ABC Refuse to Run Repower American Ad

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.

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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

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  1. 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. []
  2. The ad that takes on the same oil and coal lob­by. []

A Message About the Climate Crisis by Al Gore

If you aren’t aware about what’s going on with our plan­et, our home… our Earth, please watch doc­u­men­tary An Incon­ve­nient Truth. Mean­while, Live Earth was this past week­end. It kicked off a whole cam­paign to save our plan­et, the place we live and breath in.

Let’s all do our part. It ain’t that hard.

PS. I know I own a Pilot. I don’t dri­ve a lot (i.e. 3k in 6 months) and take pub­lic trans­porta­tion to work. There­fore, I con­sid­er it like I’m dri­ving a Hybrid.

Here’s Al Gore’s mes­sage this morn­ing:

Dear Friend,

Thank you! Because of your hard work, mil­lions of per­son­al com­mit­ments have been made via the Web and SMS in 178 coun­tries and 35 ter­ri­to­ries around the world. And our con­cert was not lim­it­ed to 7 venues, but instead took place at par­ties and events in more than 10,000 homes and com­mu­ni­ties.

A decade from now, when peo­ple look back on Live Earth, what they will remem­ber isn’t what hap­pened dur­ing the show — instead my hope is they remem­ber what hap­pened after. More than 2 bil­lion of us joined togeth­er on 7.7.07 and with one voice demand­ed an end to the cli­mate cri­sis. We now have the respon­si­bil­i­ty to car­ry this move­ment for­ward and force our lead­ers to take action.

We need to take the first step today and make sure every sin­gle per­son pos­si­ble joins us. That’s why, right now, I need you to email five of your friends. Ask them to sign the Live Earth Pledge by vis­it­ing:


All of the actions we take from here on out to solve the cli­mate cri­sis will be based on a sim­ple premise: our home, Earth, is in dan­ger. We don’t risk destroy­ing the plan­et, but instead risk mak­ing it inhos­pitable for human beings.

We have put so much car­bon diox­ide into the atmos­phere that we have changed the heat bal­ance between Earth and the Sun. And if we don’t stop soon, the aver­age tem­per­a­ture will increase to lev­els that will end the favor­able cli­mate bal­ance on which our civ­i­liza­tion depends.

The world must come togeth­er and direct our gov­ern­ments to take on a glob­al chal­lenge. Our lead­er­ship is a pre­con­di­tion for suc­cess.

We need to demon­strate that we have reached the tip­ping point where polit­i­cal will demands our rep­re­sen­ta­tives take action to solve the cli­mate cri­sis. That’s why it’s so vital that mil­lions of peo­ple sign the Live Earth Pledge.

Ask five of your friends to sign the Live Earth pledge today by vis­it­ing:


The cli­mate cri­sis offers us the chance to expe­ri­ence what few gen­er­a­tions in his­to­ry have had the priv­i­lege of expe­ri­enc­ing: a mis­sion; a com­pelling moral pur­pose; a shared cause; and the thrill of being forced by cir­cum­stances to put aside the pet­ti­ness and con­flict of pol­i­tics and to embrace a gen­uine moral and spir­i­tu­al chal­lenge.

Please email five of your friends right now. Ask them to join us in this cause and sign the Live Earth Pledge today by vis­it­ing:


Our work begins now.

Thank you,

Al Gore