Green groups criticize ‘utility only’ climate approach

Electric power generation from coal-fired power plants and other sources accounts for roughly 40 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

Greenhouse gas limits of any sort face resistance in the Senate as Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) prepares to bring an energy package to the floor this summer.

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel last week said an emissions cap restricted to utilities would be “welcomed” among the discussion topics when President Barack Obama meets with a bipartisan group of senators.

The White House meeting to discuss energy and climate legislation was supposed to occur on Wednesday but has been postponed until next week.

Brune and Karpinski spoke on a conference call with reporters held to announce an $11 million ad campaign aimed at pushing the Senate to approve a broad climate change and energy plan.

The environmental groups and other liberal advocates of climate legislation plan to roll out the first phases of the ad buy — which will largely be a TV campaign — next week.

It will initially target roughly four to five senators, Karpinski said. Overall, the campaign will “praise those who vote the right way and criticize those who side with ‘Big Oil,’ ” he said.