Here is what I wrote (and despite the rhetorical flourishes, I really do believe it):
Your State Senator, [Sen. X], will be voting on Renewable Energy Provisions (SB 173) this Friday during a committee meeting. This bill sets a target for 25% of our energy in Utah to come from renewable sources by 2025. Can you please contact Sen. Fife and urge him to vote for SB 173?
Below is a sample message you can use, and here is Sen. [X's contact info [find it yourself at the Utah State Senate site.]
Make sure to say you are his constituent and to vote “Yes on SB 173, Renewable Energy Provisions.” Here is a sample message/e-mail note:
Subject: From Constituent: Vote Yes on SB 173, Renewable Energy Provisions
Body: Dear Sen. X,
As your constituent, I ask that you please vote “yes” on SB 173, Renewable Energy Provisions. I believe this is the bill Utah needs to develop the clean energy resources we have in our state. SB 173 creates a market for renewable energy to attract the clean energy jobs and investment now flowing into other western states. Renewable energy is already economical to conventional sources and this bill would protect ratepayers should it ever prove to be too costly.
Thanks again for contacting your state senator. For more information about the bill, visit our website: http://www.healutah.org/files
/RealMcCoy.pdf. Feel free to contact me with any questions or if you get back a response.
Dear Senator [X],
As your constituent, I ask that you please vote "yes" on SB 173, Renewable Energy Provisions and to encourage your fellow State Senators to join you. This is the bill Utah needs to develop clean energy resources. SB 173 creates a market for renewable energy, attracting clean energy jobs and investment now flowing into other western states. Renewable energy is already more economical than conventional sources, and this bill would protect ratepayers in the unlikely event that renewable energy ever prove to be too costly.
Support of renewable energy is a means of ensuring that we will be able to pass on to future generations a livable and sustainable world. Ultimately, it is up to us all to ensure that our progeny, both distant and immediate will be able to live in the Utah that wise-minded people like my ancestors (pioneers of 1847) left. In their brief respite on Earth, they planned a community that was sustainable and passed it on to their children. I fear that the road we travel down now is ignoring their essential wisdom and common sense about how to live in a place like Utah and flourish, for the sake of "convenience" and, I hate to say, greed.
Senator Fife, I am a proud Utahn, the scion of pioneer stock, and I feel SB 173 is essential to our future.
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States, The Universe 84109
Love the pioneer rhetorical connection--very savvy and very true.ReplyDelete
"scion of pioneer stock"? Sounds like something you add to a soup base. Overall, a very effective letter.ReplyDelete