If there's one thing Representative Ed Markey and rapper and one-hit-wonder Biz Markie have in common, it's their shared interest in climate legislation. (If there are two things, it might be a shared interest in climate legislation and names that sound quite similar.)
As the chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, Markey's a leading voice in Congress on climate and environmental issues, co-sponsoring 2009's American Clean Energy and Security Act, and recently declaring April Fuels' Day.
Teaming up with the Alliance for Climate Protection's Repower America campaign just in time for Earth Day, Biz Markie has re-released his iconic 1989 hit, "Just a Friend," with new lyrics on climate change and clean energy that explicitly ask the Senate for a bill.
"So I went to the Senate, asked for real change But when I sprung the question, they acted real strange
All we need is a clean energy law
But all they're just hearing is 'blah blah blah'"
Those who are moved by these rhymes can submit their own rendition of the new lyrics on YouTube by April 18 and enter it in Repower America's Earth Day remix.
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