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For Immediate Release

Nick Berning, 202-222-0748
Erich Pica, 202-222-0739

Friends of the Earth Launches Ad Campaign Opposing House Climate Bill


Friends of the Earth launched an advertising campaign today against
the energy and climate change bill that is expected to come to the
floor of the U.S. House of Representatives later this week.

The progressive environmental group's ads will run on a variety of
progressive and environmental blogs and websites. The ads call
attention to the fact that the bill is based on a blueprint written in
part by polluting corporations like Shell Oil and Duke Energy, which
has undermined the ability of the bill to solve the problems it is
intended to address.

Friends of the Earth President Brent Blackwelder had the following statement:

"Corporate polluters including Shell and Duke Energy helped write
this bill, and the result is that we're left with legislation that
fails to come anywhere close to solving the climate crisis. Worse, the
bill eliminates preexisting EPA authority to address global
warming-that means it's actually a step backward.

"Last November, the American people voted for change. Unfortunately,
while the party in power may have changed, the process through which
this bill was negotiated makes it clear that the overwhelming influence
of corporate special interests has not. This exercise in politics as
usual is a wholly unacceptable response to one of the greatest
challenges of our time, and it endangers the welfare of current and
future generations. Speaker Pelosi and congressional Democrats simply
must do better. We are calling on them to vote against this bill unless
it is substantially strengthened. If the 'political reality' at present
cannot accommodate stronger legislation, their first task must be to
expand what is politically possible-not to pass a counterproductive
bill. This is the message carried by the ad campaign we are launching

The initial ads that are running in the campaign can be viewed at:

Friends of the Earth is urging citizens to send messages about the
bill to Congress, and has set up a web page where they can take action

Friends of the Earth fights for a more healthy and just world. Together we speak truth to power and expose those who endanger the health of people and the planet for corporate profit. We organize to build long-term political power and campaign to change the rules of our economic and political systems that create injustice and destroy nature.

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