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SaMPLE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Sample Letter to the Editor 1

Editor,
The Senate will shortly recess for summer without taking action on the greatest envirornmental challenge of our time:  global warming.  We need the Senate not to simply take action, but to take action that truly moves us toward an end to oil spills like the disaster that continues to ravage the Gulf of Mexico. This means a permanent moratorium on offshore oil and, as BP attempts to stem the flow of millions of gallons of oil per day into the Gulf, we must also stem the unfettered flow of greenhouse gases into our atmosphere.

While the effects of carbon pollution aren’t as obvious as tar balls on Gulf beaches, oiled wildlife and decimated fisheries and tourist economies, the long-term repercussions of greenhouse-gas pollution are equally devastating, and the solution is the same: End our reliance on fossil fuels.

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Sample Letter to the Editor 2

Editor,
The Senate will shortly recess for summer without taking action on the greatest envirornmental challenge of our time:  global warming.  We need the Senate not to simply take action, but to take action that truly moves us toward an end to oil spills like the disaster that continues to ravage the Gulf of Mexico. This means we need the Senate to reject attempts to limit or delay Clean Air Act authority to reduce carbon pollution.

The Clean Air Act has protected the air we breathe for 40 years and already provides many of the necessary tools to reduce greenhouse pollutants. Under the Clean Air Act, we can reduce greenhouse emissions from coal-fired power and other sources immediately.
While it will take a massive political effort to pass a climate change bill, passing half-measures now may very well have proven more disastrous than taking additional time to build the political will to pass a strong science-based bill.

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Sample Letter to the Editor 3

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When it comes to the climate crisis, we cannot settle for half-measures. We cannot settle for legislation that guts the Clean Air Act, which has protected the air we breathe for four decades and already provides many of the necessary tools to reduce greenhouse pollutants.

Under the Clean Air Act, we can reduce greenhouse pollution from coal-fired power and other sources immediately. Under the Clean Air Act, we can establish a national pollution cap for carbon and other greenhouse pollutants consistent with what science, rather than politics, dictates.

While it will take a massive political effort to pass a strong climate change bill, passing half-measures now may prove more disastrous than taking additional time to build the political will to pass a strong science-based bill that preserves one of our nation’s most fundamental environmental protections: the Clean Air Act.

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Sample Letter to the Editor 4
Editor,
There’s only one surefire way to stop oil spills like the catastrophe currently destroying the Gulf of Mexico: We must end our addiction to oil.  

So while BP attempts to permenantly stem the flow of possibly 100,000 barrels of oil per day into the Gulf of Mexico, we also need to stem the unfettered flow of greenhouse gas pollution into our atmosphere. While we may not be able to see the impacts of carbon pollution so clearly as the heartbreaking photos of oiled pelicans, sea turtles and dolphins, the solution is the same. Ending our reliance on oil and implementing — rather than delaying — the Clean Air Act’s successful programs to curb carbon pollution is one of the most important steps on that path.

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Deepwater Horizon Explosion courtesy U.S. Coast Guard