energy standard, energy efficiency standard, and a “cap and trade” system, all thoughtfully designed to improve our environment and economy. Audubon Arkansas requests that you call your representative TODAY and tell them you want them to vote YES on the bill! Your representatives’ staff take this kind of call everyday, so it will only take you a minute.

It will be a close vote, and we need to get in as many calls as possible today!

Thank you,
Audubon Arkansas

Phone Numbers:

  • Congressman Vic Snyder- (501)324-5941
  • Congressman Marion Berry – (800)866-2701
  • Congressman Mike Ross- (501)520-5892
  • Congressman John Boozeman- (479)725-0400

First four people to leave a comment saying they have called will get a free T-Shirt that says you support clean energy.

Questions? Email Angela Wisely, Outreach Coordinator, Audubon Arkansas, at awisely@audubon.org.

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4 responses to “Message from Audubon AR: Tell Your Representatives to Support Climate Change Bill!

  1. I called my congressman’s office (Snyder) and registered my opinion.

    Unfortunately, my opinion was that he should vote against the bill. I do not think we should pay exorbitant taxes on carbon-emitting energy until we have alternative, non-carbon sources that are already available at existing prices. Otherwise, we all just end up paying more money for energy – and who does that help?

    Do I still qualify for a T-Shirt?

  2. Hi, Carter!

    Since the Audubon Arkansas is giving away the T-shirts, I’m not sure if you qualify.

    The 900-page bill, which I had the unfortunate chance to read a little, supports a wide-range of non-carbon sources. Energy efficiency is one. Renewable energy portfolio standard is another. Many states have already incorporated REPS, but the bill is a way to make it national.

    California, which has both aggressive energy efficiency standards and REPS, pays more per kWh but has lower monthly residential electric bill than most Southern states. Why? Even though electricity is cheap in the South, people use more, thus paying more. When you talk about “paying more for energy,” you really have to be careful what you mean because just because kWh is higher doesn’t mean you pay more to have electricity. In fact, many European countries and Japan have higher taxes on carbon-emitting energy, but we have larger population and bigger economies than most American states without energy efficiency standards and REPS. We use less energy, incorporate renewable energy aggressively, and we have bigger economies than many states in the U.S. BUT many U.S. states emit more Co2 than European countries or Japan (most Southern states make the top 100 in the world if each is counted as a country).

    So I don’t necessarily agree that if carbon-emitting energy is taxed, no one will benefit. It depends on how the tax will be used, and in this case, I think they will be used in a way that will help more people save money by making their homes, businesses, and their electricity providers more efficient and clean.

  3. If paying more for energy makes people use less carbon-emitting energy, then it helps everyone except the power companies.

  4. Leah Hennings

    I called last Thursday morning and asked Vic Snyder to vote for the bill. I think I’m still in the running for that T-shirt .

    And yes, Carter, I think your opinion is unfortunate, as you said.

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