by Jeff Woods
on Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 1:28 PM
MoveOn.org is running this TV ad in Rep. Bart Gordon's district to try to persuade him to back President Obama's energy and global warming bill. Gordon, the House Science and Technology chairman, is among conservative Democrats who say they're worried the bill pushes too fast to curb greenhouse gases and could hurt their regions' economies. The truth, of course, is that they're afraid to vote for the bill because it'll be used against them in their reelections. Here's a New York Times story on the climate bill. In a fund-raising email, MoveOn says:
This is it. Congress is about to begin voting on the biggest clean energy jobs plan America has ever seen--but last week we learned that a few conservative Democrats on the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee are conspiring to weaken it.
Their leader is threatening to block the bill from even reaching the House floor unless it's changed to make the coal industry happy--and delay America's switch to a clean energy economy. Millions of new, high-paying jobs are at stake.
We've only got one shot at at this thing. If the bill gets watered down now, it'll be really hard to strengthen it later. So we've put together an ad to run in key Democrats' home districts, showing how clean energy can rebuild the American economy one community at a time.