UPDATE (6-26): The bill passed! It was very close. Thanks to everyone who took action!
Earlier this week we sent out an action alert asking people of faith to urge their representatives in Congress to strengthen and pass the American Clean Energy and Security Act (Download IPL’s Fact Sheet on ACES), which is making its way to the House floor after a trip to the Ag Committee. Here is what the alert said and how you can take a minute to send a message to your representative. If you haven’t signed up for our action alerts, you can sign up here.
With the introduction of the American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454) in the House of Representatives, we are very close to the clean energy revolution that we have been working and praying for. In order to get to the finish line we need to increase our efforts to push this legislation through in its strongest form.
The bill has faced an onslaught of attacks by interest groups trying to weaken it at every turn. But the faith community has been calling on Congress to do the right thing. On May 6, 50 IPL state leaders descended on the Capitol to deliver our message of support for strong and fair climate legislation. In addition, IPLs in five key states ran ads in local newspapers urging fence-sitting Congressmembers to pass the bill out of committee.
The bill is now almost to the House floor, and we are inviting you to contact your representatives. We know they are hearing from the opposition, which is generating thousands of calls and letters. Now more than ever, we must make sure the voice of the faith community is heard loud and clear! Don’t forget to mention the moral obligation that every one of us has to leave a healthy future for the least among us and the people that come after us.
Keep the Faith,
The Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham