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LCV Launches Digital Ad Campaign Following House Votes on Clean Power Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Seth Stein, (202) 454-4573 or seth_stein@lcv.org

December 7, 2015  

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) today launched a $15,000 Facebook ad campaign holding members of Congress accountable for their votes last week on the Congressional Review Act resolutions of disapproval that would permanently block the Clean Power Plan, S.J. Res. 23 & 24. The ads thank Reps. Bob Dold (R, IL-10), Paul Tonko (D, NY-20), Kathy Castor (D, FL-14), Ted Lieu (D, CA-33), Frank Pallone (D, NJ-6) and Hank Johnson (D, GA-4) for voting against both pieces of legislation. The ads criticize Reps. Brad Ashford (D, NE-2), Frank Guinta (R, NH-1), Bruce Poliquin (R, ME-2), Mike Coffman (R, CO-6), Dave Reichert (R, WA-8), and Cresent Hardy (R, NV-4) for voting for both pieces of legislation. The Facebook ads are targeted to their respective districts and will run for over one week.

“These votes were an opportunity to take a stand to meet the challenge of climate change head on and put the health of our families ahead of polluters’ profits,” said Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters. “With the momentum behind the international climate negotiations in Paris, this was nothing more than a last-ditch attempt to undermine the negotiations, and it will ultimately fail. These bills were a desperate and reckless effort to deny the American people the public health and economic benefits of the Clean Power Plan.  Fortunately, the president has already made clear he will veto them.”

On August 3rd, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the Clean Power Plan, the first national limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants. At the same time, the EPA released the final carbon pollution reduction standards for new and modified power plants. Power plants are the single largest source of carbon pollution in the United States, and these safeguards are the single biggest step we have ever taken to combat climate change. Furthermore, carbon pollution is a public health concern and damages our economy. The Clean Power Plan has been embraced by a broad and diverse set of stakeholders—including utilities, public health experts, clean energy advocates and others. 

On November 17th, the Senate voted on and passed two Congressional Review Act resolutions of disapproval, S.J. Res. 23 and S.J. Res. 24, that would not only block these common sense carbon pollution standards, but prevent the EPA from ever issuing “substantially similar” rules in the future. On December 1st, the House of Representatives voted on and passed both S.J. Res. 23 and S.J. Res. 24. Reps. Bob Dold (R, IL-10), Paul Tonko (D, NY-20), Kathy Castor (D, FL-14), Ted Lieu (D, CA-33), Frank Pallone (D, NJ-6) and Hank Johnson (D, GA-4) voted NAY on both. Reps. Brad Ashford (D, NE-2), Frank Guinta (R, NH-1), Bruce Poliquin (R, ME-2), Mike Coffman (R, CO-6), Dave Reichert (R, WA-8), and Cresent Hardy (R, NV-4) voted YAY on both. 

This follows another LCV ad campaign launched before Thanksgiving, holding Senators accountable for their votes in favor of these resolutions.

View the ad thanking Rep. Bob Dold (R, IL-10) here.

View the ad thanking Rep. Paul Tonko (D, NY-20) here.

View the ad thanking Rep. Kathy Castor (D, FL-14) here.

View the ad thanking Rep. Ted Lieu (D, CA-33) here.

View the ad thanking Rep. Frank Pallone (D, NJ-6) here.

View the ad thanking Rep. Hank Johnson (D, GA-4) here.

View the ad criticizing Rep. Brad Ashford (D, NE-2) here.

View the ad criticizing Rep. Frank Guinta (R, NH-1) here.

View the ad criticizing Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R, ME-2) here.

View the ad criticizing Rep. Mike Coffman (R, CO-6) here.

View the ad criticizing Rep. Dave Reichert (R, WA-8) here.

View the ad criticizing Rep. Cresent Hardy (R, NV-4) here.

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