Sen. Murkowski, Pawn of Special Interests, Poised to Bring Clean Air Act Rollback Measure to a Vote

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Sen. Murkowski, Pawn of Special Interests, Poised to Bring Clean Air Act Rollback Measure to a Vote

WASHINGTON - Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has indicated that she could bring
a measure to roll back the Clean Air Act to the Senate floor this week.
Sen. Murkowski’s measure, called a “disapproval resolution,” would
effectively destroy the Clean Air Act as a tool to reduce the
greenhouse gas emissions causing climate disruption.

Friends of the Earth’s president, Erich Pica, had the following statement:

“Sen. Murkowski’s underhanded resolution is a dangerous measure
written for polluting corporations by their lobbyists. It would
eviscerate the most-effective existing tool at the federal level to cut
carbon emissions.

“A cardinal rule of solving problems is building on what works. The
Clean Air Act has a 40-year track record of saving lives and money. The
Obama administration has already finalized sensible Clean Air Act
standards that will start reducing climate-disrupting emissions from
our country’s biggest industrial polluters next year. It would be
inexcusable to let greedy corporations veto this progress. But that’s
exactly what Sen. Murkowski is trying to do.

“Last week’s election results show that people from Pennsylvania to
Arkansas are sick of the corporate-run status quo in Washington.
Senators who endorse Sen. Murkowski’s Dirty Air Act are throwing their
lot in with corporate polluters and selling out their constituents’
health.”

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Friends of the Earth is the U.S. voice of the world's largest grassroots environmental network, with member groups in 77 countries. Since 1969, Friends of the Earth has fought to create a more healthy, just world.

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