Clean Air Act

Weekly Round-Up 7/02/10: Climate loses a potential champ in Byrd

2
Jul
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Earlier this week, legendary West Virginia Senator Robert C. Byrd passed away. It is unlikely that an environmental organization would have written positively about a pro-coal senator, but in recent years the late Senator Byrd realized the toll that the coal industry was taking on the environment and his beloved West Virginia. Robert C. Byrd, who once fought hard for coal mining and against regulating it in his early years, had an epiphany:

The industry of coal must also respect the land that yields the coal, as well as the people who live on the land. If the process of mining destroys nearby wells and foundations, if blasting and digging and relocating streams unearths harmful elements and releases them into the environment causing illness and death, that process should be halted and the resulting hazards to the community abated.
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Obama disapproves of Murkowski's disapproval

9
Jun
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Just in case there was any doubt as to where the Administration stands on this (.pdf):

The Administration strongly opposes Senate passage of S.J. Res. 26, which would undermine the Clean Air Act and hinder EPA’s ability to comply with a Supreme Court ruling on greenhouse gasses (GHGs). The Administration believes that comprehensive energy and climate legislation is the most effective way to transition to a clean energy economy that will create jobs, protect the environment, and increase national security. S.J. Res. 26 would do just the opposite; it would increase the Nation’s dependence on oil and other fossil fuels and block efforts to cut pollution that threatens our health and well-being.
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A Rebuttal to Sen Murkowski's "Dirty Air Act" Op-Ed: Is She Serious?

9
Jun
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Nothing in D.C. should really surprise me anymore. But this week, my staff pointed me to Senator Lisa Murkowski’s cynical and misdirected op-ed piece attempting to justify her assault on the Clean Air Act. The Senator’s justification for her “Dirty Air Act” -- Senate resolution (S.J. Res. 26), scheduled for a vote later this week -- really galled me.

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Poll: 64% of Americans reject Big Oil & Dirty Coal

9
Jun
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Now that the true cost of our fossil fuel addiction has become appallingly clear over the last seven weeks, the need for action is beginning to sink in with the American people.

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DC Hill Udate 6/8/10: Murkowski "Dirty Air Act" vote this week

8
Jun
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The Senate returned from recess on Monday and, according to Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), discussing energy-related legislation is at the top of their agenda. The BP spill has the potential to transform the energy debate in Congress. Leadership in the Senate and the White House have an opportunity to pivot off of the BP spill and drive our energy policy in a new direction.

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DC Hill update 6/1/10: Murkowski Dirty Air Act vote set for June 10th

1
Jun
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Last week, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) struck a deal with the Democratic leadership that will allow her to force a vote on her “disapproval resolution” on the Clean Air Act on next Thursday, June 10. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said that he will make a climate and energy bill a priority after the Memorial Day recess, huddling with key chairmen and working to chart out a path forward on "energy-related" legislation. At a high-profile press event President Obama identified comprehensive legislation as the long-term fix for preventing further oil-related disasters. Members of Congress are back in their states and districts all week for Memorial Day recess.

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Our reaction to the Kerry-Lieberman climate bill (UPDATED with bill analysis)

12
May
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Update: Our analysis of the American Power Act of 2010 (PDF, Updated 5/17/2010) is now online. -- Luis

Our campaign director Gillian Caldwell just issued a press statement about the release by Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman of their highly-anticipated American Power Act:

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"The Storm" joins climate march in Boston

7
Apr
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By Geneva Boyer, cross-posted from Paint Brown Green. -- Luis

Last Thursday, we had a glorious march to Senator Brown’s (and Senator Kerry’s) offices to call for protection of the Clean Air Act and to deliver letters and petitions from constituents. Paint Brown Green was a proud co-host of this march. Here’s a write up (with pictures below):

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Worth repeating: Senator Bennet will stand up for the Clean Air Act

7
Apr
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Last week, more than 50 1Sky supporters 'stormed' Senator Michael Bennet's office in Denver, Colorado encouraging him to be more vocal in defense of the Clean Air Act. Following this event, a spokesperson for Senator Bennet told reporters that Bennet will "strongly oppose efforts to gut the Clean Air Act" in an article published in the New York Times this week. Said the spokesperson:

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DC Hill Update 4/06/2010: Obama Administration Expands Offshore Drilling, Congress Still on Recess

6
Apr
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With Congress on recess, this week was marked by big news from the Obama Administration, including a disappointing announcement about offshore oil drilling and a more encouraging one about mountaintop removal coal mining. Meanwhile, 1Sky supporters turned out in impressive numbers to "storm" in-state Congressional offices nationwide, demanding that members of Congress oppose the "Dirty Air Act" proposals currently under consideration.

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