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For Immediate Release:
November 5, 2009

Contact: David Willett, 202-675-6698


Senate Bill Moves Forward
New Ads Continue Heat on House Members Who Opposed Clean Energy

Statement of Carl Pope, Sierra Club Executive Director on the reporting of the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act (see below for links to new ads):

"The Sierra Club is pleased that Chairwoman Boxer and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee reported out the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act today. This is an important step toward a clean energy economy that works for everyone. It makes America more energy independent creating new jobs with safer, cleaner energy sources that are made in America and work for America."

"We are distressed that the Republican Senators on the committee were unwilling to even sit down and discuss this important plan for less pollution, more jobs and greater security.Polluters like Oil and Coal are spending tens of millions of dollars to stand in the way of progress. It appears that the Senators who boycotted these meetings have sided with those special interests."

"Fortunately a bipartisan group of Senators led by John Kerry and Lyndsay Graham are working together to find constructive ways to keep this effort moving forward. We look forward to working with that group to finish a bill that will build our clean energy economy, and not let polluters get away with their dirty business-as-usual ways."

Also today, as part of a coalition effort the Sierra Club helped to launch a major television ad campaign targeting members of the House of Representatives in six states—Missouri, Nebraska, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Montana.  The new 30-second TV spot, “Stain,” highlights the cash from Big Oil and other special interests taken by Members who voted against the American Clean Energy & Security Act, a comprehensive clean energy and climate plan that will put America back in control of our economy, our security, and the future of our planet. 

Specifically, Sierra Club is sponsoring ads highlighting the votes of Reps. John Boehner and Michele Bachmann. They will be running in-district for two weeks. 

The ads are available at Sierra Club's youtube channel. 

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