23 Apr '11, 1pm

What mistakes did the environmental community and progressive politicians make in the climate bill fight

They were rarely used to put real political pressure on politicians, particularly wavering Democrats. There weren’t protests outside congressional offices, or blistering op-eds, just gentle rallies and meetings (and the same is true for advertising). Recently, when the environmental movement did unleash its power on President Obama and Harry Reid, they got results. After Sierra Club, LCV and others issued blistering attacks against Democrats, the Democrats stopped using the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts as bargaining chips and said they wouldn’t accept rollbacks as the price of a budget deal. Unlike the gay rights movement, we never had our major donors cut off their support to the DNC. Nonetheless, we won’t have real teeth until we start much bigger civil disobedience efforts and primary Democrats in pro-environment states like Amy Klobuchar, Sherrod Brown, and Debbie St...

Full article: http://climateprogress.org/2011/04/23/what-mistakes-did-t...

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