I just got an email from MoveOn.org regarding a “Clean Energy” rally in downtown Ft. Lauderdale on the 19th:
Last year, the biggest oil companies made almost $150 billion in profits—an all-time record.1 But our friends at the Center for American Progress just released a report showing that John McCain wants to give them even more—$39 billion in tax cuts and subsidies.2
It’s a stark choice: we can invest in solar panels on our roofs. Wind farms powering our homes. Plug-in hybrids that use barely any gas. New, green jobs revitalizing our communities. Or we can follow John McCain’s plan, and keep giving billions of our tax dollars to oil companies.
On Tuesday, we’re holding rallies across the country to call for a shift to a clean energy economy—and to make sure voters know John McCain would rather give our tax dollars to help Big Oil than invest in cheap, clean alternatives to oil.
We’ve invited the media, and we need a good crowd. Can you make it? Here’s all the info:
Host: Rae T—fellow MoveOn member
Where: Federal Courthouse Bld, Broward & 3rd (in Fort Lauderdale)
When: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008, at 5:00 PM
Here’s the link to RSVP:
John McCain plans to continue supporting Big Oil profits over clean energy progress—and that’s a fact that voters need to hear. And nothing is more powerful than information about how an issue affects you, in your own backyard.
At the rally, we’ll release powerful new data for Florida showing how many millions of our state tax dollars McCain would funnel to Big Oil, and just what that money could do if we used it locally on new clean energy projects. How many windmills. How many houses we could weatherize. How much of an investment we could make in geothermal energy. How many jobs we’d create.
Right now, before the major campaign ad spending starts, may be our last chance to help people see through the rhetoric to the truth: John McCain is on Big Oil’s side, not ours. We can have a clean energy future—but not if we elect a candidate who’s committed to the policies of the past.
To get the word out, we need a big, enthusiastic crowd. Will you come? Click here to RSVP:
Thank you for all you do.
–Noah, Stephen, Anna, Lenore and the rest of the team
1. “Big Oil Earned $236 Per American Driver In The Last Year,” Center for American Progress Action Fund, July 31, 2008
2. “The True Cost of McCain’s Oil Industry Subsidies for Every State,” Center for American Progress Action Fund, August 11, 2008
It’s no secret that I’m a little bit of a tree hugger/granola eater and over the last few months my inner hippie has been shining through…maybe a little too brightly for my husbands tastes, but that’s alright. I do have a personal war against big oil right now. Do you realize that oil is in just about everything? It’s even in plastic – like the plastic water bottles that everyone drinks out of these days. I’m just sick of oil and our dependency on it for everything, which includes our dependency on these volatile middle east nations who control all of the oil.
Anyway, before I get too carried away here, I think I’m going to go participate in the rally. And then I’m going to go to Staci’s gold party and sell some gold and make some money.