What: Meeting to discuss taking action on the American Power Act
When: July 7, from 6:00 - 8:00pm
Two weeks ago, Senator Kerry and Lieberman introduced the American Power Act. We expect a vote on the bill some time in July. We only have until the end of July to pass a bill, or nothing will happen for the rest of the year, until after the November election. Then there will be a new congress that is likely to be less interested in passing clean energy legislation than the existing congress, so there is real urgency here.
APA does two things that are crucial to reducing the impact of climate change: 1) It puts a price and cap on carbon and mandates a reduction in greenhouse gasses by 83% by the year 2050; and, 2) It begins the process of weaning our country off dirty fossil fuels and on to clean renewable energy.
The House passed their version of a climate bill in June 2009 - by one vote. And this happened when the Democrats had a huge majority. Since we don't expect the same favorable support next year, it is crucial a comprehensive clean energy and climate bill be passed this year. All the Senate has to do is pass their bill, then a committee can reconcile the differences, and it can
If we don't pass this bill, I don't see it being brought up again for at least two years. And according to the science, the longer we delay, the more difficult it will be to reduce emissions by 80% by the year 2050, which is the amount scientists are telling us we need to achieve.
Join other sportspeople and conservationists to help strategize about how to ensure that our senators support a strong clean energy bill.
6-8 p.m. at the Church Brew Works, 3525 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, (412) 688-8200. Free beer and wings!