Subject: Reducing consumption of fuels, reducing emissions.
Dear Senator ______,
Please forgive me for not writing a “formal” letter, but I want to get right to the problem.
- Americans are using too much gasoline.
- Fuel costs make up an increasingly large proportion of Americans’ salaries.
- Americans are spewing pollutants into the atmosphere causing health and environmental problems.
- Americans are wasting untold hours sitting in traffic.
- Run-off from our roads is poisoning our waters.
We need to make use of the technology this country is famous for in order to resolve these problems. More and more Americans work in computer-related jobs. Most of those jobs can probably be done remotely. If more use were made of telecommunication technology we would save millions of dollars in fuel costs, vehicle maintenance expenditures, and infrastructure maintenance. The reduction in the number of vehicles on the roadways would ease congestion, allowing those people who are unable to work remotely to travel more efficiently, saving them money and time. Businesses would save money by being able to rent smaller offices and by reducing their energy needs. Even stress-related illnesses would be reduced. Fewer pollutants would get into our air and water. People could live in one part of the country and work in another, resulting in a greater sense of freedom and a higher quality of life.
In short, “telecommuting” makes sense for individuals, businesses, the environment and the country.
But businesses do not want to embrace telecommunications technology. They seem to have an “if I can’t see you, you’re not working” mentality. They ignore the evidence that indicates that people who work from home offices often work longer hours than those who work in a traditional office do. In a time when every dollar counts, American businesses spend billions on infrastructure that really isn’t needed in the modern world.
As my elected representative, I would like you to see what you can do to change the current state of affairs. I propose that businesses be given incentives so that those employees who can work remotely are encouraged to let their employees do so. American businesses are very slow to change. They need a shove now and then to get them moving into the future. A national telecommuting plan would:
- Save Americans millions or billions of dollars in fuel costs;
- Save Americans millions of dollars in automobile maintenance;
- Reduce the cost of automobile insurance by reducing exposure;
- Reduce the amount of pollutants entering our air and water;
- Reduce health care costs by making the environment less unhealthy;
- Reduce health care costs by reducing the number of collisions on our roadways;
- Reduce the amount of traffic on the roadways allowing road-bound commuters to run their vehicles more efficiently, thus saving fuel and money as well as reducing the impact on the environment;
- Save the states and Federal government millions of dollars on road, bridge and other infrastructure maintenance;
- Save businesses millions or billions of dollars in office expenses, building construction and/or rental, and infrastructure
- Allow Americans to spend more money supporting our economy instead of spending it on gasoline.
With America on the verge of war, this proposal may seem like a small matter. But reducing our dependence on foreign oil seems like the patriotic thing to do. I hope you will make an effort to sponsor a national telecommuting plan.