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Michigan LCV and National LCV Launch Ad Campaign to Hold Rep. Mike Rogers Accountable for Opposition to Clean Energy Jobs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Joshua McNeil, (202) 785-8683 or joshua_mcneil@lcv.org April 23, 2009  

As the House Energy & Commerce Committee prepared to vote on a comprehensive clean energy plan, the Michigan League of Conservation Voters (MLCV) and the national League of Conservation Voters (LCV) today launched a pre-emptive campaign against Rep. Mike Rogers for his stated opposition to a new clean energy economy in America. Representative Roy Blunt of Missouri was targeted with a similar campaign earlier in the week.

The nonpartisan campaign is built around a hard-hitting TV ad, “Believe,” which urges people to call on Rep. Rogers to believe in America and our history as a “can-do” nation. Watch “Believe” at www.lcv.org/rogers.

“Standing with Big Oil instead of Michigan voters, Mike Rogers says no to millions of new clean energy jobs, and no to making America a global leader on energy,” LCV President Gene Karpinski said. “Why does he seem to have so little faith in Michigan’s ability to create new energy and new jobs?”

“Michigan workers know what it’s like to have their jobs shift overseas and we won’t let it happen again,” MLCV Executive Director Lisa Wozniak said. “Michigan is ready, willing and able to be at the center of clean, American energy production and we hope that Representative Rogers will start believing in Michigan workers.”

Rep. Rogers is a member of the House Committee on Energy & Commerce, which is set to vote on The American Clean Energy & Security (ACES) Act next week. He has accepted more than $200,000 from the oil and gas industry during his career and now he’s standing up for Big Oil’s interests. He has publicly and repeatedly stated his opposition to this bill on economic grounds, though the Environmental Protection Agency, the Obama Administration and independent studies have shown that investment in clean energy will spark job creation and economic growth.

The American Council on Capital Formation and the National Association of Manufacturers—industry friendly organizations—conducted an analysis of similar legislation and found that it would help create 540,000 new jobs in Michigan by 2030. http://www.peri.umass.edu/emissions

The “Believe” campaign is part of a nonpartisan effort to encourage key Members of the Energy and Commerce Committee to pass the ACES Act in the next few weeks. LCV has created websites focusing on both Democratic and Republican Members of the committee, to highlight each Representative’s actions and statements during the debate on this bill.

The full script for “Believe” is below.

“Believe” – :30 TV

America is a can-do country.

We can create millions of new clean energy jobs and become a global leader in energy technology.

But Mike Rogers says no. No to clean energy. No to millions of new jobs.

At the same time, Rogers has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars from Big Oil – and voted to hold America back.

Call Mike Rogers and tell him it’s time to start believing in America again.


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