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Take action to prevent higher electric bills
Pressure is mounting in Congress to do something about climate change. And while political debates in Washington, D.C., may seem far away, the outcome will have a direct impact on our cooperative – and on you, the cooperative member, and other electric consumers.
Climate change is but one aspect of a looming energy crisis created by increasing demand and decreasing capacity to meet that demand. And yet energy supply isn’t an issue our elected representatives are spending a lot of time on. These forces, the desire by government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions quickly and the growing demand for power by consumers, are about to collide.
A proposed cap-and-trade plan being pushed by Congress, designed to curb carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions, would set a specific limit on such emissions from sources like power plants, factories, and refineries, requiring those sources to account for all greenhouse gases with allowances. An ever-shrinking number of allowances would be traded between companies. Unfortunately, under some parts of this plan the price to generate electricity from fossil fuels — a price directly tied to electric bills — could potentially fall into the hands of Wall Street speculators.
To avert an energy crisis, the federal government must exercise true leadership. Without that leadership and without a sound, responsible plan, government risks not only the reliability of our electric system, but literally the ability of many Americans to be able to afford to pay their electric bill.
We, as electric co-op members and constituents, must call on elected officials to provide this leadership. While messages from electric co-op leaders carry a lot of weight on Capitol Hill, nothing compares to the voices of co-op members themselves: the 42 million hard-working citizens that will ultimately foot electric bills impacted by federal climate change policy. That’s why we encourage you to contact your elected officials – now.
You don’t need to be an energy expert to ask questions. Asking questions helps find the answers to solve the problem of balancing climate change goals with keeping your lights on and your electric bills affordable.
Right now, members of Congress as well as state elected officials are hearing from lots of different interest groups who have ideas about how to address climate change, but no one is talking to consumers. We need a plan people can live with today while we deal with the climate change problem of tomorrow.
To make things easy, there is a website that will send an email for you. Go to www.ourenergy.coop and plug in your address. There, you’ll be able to ask a series of questions to your representatives in Washington.
Far too often, policy makers don’t ask questions until plans go wrong. We believe it makes sense to know the answers before the laws are passed. Help your elected officials and yourself by having this conversation. The electric bill you save will be your own.
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