We write to
thank you for your leadership in working to deliver the For The
People Agenda to all Americans.
leadership, we passed several pieces of critical legislation to
respond to the Coronavirus pandemic and to revitalize our
While these are
significant steps forward, we still have more to achieve in
accomplishing your vision for the next generation.
Record inflation, anti-energy
policies, record government spending, and budget
deficits - this is why Biden's approval ratings are low and
why the Party's prospects are grim with the midterm
elections later this year.
As the leaders
of the House Democratic Caucuses urged in a joint statement on
March 1, we must take action on policies you have proposed to
support American families and address the threat of climate
The more than $555 billion in climate investments in the
House-passed Build Back Better Act can serve as the building
block to restart negotiations.
$555 billion for what?
energies that the free market (everyday consumers) do not
And for what climate effect decades down the road?
what cost to the pristine environment and rural communities?
When it comes
to addressing the crisis of our rapidly warming planet, the
February 28th, 2022 report from the Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change forcefully concluded that time is running out:
"Any further delay in concerted anticipatory global action on
adaptation and mitigation," the world's scientists wrote, "will
miss a brief and rapidly closing window of opportunity to secure
a livable and sustainable future for all."
Leading the world in
limiting global warming to 1.5º Celsius will require a
monumental effort, and the climate components of Build Back
Better are an indispensable foundation.
The "climate crisis" is
The 1.5º C will be here soon enough
welcomed warmth coming out of a Little Ice Age in the
With CO2 fertilization, look forward to
more global greening - and milder winters and a reduced
diurnal cycle from the enhanced greenhouse effect.
2021, we bore witness to the devastating impacts of the climate
'crisis', further illustrating why transformational action cannot
Inaction now will mean irreversible consequences for our
Given the widespread agreement in the U.S.
Senate for House passed climate provisions, we have an
opportunity to recommence negotiations with climate serving as a
key starting point.
Check your data on each mentioned weather extreme. Weather
State of the Union address, you called for decisive action on
clean energy and climate change.
We were encouraged to hear you
discuss how families will save an average of $500 per year on
their energy costs through investments and tax credits.
your support, urging Congressional leaders to move forward with
these climate provisions would mark the largest climate
investment in our nation's history, setting the United States on
course to meet our 50-52 percent greenhouse gas emissions
reduction targets by 2030, while creating millions of good
paying union jobs, reducing energy costs for consumers,
advancing environmental justice, investing in climate resilient
housing and community infrastructure, and strengthening our
The politics have changed.
There is some fiscal sanity to not throw good money after
bad. Wind's Production Tax Credit (PTC) does not need to be
increased for the 14th time.
Neither does solar's Investment
Tax Credit need another extension. If these energies are
really cheaper, then they do not need the subsidies.
for electric vehicles.
In just the
past four years, record setting wildfires, superstorms, and heat
waves have already cost our country tens of billions of dollars
more in damages.
Damages have also included the loss of homes
and the displacement of families across the country - the effects
of which disproportionately impact communities of color. It is
clear that climate change is a threat multiplier to our economy.
will protect American families and businesses against the most
devastating financial impacts.
But the longer we wait, the more
expensive it will be to transition at the speed required, and we
will have incurred billions in damages and harm to our
communities, infrastructure, environment, and public health and
safety along the way.
Extreme weather events are not climate calamities.
your data and report back. You will be relieved if you
really believe that the trends are alarming with hurricanes,
droughts, floods, tornadoes, etc.
committed to working with you to realize the totality of the
Building a Better America vision.
negotiations with climate action is a clear path forward to
deliver tangible results to the American people.
in these negotiations will ensure that we can pass on a safe,
healthy, and vibrant society and planet to our children.
It is safe to say that the
general public is not buying climate alarmism.
Citizen voters want
affordable, reliable energy now, not a hypothetical tenth of
a degree of avoided warming decades from now.
The children, by the way, need
a solvent government based on prudent regulatory and fiscal
policies, not the opposite, itself the grim harvest of
climate alarmism and forced energy transformation.