As your constituent, I strongly encourage you to base your energy platform - and your votes in Congress - on the following principles:
**Higher fuel economy standards. Use existing technology to make cars go further on a gallon of gas, reducing oil consumption, smog, and global warming pollution. Please support HR 3762 which would increase fuel economy standards from 25 mpg to 33 mpg by 2016.
**Renewable energy and energy efficiency. We have homegrown technologies that reduce our dependence on oil. Please support HR 4384, the Energy for our Future Act, which saves oil, reduces energy bills, and repeals tax breaks for Big Oil.
**Long-term global warming solutions. Make America a world leader in reducing global warming pollution. Please support HR 5642, the Safe Climate Act, and S. 3698, the Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act, which set achievable goals for reducing greenhouse gas pollution.
**Protection of America's special places. Keep our wilderness areas wild, our coasts free of drilling, and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge intact. Please invest in new energy technologies rather than destroying precious places in the U.S.
This is a sensible approach to help solve our major energy problems. We have the solutions - we just need to apply them!
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I am counting on you, as my elected representative, to put America back on the right track and secure a better energy future for us.