DEMOCRACY IN ACTION

25 06 2009

I followed through for once and contacted my Representative today concerning the Waxman-Markey Climate Bill.

It pretty much felt like this.

It pretty much felt like this.

Uh, I actually only emailed her office.  But I’ll call tomorrow.   Here’s what I sent:

Good afternoon, and thank you for representing our district.

As we all know, Southeastern Michigan’s economy has been suffering longer and more severely than the rest of the country.  This concerns me greatly as a college student at the University of Michigan, as I love this state and would like to continue to make it my home after graduation…but the jobs and opportunities just aren’t here.  People are already losing their livelihoods and their homes.  Why add the additional burden of a carbon cap and trade scheme on top of all this?

Because of the dire economic situation in the Detroit area, Michigan as a whole, as well as the entire Midwest, I am urging you to vote NO on the Waxman-Markey Climate Bill as it reaches the floor tomorrow [note: I later learned it might not reach the floor for a few days].  If it passes, those fortunate enough to have not lost their homes to foreclosure will scarcely be able to afford to heat it in the winter; those who still have jobs will struggle to afford the gasoline to drive to work; and the price of consumer goods will rise across the board as the production and supply chain is taxed for carbon dioxide emissions on every level.

The bottom line is that, with the economy stalled nationwide, we cannot afford to implement this system.  We should be striving to compete with countries such as China and India to prevent overseas job loss, not willingly reducing our competitiveness and complaining when corporations do the economically sensible thing and move their enterprises to a friendlier business climate.

Please have the wisdom and courage not to toe your party’s line, and do not support this bill.  Voters are watching, and you will find that their concern for the environment ends when their financial stability is threatened.

Thank you for your time and service,

Graham Kozak

It was pretty close to that at least—they don’t let you see what you’ve sent after you send it.  I guess it just kind of goes down the Memory Hole unless some underpaid intern bothers reading it, so I’ve had to reconstruct it from my first draft and my memory.

I’m not really sure what you’re supposed to say when contacting an elected official, but they aren’t royalty (officially, at least) so it shouldn’t matter as long as it is respectful.  I also tried to emphasize the dramatic economic impact this bull bill would have on the average American family instead of arguing against it on scientific grounds.  Capping and trading carbon could set a family of four back $6,800 annually by 2035 once cost increases all along the supply chain are taken into account.

But $6,800 will be pocket change after massive inflation kicks in anyway, so it all comes full circle.

Usually "worth less than the paper it's printed on" is sort of a half-true figure of speech.  Not in Zimbabwe.

Usually "worth less than the paper it's printed on" is sort of a half-true figure of speech. Not for long.

Brilliant!

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25 06 2009
Min

The only one who consistently responds to my letters is Sen. Debbie Stabenow and sometimes, Carl Levin. I have never received a response from my first term congressman — Gary Peters.

I have also sent notes to other Michigan reps when they allow it on their site, i.e. Bart Stupak.

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