3-29-10 Advocacy Update

SUBJECT:  Call to Action  

Local Rep Sponsors Proposed Maryland Resolution 13 - Urging EPA Not to Regulate CO2

There was a letter to the Editor in our local newspapers (Columbia Flyer and Howard County Times)  about Howard County Delegate Gail Bates sponsorship of Maryland House of Delegates Joint  Resolution 13 - Synopsis: “Urging the United States Environmental Protection Agency to immediately halt its carbon dioxide reduction policies and programs and to withdraw its endangerment findings and related regulations until a full and independent investigation of the climate change conspiracy and science can be undertaken.”  http://mlis.state.md.us/2010rs/billfile/HJ0013.htm

Howard County Letter to Editor and Responses about Md. Res 13

Local papers published a letter to the editor criticizing her for taking this position, see

www.explorehoward.com/news/69861/letters/

And a Long Reach woman posted an article supporting science, see

www.explorehoward.com/news/70229/attack-climate-scientists-destructive-multiple-ways/


We would like to encourage you to join in supporting the overwhelming scientific view that climate change  is real, that "climategate" is a sham madeup issue, and that we need to weigh in without name calling or reference to partisan politics, but with passionate concern for the truth and for the  future of our children and grandchildren and the kind of world they will inherit.

So we invite you to write a letter to the editor at
Howard County Times or Columbia Flier
10750 Little Patuxent Pkwy.
Columbia, MD 21044
Editorial department fax: 410-997-4564  Phone: 410-730-3620

or post a note in the comment section  on one of the www.explorehoward.com  webpages above.

See these useful resources on addressing climate skeptics:

www.grist.org/article/series/skeptics/ 

http://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming/science_and_impacts/global_warming_contrarians/debunking-misinformation-stolen-emails-climategate.html

http://climateprogress.org/2009/07/24/the-top-10-bogus-statements-in-the-climate-debate/

On a national level, House Joint Resolution 13 mirrors the campaign Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has launched to try and stop the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.  http://energytopic.nationaljournal.com/2010/01/murkowskis-epa.php   This is not a partisan issue, this is a moral issue!  Backing away from regulating greenhouse gases would be the worse thing we could do, and could help assure a dire future for human life on earth.  So write to our local papers and ask our local politicians to take stands which may not be popular with all of their constituents, but which support the future.

National Climate/Energy Legislation in Senate

We in the CCIHC Advocacy Group are following the progress of Climate/Energy legislation in the U.S. Senate (see ps below for details).   When major bills are filed and the debate in the Senate is engaged on climate/energy issues, we will send updates and ask for your support in contacting our Senators!

Meanwhile, even before we have specifics on all the bills, call, write, or visit Senators Cardin and Milkulski to tell them how important it is to your community and the world that they support comprehensive climate and clean energy legislation that will reinvigorate our economy, create millions of jobs, and reduce climate change-causing pollution!  They are champions for our cause, AND they need to hear that we care, and that we want a bill this year!  There are additional  suggestions for what to include in letters to our Senators now at:   www.repoweramerica.org/letter-campaign/

Thanks for all you do!

       CCIHC Advocacy Team

       www.hococlimatechange.org

PS. SENATE BILLS:  Senators Cantwell and Collins have introduced the CLEAR ACT -  see http://cantwell.senate.gov/issues/CLEARAct.cfm,.  Reports are that Senators Kerry, Lieberman, and Graham will introduce a bi-partisan bill soon - http://wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/2010/03/18/kerry-graham-lieberman-rumors/
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