Alaska Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski is taking a page out of Sarah Palin’s play book, by fighting for legislation that favors corporations and industry, over the environment, wildlife, and the health of American citizens.
The Washington Post reported that her plans were written by industry lobbyists who represent Duke Energy and the Southern Company, some of the biggest coal-burning utilities and global warming polluters. The Center for Responsive Politics also reports that Murkowski is the top recipient of financial support from the electric utility industry for the 2009–2010 election period.
The Clean Air Act has been strengthened numerous times in the past five decades since the original version was passed into law. It is one of the single most important components to fighting pollution, smog, and air borne contaminates on the books today. It has improved air standards and as a result there have been improved human health and quality of life.
Detractors say the law reduces corporate profits and encourages outsourcing, yet supporters say that improved environmental air quality has generated more jobs than it has lost.
Now, Murkowski and her industry allies want to take us back to the dark ages on pollution reduction and cleaner air.
Kierán Suckling, Executive Director of the Center for Biological Diversity had this to say in response in response to Senator Lisa Murkowski’s introduction of a “disapproval resolution” aimed at blocking the Environmental Protection Agency from reducing greenhouse gas pollution under the Clean Air Act:
“With the Copenhagen talks failing to produce a legally binding, science based agreement, and the planet warming faster than predicted, we need the Clean Air Act more than ever. The Senate should resoundingly reject Murkowski’s resolution to block the Environmental Protection Agency from doing its job of reducing greenhouse pollution through the Clean Air Act, our strongest and most successful law for protecting the air we breathe and a safe climate.”
Kieran believes that a vote for the Murkowski resolution “is a vote to gut the Clean Air Act and do nothing about global warming.”
The CleanThe Clean Air Act has successfully reduced pollutants that cause asthma, heart and lung disease and premature deaths.
There are dozens of things, both natural and man-made that contribute to pollution and contaminated air, like coal fired power plants, car emissions, chemicals, pesticides, aerosols, volcanic activity, landfill methane, animal methane, and fires; both wild and controlled.
Murkowski was appointed to the senate seat of her father, Senator Frank MurkowskiFrank Murkowski, by her father; before congress changed the law prohibiting such appointments.
Earthjustice is keeping an eye on Murkowski and her dubious motives for seeking to interfere with the Clean Air Act and released this statement Thursday (in part):
Murkowski is trying to undermine the U.S. EPA and their efforts to regulate some of the biggest global warming polluters. She’s doing this by attacking the Clean Air Act, the law that requires EPA to regulate this pollution and has helped clean up the air we breathe.
Before quitting as governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin threatened to sue the state over proposed protection for Cook Inlet beluga whales and favored industry over the environment, by allowing corporate polluters to operate with unacceptable levels of contamination seeping into water ways.
Alaska, one of the most pristine states in the union, ironically seems to have a history of home-grown anti-environment politicians. Senior Senator Ted Stevens ran ad campaigns to get Murkowski re-elected, with the message that implied residents would have their federal subsidies reduced if a Democrat won.
Yes, that is right. Every single resident of Alaska gets an annual oil revenue check.
“Drill, baby, drill.”
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