The Climate Crisis Coalition takes the Kyoto and Beyond petition campaign to the 2006 Congressional Midterm Elections.
CCC calls on candidates to sign the People’s Ratification of the Kyoto Global Warming Treaty and to support the ClimateUSA platform.
A Call to Action to Midterm Congressional Candidates
When faced with a grave threat to a livable future for ourselves, our children and future generations, it is our duty as Americans to join with the other nations of the world to head off the potentially catastrophic impact of our increasingly unstable climate.
Therefore, we call on the government of the United States to acknowledge the need for the United States to fulfill its role as a world leader by meeting the Kyoto goals of reducing emissions by 8 percent below 1990 levels by 2012 -- and to acknowledge the need for a total reduction of at least 80 percent thereafter as specified by the world's community of climate scientists.
Because the Kyoto Protocol and proposed carbon trading legislative remedies are important first steps but not enough to effectively address the accelerating pace of global climate change, we call on Congress for substantial shifts in federal subsidies and taxes relating to energy production and consumption.
Recognizing the need to end Americans’ oil dependency and join the rest of the world in working to avert a series of climate shocks that threaten to erode the foundations of our complex, precious and increasingly vulnerable civilization,
The Climate Crisis Coalition hereby calls on Congressional Candidates in the 2006 midterm election to support the following measures:
1) Support the Climate Stewardship Act as a first step to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and the House Safe Climate Act or the Senate Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act as more comprehensive long-term measures to reduce these emissions to 80% below the 1990 levels by 2050.
2) Withdraw federal subsidies (currently estimated at around $25
billion a year) from coal, oil and natural gas development -- as well as from carbon-intensive agriculture -- and establish equivalent subsidies to jump-start a renewable energy economy based on wind, solar, tidal power, biomass, small-scale hydropower and other non-nuclear, sustainable energy technologies.
3) Promote the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol and lead the way for a post-2012 framework that would result in a worldwide transition away from fossil
fuels to clean energy technologies.
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