Climate Change Got You Down? Take the Clean Energy Voting Pledge

“Whew, pass me another beer, bro. Man, this heat… and didja hear that food prices are going up soon, thanks to all that drought?  What? You say there’s something I can do about it?”

Yeah, Wilber, there is.  It’s voting time.  Most of the oily fat cats are counting on you not voting at all, or simply voting on the presidential ticket. Big mistake.

If you haven’t heard yet, all that heat and drought are just some of the wonderful things we’ll get more of, in spades, if we don’t stop burning oil and gas. Climate change, global warming, all that stuff.

That’s where renewable clean energy comes in (strains of “Here Come’s the Sun…”). We gotta transition to it, ASAP.

And while it’s helpful if the president believes in it, did you notice that Obama was able to do squat these past four years?  That’s because enough people — doesn’t have to be a majority — in CONGRESS are in the pockets of oil/gas lobbyists. You know, Bush and Cheney’s crowd. Romney and Ryan’s crowd. Fun guys all.

With friends like that, we can forget about transitioning to clean energy anytime soon. Never mind if it would create tons of new jobs, clean up much of our air pollution, slow then stop climate change.  The oilies want to keep smoking the planet. And they will. Unless…

Okay, we don’t have millions – scratch that – billions, but we do have votes. And right around this time, House representatives and Senators have their little squiggling antennae primed to the flexing of  voting muscle.

After all, that’s why they like oil/gas lobbyists, leaking greenbacks. Money used to buy our votes with fancy ads.

But, what if Congress was suddenly presented with a million signatures by voters saying they’ll vote for the Congressional candidates that will work to transition to clean energy?  Think they might sit up in their chairs as straight as when a Tea Partyer walks by?  Oh, yeah.

So, if you want action out of them, squeeze ’em – with your votes. Sign a pledge that says you’ll be voting for the ones that will work to transition to clean energy soon, and will stop subsidizing the oilies and gassies.

You can join the mob that’s already signed, here:

Then come November, DO so – vote, that is. For Congressional clean energy candidates. Google, if you have to, to find out which are which in your area. They tend to be Democrats, but y’never know. There might be some wild and crazy Republicans out there that have finally heard the clean energy gospel.

Feeling like you could do more to avoid all that heat?  Post this to all your lists.

Jus’ sayin’.


About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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