LCV and Climate Power Announce Climate Action Now: Great American Build August Tour 

Courtnee Connon, courtnee_connon@lcv.org, 727-744-4163 | Jason Phelps, jason@climatepower.us, 651-274-9417

More than 31 events, many with members of Congress, and 13 new TV ads in key states and congressional districts across the country

Washington, D.C. — Today, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) and Climate Power announced a multi-state tour in August — the Climate Action Now: Great American Build Tour — which will feature events ranging from clean energy facility visits, to art activations, to community gatherings that bring attention to the opportunity to invest in clean energy jobs and take immediate climate action. The groups will hold at least 31 events this month, many with members of Congress, across the country in coordination with LCV’s state affiliates and partners. Some of the places where key events will take place include Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, New Hampshire, and Nevada. 

Additionally, Climate Power and LCV released the first spots in the next round of television, digital, billboard, and print ads in key states and congressional districts to elevate the importance of members of Congress fighting for clean energy jobs. Over August recess, Climate Power and LCV will be spending over $10 million on paid ads. This comes on top of the $10 million paid media campaign the organizations announced in early July.   

“From devastating heat, fires, droughts, storms and floods to long-standing environmental and racial injustice and economic inequality, it’s never been more urgent or more important to act on climate at the scale that science and justice require,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “We are out of time, and LCV is all in to help ensure that Congress moves swiftly on a dual track to deliver transformative investments in climate, justice, and jobs. We know this is widely supported by voters across the country, so August is about mobilizing that support and building momentum for this once in a generation opportunity.” 

“The climate crisis is real, it’s here, and we have the workforce to fix it,” said Lori Lodes, Executive Director of Climate Power. “In every corner of America people are ready to build a nation powered by clean energy and fix the damage that’s been done by fossil fuel companies in neighborhoods for decades. We can make our homes more affordable through energy efficiency, use innovation to make batteries for a new generation of cars cheaper, and repair lands gutted by oil, gas, and coal communities by turning them into parks, schools, and businesses. Throughout the next month we will bring Americans together to discuss, rally, and call for elected officials to take climate action. Immediately. This is the moment to build the momentum for Congress to get serious by putting resources behind the American worker and frontline communities so we can overcome the climate crisis and have a stronger nation because of it.”

Events with Members of Congress Across the Country to Build Momentum for Climate Action

The groups are creating a hub for events at TheGreatAmericanBuild.com. August events include:

August 3

Washington Conservation Voters held a digital #ClimateRecovery town hall with Rep. Susan DelBene (WA-01) yesterday. 

August 5

Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania and state and local elected officials hold a press event at a community solar array to discuss what bold action on climate would look like for Western Pennsylvanians.

August 5

As part of their Summer 2021 Road Tour, Montana Conservation Voters will be at Katabatic Brewery Company in Livingston to educate and engage members of the community. There will be additional stops in Great Falls and Whitefish later in the month.

August 11

New York League of Conservation Voters, Rep. Paul Tonko (NY-20), and labor partners are hosting a policy round table focused on lead service line remediation funding.

August 18 

North Carolina Conservation Voters, AFL-CIO, and Rep. Kathy Manning (NC-06) are hosting a press conference highlighting the ThomasBilt’s Jouley electric bus model, which includes union labor manufacturing. 

August 25

Wisconsin Conservation Voters and Blue Green Alliance will hold a press conference with Rep. Gwen Moore (WI-04) highlighting Walnut Way, a local clean energy and lead abatement job training program. 

New ads to Blanket Key States and Congressional Districts

As the House and Senate work to finalize the bipartisan infrastructure deal and a separate reconciliation package that voters expect will center bold clean energy and climate investments, the Great American Build campaign will continue advertising in key states with new ads thanking representatives for fighting for climate action and clean energy jobs and encouraging them to finish the job. 

Sample TV ads:

WATCH: “Let’s Finish the Job” (Rep. Elissa Slotkin, MI-08)

WATCH: “Let’s Finish the Job” (Rep. Elaine Luria, VA-02)

Ads will air in nine states and 13 congressional districts, including:

  • AZ-01 (O’Halleran)
  • GA-06 (McBath)
  • GA-07 (Bourdeaux)
  • IA-03 (Axne)
  • MI-08 (Slotkin)
  • MI-11 (Stevens)
  • MN-02 (Craig)
  • NV-03 (Lee)
  • NV-04 (Horsford)
  • NH-01 (Pappas)
  • NJ-03 (Kim)
  • VA-02 (Luria)
  • VA-07 (Spanberger)

Today’s announcement builds on a historic summer of action across the country and in D.C. In July, Climate Power and LCV launched a $10 million paid media campaign on TV, print and digital focused on 23 Members of Congress across 16 states to highlight the benefits of clean energy jobs as part of the Great American Build campaign. The first round of ads ran this month in both English and Spanish in key states and districts. LCV alone has held 40 state events with members of Congress since May.  In June, LCV launched an $8 million field organizing effort with 15 new offices across 8 states (AZ, GA, MI, NV, NH, NJ, PA, VA) to build support for Congressional action on climate. And last week in D.C., Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Schumer joined LCV, Climate Power and other environmental champions outside the Capitol to reiterate their commitment to act on climate at the scale that science and justice require.

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