Saturday, August 23, 2008

Political dynamite

John McCain let big oil companies keep $13.5 billion in tax breaks—money
we could have used for solar and wind. This is political dynamite. Can you help air our new TV ad in the battleground state of North Carolina?

Dear MoveOn member,

What if there was a vote to decide if $13.5 billion in tax breaks for oil companies should go into oil alternatives, like solar and wind? What would you want your Senator to do?

Well, as you probably guessed, there was such a vote. We needed 60 votes to prevail, and 59 of them were in. But John McCain ducked the vote.1 As a result, instead of powering millions of homes with clean energy and building next-generation solar technology, we're giving ExxonMobil and other companies billions in tax breaks at a time when they're already making record profits.

This vote is political dynamite. And if we all pitch in, we can make sure voters know about McCain's give-away to big oil. And it's a twofer—we'll run the ad in the battleground state of North Carolina to help remind voters that Senator Elizabeth Dole, who's up for re-election, voted for big oil tax breaks, too.

Check out the ad here:

The ad links Republican support for oil tax breaks with the campaign contributions they're taking from the oil companies. Exposing their favors for big oil can puncture Republican promises to help people hurting from high gas prices.

Our ad can help defeat McCain, win a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, and promote real solutions to the energy crisis. Can you help put this ad on the air?

Thank you for all you do.

–Noah, Justin, Nita, Anna and the rest of the team

1. "Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of
2007," U.S. Senate Roll Call Vote, December 13, 2007

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