Henry Ford Project wrote to his Representative. You can use it as a model for a letter you write to yours. The most powerful form of a letter is handwritten. Here's Mathews' letter:
Monday, July 29, 2013
am writing to you today to ask you to please support the Open Fuel
Standard (H.R. 2493). The Open Fuel Standard (OFS) would require 30
percent of new automobiles in 2015, 50 percent in 2016, and 50 percent
in each subsequent year, to operate on non-petroleum fuels in addition
to or instead of petroleum based fuels.
The OFS would bring
consumer choice to Americans. The vast majority of us presently do not
have a choice to fuel our automobiles. Only gasoline and diesel fuel
are available. The petroleum industry has a monopoly in this country; it
is not a monopoly by one particular oil company as was the case over a
hundred years ago with Standard Oil. No, this is an entire industry
that has the American people in a chokehold.
For one, the
availability of alternative fuels saves money for consumers.
Personally, I use E85 ethanol from Thornton’s gas stations in my home
town. Presently, the price at the pump is $2.79. Have you seen the
average price of gasoline lately? Thornton’s station is the only place I
can go locally to get ethanol for both of my converted cars, both of
which left their respective factories as gas-only vehicles.
primary concern, besides the obvious environmental impact upon the
Earth, is our own national security in the United States. Fuel
competition at the pump will reduce the amount of money going to the
regimes that are hostile to America (and hostile to their own
populations). The world would be better off if those governments didn't
have so much wealth to use to harm or repress others.
Republican representative, you already know the value of having a free
and open marketplace. I am asking you to support the Open Fuel
Standard, H.R. 2493.
Jeffrey J. Mathews
I also wish to thank you for voting to stop the NSA from spying on us
American citizens as if we were all criminals. You tried anyway.