Ice cream wars: Oil lobby and climate change activists woo with treats

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The oil industry and climate change activists can agree on one thing: Ice cream is pretty awesome.

The American Petroleum Institute, the top oil and gas trade group, is hosting a Capitol Hill ice cream social Wednesday to welcome its new executive vice president of government affairs, Louis Finkel.

It comes one day after the Climate Reality Project and Vermont-based ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's said they would team up to offer free cones next week in Washington and at Environmental Protection Agency public hearings in Atlanta, Denver and Pittsburgh to raise awareness about climate change. The groups, which are partnering for the promotion to support EPA's proposed emissions rule for existing power plants, will distribute the treats from trucks that read "I'm Too Hot."

"The plan offers an historic opportunity to cut carbon pollution from power plants that is accelerating climate change. The highly visual I’m Too Hot trucks will help raise public awareness of this opportunity in a fun-filled way, enable locals to speak up in support of the plan, and offer supporters an icy treat for their efforts, courtesy of Ben & Jerry’s," the groups said in a press release.

The proposed rule, which is the subject of the Atlanta, Denver and Pittsburgh hearings, aims to slash power-sector emissions 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. The rules have prompted backlash from businesses and Republicans, who say it's unworkable and will strain the economy, while environmental groups and liberal Democrats have embraced it for its potential public health benefits and for addressing climate change.

API spokesman Carlton Carroll told the Washington Examiner that the group wasn't aware of the Climate Reality Project and Ben & Jerry's push.

No word yet on whether either party will be serving "Gilly's Catastrophic Crunch" or "Half Baked."

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