The Senate tonight fell short of the votes needed to override a presidential veto of an attempt to use the Congressional Review Act to block the Clean Power Plan.
Collin O’Mara, president and chief executive officer of the National Wildlife Federation, said in response:
“Wildlife across America face the consequences of unchecked carbon pollution through historic forest fires, droughts, warming waters, invasive species, disease, and extreme weather. The Clean Power Plan gives states a common-sense blueprint to clean up this pollution, while catalyzing innovation that will strengthen local economies through the manufacturing and deployment of clean energy sources. Poll after poll shows strong majorities of Americans, including hunters and anglers, support reducing industrial carbon pollution and want the Clean Power Plan to move forward.
“At time when conservation bills with strong bipartisan support await floor time, including improvements to the Toxic Substances Control Act, reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Bill, we encourage the Senate to end the attacks on the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act through bills which have no chance of being signed into law. We commend Senators Ayotte, Collins and Kirk who crossed party lines on today’s Clean Power Plan CRA vote to stand up for America’s outdoor traditions and natural resources.
“The National Wildlife Federation will be working with both Republicans and Democrats to find more common ground in the months ahead on renewing our investments in wildlife, improving forest health, reducing threats to water quality, and protecting public lands for future generations.”
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