Dirty Air Act Ad On the Air in Nebraska

NWF Action Fund launched radio ads today in Nebraska, reprimanding Senators Nelson and Johanns for co-sponsoring the Dirty Air Act.

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WASHINGTON, DC (February 16, 2010) The National Wildlife Federation Action Fund unveiled a new radio ad today criticizing the decisions of Nebraska Senators Ben Nelson and Mike Johanns to co-sponsor the "Dirty Air Act" The resolution of disapproval is designed to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its Congressionally-granted, Supreme Court-approved authority to regulate global warming pollution under the Clean Air Act.

"Senators Nelson and Johanns need to drop this misguided assault on the Clean Air Act, an attack that’s being coordinated by lobbyists for some of America’s worst polluters," said Sue Brown, executive director of the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund. "Our senators need to get to work instead on clean energy and climate legislation that creates clean energy jobs and secures America’s energy future."

The National Wildlife Federation Action Fund is the 501(c)4 grassroots lobbying and accountability arm of the National Wildlife Federation, America's largest conservation organization. The NWF Action Fundadvocates for the conservation interests of hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts from all walks of life and political stripes.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates average temperatures in the state could rise nearly seven degrees Fahrenheit by 2100 if climate change continues unabated. Among the potential impacts in Nebraska:

Resulting loss of wildlife and habitat could mean a loss of tourism dollars. In 2006, 807,000 people spent more than $514 million on hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing in Nebraska, creating 11,809 jobs in the state. Drier summer conditions could cause crop failures and increasing competition for irrigation, ultimately hurting Nebraska’s agriculture economy. Warmer weather could increase the lifespan of mosquitoes carrying malaria and ticks carrying Lyme disease in Nebraska.

The ad is airing this week in the Omaha and Lincoln/Kearney markets.