POLITICS: 60 groups form coalition to promote climate legislation (Tuesday, September 8, 2009)
Alex Kaplun, E&E reporter
About 60 advocacy groups — including environmentalists, organized labor, hunters and fishers, and military veterans — announced the formation of a coalition today aimed at pushing a climate bill across the finish line in the Senate…..
…..Left-wing coalition hopes to stop bill
As Clean Energy Works prepares to promote a Senate climate bill, another coalition of left-wing groups is launching its own effort aimed at killing the measure and demanding new legislation that will be “grounded in science instead of politics.”
The groups — operating under the name Climate SOS — will attempt to meet with Senate staffers in North Dakota, Indiana, Arkansas and Ohio and will cap the effort with “nonviolent civil disobedience, office occupations and protests” on Sept. 22.
The group intends to hold protests and sit-ins in San Francisco, Seattle, Boston and New York and specifically intends to occupy the state-based offices of Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.).
The coalition includes the Climate Crisis Coalition, Energy Justice Network, One Earth Climate Action Group and Progressive Democrats of America.
The groups argue that the climate bill currently under consideration does not go far enough in limiting carbon dioxide emissions and would benefit fossil-fuel industries, utilities and Wall Street.