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Published:September 9th, 2008 19:49 EST
Big Oil vs. Polar Bears and American Families

Big Oil vs. Polar Bears and American Families

By SOP newswire2

All summer, we`ve fought together to promote sound energy solutions and protect our wildlife from Big Oil. Now it all comes down to this.

Congress is expected to begin voting as soon as this week on energy legislation -- and finally decide between a forward-looking energy policy that helps American families and protects our polar bears dolphins and other wildlife or more dirty drilling and giveaways to Big Oil.

Even if you have already called your Representative or Senators on this issue, please call their Washington, DC offices today at one of the  numbers below:

Once you are connected, just deliver this simple message:

My name is Judyth Piazza and I`m calling from Vero Beach because I`m tired of policies that benefit Big Oil but not me. America needs independence from Big Oil and faster, cheaper, better solutions to our energy crisis than drilling.

Please oppose efforts to open more of our natural areas to drilling and support policies that promote energy efficiency, clean, renewable energy and real relief for American families hardest hit by energy prices. ?

Help us coordinate our campaign for responsible energy choices. Please let us know that you called your Representative and/or Senators.

We have energy solutions today that can help our economy, our wildlife and our planet, but we need your voice to make sure that`s the path Congress takes. But Republican leaders in Congress and Big Oil`s lobbyists have held America`s energy future hostage for months. Democrats want to pass:

  • Consumer rebates and other common-sense strategies that would help American families save money at the pump and on home energy costs.
  • The extension of tax credits to help spur business innovations in clean, affordable and sustainable American energy sources;
  • Federal investment in clean, renewable energy to reduce dependence on foreign oil.
  • Legislation to fix out-of-control speculation in the oil markets that has caused energy prices to skyrocket.
  • The elimination of billions of dollars in tax breaks for Big Oil, even as oil companies post obscene profits.
  • Renewal of utilities standards for clean energy to help wean America off of foreign oil.

Instead, the Republican leadership has screamed Drill, baby, drill! ? to whoever will listen while Big Oil has poured tens of millions of dollars into a public relations campaign designed to bamboozle Americans into industrializing our coasts and sacrificing our wild places.

Big Oil Republicans have hijacked the legislative process.  No bill advances unless it has drilling.  Now we need your voice to break the gridlock and put America on the path to true energy independence -- independence from BIG OIL!

Here are the facts, according to the Bush/Cheney Administration`s own analysts at the Department of Energy: Neither offshore drilling nor drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge will have a significant impact on the prices that Americans pay for energy in the next decade.

But more dirty drilling would decimate vital habitat for imperiled polar bears, sea turtles, dolphins and other wildlife. It will increase carbon emissions that contribute to global warming and other pollution. It will fuel America`s dangerous and unsustainable dependence on fossil fuels.

And it will mean lining the pockets of oil company executives whose companies are already swimming in obscene profits.  

Say no to this energy scam. Call your elected officials now at the phone numbers below and tell Congress to stop letting Big Oil dictate America`s energy future:

Rodger Schlickeisen
Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund