EESI Executive Director Carol Werner at briefing
With the elections behind us, the importance of educating the new Congress about key energy issues facing our nation is clearer than ever. The House will have 83 new representatives (48 Democrats, 35 Republicans) and the Senate will have 12 new faces (eight Democrats, three Republicans, and one Independent). Thanks in part to your gift for our Global Giving campaign, EESI is in the midst of planning to help the new Congress understand key energy and climate issues.
Once the freshmen arrive in Washington, we'll be in touch, letting them know about EESI's resources – and our history as a non-partisan, nonprofit organization founded by a bipartisan group of members of Congress. We're planning several forums on topics important to the decisions the new Congress will need to make.
We’re organizing a Congressional staff-only briefing about a carbon tax – which is receiving attention as a possible measure to reduce carbon emissions as well as alleviate the budget deficit. We’ll provide an overview of the science behind climate change. We’ll help demystify the federal budget for renewable energy and energy efficiency. If the lame duck Congress does not pass a new farm bill (the last one expired September 30th), we will also be working to educate the Congress on the energy issues in federal farm policy. The farm bill is key for bioenergy and other renewable energy programs initiated in the 2002 and 2008 farm bills.
And those are just a few of the topics the Congress will need to understand. Thanks so much for helping to make it possible with your support to our Global Giving project to Help the New Congress Understand Energy and Climate issues. With EESI’s Four Star rating on Charity Navigator and our status as a Top Rated charity on GreatNonprofits, you can have confidence that your gift will be well spent and make a big difference! Again, our deepest thanks.
Bob Simon, Dir. Senate Energy & Nat. Res. Comm.
Packed house at EESI Congressional briefing
Joanna Lewis, Georgetown prof., at EESI briefing