Letter: Speak up on climate
To the Editor: On the beautiful clear morning of June 11, more than 1,500 citizen volunteers of the grassroots, nonpartisan organization Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) met on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. We then split into teams and spent the day meeting with 529 members of Congress, lobbying them to address the climate crisis. We asked them to make climate a bridge issue by working together to pass the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019. This bipartisan bill will reduce climate pollution from fossil fuels by 40% in 12 years and 90% in 30, while protecting household purchasing power, helping the poor, and growing the economy. It will help the U.S. lead the transition to a global clean energy economy while preventing other countries from free-riding.
The nine CCL volunteers from New Hampshire met with Sen. Shaheen, Sen. Hassan, Rep. Kuster and Rep. Pappas. They recognize and speak about the severity and urgency of the climate crisis, but none of them has yet co-sponsored the most effective bipartisan bill ever introduced into Congress to address the problem.
Why not? Our members of Congress need to hear from more residents and local businesses asking them to do so. Congress doesn’t create political will, they respond to it.
What can we do? We can each take responsibility and become more informed, talk about the climate crisis and how to address it with our friends and family, and ask Congress to act now on our behalf.