Mitch McConnell has recruited some new passengers to ride his Coal Train Express to kill the Clean Power Plan. Chip in to help us tell West Virginia Senators Capito and Manchin that they're riding the wrong train.
For the last month, members like you have been chipping in to fund a series of ads calling out Mitch McConnell for his attempts to block President Obama's Clean Power Plan. When Louisville's bus company rejected our ads for, "mocking and debasing the stature and integrity" of McConnell, we had to switch to an online plant to tell Kentuckians that Mitch would rather groove on dirty coal than back clean power -- even though residents, utilities and the Governor are ready to race forward with wind and solar.
But while we were busy getting our ad ready for Kentuckians, McConnell was busy cajoling new passengers to ride his Coal Train Express to kill the Clean Power Plan. His two new passengers are Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Joe Manchin (D-WV). This month they punched their ticket-to-ride by introducing a bill Capito calls the "principle legislative vehicle" to block clean power.1 Its also been described as a polluter's wish list and a direct attack on clean air, public health and the environment.
We need to expand the reach of our campaign to include West Virginians so that our Appalachian friends know their senators are riding the wrong train. But I really need your help to expand out ad buy so that West Virginians learn the truth about the health and environmental effects of dirty coal, and the benefits of the Clean Power Plan. Can I count on you to help us create an internet ad that McConnell, Capito, Manchin and other clean power obstructionists will never forget?
Among other things, Capito and Manchin's bill would allow states to opt out of complying with the new Clean Power rules if a governor determines "it's not in the state's best interest." But a new report just found that the Clean Power Plan would save thousands of lives, reduce hospitalizations due to poor air quality and prevent thousands of heart attacks.2 In 2012, dirty emissions from coal plants in West Virginia were responsible for an estimated 317 deaths and nearly $200 million in medical costs.3 So it begs the questions, how could clean power not be in a state's best interest, and why are Capito and Manchin more worried about coal companies than public health, or the health of our climate?
Sometimes you have to follow the money to find the answers. McConnell, Capito and Manchin have taken over $2.6 million from King Coal in the last four years alone!2 Put another way, these Senators of Soot were paid $3 million, which allowed King Coal to stick West Virginians with a $200 million medical bill thanks to air pollution. Add the fact that Jim Justice, a billionaire coal executive, just announced that he will run to become governor of West Virginia,4 and it all adds up to one big COALamity.
That's why we need to expand our ad to cover West Virginia. With your help, residents of this state will learn the true benefits of clean power and the real health dangers of King Coal. When it comes to Kentucky and West Virginia, it's time to overthrow the king. Please click here to help us broadcast the truth about the Clean Power Plan where people need to hear it the most.
Thank You for fighting for clean power,
Anthony and the Environmental Action Climate Crusaders
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