Sierra Club urges Senate Democrats to invest in climate

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The Sierra Club is set to launch an ad campaign in nine states as part of an effort to encourage Senate Democrats to take climate action by investing in communities facing systemic injustice and violence. economic inequality.

The ad campaign will feature digital social media ads in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington.

The ads specifically call out Democrats such as Sens. Bob Casey (Pennsylvania), Kyrsten Sinema (Arizona), John Hickenlooper (Colo.) and Ron Wyden (Ore.) to “ensure climate, care, jobs and justice. ”

The Sierra Club effort comes as the Senate attempts to reinvigorate attempts to pass climate-related legislation that stalled in the chamber 50-50 last year.

“Time is running out for the Senate to pass a fiscal reconciliation package that includes at least $555 billion in investments in climate, care, jobs and justice,” said Sierra Club Legislative Director Melinda Pierce, in a statement.

“All of this must be accomplished in a way that prioritizes communities of color and low-income communities who are hardest hit by pollution, climate-fueled disasters and racial injustice. Now is the time. Pierce added.

For the Senate policy bill to pass, it would need the support of all Democrats.

But Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) recently pushed for a bipartisan energy and climate package, which some Democrats say is an effort to avoid negotiating a broader budget reconciliation package.

“We’re running out of time. The calendar is staring us in the face, and I’m afraid we don’t have time for frivolous conversations,” a Democratic senator said earlier this month.

Sierra Club’s ad campaign will not run in West Virginia, as the group believes its ads will be most effective in the states it has chosen to target.

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