The Sierra Club is taking aim at U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) over his votes against proposed carbon emission regulations in a new newspaper and digital ad campaign.
Specifically, the environmental group is calling Kirk out for voting three times in June against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan, which looks to slash carbon emissions from existing U.S. power plants.
On Monday, the Sierra Club launched its weeklong campaign with a full-page newspaper ad in the Daily Herald. The organization is also running digital ads this week in Chicago and Washington, D.C.
“Senator Mark Kirk voted repeatedly against the health of Illinois families by attacking the Clean Power Plan, the first ever steps to limit carbon pollution from dirty, coal-fired power plants,” Sierra Club Climate Policy Director Liz Perera said in a statement. “The Clean Power Plan’s efforts to curb carbon pollution will help prevent up to 6,600 deaths and up to 150,000 asthma attacks in children every year. That’s why the majority of Illinoisans support the Clean Power Plan. Senator Kirk needs to stand with his constituents, not with the polluters that are hurting their health.”