Not All Legislation is Good Legislation

Authors: Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, Chief Executive Officer

Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that the Senate will not pass comprehensive climate and energy legislation.

The Senate may not be willing to stand up for real change, but you have been from Day One. Thank you.

Over the last several months, Green For All supporters have sent thousands of e-mails and made thousands of calls to their senators. You have made our message clear: we want a clean-energy future for our country and for our children, and we will not trade more poison for less carbon.

The American people need and deserve a climate and energy bill that makes a real difference in fighting climate change while creating jobs that will help pull the economy out of recession. American policy can be smart enough to help the country now while protecting our children and our grandchildren. And we refuse to hand over the Clean Air Act and the Environmental Protection Agency to big polluters in hopes that it will be enough to buy baby steps towards a clean-energy future.

It is heartbreaking to see our elected officials in Washington, D.C., let the American people down. It is just as heartbreaking that we as an environmental movement have, quite simply, failed to get the job done.

This must serve as a personal wake-up call to all of us. America will not break its addiction to fossil fuels until we all change our own behavior. And the environmental movement needs to rouse people to make that change. Our movement needs to reflect the hearts, minds, and interests of everyday Americans.

Until we can craft clean-energy policy that inspires both the struggling white coal miner in West Virginia and the black mother with two asthmatic children in South Central Los Angeles, our movement will not be able to lead the country the way it needs us to.

Now more than ever, I am committed to the mission of Green For All.

America needs a green economy. We cannot wait for the future; we must build it today. Despite this latest setback, Green For All remains hopeful that we will have the strong and fair climate and energy bill that we deserve. We promise to update you every step of the fight. Thank you for standing with us.

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins
Chief Executive Officer
Green For All

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