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Senate stalled again on climate -- but we're not giving up (VIDEO)

27
Apr

Senate stalled again on climate -- but we're not giving up (VIDEO)

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Senators John Kerry (MA), Lindsey Graham (SC) and Joe Lieberman (CT) had committed to releasing the outline of their long-awaited climate bill yesterday. Instead, the release has been delayed due to ongoing partisan disputes in Congress.

Rumors of concessions to the fossil fuel industries in the Kerry-Graham-Lieberman bill -- especially the potential gutting of the Clean Air Act -- are deeply troubling. But we have remained engaged in working to improve it because the bill would put a cap on global warming pollution in this country for the first time. Every delay on this climate bill means less time to tackle the climate crisis and get our country on the road to recovery with an economy powered by clean, renewable energy.

Meanwhile, the Clean Air Act, the best tool we have right now to cut climate pollution, is under intense attack from Dirty Coal, Big Oil and their allies in Congress. A slew of bills that we call the "Dirty Air Acts" have been introduced to weaken the Clean Air Act's ability to crack down on the biggest polluters, especially dirty coal power plants.

Let me be clear: whether we have a climate bill this year or not, we must keep the Clean Air Act strong.

That's why 1Sky partnered with other organizations and activists over the past month to organize 17 Senate and 16 House office "Storms" (unannounced group visits) from Oregon to Maine and everywhere in between. These Storms generated nationwide press coverage and nailed down firm commitments from lawmakers like Sen. Michael Bennet (CO) and Rep. Mark Schauer (MI) to fight back against any attempts to weaken the Clean Air Act. Here's our new video about the Storms, and you can also read about some of the Storms on our blog.

Looking ahead, we've got exciting plans and we need your help to make them happen:

  • May: Dirty Fuel Hunt: Find out who the biggest emitters of global warming pollution are in your area to highlight our current dependence on dirty energy;
  • June and July: Green Jobs Hunt: Help us map out the green economy in your community and collect success stories;
  • August: Congressional Recess Meetings: Visit your representatives' offices in your district and state to talk about clean energy;
  • September: Energy Efficiency Canvas: Talk to your neighbors about the millions of federal dollars available for greening projects and how they can benefit from them;
  • October: 10/10 Public Events: A day of work to build the green economy of the 21st century.

We'll keep you posted on the progress of the Senate climate bill. In the meantime, I hope you'll get involved in the many events and activities we have planned for the rest of the year. You can also help us keep fighting for comprehensive climate and clean energy solutions by making a tax-deductible donation to 1Sky today.

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