Clean Energy Works, a diverse coalition of more than 80 grassroots organizations representing more than 12 million Americans emailed a statement signed by more than 360 groups bemoaning the Senate’s failure to address a clean energy and climate policy. It follows.
As we witness the worst industry-caused environmental catastrophe in our history, the deadliest coal mining disaster in 40 years, and sweat through the hottest first 6 months of any year on record, there’s never been a more urgent time to move forward with a clean energy and climate policy.
There’s no doubt that big oil, big coal, their army of lobbyists and their partners in Congress are cheering the obstruction that blocked Senate action on clean energy and climate legislation. Their cheers are cheers for China taking the lead in clean energy jobs, the Middle East getting more of our money, and America getting more pollution and fewer jobs.
At every opportunity, a minority of Senators who are in the pocket of America’s largest polluters in the coal and oil industries chose obstruction over working together to solve America’s energy and national security challenges. As a result of their actions, the big polluters will continue to reap record profits at the expense of Americans.
As we look forward, one thing is clear: the Senate’s job is not done. They must use every opportunity available to address clean energy and climate reform by working to limit carbon pollution and invest in new clean energy sources that are made in America, including protecting the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to crack down on polluters.
The statement is signed by more than 360 organizations, the first 26 of which are listed here:
- Campus Progress Action
- Center for American Progress Action Fund
- Center for International Environmental Law
- Clean Water Action
- Defenders of Wildlife
- Earth Day Network
- Energy Action Coalition
- Environment America
- Environmental Defense Fund
- League of Conservation Voters
- National Audubon Society
- National Wildlife Federation
- Natural Resources Defense Council
- Operation Free
- Rock the Vote
- Sierra Club
- The Alliance for Climate Protection
- The Wilderness Society
- Union of Concerned Scientists
- US Climate Action Network
- Voces Verdes
- World Wildlife Fund