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Tell Congress to vote Yes for President Obama's clean energy budget

In the coming days and weeks, Congress will consider a budget resolution based on President Obama's proposed federal budget for fiscal year 2010. The president's proposal is a blueprint for major visionary investments that would direct billions of dollars toward the development of clean energy technologies and green jobs.

It is particularly important for Congress to pass a budget resolution that reflects the president's commitment to solving global warming. Capping global warming pollution is the cornerstone of the comprehensive effort we need to create jobs, improve our national security and protect our planet. Every year the auction and allocation of global warming pollution permits would generate billions of dollars, which would then be used for middle class tax cuts and clean energy technology research and development.

The president's proposed budget also includes important funding increases across a broad spectrum of environmental programs, many of which were slashed during the Bush administration. Specific proposals include investments in clean energy, clean water and public transportation; increasing the Environmental Protection Agency's budget; and cleaning up the nation's worst hazardous waste sites.

What to do
Send a message urging your senators and representative to vote YES on a budget resolution that provides the resources necessary to cap global warming pollution and invest in clean energy solutions and other environmental priorities.

Pledge to Vote & get FREE 'People Lead (live in Seattle 2007)' download

photos by Tim Hurley- for the Grateful Web

To encourage you to vote on election day, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals is offering up a free download of "People Lead (live in Seattle 2007)" to anyone who completes an online "Pledge to Vote" at www.HeadCount.org. To get the download, all you have to do is go here and make the pledge. History will be made on election day this year. Be a part of it and vote. 

Make The Pledge Here 

Ben Harper to headline Colorado early vote events

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Ben Harper will join with Obama for America and the Colorado Campaign for Change to host early vote events in Boulder and Denver this Saturday.  He'll play a few songs in Denver at Civic Center Park at 12pm and again at UC Boulder's Mary Rippon Theatre at 2pm.  Both events are free and open to the public.

Critical Vote on Clean Energy...Make your voice heard!

gas guzzlers are lame- for the Grateful Web

Next week, the full House of Representatives will vote on an energy bill that will boost the fuel efficiency of new cars for the first time in decades. Then the Senate will cast its vote.

 

Send your members of Congress an email message in support of clean energy right now:

 

The big automakers are going all out to weaken this bill. Your senators and representative need to hear from you this week - BEFORE that bill hits the floor for the decisive vote.

 

It's easy. Just click here and tell them to support a bill ensuring that:

 

* New passenger vehicles get an average of 35 miles per gallon by 2020.

 

* Utilities produce 15 percent of their electricity from

renewable sources by 2020.

 

An energy bill with these two centerpiece provisions will cut America's oil dependence, make a down payment on reducing global warming pollution, and usher in a cleaner energy future.

 

Even if you sent Congress a message about clean energy back in September, please be sure to send another email message at this critical juncture.

 

Your message from back home can do more to counter the auto lobbyists and deliver a clean energy future than any other single weapon we've got.

 

We've waited two decades for Congress to pass legislation that could start breaking the chains of our enslavement to the automakers and Big Oil. We're unlikely to get a second chance for many years to come.

 

Please seize this one chance for a clean energy future. Make your voice heard on Capitol Hill today!

Big vote coming on clean energy bill. Make your voice heard.

Tell the auto industry to improve mpg- for the Grateful Web

An army of auto industry lobbyists is swarming over Capitol Hill.

Their mission? To strangle a clean energy bill in the cradle - before you and I can enjoy better gas mileage and more renewable energy.

Your senators and representative need to hear from constituents like you right now - BEFORE that bill hits the floor for the decisive vote.

Click here to send them email messages in support of clean energy now: http://www.nrdcactionfund.org/clean_energy

Even if you've already called Capitol Hill, please be sure to both of your senators and your representative an email message at this critical juncture.

Your messages from back home can do more to counter the auto lobbyists and deliver a clean energy future than any other single weapon we've got. 

It couldn't be easier to do. With one click on the website you can call on all three of your elected officials to support a clean energy bill ensuring that:

* New passenger vehicles get an average of 35 miles per gallon by 2020.

* Utilities will produce 15 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

An energy bill with these two centerpiece provisions will cut America's oil dependence, make a down payment on reducing global warming pollution, and usher in a cleaner energy future.

Even if you've already called Capitol Hill, please be sure to send both of your senators and your representative an email message at this critical juncture. Click here: http://www.nrdcactionfund.org/clean_energy

We've waited two decades for Congress to pass legislation that could start breaking the chains of our enslavement to the automakers and Big Oil. We're unlikely to get a second chance for many years to come.

Please seize this one chance for a clean energy future. Make your voice heard on Capitol Hill today!

Rock the Vote -- Support John Kerry!!!

Vote For Change -- 2004- for the Grateful Web

In an effort to overturn the current administration and restore democracy to the White House, members of the entertainment industry are going on tour. Stars like Bruce Springteen will be joining the Dixie Chicks, the Dave Matthews Band, R.E.M., Pearl Jam and other pop stars for MoveOn PAC's Vote for Change Tour.

It's no secret, the purpose of this tour is to make John Kerry the next president.

Groups like R.E.M. have always been political. In addition to their support for organizations like Greenpeace, R.E.M. has used their music to make a statement. Albums like "Automatic for the People" and "Life's Rich Pageant" include songs about envronmental issues, homelessness, and government corruption. Pearl Jam has written songs and spoken out against hunger and poverty.

Until we get a new adminstration, none of America's problems either at home or abroad will be addressed. Wages for the average American worker have been steadily declining since Reagan-Bush won the election in 1980. The Republicans have done nothing to stop this, and I think we all realize that giving tax breaks to greedy corporations and the wealthiest Americans will not solve the problem. But maybe Rocking the Vote will.

Musicians have a special interest in politics. As their music conveys a message, protections of civil liberties, such as those guaranteed by the First Amendment, is particularly important. Since we live in an age where Linda Rhondstat can be booed off the stage in a casino in Las Vegas for dedicating a song to Michael Moore, we know that the right to free speech is in jeopardy.

Bruce Springsteen understands the danger of allowing the current administration to stay in power. He was recently quoted: "It's an emergency intervention. We need to get an administration that is more attentive to the needs of all its citizens, that has a saner foreign policy, that is more attentive to environmental concerns."

It's no secret that the current administration is out to serve the interests of big business and the wealthy. George Bush's recent slight against African-Americans did not go unnoticed. He refused to speak to the NAACP. After President Kerry accepted an invitation to address the group, Bush decided to make a speech to the Urban League, an organization comprised primarily of wealthy African-American business owners.

We must put an end to the current administration. They have already stolen one election and threaten to do the same in November. This is not the kind of government that our forefather's envisioned. The government is supposed to be "for the people, of the people, and by the people." Our forefather's wanted a government in which every person's vote counted; not the kind of debacle we saw in the last election in which votes for the Democratic candidate were thrown into dumpsters behind polling stations. Government by the people means that Bush doesn't just get to steal an election because he's got friends in high places. It doesn't mean that Cheney gets to go to war to help Halliburton's bottom line; and it doesn't mean that Republicans get to make decisions that only favor the wealthy.

To make a change you need to get out and vote. And, it does matter who you vote for. You must vote for the Democratic candidate to restore Jeffersonian democracy to America. We can't afford to have votes wasted again on Ralph Nader. Support John Kerry and Rock the Vote!!!

For more information about the MoveOn PAC's Vote for Change Tour, click on the links below:

http://dailytelegraph.news.com.au/story.jsp?sectionid=1267&storyid=1730906

http://netmusiccountdown.com/news/article.php?id=6099

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-05concertsaug05,0,6978264.story?coll=sfla-news-front

http://www.johnkerry.com/front/splash.html

MoveOn.org to host Vote For Change Tour

Get out and VOTE!- for the Grateful Web

Moveonpac.org is hosting a Vote for Change tour this summer.  There's going to be approximately 34 shows in 28 different cities, all of which are in key battle ground states in this year's presidential election.

Vote For Change is a group of musicians brought together by a single idea—the need to make a change in the direction of our country. Dave Matthews and The Dixie Chicks were on The Today Show and both spoke of how their opinions in this year's presidential election were equally important as any other American.  Moreover, they commented if the actor turned President Ronald Regan, why shouldn't present day entertaners have a right to speak their minds?

Artists on the bill for these upcoming shows include: Babyface, Jackson Browne, Bright Eyes, Dave Matthews Band, Death Cab for Cutie, the Dixie Chicks, John Fogerty, Ben Harper, Jurassic 5, Keb' Mo', John Mellencamp, My Morning Jacket, Pearl Jam, Bonnie Raitt, R.E.M., James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and more.

These artists hope to accomplish a single goal through the tour: to get people to the polls on November 2nd.

Visit MoveOnPAC.org for more info and be sure to vote (ideally for Kerry...)