House Finds 14th Forged Letter on Climate Bill

Created: September 10, 2009 16:34 | Last updated: July 31, 2020 00:00

Yet another letter to Congress opposing the Waxman-Markey climate bill has been revealed to be a fake. The letter, the 14th confirmed forgery, claims to be from an American Legion post in Rocky Mount, Va.

The letter was sent to Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.), who has thus far confirmed that his office received 10 fake letters. Pennsylvania Democratic Reps. Kathy Dahlkemper and Chris Carney also received forged letters. Other letters have claimed to be from minority groups, senior groups, and a women’s educational group.

The latest letter also appears to be from Bonner & Associates, the consulting firm subcontracted by the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. Bonner & Associates has thus far claimed that the forgeries were the work of a single rogue employee. With this many confirmed forgeries, it must have been a busy rogue employee.

Here’s the meat of the latest letter:

As veterans, members of my post have been willing to put our lives on the line to defend our country. Energy independence is important to American national security. Half of our nation’s electricity comes from coal, the cheapest power for creating electricity. America has enough coal right here in the continental US to last for more than 200 years. We need to use our readily available resources and focus on using new technologies to make coal more effiecient, therefore reducing greenhouse gases.

In our state there are over 10,000 jobs from coal, and 49% of electricity comes from coal. Please use your position to protect these jobs, establish America’s energy independence and encourage new cleaner technologies for coal use. Please make sure the Waxman-Markey bill includes provisions to promote American energy independence while protecting already cash-strapped constituents from increases in electricity prices.