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Correspondence with Senator Lieberman


June 15, 2010

Mr. Alex Majthenyi

Dear Mr. Majthenyi:

Thank you for writing to express your concerns over legislation to address global climate change. I respectfully disagree with your position and view climate change as the most important environmental challenge of our time.

On May 19, 2010, the National Academy of Sciences released a series of reports requested by Congress. The publications describe compelling evidence that climate change is occurring today and will continue into the future, is largely anthropogenic, and poses a serious threat to human health and welfare. However, even if you do not believe in the science of climate change, I hope we can agree that Congress should be working to enact legislation to create new American jobs and establish the United States as the leader in the clean energy economy, increase our national security by putting America on a path toward energy independence, and reduce pollution in order to provide a healthy environment for current and future generations of American citizens. On May 12, 2010, Senator John Kerry (D-MA) and I released a comprehensive energy and climate discussion draft called the American Power Act (APA) that achieves these goals. I am optimistic that the Senate will take up and pass this comprehensive energy and climate legislation this year.

According to a study of the APA by the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the legislation would achieve its goals. The APA would create 203,000 jobs each year for the first ten years of the program. Job creation from new clean energy investment, including nuclear, carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), biofuels, and renewables, equals 308,000 jobs annually. It would reduce oil consumption from 2008 levels by an amount equivalent to 40 percent of total U.S. imports. This reduction in oil consumption would reduce U.S. spending on foreign oil by $93 billion per year. The APA would substantially reduce air pollution from covered sources, resulting in better air and water quality for our citizens. Finally, the legislation would achieve these goals while minimally impacting energy prices for consumers.

Due to the balance the APA strikes between America's business and industrial sectors, national security goals, environmental integrity, and consumer protection, I am proud to say that the APA has been endorsed by a growing and unprecedented coalition of business, national security, faith, and environmental communities. The President has been clear that he wants to sign a comprehensive energy and climate bill this year, and I am energized to work hard to get it done. To learn more about the American Power Act, you can click on http://lieberman.senate.gov/index.cfm/issues-legislation/environment-and-energy/the-american-power-act.

Thank you again for sharing your views and concerns with me. I hope you will continue to visit http://lieberman.senate.gov for updated news about my work on behalf of Connecticut and the nation. Please contact me if you have any additional questions or comments about our work in Congress.

Sincerely,

Joseph I. Lieberman
UNITED STATES SENATOR
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June 15, 2010

Dear Senator Lieberman,

Assuming you are right and Professor Phil Jones, the former director of the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit is wrong, your American Power Act is still a disaster for America. A much simpler and more effective formula would be to tax fossil fuels and subsidize carbon free energy such as water, wind, solar and nuclear.

Your APA bill will cost taxpayer while enriching special interest groups. Al Gore, politicians, scientists and others who have inside information on carbon trading will make a fortune. It will not stop China and others from building coal power plants. It will not reduce pollution. It will move it elsewhere. It will create some jobs but will kill thousands more than it will create.

As a final insult to American taxpayers it will donate our tax money to the same developing nations that received our technology and jobs.

Note on the current gulf disaster.

Our government's reaction is shameful. The Jones act should have been rescinded immediately. The gulf oil moratorium, that may cost us a half million jobs was uncalled for. BP should have been consulted, advised and helped. We need BP's help and money. Threats and insults reduced their value and cash we could have received by 50%

Thank you for supporting Israel,

Alex Majthenyi

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