Friday, May 30, 2008

Are You a Tree Hugger?

"The Three Graces" - Jeri Burzin

Sometimes it feels like we give as much space to environmental issues as art. That's okay, if we don't take care of our world there will be no art. Also, Creative Consumers tend to be "thinking" individuals, interested in such things. As asked by Kathleen Rogers, President of the Earth Day Network, I sent a letter into my Congressmen to urge them to work for "amendments to the Climate Security Act (S.2191) to ensure that the final version of this bill will truly mitigate the climate crisis. In its current form, the Climate Security Act falls far short of what is needed to gain control of our planet's future."

The following letter came back from Senator Mark Pryor

Dear Ms. Mitchell:

Thank you for contacting me regarding climate change legislation. I appreciate hearing from you and understanding your perspective on this issue.

For the past five years I have met with concerned citizens, business leaders, environmental groups and members of the agricultural community from Arkansas and across the nation. These constituents and organizations have made it clear that appropriate climate change legislation must strike the difficult balance of reducing harmful emissions without constraining economic growth. The abundance of legislative proposals in Congress illustrate how varied the course of actions people believe the United States should undertake to achieve this common good. These approaches include creating a "cap and trade" system to limit nationwide emissions, providing tax incentives for developing and deploying technologies that decrease greenhouse gas emissions, promoting alternative fuel and energy sources, and discouraging the use of fossil fuels.

Building upon the initiatives already created by Congress, I believe that we stand poised to take significant strides to moderate the effects of climate change. A successful strategy will require the development of new technology to reduce and capture emissions, provide for greater energy efficiencies, and avoid unnecessary energy expenditures. Additionally, I believe alternative fuels and renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, will aide in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. These alternative technologies, fuels, and energy sources also have the potential to provide economic growth, and move the nation toward energy independence. I will work diligently to address this issue and will be sure to keep your thoughts in mind as the debate continues in the Senate.

Thank you again for sharing your views and concerns with me. Please do not hesitate to contact me or my office about this or any other matter of concern to you. As always, I welcome your input.

Mark Pryor
United States Senate

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