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E-M:/ FW: Message from Robert Redford
- Subject: E-M:/ FW: Message from Robert Redford
- From: "Mark Dougher" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2004 13:58:48 -0500
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- Thread-Topic: Message from Robert Redford
Enviro-Mich message from "Mark Dougher" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> In case you haven't seen this one....
> >>> Robert Redford <email@example.com> 01/21/04 07:36PM
> Dear NRDC BioGems Defender,
> Over the next few weeks, President Bush and his congressional allies
> will try
> once again to ram their disastrous energy bill through the U.S.
> fell only two votes short in November and they've vowed to make
> of the
> bill their top priority now that Congress has returned from recess.
> This bill may be the worst piece of legislation you and I will see in
> lifetimes. It would pick your pocket, despoil your natural heritage,
> your family's health and smother your hope for a more secure energy
> future. We
> ignore this bill at our own peril.
> Let me tell you our simple plan for thwarting this shameless attack on
> environment and pocketbooks. If millions of Americans each took one
> minute to
> protest this bill, it would cause every senator who is tempted to vote
> for it
> to think twice about doing so.
> You can make this happen within the next few hours by doing two
> First, go to http://www.savebiogems.org/takeaction.asp?src=RR0401
> and send your two senators an email or fax, telling them to vote
> against this
> pro-polluter energy bill. Then, forward my email to at least four of
> friends, family members or colleagues.
> I am emailing this message to 500,000 BioGems Defenders and other NRDC
> activists. If each one forwards this message to just four more people,
> we will
> generate a national tidal wave of opposition before this day is over.
> And that won't be a moment too soon. This disgraceful bill would pick
> pockets to hand out billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies to the
> oil, coal
> and nuclear industries. That's their long-awaited reward for making
> contributions to the Bush-Cheney campaign. They profit while the rest
> of us pay
> the price -- in tax dollars and environmental degradation.
> This bill gives the energy giants a free pass to drill their way
> through our
> last wild places, burn more dirty coal, build a new generation of
> power plants and dramatically increase air pollution that would sicken
> vulnerable -- especially children and seniors -- for decades to come.
> It would establish oil and gas development as the dominant use of our
> public lands, open national parks to the construction of electricity
> transmission lines, exempt polluters from core provisions of our clean
> air and
> water laws and waive liability for the producers of the toxic gasoline
> MTBE -- even though it has contaminated at least 1,500 public water
> supplies in
> all 50 American states.
> You'd be hard-pressed to come up with a more backward-looking,
> self-defeating energy "plan" than this one. At a time when the federal
> is soaring and we're going to war in the Persian Gulf oilfields, the
> House wants to stick us with the tab for prolonging our destructive
> on fossil fuels, foreign oil and dangerous nuclear technology.
> This is not a national energy policy. This is corporate welfare, pure
> simple. Estimates of the bill's corporate tax breaks range from $23
> billion to
> well over $100 billion with loan guarantees included. No surprise
> there. Big
> energy companies cooked up this raid on the federal treasury during
> hundreds of
> secret meetings with Vice President Cheney's energy task force and
> their allies
> on Capitol Hill.
> It's one thing to gouge taxpayers. But to claim this rip-off is in the
> interest, as the White House would have us believe, is a slap in the
> face to
> every working American.
> Poll after poll shows that the vast majority of voters -- of both
> parties --
> understand that we simply must reduce our out-of-control appetite for
> fuels if we ever are to secure energy independence. That means turning
> rooftops into the Persian Gulf of solar energy. It means producing
> get 40 miles per gallon. It means constructing efficient buildings
> half the energy of the average American office without sacrificing
> Making this transformation to a super-efficient, low-pollution economy
> save consumers upwards of a trillion dollars, spare our last wild
> places from
> destruction, improve our health, slow global warming and reduce our
> on undemocratic regimes overseas. It's a no-brainer to anyone living
> the White House.
> But unless millions of Americans speak out right now, the enactment of
> president's energy bill will doom us to an apocalyptic future of
> wilderness, poisonous air pollution, devastating climate change and
> wars over fossil fuels.
> Please make your voice heard. Go to
> and tell your senators to obey the will of the American people, *not*
> dictates of giant energy corporations! Call on Congress to create a
> and affordable energy path.
> And please be sure to forward this message to at least four other
> Believe me, millions of Americans are just waiting for a simple way to
> this madness and lend their support to a sane and hopeful energy
> Sincerely yours,
> Robert Redford
> Board of Trustees
> Natural Resources Defense Council
> . . .
> BioGems: Saving Endangered Wild Places
> A project of the Natural Resources Defense Council
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