NWF Responds to Attack on Clean Air Act

A new proposal by Senator Lisa Murkowski seeks to undermine the Clean Air Act

01-21-2010 // Miles Grant
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Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) has introduced a “resolution of disapproval” designed to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s scientific finding that global warming poses a danger to the public under the Clean Air Act. Rather than protecting Americans’ well being, this measure would roll back the clock on pollution 40 years, creating an assault on the air we breathe and the water we drink. NWF's Pat Lavin explains:

“Senator Murkowski is trying to have it both ways on climate science – on the one hand saying she doesn’t deny global warming, and on the other trying to reject the EPA's scientific climate findings. Senator Murkowski says she prefers a legislative solution for climate change and we encourage her to focus on finding that solution.“

Three years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court mandated that the government determine whether or not greenhouse gases pose a danger to human health. After intense research, scientific debate and public hearings, it has become clear that carbon emissions do in fact pose a danger and must be curbed to protect the public. Senator Murkowski's "Dirty Air Act" push is an attempt to prevent lawmakers from moving forward on legislative solutions to the climate crisis. It only delays action that must be taken now to minimize the damage of carbon pollution.

"We urge Senaor Murkowski to stop attacking the EPA and the Clean Air Act, which are the best tools we currently have to begin addressing climate change," said Lavin.

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