An environmental group today announced plans to flood Senate offices with calls urging action on climate legislation.
1Sky asked supporters to sign up for the Jan. 12 effort.
"Our path forward in 2010 is very clear -- we must show the U.S. Senate that public support exists to pass climate legislation for green jobs, the climate, and our future," 1Sky said on its Web site page regarding the call-in. "Senate action is critical to ensuring that the global community can move forward. We will send a real message to the U.S. Senate on the eve of the 2010 campaign season."
1Sky describes itself as a collaboration of "environmental groups, state and local organizations, business, religious, health, social justice and military leaders, scientists, economists, elected officials, donors, celebrities and citizens nationwide."
With the battle over health care legislation mostly over, it is time to turn to climate, said Alex Posorske, 1Sky field and communications manager.
"We don't really think the climate can wait," Posorske said.
Although the effort plans to contact all senators, 1Sky has beefed up efforts in states it sees as key to a climate bill vote: Arkansas, Colorado, Ohio, Florida, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
Callers will ask senators to take action on a climate bill and to vote "no" on whether to limit U.S. EPA's power to regulate greenhouse gases. The Senate will soon vote on increasing the statutory limit on the public debt and as part of that, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) will be allowed to offer an amendment that would limit EPA's authority to curb emissions.
"We see that as another giveaway to the coal industry," Posorske said of the Murkowski amendment.
Murkowski has said that EPA regulation of stationary sources of carbon dioxide would create an "economic train wreck."