The Dernogalizer

June 9, 2010

Organizing for America: Protect Clean Air Act

It’s good to see Obama’s grassroots group mobilizing some support for the defeat of Lisa Murkoski’s resolution to gut the Clean Air Act.  Below is the e-mail sent to me by them that makes a good case for protecting the act.

Matt —

Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, with strong support from the big oil companies, has introduced a resolution that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas pollution — and dismantle the bipartisan Clean Air Act.

If her measure becomes law, the effects would be immediate. Nearly every step President Obama has taken to promote clean energy would be repealed. It would wreak havoc on the President’s landmark clean vehicle standards that ensure cars go farther on a gallon of gas, and it would block requirements that force large power plants and factories to use new technology and clean energy to reduce their pollution.

This resolution is a giant step backward. As it is, other nations are already taking the lead in transitioning to clean energy economies that create the jobs of the future. Now Sen. Murkowski and her Republican allies, who have taken millions from big oil companies and other polluters, want to lock us in the past.

Lobbyists representing big business and dirty energy are pressing senators to support Sen. Murkowski. It’s time lawmakers hear from citizens who support combating climate change.

Will you write your senators today? Let them know that you strongly oppose Sen. Murkowski’s resolution, and that they have your thanks if they oppose it too.

Sen. Murkowski has filed her resolution under the Congressional Review Act, which gives Congress the authority to overturn the actions of an executive branch agency. Under the law, resolutions only require 51 votes to pass.

The vote is scheduled for Thursday, and there’s no time to wait. Senators need to hear from you.

Write your lawmakers now:



Mitch Stewart
Organizing for America


1 Comment »

  1. […] two weeks ago I wrote an op-ed column on the need to protect the Clean Air Act, which was under attack from Republicans and coal/oil state Democrats.  Ultimately, the attempt to gut the portion of the […]

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