Environment groups attack Murkowski in ads to run this week
By Juliet Eilperin
Environmental groups are taking aim at Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) for her efforts to block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases linked to climate change on its own.
The National Wildlife Federation Action Fund will launch a $125,000 television buy starting Wednesday that will focus on how Murkowski enlisted the aid of two lobbyists last fall to help craft an amendment curbing EPA's ability to use the Clean Air Act to regulate pollution linked to global warming.
The ad, which will run on commercial TV stations in Alaska and on cable TV in D.C., features the usual visuals of the U.S. Capitol and smokestacks, along with lines like, "It's happening again, Washington's messing with Alaska... Alaska needs more leadership and less pollution. Call Lisa Murkowski. Tell her to put Alaska first, not the polluter lobby."
Murkowski has the option of offering an amendment later this week that would block EPA from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.
The senator's spokesman, Robert Dillion, called the negative ads a distraction from the real issue at hand: "The attacks on Senator Murkowski's character are baseless and simply an attempt to divert attention from the very real threat EPA regulation poses to our struggling economy. Senator Murkowski supports responsible efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but EPA regulation is clearly the wrong tool."
At the same time Friends of the Earth Action has made a small radio buy in Alaska and North Dakota criticizing Murkowski and Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.), who's authored a similar measure on the House side.
The group's spokesman, Nick Berning, said Friends of the Earth Action is spending about $8,000 in Alaska and $2,000 in North Dakota today and tomorrow. "We're also prepared to expand the buy - in these states or others - if merited," he wrote in an e-mail.
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