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Murkowski's office responds

By Juliet Eilperin

Robert Dillon, spokesman for Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), didn't have a chance to provide a comment for our most recent post about a meeting the senator's staffers had in September about her amendment aimed at blocking the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions from power plants on its own.

So Post Carbon is printing the statement he sent in an e-mail Tuesday night, which addresses how two lobbyists and former senior EPA officials under George W. Bush, Jeffrey R. Holmstead and Roger Martella Jr., called into the session that Murkowski's aides held with two aides to Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) and a handful of Senate Democrats..

"EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, President Obama, numerous environmental groups and even the Washington Post editorial board all agree that EPA regulation of greenhouse gases is the worst possible way to address climate change. Sen. Murkowski agrees. And while she believes we should take steps to reduce our nation's greenhouse gas emissions, she won't do it under the threat of regulations that could severely hamper our nation's economic recovery.

"Before we contacted any outside group, our staff reached out to the EPA to discuss Sen. Murkowski's concerns and her amendment. Instead of engaging in a productive dialog on the senator's concerns, however, the EPA stonewalled us. Since EPA attorneys wouldn't talk to us, we sought out the best Clean Air Act experts we could find.

"Under these circumstances it made perfect sense to ask two Clean Air Act experts who were public servants in the previous administration for their feedback on our amendment.

"The EPA and environmental groups were trying to raise red herrings and we wanted to consult with the best clean air attorneys we could find about any potential unintended effects of the amendment.

"That's what opponents are trying to do again - raise red herrings to distract from the real issue that EPA regulation of greenhouse gases poses a serious threat to the nation's economy and competitiveness."


Juliet Eilperin

 |  January 12, 2010; 10:16 PM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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EPA is about the last bureaucracy that should be allowed to rule on anything: the whole office is out of touch with reality and out of step with America and its common-sense freedoms and Constitution.

Posted by: churchlionjudah | January 13, 2010 6:39 PM
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Juliet - Will you give equal attention to the thousands of lobbyists trying to cram economy-destroying cap and trade down our throats, despite the Climategate revelations that EPA has no science on which to back its regulations?

Posted by: mzalaska | January 13, 2010 2:51 PM
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What a crock from Murkowski. Neither she, nor Inofe have ever supported anything that could remotely be called environmentally friendly. They, like all republicans, are all about corporate profits no matter the impact on people or the planet. The next piece of environmental legislation that she (or Inofe) supports will be her first.

Posted by: Pearl77 | January 13, 2010 2:45 PM
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