WASHINGTON – With the U.S. Senate poised to take up historic clean energy legislation next month, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) today launched a multi-state paid media campaign to hold House members accountable for voting against a comprehensive clean energy bill that will jump-start American’s economy and help create 1.7 million clean energy jobs.* The American Clean Energy & Security Act, which passed the U.S. House in June with bi-partisan support by a margin of 219-212, will help build a clean energy economy, cut our dangerous dependence on foreign oil and reduce harmful global warming pollution.
The ad campaign, which includes both television ads and newspaper ads, targets Reps. Jason Altmire (D-PA), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) and Denny Rehberg (R-MT).
“Shifting U.S. energy production to cleaner, cheaper sources – like the wind and the sun – is fundamental to rebuilding our struggling economy and putting Americans back to work,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “Yet some members of Congress are standing in the way of progress – voting to keep us hooked on the same failed energy policies of the past.”
LCV’s media campaign comes on the heels of news that front groups representing the oil and coal industries are attempting to influence debate over the clean energy bill using questionable – and sometimes fraudulent – tactics. For example, a lobbying firm tied to the coal industry posed as local community groups and sent forged letters to members of Congress asking them to oppose the House energy bill. Additionally, oil companies and their lobbyists have launched a faux grassroots entity under the banner “Energy Citizens” to generate “rallies” against clean energy. As was reported in last week’s New York Times, the oil industry coalition was so desperate to fill its Houston rally that it paid to bus energy company employees from their workplaces to the staged event.
Click on the below links to view the ads:
Altmire newspaper ad (Beaver County Times): http://www.lcv.org/altmire-final.pdf
Blunt television ad (Columbia-Jefferson City, Kansas City and Springfield media markets): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yitrs6vhAJQ
Kirkpatrick newspaper ad (Daily Courier): http://www.lcv.org/kirkpatrick-final.pdf
Rehberg television ad (Billings, Great Falls and Missoula media markets): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwaF0NeW84k
*Center for American Progress & Political Economy Research Institute, http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/06/clean_energy_map.html