Wednesday, May 18, 2011
When you call, you probably won't be able to actually speak with your representative. An assistant will probably talk to you and make a note of your conversation. But the more phone calls we can generate, the more interest our representatives will be forced to take in this issue. That's why it is important that you not only make the call, but also convince others to do the same.
Read about how to exert maximum influence here.
Use this PDF page or this letter to give you an idea of what kind of things to tell your representative (if you don't already know what you want to say). Also, here are some PDF documents you can use for talking points:
Energy Independence Myths and Solutions
Economic Impact of the Open Fuel Standard
Environmental Benefits of the Open Fuel Standard
Open Fuel Standard Factsheet
And follow up. This is the most important thing you can do. If you don't get a response within a week, call again. And keep calling until you get a response. You are the constituent. You deserve and should expect a response. You are entitled to hear where your representative stands on this issue.
According to professional lobbyists, this is how things are done. Give your representative a week, and then call back saying, "I haven't heard back from you."
The most important thing we want from our representatives is this: We want them to co-sponsor the bill — The Open Fuel Standard Act of 2011 (H.R. 1687).
If your representative is a co-sponsor, praise and appreciation should be your response. Otherwise, educate your representative on why this bill is so vitally important.
We have advocates in D.C. right now who are visiting our representatives personally, and it makes their visits more productive and more persuasive when the representative they're talking to has heard from his or her constituents (you, for example) about this bill. Your call is not futile. It makes a difference. Call today.
If you'd like to do more, start here: What You Can Do