Murkowski Invokes Obscure Rule To Undermine Clean Air Act
Although it was just last month that the EPA finalized its study on the effects of greenhouse gases, and announced that these emissions are indeed a threat to public health and welfare, climate change deniers and industry lobbyists have lost no time in formulating their rebuttal.
Leading the charge is Senator Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska who’s made no secret of her opposition to the EPA’s attempts to regulate industrial emissions under the Clean Air Act.
One would think that immediate action to reduce this harmful air pollution, and thereby protect the health and welfare of all American citizens (including Alaskans) would be at the forefront of any politician’s agenda, but when you’ve been taking contributions from coal, electric, and oil companies for as long as Sen. Murkowski, it gets harder and harder to remember how to perform the job that you were hired for.
After claiming that the EPA was “not suited” to uphold the Clean Air Act and enforce regulations on industrial polluters, and claiming that all she wanted was a “time-out” so that details of how to enforce the Act could be hammered out in Congress, Murkowski has abandoned her thinly veiled campaign for educated discussion.
On Thursday, Sen. Murkowski took the Senate floor to announce that “she will seek to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases using an obscure parliamentary maneuver called a resolution of disapproval” (Mother Jones).
With support from 35 GOP cosponsors and three Democratic cosponsors: Sens. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Murkowski is dangerously close to the 51 votes that are needed to pass a resolution of disapproval.
Mother Jones reports that “advocates of climate legislation aren’t too concerned that her bill would actually become law—the House and the President would both likely reject it. But environmentalists are worried that if a bloc of Democrats votes to prevent EPA action on carbon emissions, this could damage the political prospects for a climate bill in the Senate later in the year.”
Despite a few defectors, Democrats on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee have been rushing to disprove her claim that most of her colleagues also feel that the EPA should be prevented from upholding the Clean Air Act.
Members of the Democratic Caucus on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee have joined together to oppose the proposal to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) global warming endangerment finding, according to a recent press release.
Take action and show Murkowski and her lobbyist allies that we can see right through their charade.
SIGN the “Stop Clean Air Attacks in the U.S. Senate!” petition on Earthjustice.org
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