New Radio Ad Holds Murkowski Accountable for Doing Bidding of Special Interests in Push to Roll Back Clean Air Act

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New Radio Ad Holds Murkowski Accountable for Doing Bidding of Special Interests in Push to Roll Back Clean Air Act

Ad accuses senator of turning back on Alaska’s economy by thwarting climate solutions

WASHINGTON -

Friends of the Earth Action began airing radio ads in Alaska and North
Dakota today taking U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
and Congressman Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.) to task for doing the bidding of
corporate lobbyists by attempting to roll back the Clean Air Act.

“Senator Murkowski took lobbyists’ money, then
invited them to help her write legislation that will hurt her constituents.
It’s classic pay-to-play politics, and it’s wrong,” said
Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth Action.

“Climate change threatens Alaska’s economy, but instead of
standing up for her state, Senator Murkowski is doing what the lobbyists want
and trying to eliminate the strongest existing tool that could help solve the
problem,” Pica said.

“North Dakotans—especially
the state’s farmers—are also at risk of climate change impacts,
including more and worse droughts,” Pica said. “Congressman Pomeroy
should be working to protect his constituents by solving the problem, but
instead, he’s standing in the way. That’s unacceptable.”

Last week, the Washington
Post
reported
that two lobbyists helped Murkowski draft a legislative proposal that would
prevent the Clean Air Act from being used to reduce emissions of the
heat-trapping gases that cause global warming. Later in the week, Politico reported
Murkowski’s staff had gone so far as to invite the lobbyists to run a
conference call organized by her staff that was intended to promote the
proposal to other Senate offices. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (citizensforethics.org)
reported Murkowski
accepted more than $50,000 in campaign cash from clients of the lobbyists that
helped craft her proposal.

Murkowski’s staff has said her proposal could be
brought to the Senate floor as early as tomorrow—Wednesday, January
20—as an amendment to legislation to raise the national debt limit.

Pomeroy announced on January 8 that he would seek to
advance similar legislation, which would also prevent the Clean Air Act from
being used to reduce the emissions of heat-trapping gases that cause global
warming.

The 60-second Friends of the Earth Action radio ads, which
began airing today on several Anchorage and Fargo stations, can be
heard here (AK)
and here (ND).

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