Pro-business groups are taking a page from the grassroots playbook.
A new alliance called Energy Citizens, funded by the American Petroleum Institute, is organizing protests in 19 states aimed at the U.S. climate bill.
A rally is being planned in Richmond for September 3.
The group’s goal is to pressure the Senate to defeat the climate bill approved by the House, which would create a cap and trade system for greenhouse gas emissions.
From the Energy Citizens website:
As Energy Citizens, we support policies that promote jobs and affordable energy for American consumers and businesses.
Unfortunately, the recently passed U.S. House of Representatives climate bill is a badly flawed 1,427-page piece of legislation that will drive up the price of energy, deter American job creation and send jobs overseas and bring greater stress to a still struggling economy.
About 3,000 oil company employees flocked to the first protest held yesterday in downtown Houston, the Wall Street Journal reported.
From the WSJ:
A lot of them were bused in by their employers and asked to send letters to their Senators urging them to vote down the Waxman-Markey bill passed by the House. Country music star Trace Adkins, a former oil worker, set the tone in a video: “We need to remind (Washington) that the laws they pass can hurt real people, people like you and your families.”
The rally, carefully orchestrated by the American Petroleum Institute and other organizations, is part of a 19-state campaign that seeks to stir opposition against the Waxman-Markey climate bill while Senators on their summer break take the ideological pulse of their constituents.
The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation and the Virginia Trucking Association are listed on the website as participating organizations of the alliance.
Interestingly, Richmond-based Dominion, one of the nation’s largest energy companies, backs the climate change bill and advocates only minor changes.
Read more here: Big Oil’s 20-State Effort to Scuttle Climate Change Bill