Beastie Boys’ Mike Diamond, Alanis Morissette, Jackson Browne, Barenaked Ladies, Dave Matthews Band, Moby, Phish’s Trey Anastasio, James Taylor, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are among the artists who have teamed up with the Save Our Environment Coalition in an initiative to oppose the energy plan of President George W. Bush.
The coalition is a collaborative effort of more than dozen of the nation’s most influential environmental advocacy organizations, including the National Wildlife Federation, the Sierra Club, and Greenpeace. The artist coalition, dubbed the New Power Project, directs promotional efforts at fans through Web sites, E-mail lists, and concerts, raising awareness and promoting opposition to the Bush plan, which includes a recommendation oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
One of the prime directives of the New Power Project is to get fans to sign petitions and fax members of Congress and the Bush administration expressing opposition to the plan. Many of the artists are encouraging interested parties to visit the “action center” at the Save Our Environment Coalition’s official Web site, where they can send faxes to members of Congress.
Recent gigs by Petty, Taylor, and Anastasio have also featured information and petition-signing booths for the effort. Morissette plans to hold an awareness-raising concert July 31 in Anchorage, Alaska, near the threatened Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
“The artists and fans can make a real difference stopping the flawed Bush energy plan and building support for a solution to our energy needs that is cleaner, faster, cheaper, and safer,” the Sierra Club’s Carl Pope said in a statement.