Clean energy now

Posted Thu, May 6, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., were prepared last week to introduce comprehensive clean energy legislation that would mark a vital step forward in putting America back in control of its energy future (see “Happy Earth Day?” April 22, 2010). Yet due to political uncertainty over which legislative item should be of highest priority, it appears Senate leaders and one of the bill’s co-sponsors, Sen. Graham, might miss a golden opportunity to move forward with this legislation this year that will cut carbon pollution, create jobs and strengthen our national security.

My fellow citizens of Montana and America, it is of supreme importance that we urge the Senate, especially Sens. Baucus and Tester, to get their priorities straight. We have the necessary skills, resources and technology to make America the global leader in a new clean energy economy. We just need the bipartisan leadership that will usher in a brighter future for all Americans. Baucus and Tester should urge their colleagues to seize this opportunity to pass a meaningful climate and energy policy this year.

This is what we voted them into office for, isn’t it? Their priorities should be to hear the people, to speak as the people, to move and work as the people—not to sit in meetings and luncheons, just to turn around and say to us that they are moving forward with our concerns, later to find out through the media that they have decided to put the Clean Energy Bill on the back shelf!

We need to act fast and make our voices heard again before we are swept under the carpet, once again fooled by the flattery of politicians.

Robin Burnett

Missoula

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