“act dingell” petition drive nears the quarter-way-mark

I haven’t brought it up here in a while, but our petition to John Dingell continues to attract new signatures from constituents who, like us, want for him to take the threat of global warming more seriously. In fact, all we need is one more signature to reach the 250-mark. If you haven’t signed yet, please do. It only takes a minute and you don’t have to add any thoughts of your own unless you want to. It’s always nice, though, when people invest the time while signing to address Dingell personally. Here, for example, is a comment left today:

Dear Congressman Dingell, I’m glad you are taking the issue of climate change seriously, and we are depending on you to take a leadership role in this fight. This problem is of a magnitude much greater than anything we have ever faced before, and that is no hyperbole and no exaggeration. We must act now, and we must take bold action. Nothing less than the viability of the planet is at stake. This problem will require action on many fronts. A boost in CAFE standards is only a preliminary step, but a necessary one. Please rethink your position on this issue. The hike in fuel economy standards you call for is far too timid a step. And we must insist that renewables play a larger role in the production of energy. Please rethink your stance on that issue as well. I applaud your call for a gasoline tax. I think a 10 cent per year increase in the tax on a gallon of gas, each year, every year implemented over a 20-year period is a better, more politically viable policy than the idea of an immediate 50 cent per gallon increase. But whichever one you choose, please be strong and bold in championing the cause. It is not enough to say you’re in favor of a tax. You must spearhead the effort. As a loyal constituent of yours, I am counting on you for leadership on this issue of unprecedented seriousness and urgency. Thank you, David Gurk – Ann Arbor

But, like I said, you don’t need to write anything if you don’t have the time. All you need to do is sign your name.

Also, if you’ve already signed, I’d appreciate it if you would take a moment to send the Act Dingell link to your friends, family members, fellow students, co-workers, etc. Those of us who started this campaign feel very strongly about it, and we’d really like to reach 1,000 signatures while there’s still time for Dingell to step up and lead on this issue. Thank you.

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  1. egpenet
    Posted October 21, 2007 at 8:40 pm | Permalink


    The Dingell thing really bothers me. In this week’s NYT Tom Friedman writes that the bestbthing we can do to make the USofA “green” is to elect “greenies” … ie., people that REALLY undertsnand the issues and can be intelligent about it. Dingell doesn’t have a clue. Neither does Pelosi.

    Our job is NOT to buy a bag of screw-in energy-saving light bulbs … our JOB for the next several years is to dump the old guard and ELECT really SMART and GREEN people. They have such a national/state influence that meaures in magnitude over and above what we as single household can do.

    Makes sense. Dingell is a dinossur that has become totally irrelevant even within the party. Requiem in pace!

    Time to get to work finding a smart GREEN for Michigan.

  2. Posted October 24, 2007 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    Well I support Dingell and think that it is a step in the right direction. Apparently egpenet likes to move at an incredibly so pace because electing smart, green officials doesn’t mean we will actually see results. Its a toss up. We can’t always guess what our friends/family’s actions will be let alone a public official who we have no personal connection with.

    Individuals need to think green in their own daily actions and fight for the causes out their because it is the physical action that counts. So I am going to keep recycling, and buying energy safe light bulbs and sign petitions like ActDingell because that is what makes sense, in addition to looking for smart individuals that support eco-causes in the govenment.

    Check out http://www.energybill2007.org. to learn more about CAFE and RES standards currently being petitioned in Congress. And if you are motivated, sign the petition too.

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