Minority of Senators Continues to Block Real Energy Solutions

43 Senators Put Partisan Politics Ahead of Cheap, Clean Energy

07-30-2009 // NWF Media Team

WASHINGTON, DC -- Once again today, the U.S. Senate failed to end debate and advance to a vote on a bill to extend renewable energy tax credits. It's the seventh time a minority of senators has blocked the legislation by filibustering it, refusing to end debate. According to a recent study by Navigant Consulting, failure to extend the tax credits puts at risk 116,000 jobs in the wind and solar industries and more than $19 billion in clean energy investment.

Adam Kolton, the National Wildlife Federation's senior director of congressional and federal affairs, said today:

"Today's vote was a vote against American-made energy solutions, against affordable energy for American families, and against climate action to protect our children's future. It is simply disgraceful that a minority of 43 senators would put partisan politics ahead of cheap, clean energy.

"That same minority of senators demand that we go along with their drill-and-burn energy plans. What do they think we've been doing for the last eight years? We've more than doubled drilling on America's public lands only to see gas prices more than double. Our national energy policies couldn't be any friendlier to Big Oil if they were written by ExxonMobil executives themselves.

"If you're trying to quit smoking, you don't ask the Marlboro Man for help. America has an addiction to oil, and that minority of senators wants us to ask Big Oil for help. Don't be fooled by the big lie that we can drill and burn our way out of this problem. It's failed Americans again and again while delivering record profits for oil companies. We need clean energy solutions to break America's addiction to oil, give consumers real energy choices, recharge our economy and help solve global warming."

The National Wildlife Federation is America's largest conservation organization inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future.