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Obama disapproves of Murkowski's disapproval

9
Jun

Obama disapproves of Murkowski's disapproval

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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.

The statement also lays out what amounts to a veto threat:

If the President is presented with this Resolution of Disapproval, which would seriously disrupt EPA’s ability to address the threat of GHG pollution, as well as the multi-agency Federal GHG and fuel economy program, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the Resolution.

The veto threat is underlined in the original document to make it clear that the President really, really, really doesn't want to see this passed. And it's no wonder: Obama's EPA has already used the Clean Air Act effectively to increase fuel mileage standards in vehicles and crack down on the oldest, dirtiest coal plants. The President understands that the Clean Air Act is a powerful tool to tackle climate change emissions and jump-start a clean energy economy -- and he wants to keep it that way.

But make no mistake: The Administration's veto threat does not mean that we can sit back and let Sen. Murkowski (R-Exxon/BP/Shell/etc.) win tomorrow's vote. We want to nip this in the bud now, before it has any chance to get anywhere near Obama's desk in the Oval Office. Have you called or sent a message to your senators yet?

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