Americans were outraged a decade ago when cigarette makers made similar claims about the evidence linking smoking and lung cancer. And then we discovered reams of damning research hidden away in tobacco company vaults. The only real difference between then and now is that global warming stands to threaten more than just people — millions of species face extinction, entire ecosystems altered beyond recognition, the natural world as we know it today irreparably diminished.
The Next Two Weeks Are Critical
These revelations come at a defining moment in the fight to stop global warming.
Some time in the next two weeks, the House Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment is expected to mark up and vote on landmark global warming legislation. According to our political experts this Subcommittee bill will set the tone for the entire debate that follows in both Houses of Congress.
In short, whether or not an effective global warming bill lands on President Obama’s desk in 2009 may depend on the actions of 34 subcommittee members over the next week or two.
The opposition may be morally bankrupt, but their political coffers are overflowing. Global warming deniers are spending hundreds of millions on lobbying and advertising aimed at confusing the public and scaring legislators.
More than 2,000 top corporate lobbyists are on Capitol Hill doing whatever it takes to stop global warming action.
What do we have? The truth. And you.
If you haven’t already, please send an email to your House Representative today.
Then, please forward this action link to 5 friends to get them to take action: http://action.edf.org/campaign/Waxman_Markey_alert.
For friends who still doubt the science of global warming, send them to the New York Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/24/science/earth/24deny.html. Tell them that not even the highly paid lobbyists opposed to global warming action doubt the science.
You are our best hope to take on the industry denial machine.
Thanks for your activism and support,
Director, Online Membership and Activism