1Sky August recess activities covered in New York Times

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Environmental activists are ratcheting up the pressure this summer on senators who punted on a sweeping climate and energy bill despite slim chances that broad legislation will pass this year.

Now, organizers are zeroing in on moderate Democrats from the Midwest as well as moderate Republicans, said Adi Nochur, partnerships coordinator at 1Sky. Maine Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins and Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts will likely be among the Republican lawmakers targeted by activists.

Advocates will also be pressing lawmakers to fend off attempts to hamstring U.S. EPA's efforts to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, said Nochur. "We definitely see defending the Clean Air Act as a critical piece of our efforts moving forward," he said, and activists will be asking elected officials this month whether they will oppose measures to block EPA.

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