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There's one thing political rivals can agree on these days: BP is to blame.Activists on both sides of the energy debate have launched campaigns accusing their opponents of helping the oil company. They are trying to use public sentiment against the Gulf Coast oil spill to advance their cause."The two great motivators in terms of grassroots organizing are fear and anger," said Christopher Kush , who runs Soapbox Consulting and helps activists with political messaging.
Tea party activists plan to hound lawmakers as they return home for a weeklong recess.Conservatives discussed their plans on a phone call Wednesday that aimed to refocus the grassroots movement on policy issues. After losing the health care fight, many tea partyers shifted their focus to getting the lawmakers who passed that bill out of office in November.But with Democrats considering an energy bill, they are turning again to fighting legislation.