American Power Act Gets $3 Million Bipartisan TV Campaign
Truman National Security Project and Republicans for Environmental Protection
Join to Promote Kerry-Lieberman Bill
WASHINGTON – Republicans for Environmental Protection and Truman National Security Project today launched a $3 million advertising campaign in New Hampshire and 15 other states calling on Congress to "stop bickering" and pass bipartisan American clean energy legislation. The first ad, called "Boot," is sponsored jointly by the conservative- and progressive-leaning organizations, and is notable for its aggressive support for an "all-of-the-above" solution to America's energy, environmental, and security challenges.
The ad is available online: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxEoX0-6N48
The American Power Act, authored by Democrat John Kerry and independent Joe Lieberman, with help from Republican Lindsey Graham, embraces ideas from across the political spectrum. The proposal includes a strict limit on carbon pollution, more use of nuclear power and domestic production, and a boost to renewable energy, among other provisions.
"Boot" is the first of a series of advertisements expected to run in targeted states and nationwide. The multimillion-dollar campaign also includes online ads, direct mail, and field activities. The buy includes broadcast TV in Washington, New Mexico, North Dakota, Michigan, Maine, Ohio, New York, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Rhode Island, Oregon, Virginia, Massachusetts, Florida, and New Hampshire.
In launching the joint campaign, David Jenkins, vice president for government and political affairs for Republicans for Environmental Protection, said: "The energy-related challenges and opportunities facing our nation require balanced solutions, not political gamesmanship. Republican lawmakers need to show that they recognize that and rise to the occasion to support this much-needed legislation."
"America's continued reliance on energy from hostile nations is a threat to national security," said Jonathan Powers, chief operating officer of the Truman National Security Project. "Oil money is ending up in the hands of America's most dangerous enemies, funding terrorism around the world. This is not a Republican issue or a Democratic issue – this is an issue for all Americans. It's time for reasoned compromise and fast action – not partisanship and bickering."
Republicans for Environmental Protection is a national grassroots organization dedicated to resurrecting the Republican Party's great conservation tradition and promoting the original conservative philosophy that requires responsible stewardship of our natural resources. More online at www.rep.org.
The Truman National Security Project is a national security leadership institute, the nation's only organization that recruits, trains, and positions a new generation of progressives across America to lead on national security. More online at www.TrumanProject.org.
The campaign is part of an ongoing partnership between Republicans for Environmental Protection, Environmental Defense Action Fund, and the Truman National Security Project to promote strong clean and air and climate legislation.