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Delivering "oily hands" to polluter-funded senators


Delivering "oily hands" to polluter-funded senators


Last week, the Senate adjourned for the August congressional recess without taking up narrow legislation to address the Gulf oil disaster – let alone a more comprehensive climate and energy bill to address the root problem of our fossil fuel dependence. To decry this unacceptable state of affairs, a climate coalition led by 1Sky took to Capitol Hill last Thursday to call out the Senate for failing to act.

Our itinerary included visits to the offices of Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). These senators have collectively accepted over $1.1 million in campaign contributions from fossil fuel interests and supported efforts to gut the Clean Air Act’s ability to crack down on global warming pollution. Given their track records of supporting dirty energy corporations, we presented staff from both offices with “Oily Hands Awards,” and at Senator Murkowski’s office we had an extended conversation with a staffer about the need for strong climate solutions.

Senators Murkowski and Landrieu are emblematic of the fact that too many senators today are siding with polluters over the public. By failing to act on climate and clean energy, Congress as a whole has oil on its hands, and we can’t let our grassroots efforts stop now. Our visits to Senators Murkowski and Landrieu served as a preview of coming attractions for the August congressional recess, when elected officials can expect an outpouring of concerned citizens (many with their own “oily hands”) at town halls and public events to remind them of their responsibility to act. Sign up today to join us in these “shadowing” efforts and hold your elected officials accountable this August!

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