Environmental Groups Attack Bush Energy Plan and Senators in TV Ads


DATE: August 8, 2001

BACKGROUND: The Save our Environment Coalition (a group of environmental organizations) and several state chapters of the Sierra Club have joined together to run TV ads criticizing the Bush energy plan and its effects on air pollution, according to National Journal. The ads have run in Atlanta, GA, targeting Senators Zell Miller (D-GA) and Max Cleland (D-GA); Manchester, NH, against Sen. Bob Smith (R-NH); and in Philadelphia against Senators Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Tom Carper (D-DE).

TEN SECOND RESPONSE: Once again, the environmental groups are not telling the public the truth. The Bush energy plan will both protect the environment and increase our domestic energy supply.

THIRTY SECOND RESPONSE: The Bush energy plan [or the House version of the energy bill] will provide for conservation as well as production. It will increase fuel efficiency standards of SUVs and allow for oil exploration in a small portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. It will also encourage research in alternative fuels, nuclear power and clean coal technology.

DISCUSSION: Script of TV ad, courtesy of National Journal:

ANNOUNCER [v/o]: First it was arsenic in the water we drink.

(On screen: The Bush Record)

Then it was oil drilling on protected lands. Now it's more smog in the air we breathe. President Bush's energy plan could weaken the Clean Air Act.

(On screen: Bush Energy Plan, Source: Bush Energy Plan, Chapter 7, Page 14)

Power plants and oil refineries that broke the law wouldn't have to clean up.

(On screen: Bush's Energy Plan, Source: Wall Street Journal, 6/28/01)

Bush's polluting contributors get a pardon. And we get more dirty air. More asthma attacks. More premature deaths.

(On screen: Dirty air; Up to 170,000 asthma attacks yearly; Up to 9,000 premature deaths yearly; Source: Clean Air Task Force, July 2001)

Arsenic, oil, now more smog. Tell Senator Smith to urge President Bush not to pardon the polluters.

(On screen: Tell Senator Smith to urge President Bush not to pardon the polluters. (202) 224-3121; Paid for by Save Our Environment and New Hampshire Sierra Club)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: See Ten Second Responses "Energy Plan Passes U.S. House" at http://www.nationalcenter.org/TSR80601.html and "Environmental Groups Target Congress on Bush Energy Plan/ANWR" at http://www.nationalcenter.org/TSR73001.html.


by Gretchen Randall, Director of Energy & Regulatory Affairs, The National Center for Public Policy Research

Contact the author at: 773-857-5086 or GRandall@nationalcenter.org
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