[hreg] URGENT--renewable energy action alert!
- American Solar Energy Society
Solar Action Alert
September 14, 1999
The House of Representatives is preparing to vote on HR 1655, the House
Science Committee's authorization bill for the Department of Energy's
renewable energy and energy efficiency programs. Rep. Mark Udall (D-CO)
unsuccessfully attempted to increase the level of the authorizations
within the House Science Committee. Now that the legislation is coming
up for a full vote of the House, he is once again attempting to raise
the authorization levels closer to those recommended by the
ASES and other renewable energy and energy efficiency organizations
(e.g., Solar Energy Industries Association and the Alliance to Save
Energy) are working with Mr. Udall's office to find Republican sponsors
of the amendment. At this time, however, Mr. Udall is leading the
effort, and the Amendment should be referenced by using his name.
Mr. Udall's amendment would restore approximately $138M to the
Department of Energy authorization. Even at these levels, the FY 2000
authorization would be less than what the President had recommended.
The amendment is reasonable and will not, as some members of Congress
will say, bust the budget. The amendment does, however, reflect the
importance that should be placed upon the continued development and
deployment of clean energy technologies.
Why is the Udall Amendment Important?
The Udall amendment is one of the most important renewable votes of this
legislative season for two reasons:
1. The legislation establishes authorization levels for both FY 2000 and
FY 2001. Lower levels in FY 2000 will automatically transfer into lower
levels for FY 2001.
2. There have been no other opportunities this year to show detractors
in the House just how important renewable energy is to their
constituents and their communities. A strong public outcry for higher
authorization levels will send an important and very loud message to
members of both the House and Senate who say that no one cares about the
development of clean energy alternatives and improvement of the
What Needs to be Done
1. Call, fax or e-mail your Representative, telling them to support the
Udall Amendment to HR 1655.
2. Please contact at least three people in your community asking them to
call, fax or e-mail your Representative telling them that renewable
energy and energy efficiency are, and should remain, national funding
priorities and to support the Udall Amendment.
What is the Message?
There are two elements to the message:
1. Vote yes on the Udall Amendment.
2. Become a co-sponsor of the Amendment.
When Should Contact be Made?
Immediately!!!!! The House is on a very fast track to consider and vote
on HR 1655. There is absolutely no time to lose. The immediacy of the
problem is why ASES is encouraging you to use e-mail, fax and telephone
rather than letters.
To call your Representative through the Capitol Switchboard, dial
202.224.3121. To e-mail, you may use the Web site www.congress.org
(select "Write Congress").