August 07, 2008

Separating the Energy Solvers from the Boys

. . . . or something like that The "Don't Go" movement responds to the speculation that Nancy Pelosi's antics are designed to provide political cover to vulnerable Democrats who are feigning an interest in domestic energy production:

This weekend, the Politico reported that Nancy Pelosi has released vulnerable Democrats to pay lip service to domestic drilling and ‘all of the above’ solutions. The Democrats are intending to divert the ire of the American people towards Speaker Pelosi and away from weak Democratic members who are enabling her inaction on energy. The Democratic leadership thinks vulnerable Democrats can get away with nothing but talk and decieve their constituents because Speaker Pelosi refuses to schedule a vote on the issue. We need to act now to stop the Democratic/ ‘diversion and deception’ strategy from preventing the passage of a comprehensive solution to the energy crisis.

The American Energy Act, HR 6566, is precisely the kind of comprehensive, ‘all of the above’ solution that the American people have shown themselves to support in recent polls. According to Zogby International, 74% of Americans support offshore oil drilling in US coastal waters and 69% favor building new nuclear power plants in the US. According to a July 31st USA Today poll, Americans support tax incentives for conservation, eased restrictions on offshore drilling, and building more nuclear power plants by 49 percent, 26 percent and 6 percent margins. All of these real solutions to either conserve or produce energy are included in the American Energy Act.

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We need you to call the offices of vulnerable Democratic House members while they take their five week vacation and ask that they sign the petition to call Congress back into session and to sign the forthcoming discharge petition for HR 6566, the American Energy Act. If a majority of the House of Representatives signs the discharge position, the Speaker will be forced to allow a vote. We are confident that the House will respect the wishes of the American people and a majority will vote to approve the ‘all of the above’ energy legislation their constituents support. We also want to put the spotlight on their decision by encouraging those of you represented by these members to contact the local press and make them aware of what’s going on.

The following are conservative Democratic members with close races and their home office numbers:

Joe Donnelly (IN-2) 574 288-2780

Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-08) 520 881-3588

Tim Mahoney (FL-16) 941 627-9100

John Barrow (GA-12) 706 722-4494

Melissa Bean (IL-08) 847 925-0265

Brad Ellsworth (IN-08) 812 465-6484

Baron Hill (IN-09) 812 288-3999

Kirsten Gillibrand (NY-20) 518 581-8247

Mike Arcuri (NY-24) 800 235-2525

Zack Space (OH-18) 866 910-7577

Chris Carney (PA-10) 866 846-8124

Nick Lampson (TX-22) 281 240-3700

1. Ask these members to sign the petition at and respectfully ask Speaker Pelosi to bring the House back to work now.

2. Ask these members to sign the discharge petition to HR 6566, the American Energy Act, when it is introduced after the House returns to work.

3. If you are represented by any of these members, call local newspapers, tell them about the #dontgo Movement, the Call Congress Back petition and the American Energy Act, and refer them to this site and the Politico article about the Pelosi distraction strategy.

We cannot stress this strongly enough: The Democrats' willingness to sign the petition that would call the House back into session and get them back to work on this issue is where the rubber meets the road. Anything less than a signature on the discharge petition is just talk.

Posted by Attila Girl at August 7, 2008 10:30 AM | TrackBack

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