Tag: Lisa Murkowski
Have we finally found ourselves a sane, "moderate" Republican to join Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins (if they are, indeed, still in the "moderate" camp) in the Senate? Watch this video and decide for yourself.
Several moderate Senate Democrats yesterday announced plans to oppose a GOP-led effort to stymie federal climate rules, which may be enough to sink the resolution scheduled for a vote this afternoon.As far as I'm aware, this is the first time Webb's said out loud that he would oppose this monstrosity. Thank you, Senator, and excellent work by everyone who called his office and told him to oppose this latest assault on the environment by Big Oil Republicans!
Some Democrats who were seen as potential backers of Sen. Lisa Murkowski's resolution to veto U.S. EPA climate rules publicly announced that they plan to oppose the measure.
Moderate Democratic Sens. James Webb of Virginia, Byron Dorgan of North Dakota and Mark Begich of Alaska all said they are likely to vote against the resolution today.
Debate on the measure is expected to kick off today at 9:30 a.m...
UPDATE: I just watched Webb's floor speech. All I can say is, I'm happy he's voting against the Murkowski monstrosity. Other than that, I really can't follow his thinking on this one.
UPDATE #2: Webb's statement is in the extended text. I agree with Webb that Congress shouldn't cede its authority over dealing with climate change. That is, as long as Congress acts ASAP. If not, then they've de facto ceded their authority anyway. Also, I'd point out that Congress' - and by that I mean the Senate's - failure to act on this issue for years now indicates a dysfunctionality that probably won't be cured in the next few weeks, months, or even years. Hence, the EPA option.
Earlier today, Virginia environmentalists, veterans, and other activists held a press conference in Richmond, at which they urged Senators Mark Warner and Jim Webb to oppose a wildly misguided piece of legislation by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK, BP, ExxonMobil), what many of us are calling the "Dirty Air Amendment" (or, alternately, the "Big Oil Bailout" bill). For more, see the press release from Environment Virginia after the "flip."