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Dirty Energy Hunt: Your impact on Capitol Hill (UPDATED)


Dirty Energy Hunt: Your impact on Capitol Hill (UPDATED)

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UPDATE: The Murkowski Resolution was just defeated in the Senate 47-53. Thanks to all of you who made it possible!

By 1Sky policy fellow Gabriel Elsner. -- Luis

The BP Gulf Disaster began 51 days ago, and the oil spewing from the ocean floor continues unabated. Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., the dirty energy industry is trying to pass Senator Murkowski's (R-AK) "Dirty Air Act.” Senate Joint Resolution 26 will be voted on later today; if enacted, it would increase our reliance on oil by 1.8 billion barrels (.pdf) and allow the dirtiest coal plants to continue spewing dangerous carbon pollution. In other words, today may prove to be the biggest vote on climate change and energy in 2010.

Over the past few months, 1Sky has been fighting to protect the Clean Air Act. 1Sky supporters visited their local coal plant, oil refinery, or BP station as part of our Dirty Energy Hunt to highlight the impact of dirty energy in their communities. Our supporters sent us incredible images of children and grandparents, parents and pets, in front of energy facilities that cause asthma, cancer, and other illnesses. Here's a slideshow we've put together:

We collected these photos to show the Senate that the Clean Air Act is valuable and protects constituents from the worst impacts of our fossil fuel addiction. The 1Sky Policy Team spent the past few days on Capitol Hill hand-delivering these powerful images (.pdf) to senators.

On Tuesday, we sent emails to all of our supporters with a call to action: call or write your senators to ensure they protect the Clean Air Act and reduce our dependence on dirty energy. Thanks to the dedication of our supporters, we saw Senate staff frantically picking up phones that were ringing off the hook while visiting their offices. The messages on the line were overwhelmingly opposed to Senator Murkowski’s bailout of big oil and coal companies.

Our continued pressure today and over the next few months is critical to stop the dirty energy industry and move towards a clean energy economy.

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