Monday, May 15, 2006

Sense of the Congress on Climate Change

The first-ever House vote on global climate change may take place later this week. Your call or email message is urgently needed to help preserve or possibly even advance an important victory in the effort to control U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

On May 10, the House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment to the fiscal year 2007 Department of Interior appropriations bill stating the “sense of Congress that there should be enacted a comprehensive and effective national program of mandatory, market-based limits and incentives on emissions of greenhouse gases that slow, stop, and reverse the growth of such emissions. . . ” The amendment was introduced by Rep. Dicks (WA) during committee debate.

The bill is expected to move to the House floor for debate Wednesday, May 17. Opponents will certainly try to remove this language from the bill, setting up the first-ever House floor debate and vote over imposing mandatory limits on U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

Please contact your representative by Wednesday, May 17. Urge him or her to speak out to keep this important language in the bill.

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