Friday, June 11, 2010
Murkowski Resolution Defeated
This resolution introduced by the Senator from Alaska was an attempt to block the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. After six hours of party-line arguments on the Senate floor, the measure was defeated. All 41 Republicans and six Democrats voted in favor of this resolution, showing huge levels of global warming denial and a refusal to look at real science. While this was still a victory for the EPA, it shows how hard the fight will be to pass any legislation that makes a dent in our consumption of fossil fuels. Senators Reed and Whitehouse delivered excellent speeches as did Senator Kerry. Our newly elected Massachusetts Senator, Mr. Scott Brown unfortunately voted in favor of the resolution. See the roll call here.