This is for Nicole and for all of our kids – and theirs to come.

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 06/16/2010 - 14:55.

Dear Friend,

Two days on the Louisiana Gulf Coast last week changed me in profound and gut wrenching ways.

My throat burned and my head foggy and dizzy from the Gulf's toxic fumes, I returned home and shared my pictures and my flip-camera video with my wife, Fran, and 13-year-old daughter, Nicole.

With the horrific images of gooey peanut-butter colored oil, blackened wetlands, oil-soaked dolphins and brown pelicans flashing on the screen, Nicole played the music from the season finale of the popular TV series Glee. And I heard for the first time the show's final song of the year, a slow, soulful, ukulele and guitar-driven version of the classic "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."

The beautiful song and the heartbreaking images blended in tragic irony. I choked up.

Thanks to some quick video editing by our EDF team and to Fox for granting us rights to use the Glee version of "Somewhere," we now have a video I hope will inspire you to keep up constant pressure on our Senators to move a strong clean energy and climate bill this year.

Please watch this amazing video.

Then forward this email to your friends, family, colleagues and anyone else you can think of to help get the message out there: We have a choice. Let's choose a clean energy future.

This is for Nicole and for all of our kids – and theirs to come.

Thank you for your support and activism,
David Yarnold
Executive Director, EDF

    We Have a Choice: Time to Embrace a Cleaner Energy Future

    The BP Oil Disaster and the ecological devastation it has caused present America with a moment of blinding and tragic clarity:

    We must break our addiction to oil and other fossil fuels.

    Please take this opportunity to email your Senators. Urge them to learn from this unprecedented disaster and to wisely lead us in a new direction away from fossil fuels toward cleaner energy alternatives.

    With your help and advocacy, we can deliver this powerful message and turn the Gulf Coast tragedy into the moment when America finally chose to embrace our clean energy future.