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December 5, 2007 - ASCE President David G. Mongan - Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act

December 5, 2007

The Hon. Joseph Lieberman                         The Hon. John Warner
Committee on Environment                          Committee on Environment 
      and Public Works                                       and Public Works
United States Senate                                   United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510                              Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Mr. Chairman:                                     Dear Senator Warner:

I am writing on behalf of the 140,000 members of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to urge the Committee on Environment and Public Works to report favorably on the amendment in the nature of a substitute to be offered to the bill S. 2191 at the markup on December 5.

The Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act of 2007 is one of the most significant pieces of legislation to come before the Committee in nearly 20 years. If enacted, it would fundamentally alter the way in which the United States produces and consumes energy for the rest of this century and beyond. It would reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the benefit of the nation and mankind. ASCE believes Congress must address the problem of climate change as soon as possible. Our policies support enactment of legislation to reduce the major greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change, and the abatement programs contained in the Lieberman-Warner bill offer the best opportunity for Congress to take the lead on this important issue. After years of debate, it is time to act.

If ASCE can be of any assistance to you or the Committee, please do not hesitate to contact Michael Charles, Senior Manager of Government Relations, at (202) 789-7844 or at mcharles@asce.org .

Sincerely yours,

David G. Mongan, P.E., F.ASCE
President

cc: The Hon. Barbara Boxer, Chair, Committee on Environment and Public Works
The Hon. James Inhofe, Ranking Member, Committee in Environment and Public Works