For Immediate Release

March 24, 2014

Clean Energy Supporters Launch Multimillion Dollar Campaign Backing Clean Energy and Public Health Champions in IA, ME, MI and NC

Multi-Million Dollar Television Buy, Digital Outreach and 11 State Organizing Effort Kicks-off this Week

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March 24, 2014 – Starting today, citizens in four states and seven different media markets will see new television, mobile and digital advertisements touting the work of their senators and members of Congress who support clean energy, jobs and clean air policies that protect public health. The ads are part of a robust multimillion dollar clean energy and public health campaign to thank these leaders for taking leadership roles on these crucial issues.

Leading local and national organizations are showing their support, and the support of their millions of members, for these courageous congressional leaders.  Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Mom’s Clean Air Force (MCAF), American Sustainable Business Council Action Fund (ASBCAF) the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) and the Sierra Club (SC) are sponsoring the multistate series of television and digital ads, demonstrating their support for clean energy and clean air champions in Congress and to encourage other Members of Congress to step up. The ads are among the first this year to put a spotlight on the need for clean energy and clean air solutions and the leaders who support them.  Specifically, the television ads will focus on the work of four U.S. senators and members of Congress: Rep. Bruce Braley (IA), Sen. Susan Collins (ME), Rep. Gary Peters (MI), and Sen. Kay Hagan (NC).

“We want to thank these lawmakers for providing strong leadership that promotes clean energy and protects clean air,” said Elizabeth Thompson, Vice President of Climate and Political Affairs for EDF.

“We also want to thank them for providing strong leadership that promotes and develops clean energy and clean air innovations that are not only good for our health and the environment, but create much needed new jobs and industry,” said Dr. Stephen A. Smith executive director of Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.

"The Sierra Club and our 2.4 million members and supporters thank Rep. Braley for championing Iowa working families and the jobs that power 1.3 million homes in our state with clean, safe wind power," said Rob Hogg, Sierra Club volunteer and Iowa State Senator.

"Climate change caries significant risks to business and the economy as a whole," said Richard Eidlin, Policy Director for the American Sustainable Business Council Action Fund. "So there's a strong business imperative to reducing carbon emissions. The good news is that better standards, more investment and financial incentives will both reduce carbon and grow the economy by unleashing the power of innovation."

  • In Iowa, MCAF and EDF will sponsor ads in Des Moines touting Rep. Bruce Braley’s work promoting clean energy sources such as wind, which puts tens of thousands of Iowans to work “fueling the world.”  The Sierra Club will sponsor a major digital advertising campaign in the same market.
  • MCAF and EDF will sponsor ads in Portland and Bangor, Maine, to highlight Senator Susan Collins’ leadership on wind energy and protecting Maine jobs. 
  • In Michigan, ASBC will sponsor ads in Grand Rapids touting Rep. Gary Peters’ work on behalf of protecting auto industry jobs. ASBC will also sponsor a supporting digital advertising buy in the same market.
  • In North Carolina, SACE will sponsor ads in Raleigh-Durham, Charlotte, and Greensboro-Winston-Salem. The ads praise Senator Kay Hagan for supporting mercury pollution safeguards and counter recent Koch brothers attack ads aimed at the senator.
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The final component of the overall campaign is a robust organizing plan for 11 states, including Maine, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, Michigan, Colorado, Minnesota, Montana and Iowa.  Organizers on the ground will work with local leaders, businesses, activists and elected officials to highlight the need for taking action to support clean energy and cut carbon pollution, the key driver of climate change.  The activity in these states will occur throughout the remainder of the year and will be supported by groups including Environment America, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation, Earthjustice, Environmental Defense Fund and others.

For more information or to arrange interviews, you can contact:

David Di Martino, 202-331-0009,

ASBC CONTACT: Bob Kenner, 617-610-6766,

EDF CONTACT: Sharyn Stein, 202-572-3396,

MCAF CONTACT: Anneka Wisker, 202-572-3308,

SACE CONTACT, Jennifer Rennicks, 828-275-0564,

SIERRA CLUB CONTACT: Maggie Kao, 202-675-2384,