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Kyle Ash, Greenpeace Global Warming Legislative Representative, 202-319-2417,

Statement in Response to Vote on Senator Murkowski’s Dirty Air Act

WASHINGTON - Greenpeace issued the following statement today
from Global Warming Legislative Representative Kyle Ash in response to
the vote in the US Senate on Senator Murkowski’s resolution to block
the EPA from addressing greenhouse gasses under the Clean Air Act:
“The US Senate defeated Senator Murkowski’s Dirty Air Act to
increase self-regulating by oil and coal companies, but this is no time
to become complacent. Today’s win, 53:47, was nowhere near a blowout in
our favor, so it is a sign that Congress is not prioritizing clean
energy. Today’s vote was not only about supporting coal and oil
companies; the Senate was deciding whether or not to censure the
President and EPA for agreeing that global warming is real.

“Other champions for the fossil fuel industry have lined up already
with their own bills. The next attack against the Clean Air Act in the
Senate will be led by Senator Rockefeller, who is supported by other
Democratic Senators that voted against Murkowski. Without a strong
campaign by President Obama to protect the Clean Air Act, and his
authority to use it, polluter lobbyists will be emboldened and stronger.

“It was no surprise that oil companies supported Murkowski. As
Senator Stabenow noted on the Senate floor, Murkowski’s resolution
would have caused the federal fuel economy program to collapse.
American cars would remain gas-guzzlers and oil companies would profit.
With as much as 205 million gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf by a
British Petroleum oil rig, Congress should turn their attention to
making polluters pay for the damage they cause and getting America off
oil for good.”


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