Hey Congress… 80% by 2050

In honor of Step It Up an organization that started in Jan. 2007 and was able to organize several rallies on April 14, 2007 around the country today’s post is about their mission reduce emissions by 80% (or more) by 2050. But first we need to stop increasing our carbon emissions in order to start reducing it. The US is currently the highest per capita emitter of carbon. The US needs to change their ways before we can have an impact getting other countries to cut down on their emissions.

Some of the ways the US can reduce their carbon emissions is to:

  • Raise the mileage standards for cars
  • Tax credits for renewable energy sources for both the consumer and the producer to make this an option that is available faster (Many countries have enacted these tax credit and many of the current leaders in the solar industry for example come from these countries because they had the opportunities to explore the business)
    Stop the creation of new coal fired power plants.
  • Create a deadline for no new carbon emissions, for example: we need to freeze our use at the current level by 2009.
  • Create programs to retrain those in industries that would be affected by this change. For example: re-train coal miners to install solar panels
  • Become a leader in the international community to make clean energy a priority everywhere (lead by example).

We are all working to reduce emissions and our individual changes are important but we need to be able to influence changes that will have a greater impact on world faster.

Write to your local, State, and Federal officials and let them know that you care about this topic. To locate the name and contact information for your officials go to:

How to find your Representative: https://forms.house.gov/wyr/welcome.shtml

How to find your Senator:

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

How to find your State Governor:

http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Governors.shtml

How to find your State Elected Officials:

http://origins.usa.gov/external/external.jsp?url=http://www.ncsl.org/public/leglinks.cfm

Senate committee members of the Energy and Natural Resources:

Democrats Republicans
 
Chairman Jeff Bingaman (NM)
Daniel K. Akaka (HI)
Byron L. Dorgan (ND)
Ron Wyden (OR)
Tim Johnson (SD)
Mary L. Landrieu (LA)
Maria Cantwell (WA)
Ken Salazar (CO)
Robert Menendez (NJ)
Blanche Lincoln (AR)
Bernard Sanders (VT)
Jon Tester (MT)
Pete V. Domenici (NM)
Larry E. Craig (ID)
Lisa Murkowski (AK)
Richard Burr (NC)
Jim DeMint (SC)
Bob Corker (TN)
John Barrasso (WY)
Jeff Sessions (AL)
Gordon Smith (OR)
Jim Bunning (KY)
Mel Martinez (FL

Senate committee members of the Environment and Public Works Committee:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Members of House committee on Energy and Commerce:FULL COMMITTEE

John D. Dingell (MI), Chairman

Ratio:  31-26

Henry A. Waxman, CA Joe Barton, TX, Ranking Member
Edward J. Markey, MA Ralph M. Hall, TX
Rick Boucher, VA Fred Upton, MI
Edolphus Towns, NY Cliff Stearns, FL
Frank Pallone, Jr., NJ Nathan Deal, GA
Bart Gordon, TN Ed Whitfield, KY
Bobby L. Rush, IL Barbara Cubin, WY
Anna G. Eshoo, CA John Shimkus, IL
Bart Stupak, MI Heather Wilson, NM
Eliot L. Engel, NY John Shadegg, AZ
Gene Green, TX Charles W. “Chip” Pickering, MS
Diana DeGette, CO, Vice Chair Vito Fossella, NY
Lois Capps, CA Roy Blunt, MO***
Mike Doyle, PA Steve Buyer, IN
Jane Harman, CA George Radanovich, CA
Tom Allen, ME Joseph R. Pitts, PA
Jan Schakowsky, IL Mary Bono Mack, CA
Hilda L. Solis, CA Greg Walden, OR
Charles A. Gonzalez, TX Lee Terry, NE
Jay Inslee, WA Mike Ferguson, NJ
Tammy Baldwin, WI Mike Rogers, MI
Mike Ross, AR Sue Wilkins Myrick, NC
Darlene Hooley, OR John Sullivan, OK
Anthony D. Weiner, NY Tim Murphy, PA
Jim Matheson, UT Michael C. Burgess, TX
G. K. Butterfield, NC Marsha Blackburn, TN*
Charlie Melancon, LA  
John Barrow, GA  
Baron P. Hill, IN  
Vacancy****  

*Membership changes occurred due to the death of the Honorable Charlie Norwood (R-GA) on February 13, 2007, and the resignation of the Honorable J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) from the Congress effective November 27, 2007.

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