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I am writing to express my firm belief that the most effective response to the Gulf oil disaster is the swift passage of comprehensive climate and clean energy legislation.
The tragedy unfolding in the Gulf underscores the need for America to end our dependence on oil and other fossil fuels, and only a comprehensive bill that sets clear limits on carbon pollution will break the cycle of addiction. We must take aggressive steps to deal with the immediate consequences of the oil disaster, but we must also use this opportunity to address the underlying causes and prevent future disasters like this one.
Clean energy will create jobs, strengthen our national security, and ensure America's prosperity and leadership in the 21st century.
As the Gulf oil disaster continues with no end in sight, I urge you to pass comprehensive climate and clean energy legislation that includes:
- A direct response to the tragedy in the Gulf and its causes -- including making sure that BP pays remediation and assistance for affected Gulf states and initial reform of offshore drilling regulation.
- A reduction in U.S. dependence on oil. This should set ambitious and enforceable national targets for reducing America's dangerous dependence on oil.
- Limits on carbon pollution. These limits are essential to mobilize investment, build a clean energy economy and transition to cleaner fuels.
- Improved energy efficiency and expanded renewable energy production, through incentives for investment and national efficiency and renewable energy standards.
The failings of the status quo are literally right before our eyes. The American people deserve a bill that responds to the immediate tragedy in the Gulf, but also moves us away from oil dependence and establishes critical incentives to transition to a clean energy economy.
Anything less would be insufficient in the face of the unprecedented tragedy before us.
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