1Sky fights for Clean Air Act in climate bill

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Senators are expected to roll out their long-awaited climate and energy package next Monday, and environmental groups are making a last-minute push to make sure the bill maintains one of the landmark laws they fought for more than 40 years ago: the Clean Air Act.

Groups like 1Sky have been holding office "storms" around the country, turning out herds of climate activists in the district offices of senators and House members to push for preservation of the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to regulate carbon dioxide under a climate bill.

1Sky and other environmental groups want to make it clear that the Clean Air Act is non-negotiable.  "We've made it clear that endorsing a Dirty Air Act is not a safe, happy place for triangulation," said Alex Posorske of 1Sky. "Blocking the Clean Air Act is an extreme maneuver and we're showing that people know that and will remember that as we move forward with this debate."

1Sky is putting the pressure on senators to speak up for the Clean Air Act, with targeted "storms" at 16 offices over the past three weeks. They've claimed success with at least one office: Sen. Michael Benett (D-Col.), who said shortly after their visit that he would "strongly oppose efforts to gut the Clean Air Act."

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