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Congress To Vote on Energy Bill Tomorrow

2:14 PM PST on November 14, 2007

A note from a friend of mine in the clean building industry.

Hey kids, I generally don’t do this and I am obviously a bit biased here, working for a solar company, but in the interests of appearing productive when they have not been while still making sure they get their full 3-4 month vacation, Congress is poised to make sure they pass an energy bill that really does nothing about the energy problems in this country. The vote is scheduled for Friday.

It continues lavish subsidies for the very rich industries of coal, oil and natural gas, additional support for biofuels (many of which are not really very eco-friendly), but no support for renewable forms of electricity such as solar, wind, and geothermal.

Given how low an opinion many have of the political system, I know you might think this is a waste of time, but as this is most likely an area where they will not cave to whatever President Bush wants (who does support renewable energy to an extent), public opinion will matter.

So if you believe non-polluting forms of energy makes sense for a variety if reasons (keeps money away from oil-producing dictators and sponsors of terrorism, don’t want climate change, cleaner air to breathe, keeping the US in a new tech and manufacturing sector, etc), take 5 minutes to call your local Senator or Congressman to tell them to continue to support renewable energy production tax credits.

It’s easy to find through the following link (they give a simple script if you want as well). http://capwiz.com/re-action/callalert/index.tt?alertid=10534241&type=CO

Feel free to pass it along and thanks for listening.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving,
XXX

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