Two failures — one present and one future — have led to the collapse of a cap-and-trade lobbying alliance. The lack of pursuit of energy rationing legislation by Congressional leadership is the present failure, and the expected election debacle in November is the future failure, as Politico reports:
Clean Energy Works, a coalition of 80 environmental, religious, veteran and labor groups, will phase out its operations this fall as Democratic congressional leaders abandon plans for a sweeping bill to cap greenhouse gas emissions.
At its peak, the coalition had 200 field organizers in key states and more than 45 staffers based out of a “war room” in downtown Washington. It is led by Paul Tewes, who ran President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign operations in Iowa and other battleground states.
Environmentalists close to the campaign say their donors are still committed to the effort, but decisions on the coalition’s future hinge on whether Democrats hold their House and Senate majorities and what agenda they want to pursue in 2011.
But they’re calling the coalition’s work a success!
“The commitment to collaboration secured impressive and tangible results: hundreds of disciplined message events across the country; thousands of earned media clips; a growing coalition including newly engaged small businesses; effective earned and paid media campaigns; expanded ground presence nationally; a national communications rapid response system; and volumes of detailed public opinion research,” [Clean Energy Works spokesman David] Di Martino said.
Other unmentioned accomplishments include friendships made, business cards exchanged, and cups of coffee consumed. Add your own to the list.
Hat tip: Morano.