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Why is the Chamber Saying No to Clean Energy Jobs?

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is opposed to the two most important tools we need to build the clean energy future — the American Clean Energy and Security Act and the Employee Free Choice Act. We need to shift U.S. energy production toward cleaner, cheaper sources like wind and solar and give workers the tools they need to make sure the clean energy economy is one that works for everyone.

Please take a moment to write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper expressing why the Chamber needs to stop blocking the clean energy future.

1. Find your local paper, or search online by the name of your paper.

2. Use our sample letter to get started. Be sure to personalize your letter!

3. Check out our tips below on how to write an effective LTE.

4. Report back! Let us know you sent your letter by filling out our form below.


Sample Letter:

Dear Editor,

As Americans face rising unemployment and the threat of global warming, Congress must take action now to pass clean energy legislation that will create good jobs, reduce carbon emissions and slash our dependence on oil.

However, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce opposed the American Clean Energy and Security Act, which will create millions of jobs building the clean energy economy.

Rather than fighting important efforts like clean energy legislation and the Employee Free Choice Act — legislation that will allow workers the choice to form a union — the Chamber of Commerce should be working to create good jobs in the clean energy economy.

We need solutions now that create jobs, fight global warming and reduce our dependence on oil — which is why it’s so important to pass comprehensive clean energy and climate change legislation now.

Report Back:

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How to Write an Effective Letter to the Editor:

 Put your full first and last name, address, phone and/or fax numbers (day and evening) and your e-mail address at the top of the letter.

Most publications will want to call the writer to confirm authenticity: (i.e. that you are using your correct name, not a phony name, and that you did in fact write the letter).

  Be Brief — State your position as succinctly as possible without eliminating necessary detail. Keep your paragraphs short. Long rambling sentences and digressions will cause people to lose interest quickly. Stick to one subject.

 Don't forget to proofread and spellcheck! If your paper requires a typed letter be sure to double space.

 Know your paper — Most papers' length limit for a letter to the editor (LTE) is around 250 words. Stick to this so an editor does not cut out the important points of your letter. You can usually find a paper's guidelines on the letters page of their website.

 For more info, check out our LTE guide. pdf

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