Clean energy and anti-offshore drilling rally
The American Petroleum Institute, a lobbying front group for Big Oil and other energy industries, is orchestrating staged “grassroots rallies” to try and stop the Clean Energy and Climate Bill from passing the U.S. Senate. The press calls these rallies “astroturf”: manufactured grassroots. This Thursday, August 27th, join Sierra Club, 1Sky Florida, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and other environmental groups for a real grassroots rally outside Big Oil’s staged gathering.
WHEN & WHERE: Meet beforehand at 9:30 am at La Tropicana Café, 1822 East 7th Ave. for some for great cuban coffee! The “Energy Citizens’” event begins at 11:00 am at The RITZ YBOR theatre, and we will counter rally out front at 1503 East 7th Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605 (there is a shady area where we’ll be).
WHY: Big Oil and Big Coal are not satisfied to simply lobby against progressive, clean energy policies, they have forged opposition letters and are staging “rallies” across the country, busing in paid employees to fill rooms, handing out t-shirts and signs, and calling supporters “Energy Citizens”. Although greedy Big Energy companies have sunk to a new low – manufacturing protests to pretend Americans are against creating clean energy jobs – we represent the real public interest and we support legislation which can bring 25,000 of these green jobs to Miami and 11,000 green jobs to Tampa while reducing global warming pollution and protecting our national security. A better alternative for Florida’s economy than drilling for oil right off our Gulf Coast beaches.
Join a real, citizen-based grassroots rally to expose the truth about these “rallies” to the press and our elected officials, and demonstrate support for a clean energy economy.
If you have any questions beforehand, please contact: Phil Compton, Sierra Club Regional Representative: 813-841-3601, or Andrea Cuccaro, 1Sky Florida Organizer, (786) 925-1151.