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Press Release

    May 25 Day of Action to Stop EPA Power Grab

    05/21/2010

    Thank you for helping to support the Murkowski Resolution of Disapproval - a resolution that would stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from pursuing its backdoor cap and trade schemes. Your help - sending emails, making phone calls - on behalf of the resolution has brought the roster of bipartisan cosponsoring Senators up to 41. Now, we're asking you to take action again to push the Murkowski Resolution across the finish line.

    That's why we're declaring Tuesday, May 25 a Day of Action to Stop the EPA.

    A vote on the Senate floor could come very soon and it is important that our efforts these past months not be in vain. On Tuesday, please plan to set aside a little time to help protect our economy from the damaging regulations of the EPA.

    Late last year, the EPA issued an "endangerment finding" that allowes the agency to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, which was designed to regulate specific pollutants, rather than something as common as carbon dioxide. Sen. Murkowski (R-AK) has introduced a resolution of disapproval to keep the EPA from leapfrogging Congress with it's own regulations that would be administered by a vast, unelected bureacracy. The economic effects of new EPA regulations could be devastating, slowing the economy and sending more jobs overseas to escape the high costs.

    With our economy in a slump and continuing high unemployment, we can't afford the added costs of more regulations and new energy taxes. High energy costs affect everything from heating our homes, the daily commute, the cost of food and shipping. Unfortunately, is the poor who can't absorb these higher costs the hardest and it's the energy producing and agriculture states that could suffer the most. Senator Murkowski's resolution needs our support to keep these sweeping powers out of the EPA's control.

    Please join us on Tuesday, May 25 for our Day of Action to Stop the EPA. On Tuesday, we need to send a loud, clear message all at once to our Senators to support the Murkowski Resolution. Here are the three things we need to do:

    1. Visit your Senator's local district office. Senators recognize that you are taking time out of your day to travel to their office and make your voice heard. For many, that is no small sacrifice. That is why it means a great deal for you to show up in person, simply express your position to a staff member, and thank them for their time.

    If you make a visit to a local district office, please email us a picture and update about your visit. We'll send you a "Take America Back 2010" T-shirt and bumper sticker. Visit the Action Center for more information.

    2. Call your Senator's district office and urge them to vote "Yes" on the Murkowski Resolution.
    Oftentimes, hearing from people locally can help your message stand out, rather than getting lost in all the hustle and bustle of the DC office. Visit the Action Center for more information including a list of phone numbers and talking points.

    3. Write a letter to the editor of your local paper. Congressmen read their local papers, so you have the added benefit of reaching them as well as educating other readers. A short, two paragraph letter is all that is needed. Visit the Action Center for a sample.

    Altogether, these actions shouldn't take a long time - but together, they can make a very big impact. A few weeks ago, on April 24, citizens in South Carolina gathered outside Senator Graham's district offices all at the same time to protest his support of the Kerry-Lieberman-Graham Cap and Trade Bill. Soon after, he backed away from his bill. It's clear that working together and coordinating our efforts can amplify our voices.

    Whether you take action as a group, or visit and call as an individual, acting together we will certainly be hard to miss. Please spread the word and get ready to Stop the EPA on Tuesday.