It wasn’t a landslide, but it was enough.
In a 53-47 vote yesterday, the Senate rejected Senator Lisa Murkowski’s (R-AK) resoluton to block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating carbon emissions under the Clean Air Act.
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Although it’s mind-boggling that 47 senators voted against the scientific finding that global warming represents a danger to human health, 53 senators, all Democrats, agreed that the EPA should have the power to require everyone, including industrial corporations, to operate withing the confines of the Clean Air Act.
The over 17,600 Care2 members that signed the petition to “Oppose the Murkowski Attack On the Clean Air Act” were instrumental in delivering this vote, which was a fatal blow to Sen. Murkowski’s well-funded campaign to convince politicians that the EPA was “not suited” to enforce the very laws it was created to uphold.
As soon as the EPA finalized its study on the effects of greenhouse gases earlier this year, and announced that they are indeed a threat to public health and welfare, climate change deniers and industry lobbyists lost no time in formulating their rebuttal.
As Care2′s JP Leous reported, “Sen. Murkowski has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from polluting companies, and some of her biggest campaign contributors in recent years include firms with fossil-fueled motives like Exxon Mobil Corp.”
In case you think that Big Oil, Coal and Gas are just going to take this decision lying down, you’re in for a big surprise.
In securing the votes to defeat the Murkowski resolution, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid struck a deal to allow another vote on a new attack on the Clean Air Act, which is being promoted by coal state Democrat Sen. Jay Rockefeller.
Rockefeller’s bill would effectively have the same result as the Murkowski resolution, though under the guise of delaying EPA action for years rather than definitively blocking it.
Click here to keep up the pressure on Congress and ensure that the Senate doesn’t restrict one of the best tools we have to regulate greenhouse gases and fight climate change.
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