Writing a letter to the editor in your local newspaper can help others understand energy issues. Your opinions help shape our movement and so when you send your letter, please also send us a copy —we would love to read it. And, if your letter is published, please let us know.
- Word count: A letter to the editor is normally between 150 and 200 words.
- How to submit: These can be submitted as a handwritten letter or on the newspaper website. It is a good idea to check the newspaper website to find out how they want to receive the letter.
- Tone: Letters are more likely to be published if they constructively add to the debate so stay focused on sharing facts and personal anecdotes about the issue and how it affects you.
Writing your letter
Describe your perspective:
- Some publications have this as part of the letter, and some include it at the bottom.
- E.g., “As a mom of two, energy costs are important to me.”
Try to tie your opinion to a recent news event or article that has been covered by that paper:
- A letter to the editor is more likely to get published if it is linked to a recent story or news event.
- E.g., “In response to R.E. Citizen’s letter ‘The High Cost of Shuttering New York’s Southern Tier,”, I’d like to say that I couldn't agree with him more.”
Be the reporter of your opinion:
- Tell the editor what you think about the issue and your suggested solution. Expand on your opinion to the extent you think is necessary—but keep it as short as possible.
- E.g., “There should be no glee over shutting down our Gulf energy production. This misguided decision hurts workers, families, and U.S. energy security.”
- Remember to include your name and any affiliations.
- Example: Mary Brown,Owner of Brown’s Florist, Member of [town] Chamber of Commerce,Energy Citizen