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As Congress debates the most important environmental vote in decades, a spirited voice calls us to act.

NRDC President Frances Beinecke writes from the heart and lays out the truth in this timely appeal to conscience.

Inspired by Thomas Paine's revolutionary classic, Common Sense, Beinecke shows how we can secure a clean and sustainable energy future that will help put Americans back to work, reduce our reliance on foreign oil and create a healthier future for ourselves and our children.

"We know what it will take," she writes. "We must find the courage to begin."


What People Are Saying About The Book

Robert Redford
"There are people of good will who hear claims on both sides of the climate change debate and aren't sure what to believe. If that feels familiar, this little book is for you."
From the Foreword by Robert Redford

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