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To: Board of Aldermen of the City of St. Louis
Take Back St. Louis from Fossil Fuels!
As part of the Take Back St. Louis campaign, we call on the City of St. Louis to end the giving of tax breaks and other public money to fossil fuel corporations and their bankers, lawyers and lobbyists and instead invest in and open land for renewable energy and sustainability initiatives. We must divest our city from fossil fuels and use our taxpayer dollars for a new local green economy.
Why is this important?
We need our city to stop subsidizing the climate crisis. This summer, St. Louis experienced exactly what continued carbon emissions will feel like for our region – triple-digit heat waves and extreme drought. We cannot continue to subsidize the fossil fuel corporations responsible for this crisis.
Right now, the City of St. Louis gives massive tax breaks to giant corporations downtown under the premise that these companies will create jobs, but these corporations usually fail to create what they promise. We’re left with consistent unemployment rates and millions of dollars stolen by these corporations away from the St. Louis Public Schools. These corporations do not need our money. Instead, we need to shift those taxpayer development dollars into renewable energy sources and sustainability initiatives that will create green jobs in a new local, sustainable economy.