Yesterday, Wednesday, October 28, volunteers walked business-to-business in Uptown, giving out treats and asking owners and managers of local shops to support their “clean energy trick-or-treat” by taking two actions – displaying a sign, and signing a letter in support of clean energy legislation currently under consideration in the U.S. Senate.
Above volunteer Bonnie Frye Hemphill, right, and an Uptown business owner sign the letter to the Senators in front of the clean energy jobs sign displayed in Caffe Ladro’s front window. (Photo courtesy of Kristin Anderson at Climate Solutions).
The window signs read “We Support Clean Energy Jobs” and were placed in 30 stores throughout the neighborhood during the campaign yesterday. Of these businesses, 14 owners and managers also added their signatures to a letter urging passage of the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act to Washington State U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell.
This act would reduce global warming pollution 20 percent by the year 2020, while also investing in new renewable energy installations, setting a national renewable energy standard, strengthening energy efficiency laws and promoting research in new energy technologies. The U.S. Senate began hearings on the legislation this week, meanwhile the coalition letter has been passed around and signed by hundreds of businesses nationwide.
“It’s just so important that our Senators know that businesses right here in Washington want clean energy,” campaign volunteer Emily Dreisbach said in a press release. “It’s not just the big wind and solar companies. We all know this is urgent – for the economy and for the environment.”