Bloomberg targets state Attorneys General who oppose the Clean Power Plan

Independence USA PAC, the political action committee for billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has announced a multi-million dollar advertising campaign targeting Attorneys General in Florida, Missouri, Michigan and Wisconsin who have joined a federal lawsuit to block the EPA’s CO2-reducing Clean Power Plan.

New television ads will target Pam Bondi in Florida, Brad Schimel in Wisconsin, Chris Koster in Missouri, and Bill Schuette in Michigan. The ads, which launched on Nov. 6, seek to hold them accountable for the serious public health risks and potential lost economic opportunities of joining the lawsuit meant to derail the landmark climate action plan, the club said.

Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club, said in a Nov. 6 statement: “By joining these polluter-backed attacks, these Attorneys General are ignoring the health and safety of their own constituents and turning a blind eye to the promise of the clean energy economy that will create thousands of jobs in their own backyards. They deserve to be held accountable for putting the reckless, dangerous political tactics of the coal industry ahead of the people they are supposed to represent. We applaud Mayor Bloomberg for deepening his commitment to climate action by standing up to those politicians who’d rather help fatten the bottom lines of the fossil fuel industry than stand with their constituents.”

Bloomberg has for several years been a major contributor to the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.