Former Vice President Al Gore’s environmental coalition began airing radio ads Wednesday targeting lawmakers who will weigh the fate of a divisive plan to cap carbon emissions.
The Alliance for Climate Protection is lobbying for the broad-sweeping House climate bill with ads in states that likely would be hardest hit by the various provisions of the legislation, including Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania and a dozen other states.
While supporters of a plan to cap carbon emissions and create a market to trade pollution permits stormed in at the start of the year with bold plans to pass legislation by the end of the year, momentum has stalled significantly on Capitol Hill.
President Obama has remained a steady supporter of a “cap-and-trade” plan but has let Congress take the lead in shaping the plan.
The House plan, introduced by Democratic Reps. Henry Waxman of California and Edward Markey of Massachusetts two weeks ago, is the first tangible measure being debated on Capitol Hill and has been put on an accelerated schedule for when lawmakers return from the Easter recess next week.
Environmentalists and cap-and-trade supporters have hinged much of their argument on the promise of “green” jobs, which they say would replace many of the jobs that likely would be lost in energy-intensive industries such as manufacturing and other sectors that would bear the cost of the carbon cap.
If we repower Ohio with clean energy, it will jump-start our economy, reduce carbon pollution, break our dependence on foreign oil and create 80,000 clean-energy jobs in new industries for Ohio workers,” a narrator says in a version of the ad airing in Ohio.
It’s unclear how much the group spent on the ads or how long they will run. A spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment Wednesday afternoon.