June 02, 2008

For Immediate Release

Contact:
Josh Hilgart, Friends of the Earth Action, 202-425-0590

Diverse Coalition Calls on Senate to ‘Fix or Ditch’ Lieberman-Warner Bill in Print Ad

Friends of the Earth Action runs sign-on ad in Roll Call with MoveOn.org Political Action, Credo Mobile, Greenpeace, Public Citizen and others calling for global warming legislation that meets our challenge.

WASHINGTON—Today, Friends of the Earth Action placed a full page ad on the back page of Roll Call calling on the Senate to fix the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act of 2008 so that it makes polluters pay for their global warming pollution and sets carbon emission reduction targets that are in line with science—or ditch the bill and wait to pass a better bill next year.

Friends of the Earth Action President Brent Blackwelder said, "We appreciate Environment and Public Works Chair Barbara Boxer's efforts to debate global warming on the Senate floor, but feel the bill fails the most fundamental test: it doesn’t do what is needed to avoid catastrophic warming.

"Groups outside of the traditional environmental community are joining our 'Fix or Ditch' campaign because they stand in support of at least two fundamental principles of any climate legislation – that polluters pay for 100 percent of their pollution credits through auction, and that Congress establish pollution reduction targets in line with the latest science. We believe the first global warming bill passed in the U.S. will set the foundation for all carbon reduction efforts in the future; there is no time for half measures."

The ad running today in Roll Call states: “Congress may get only one shot at passing major legislation in the near term. We ask the Senate to not waste that chance and resist pressure to rush Lieberman-Warner through as written.”

Groups signing on to the ad are:

Friends of the Earth
CREDO Mobile (formerly Working Assets)
Greenpeace
MoveOn.org Political Action
Oil Change International
Chesapeake Climate Action Network
US Climate Emergency Council
Parents for Climate Protection
Public Citizen
Women's Environment and Development Organization
ActionAid
Earth Day Network
Center for Civic Policy
EcoEquity
Earth Policy Institute
Nuclear Information and Resource Service

To view the ad, http://www.foeaction.org/LiebermanWarner.jpg

For more information, please refer to Lieberman-Warner Bill hits Senate Floor on June 2.

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Friends of the Earth Action (www.foeaction.org) provides extra muscle to our sister organization, Friends of the Earth, in legislative battles affecting our environment. FoE Action and our affiliated PAC also serve as Friends of the Earth's political arm, making thoughtful political endorsements, providing direct support to candidates, and placing environmentalists in the field on critical campaigns. Friends of the Earth Action's mission is to promote a clean, healthy and just world and to ensure that we have lawmakers who will work to protect the environment.