After the presidential debate last night, most high profile channels ran ads from oil companies (ABC had Chevron, CBS had Exxon, and CNN had the coal lobby). Noticing that there’s something a bit off, the We Campaign1 is flagging ABC to reconsider their actions for refusing to run the Repower America ad (below) last week2.
ABC recently refused to run our Repower America ad, even though they run ads from oil companies that mislead the American people about the role fossil fuels play in the climate crisis.
They recently started a petition and sent out a message earlier this afternoon:
Our Repower America ad has a clear and simple message—that massive spending by oil and coal companies on advertising is a key reason our nation hasn’t switched to clean and renewable sources for our energy.
The petition is to “send a message to ABC and tell them to air the Repower America ad this Friday on 20/20.” The We Campaign is working on getting 100,000 public comments to ABC before 20/20’s next airing. They are currently (at the time of this posting) near 25,000 mark.
You can get more info, sign the petition, view the ad, etc. by going to: wecansolveit.org/ABC
PS. Here’s the script from the ad:
The solution to our climate crisis seems simple.
Repower America with wind and solar.
End our dependence on foreign oil. A stronger economy.
So why are we still stuck with dirty and expensive energy?
Because big oil spends hundreds of millions of dollars to block clean energy.
Lobbyists, ads, even scandals.
All to increase their profits, while America suffers.
Breaking big oil’s lock on our government …
Now that’s change.
We’re the American people and we approve this message.
- The We Campaign is a project of The Alliance for Climate Protection—a nonprofit, nonpartisan effort founded by Nobel laureate and former Vice President Al Gore. The goal of the Alliance is to build a movement that creates the political will to solve the climate crisis—in part through repowering America with 100 percent of its electricity from clean energy sources within 10 years. Our economy, national security, and climate can’t afford to wait. [↩]
- The ad that takes on the same oil and coal lobby. [↩]