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Murkowski and Allies Clamor to Protect Big Oil in Face of Gulf Crisis

Vote on resolution Thursday is a test of allegiances: Big Oil or the American people?


On Thursday, June 10, the U.S. Senate will vote on a resolution by
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) to reverse the Environmental Protection
Agency's finding that greenhouse gases endanger public health and will
be regulated under the Clean Air Act. This proposal would also nullify
the fuel efficiency standards for all cars and trucks finalized this
spring that would reduce our nation's dependence on oil and promote
major pollution cuts. Today, Sen. Murkowski and several Republican
allies are holding a press conference to solicit support for this
measure before the vote.

The following statement is from Earthjustice senior legislative
representative Sarah Saylor:

"This resolution by Senator Murkowski shows that she will go to great
lengths to protect big-money polluters. This is the same senator who
has gone to bat for BP, blocking a law that would hold oil companies
accountable for the full costs of their spills. Now she and her allies
want to give all of the fossil fuel special interests in this country a
break by gutting our Clean Air Act.

"Sen. Murkowski's resolution puts special interests above the public
interest by protecting these violators and irresponsible corporations,
which want nothing more than to see America remain hooked on their dirty
fossil fuels. Sen. Murkowski and her allies are putting not only the
health of the American people at risk, but also our economic future by
delaying a move to clean-energy alternatives.

"This vote on Thursday is two things. First, it is a red herring, a
distraction from the real task at hand before the Senate: to find a way
forward toward a sustainable and prosperous clean-energy future. Second,
it is a test. Which senators are on the side of big, influential, dirty
fossil fuel industries at this moment of man-made crisis in American
history? And which are on the side of the American people and working to
guarantee us a clean and healthy future? We will know the answer on

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