Let's Mobilize for an American Clean Energy Agenda!!!
June 27, 2012: Three West Virginia-based citizen advocacy organizations are joining with a network of 33 other citizen organizations from across the United States – with more than 1.1 million combined members – to advance a nine-point “American Clean Energy Agenda” and to push for a serious renewable energy agenda, no matter who is the next President or which party controls Congress.
Christians For The Mountains, Coal River Mountain Watch, and OVEC worked with the 33 other groups in crafting the new American Clean Energy Agenda, which calls for a number of bold steps, including: phasing out nuclear power, natural gas, coal and industrial biomass in favor of efficient use of renewable, non-polluting resources; opposition to any “clean energy standard” that includes coal, nuclear, oil, gas and unsustainable biomass; retooling federal “loan guarantees” to make smarter investments in renewable energy; greater emphasis on renewable energy and energy efficiency programs; and avoiding a future in which Americans suffer the consequences of mountaintop removal coal mining and fracking of shale gas that is exported for use in other nations.
The new citizen-group network, organized by the nonprofit Civil Society Institute and the Environmental Working Group, reflects a deep dissatisfaction among Americans about the iron grip maintained by the energy industry and its lobbyists in promoting the non-solution of an “all of the above” approach to energy that would preserve the worst options and dilute the focus on real solutions.
How do the three dozen groups know they reflect the thinking of the vast majority of Americans? On April 25, 2012, the Civil Society Institute released a national opinion poll conducted by ORC International, which found that:
· More than three out of four Americans (77 percent) – including 70 percent of Republicans, 76 percent of Independents, and 85 percent of Democrats – believe that “the energy industry's extensive and well-financed public relations, campaign contributions and lobbying machine is a major barrier to moving beyond business as usual when it comes to America’s energy policy.”
· More than eight out of 10 Americans (83 percent) – including 69 percent of Republicans, 84 percent of Independents, and 95 percent of Democrats – agree with the following statement: “The time is now for a new, grassroots-driven politics to realize a renewable energy future. Congress is debating large public investments in energy and we need to take action to ensure that our taxpayer dollars support renewable energy – one that protects public health, promotes energy independence and the economic well being of all Americans.”
“America is at a moral crossroads on energy. Either fellow citizens with foresight, conscience, and courage rise up to lead us into a renewable, clean, bright energy future, or else the current ‘business as usual’ energy policy will seriously degrade our country for future generations. The science, technology, and economic analysis are clear that a clean energy future can be accomplished and at the same time invigorate our economy and provide jobs. Let’s face the future and do it,” said Christians For The Mountains Coordinator, Allen Johnson.