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Dear Congressman Bilbray,

Scientists tell us we must reduce the high levels of CO2 in the atmosphere that are causing global warming. It is our responsibility to act now to prevent the increasing trend of extreme weather events. Dependence on fossil fuels has led to droughts, fires, and loss of life from heat waves and flooding from volatile storms.

Wars over oil and failed states threaten our national security. Even our military is moving to clean technologies in the face of this growing crisis.

Unfortunately cap and trade failed to pass in the Senate and probably would not have lowered CO2 enough to stop this extreme weather trend. We need effective legislation rather than stalemates caused by oil and coal interests.

Uncomplicated bipartisan legislation is available now. Please support a carbon fee and dividend plan. Placing a gradually increasing fee on carbon will lower CO2, encourage new technologies and jobs for U.S. citizens. Returning dividends back to all households will protect those who make cleaner energy choices. The longer we delay pricing carbon, the more we gamble with our future.


Amy Hoyt Bennett

Dear Representative Davis,

I believe you are in Congress because it gives you an opportunity to serve your fellow Americans. In that regard, I appreciate your votes on healthcare and working to get the economy going again. This type of service isn’t easy, given how most people like to tear down elected officials. There are moments of great crisis, however, when you probably consider it a great privilege to be in a position to provide a solution.

Such a moment is upon us now.

Every peer reviewed climate scientist and the National Academy of Sciences tell us we have reached a perilous condition on earth due to man made fossil fuel emissions.

Both of us have children, and you also have grandchildren. When your child is gravely ill, there is nothing to do until that child is well on the way to recovery. Our planet, like a child, is gravely ill, but we do have a prescription: Put a fee on fossil fuels and return all revenues as monthly green checks to American households, and we will be well on our way to recovery.

As my member of Congress I implore to get a bill like this passed in the next Congress.

Gratefully yours,
Mark Reynolds

Sept. 29, 2010

Dear Congressman Lewis,

I write to you today as the father of two young men who will one day have children of their own. I worry about the kind of world that I will leave behind for my future grandchildren, particularly if we fail to address the impending threat of climate change.

It’s a world, I fear, that will descend into chaos when sea levels rise and hundreds of millions of people are forced to migrate, becoming climate refugees. It’s a world where most of the glaciers that hold water for a billion people have vanished, further stressing fragile nations in danger of becoming failed states. A world where increasing drought causes food shortages and famine in more and more places. A world where the beaches I’ve enjoyed most of my life have disappeared.

As my Congressman, I expect you to address this challenge by sponsoring legislation that will quickly enable our nation to make the transition from fossil fuels – which increase the level of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere – to clean energy. The most efficient and effective way to do this is to place a direct fee on carbon-based fuels at the mine, well or port of entry. That fee should rise steadily and predictably so that clean sources of energy become cheaper than coal and oil within a decade. As this will cause energy costs to go up, we can protect American families from the economic impact by returning all the revenue from the carbon fee equally to all households.

Mr. Lewis, as a member of the Ways and Means Committee, you are well-positioned to shepherd this legislation through the House of Representatives. I implore you to take the lead in this initiative.

Your legacy from the Civil Rights movement is well-established, and your work during that time made us a better nation. This is a moment when our nation – our world – needs your leadership again.

I look forward to hearing from you on this.

Steve Valk


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