Energy & Environment

Conservative climate group runs pro-environment ads on Fox News


A conservative climate group is spending six figures to run an environmentally-focused ad on Fox News in an attempt to push the administration and Congress to consider environmental issues in future coronavirus recovery legislation. 

The ad, from the American Conservation Coalition, will run on the network this week, according to a statement.

It features past Republican presidents such as George H.W. Bush talking about the importance of environmental protection when looking at the future.

“How we rebuild is how we’ll be remembered,” the ad concludes. “Join the young conservatives fighting for a clean future.”

The ad comes as some lawmakers, particularly Republicans, have expressed opposition to including environmental provisions in future stimulus legislation. Earlier this year, Republican senators compared such ideas to the “Green New Deal” pushed forward by progressives. 

It also comes as the Trump administration has proposed rollbacks to several environmental regulations, including a recent executive order that would waive environmental requirements for construction and energy projects. 

Some environmentalists, however, have said that Congress should use the pandemic to pass legislation that would help the U.S. rebuild with a greater focus on clean energy. 

“Tens of millions of people are unemployed, and their jobs might never come back,” ACC Campus President and founder Benji Backer said in a statement on his group’s ad buy. 

“We know that transitioning to a clean energy system will create millions of jobs, spark the innovation we need to dig ourselves out of this recession, and spare future generations the astronomical costs of delaying climate action,” he added.

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