The last year has been a tumultuous one for the United States. Economic and political crises have made it more apparent than ever that short-sighted decisions will only mean long-term consequences for us all.
Occupy Wall Street and massive protests surrounding the Keystone XL pipeline revealed that the fossil fuel industry has had its hands deep in the pockets of our government for many years. As state and federal budgets for education, social services, and health care continue to be slashed, while the oil, coal, gas industries grow fat on subsidized profits, many American have said “enough is enough.”
As tar sands activist and 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben explains in the video below, Americans are gearing up for a major new fight to end the billions of dollars in subsidies the fossil fuel industry receives each year — the tax-breaks, handouts, and loopholes that are just adding to the record-breaking profits that these companies are already making. And perhaps most importantly, getting rid of fossil fuel subsidies across the board would be a huge step to cutting carbon emissions and putting us back on a pathway to 350 ppm.
You are cordially invited to join this fight:
In a recent speech, President Obama called for an end to subsidies to Big Oil and said, “Let’s put every single member of Congress on record: You can stand with oil companies or you can stand up for the American people.”
These are powerful words, but it will take constant pressure from we, the people, to make sure that both President Obama and our Congressional representatives stop the fossil fuel industry from picking our pockets, and move the country toward renewable energy independence.
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