Great Lakes Rep. Marcy Kaptur is reported to be leaning toward voting “no” tomorrow on the America’s Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES), but she remains officially undecided. Ohio has been the focus for opponents of the legislation that would do much to help contain climate change in the Great Lakes and pay for restoration projects while providing new jobs. Perhaps, Rep. Kaptur has not heard how the bill would help the lakes and therefore her very district.
Rep. Kaptur was one of the ten Ohio lawmakers called into a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to discuss the bill. Other Ohio lawmakers who attended and are still on the fence include Reps. Steve Driehous, and Charlie Wilson, Marcia Fudge and Mary Jo Kilroy and John Boccieri. Ohio is a big coal state and suffers from 11 percent unemployment – they have been the target of lobbying efforts by the coal and utility lobbyists.
If Kaptur is your Rep or if you are a Buckeye please call the Capitol Switchboard 202-224-3121 and ask for her office and let her know that as a constituent you support the bill because it will help restore the Great Lakes and provide new jobs.