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The League of Conservation Voters (LCV), VoteVets.org Action Fund, Sierra Club and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) today went live with some hard hitting TV ads designed to pressure targeted Senators to support climate and energy action. The $11 million ad campaign names Sens. Burr (NC), Johanns (NE), Nelson (NE), McCaskill (MO) and Reid (NV), and highlights the recent vote on what the groups are calling Sen. Murkowski's "Big Oil Bailout" resolution, which would have stripped the EPA of its authority to regulate carbon emissions.The Sierra Club's Michael Brune on the ads:
"As the nation continues to grapple with the BP oil disaster, one thing remains very clear - the urgent need to end to our dependence on oil. Now is the time for real action from our nation's leaders to craft a foundation on which we can build an America free from oil addiction, create millions of new clean energy manufacturing, construction, and service jobs here at home, and reduce the carbon pollution that is threatening our economy, our health, and our climate. We're joining our colleagues in the national security, labor, and conservationist communities today to tell Senators that the American people won't tolerate shills for Big Oil and that won't settle for anything less than a clean energy future."
The ads in Florida depict Sen. Nelson as covered in oil, with his life in danger. Only action on climate and energy can save him. Nelson has been attacked over his connection to Big Oil and his vote is considered crucial to getting to 60, the minimum to avoid a filibuster.
It's unclear which bill the coalition supports. Sens. Kerry and Lieberman have a bill, but so do Sens. Bingaman, Collins, Cantwell, and Lugar.