Senator Who Hopes to Block EPA from Regulating Greenhouse Gas Pollution is Top Fundraiser from Utility Companies


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What a coincidence--Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), the senator who is attempting to stop the first attempts to regulate greenhouse gas pollution in the US has also received more funding from the utility industry than any other senator in the nation. Go figure. And if that wasn't enough, it's been openly reported--and not denied in the slightest by Ms. Murkowski--that oil and gas lobbyists helped her write the amendment that would allow companies to continue to pollute freely.Sen. Murkowski has proposed an amendment that would prevent the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas pollution. She seeks to add the amendment onto an unrelated debt bill, and to bring it to a vote before the entire climate legislation is ready for a vote in March. But why would she want to stop the regulation, which would arguably aid her state more than any other?

Greenwire reports (subs required, via Climate Progress):

Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski, who was elected to Senate GOP leadership last year and holds a key post on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, received more campaign contributions from the utility industry than any other lawmaker during the 2009-2010 election cycle, according to data compiled by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.

Last year, Murkowski received $157,000 from electric utilities, and since 2005, she has received more than $244,000, according to the center's data.

Seems Murkowski, who claims she believes in global warming but doesn't want to deal with the bureaucracy that would come from the EPA regulating greenhouse gases, has other incentives for shutting down the EPA climate plan as well.

This development comes on the heels of news that Murkowski wrote the amendment with two lobbyists--one who was an energy lobbyist for coal companies, the other a Bush administration official. As Climate Progress notes: "The Washington Post has confirmed that two Washington lobbyists, Jeffrey R. Holmstead and Roger R. Martella, Jr., helped craft the original amendment."

And she's gotten money from other pollution-heavy industries as well: "Several of her top campaign contributors since 2005 include: Edison Chouest Offshore, Constellation Energy Group Inc., Southern Co., Van Ness Feldman and Exxon Mobil Corp."

The evidence is overwhelming--this amendment is nothing but a major favor to polluting corporate interests.

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