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Hey, I just wanted to call and say how important it is to me that YOUR REPRESENTATIVE OR SENATOR is taking climate change seriously. I know we've got a chance right now to set targets, like getting an 80% decrease in emissions by 2030 and investing a lot in new and existing technologies.

Anything that YOUR SENATOR OR REPRESENTATIVE can do to make this a reality really matters so much, and I appreciate it.

IF THEY ASK FOR MORE INFORMATION (sometimes you get a real person)

I just know that the budget reconciliation bill is one of our last chances to pass meaningful laws that will affect our impact on the climate. Anything to spur investment in clean energy, carbon capture, or energy storage is really important. But most importantly, we need to see real, ambitious targets for decreasing carbon emissions.
Alright, so I just made this 16 minute long video on vlogbrothers but I--there's something important to talk about here that I didn't want to have inside that frame, which was like, here's this--here's like, the tools.  That's the only thing I wanted that video to do, and I wanted it to be largely useful for an international audience, because something like 40% of the viewers of vlogbrothers are not from America, but for us American citizens, this is a kind of important moment.  

So here's what--here's the thing to understand.  The number one thing to understand is like, probably Democrats won't control the Presidency, the House, and the Senate in--after the midterm elections.  Like, it's very likely that we--that there will not be Democratic control of the House and so it will just be harder to get anything done, and then, you know, oftentimes those--these like, sort of like waves of transitions last a pretty long time, and so it may be that there will be another decade before we have this level of consolidation of Democratic control in Congress and that is the thing, at the moment at least, that it feels like is necessary for climate change legislation, like, legislation focused on really decreasing the amount of carbon in the atmo--that the US releases into the atmosphere.  It seems very necessary, given the state--This doesn't have to be the case, there are lots of conservative cases for climate plans.  That's just not the situation we are in.  

It's become very partisan.  It's become really cultural rather than anything to do with reality.  There's like--it sucks.  So if that doesn't change, and it--maybe it will and there will be conservatives who are like, oh fuck, like, we need to do something, and it makes sense that there would be because oh fuck, right?  But, that's not where we're at right now, it doesn't seem like, but maybe we will--but if that doesn't happen, then it might be like a decade.  If we don't do this right now, if we don't get it done now, it might be a decade before there's another chance and that's a decade literally that takes us to 2030, which is too long.  It is much too long.

So that's the situation we're in.  We kind of have to do it now.  Here's how we're trying to do it, and it's really the only way that it can happen.  So there--traditional law at the moment in the US requires 60 votes in Congress to overcome what's called the filibuster.  It would normally be 50-50, but then there's this thing called the filibuster where people can just stand up on a stage and talk until the bill doesn't go through, unless you can override the filibuster with an extra 10 votes.  So we're--we've done that, it looks like, though there's still like, process involved, with the infrastructure bill.  We've overcome that threshold.  This is a $1.2 trillion bill and it's a normal bill that requires you to get over that threshold, and it has some climate provisions in it.  It has some investment in it, but it's not like a climate bill.

So there's that big thing, that's happened, but then there's this other kind of bill, it's not even a bill, it's budget reconciliation, but it is a way that you can pass--there are laws in it, and (?~3:20) I mean, I don't know, I don't understand this that much, but here's like the basics of how I understand it.  Budget reconciliation is basically how are we going to make and spend money, it's just like--and so, when you're like, oh, here's some ways we can make money and spend money.  One way is that we could create basically a set of fines that prevent fossil fuel companies from releasing (?~3:47)