Public Citizen believes that climate change legislation currently being debated in Congress will prove a boon to the coal and oil industries, will fail to protect consumers, and may very well not even curb global warming. According to Public Citizen, lawmakers have conducted closed door negotiations with polluters resulting in the bill being radically altered to accommodate the financial interests of big energy corporations while giving nothing new for the environment or for working families. It appears that lawmakers have decided to give away most of the pollution allowances for free for the next two decades – an approach that would hurt working families and households the most – and would be counterproductive to the effort to combat climate change. We have already mentioned the increased lobbying activities on this issue.
The legislation could deprive the government of the money needed to invest in clean technologies and thwart the very goal of curbing global warming. According to Public Citizen, this is hardly the transformation this country needs to jump-start its economy and curb climate change. Instead, they say it’s more of the same old wait-and-see, special-interest-bailout approach that has gripped our nation’s capital for years. If you agree, tell your representatives in Washington that climate change legislation should not be weakened by the corrupting influence of big money. Ask them to make sure the people’s business should be done in front of the people and not behind closed doors.
Source: Public Citizen
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