Green groups plot counterattack for GOP ‘energy week’

By Emma Dumain | 03/19/2024 06:31 AM EDT

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Republicans at oil rig.

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) and Rep. August Pfluger (R-Texas) during an oil rig visit in Midland, Texas, on Monday to kick off "energy week" on Capitol Hill. @SpeakerJohnson/X

As House Republicans gear up for a four-day sprint of hearings and floor debate devoted to undermining President Joe Biden’s environmental agenda, environmental groups are preparing to fight back.

Leading green advocacy organizations are sending letters to lawmakers to push back against “energy week” and reinforcing talking points they’ll use in statements and social media posts as a counternarrative to the GOP’s.

“House Republicans are wasting their energy trying to undo the big investments and even bigger ideas fueling the U.S. clean energy boom,” said Joanna Slaney, associate vice president for government affairs at the Environmental Defense Fund, in a statement to E&E News.


EDF, which is dubbing the Republican effort “wasted energy week,” is shipping a letter to Capitol Hill with 80 co-signers representing some of the biggest groups in the green advocacy space, including the Clean Air Task Force, the National Wildlife Federation and Oceana.