Murkowski's "Dirty Air Act" Gets Help from Democrats


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Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) has been surfacing in the news recently, thanks to an amendment she's created to stop the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases--even though she lives in the state perhaps most threatened by climate change. The bill, which was openly written with the help of lobbyists, has now gotten bipartisan support from one of the chief opponents of clean energy reform from the Democratic side of the aisle--any guesses on who it is?It's our friend, Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR)--she has cosponsored the amendment, popularly known as the Dirty Air Act, and seeks to protect the interests of heavily polluting industries. Hey, she owes it to them--she's accepted a whopping million dollars of cash in campaign contributions from them. It's only fitting--Murkowski herself has taken serious chunks of change from the utility companies that would benefit from being allowed to pollute greenhouse gases unconditionally.

In addition, two other Dems have signed on to support the destructive measure.

Wonk Room reports:

The full text of Senate Joint Resolution 26 (the Dirty Air Act) has been submitted. Three Democrats (Landrieu, Lincoln, and Ben Nelson of Nebraska) joined every Republican except for Collins & Snowe of Maine, DeMint (SC), and Ensign (NV) in co-sponsoring the resolution, which would overturn the Supreme Court-mandated and science-based endangerment finding for greenhouse gases.
The Democratic involvement is unfortunate for the party, but not exactly surprising--these three have opposed clean energy reform from the beginning. And here's what Brad Johnson thinks of them for doing so:
Like Murkowski and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Lincoln is demonstrating a shocking disregard for her state's interests, the health of her constituents, and a misunderstanding of why America has been losing jobs to China and India. Her support for the Dirty Air Act is an act of allegiance to polluters.
Certainly seems to be the case . . .

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