Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 21, 2009

Contact: Patricia Gonzales, 210-922-3118

Texas Voters Support Climate Change Bill According to Survey

WCVI Calls for Congressmen Green and Gonzalez to Vote for Landmark Climate Change Bill

 

San Antonio, TX - The William C. Velasquez Institute (WCVI) recently completed a flash poll of registered voters in Texas Congressional Districts 20 and 29 and the preliminary findings imply strong support for the landmark Climate Change bill, American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACESA). 


WCVI, which held Latino Leadership meetings in San Antonio and Los Angeles on April 25th and in Houston  on May 21st  to discuss this bill, is urging community members to contact Representative Charlie Gonzalez’s and Gene Green’s Offices to support the bill.  As members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, they hold important swing votes, which could be scheduled as soon as today.

 

Further, WCVI, along with other Latino leaders, have formed Tejanos for a Better Future, a coalition of leaders and organizations in San Antonio. Its goal is to promote climate change mitigation and adaptation from a Latino/Hispanic perspective.

 “The climate crisis will disproportionately impact Latinos.  ACESA, now being discussed in Congress will create new economic opportunities for our community through green jobs and a new green economy.” said Antonio Gonzalez, WCVI President.

Preliminary survey data shows 58% of voters support the ACESA.  An overwhelming 87% of voters want to see Texas increase its production and use of renewable energy and 95% want to see the state become more energy efficient.  And finally, 55% of voters believe green house gases can be reduced while creating economic opportunities and jobs at the same time.

 

Added Gonzalez, “The work of Tejanos for a Better Future is very timely with the climate change legislation moving through the US House of Representatives this week.  This bill is vital to our planet and to Latinos, and we have high expectations that Congressmen Gonzalez and Green will support a strong bill that protects the environment and our community.”

 

WCVI plans to hold additional Climate Change briefings in Arizona, California and Texas.  For more information, call 210-922-3118 or visit www.wcvi.org.

 About WCVI

The William C. Velásquez Institute (WCVI) is a tax-exempt, non-profit, non-partisan public policy analysis organization chartered in 1985. The purpose of WCVI is to: conduct research aimed at improving the level of political and economic participation in Latino and other underrepresented communities; To provide information to Latino leaders relevant to the needs of their constituents; To inform the Latino leadership and public about the impact of public policies on Latinos; To inform the Latino leadership and public about political opinions and behavior of Latinos.

 

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