I was just in the office kitchen refilling my mug with water, and happened to glance at the Wall Street Journal on the table... They have an article today (or possibly it was yesterday's) about Colgate's program of bringing dental care to South American native tribes. I probably haven't mentioned, but Colgate-Palmolive is one of the few large corporations that actually seems to take an interest in being good citizens. So I buy Colgate toothpaste and Palmolive dish detergent. I really should poke around among the laundry detergents to see if C-P makes one. I currently use All, which, last I checked, was an independent. (But their ads are annoying. And I'm petty about such things. *g*)
Subject: Help Curb Global Warming
Global warming is one of the most pressing environmental problems of our time. Therefore, I strongly urge you to cosponsor the Climate Stewardship Act, S. 139, and to vote in favor of an amendment to add this language to the energy bill, S. 14. The amendment is expected to be offered during the week of July 28.
Carbon dioxide emissions -- caused by the burning of dirty fossil fuels like coal, oil, and gas -- build up in the atmosphere, blanket the Earth, and trap in heat, causing global warming. The first impacts of global warming are already evident and projected future impacts pose a serious threat to the safety of human communities and natural ecosystems worldwide.
While energy production is the largest source of heat-trapping emissions, the current energy bill does nothing to address these emissions, nor does it help meet our existing obligations, under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, to stabilize these gases at safe levels.
The Climate Stewardship Act would set mandatory greenhouse gas pollution reductions and is one of the best chances we have to curb global warming. Enacting this bill will also make our economy more energy efficient and break the logjam of U.S. inaction in the fight against global warming.
Delaying action on climate change will only cost more in the long run -- the later we act, the deeper and more drastic the emissions cuts will need to be. I urge you to do all you can to support this important legislation now.