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Clean energy group thanks Webb, Warner for vote against greenhouse gases bill

Virginia's two Democratic senators are getting some free praise on the airwaves.

Clean Energy Works, a coalition of liberal and environmentalist groups, has launched an ad thanking James Webb and Mark Warner for their votes last week against a bill that would have blocked the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases.

Webb and Warner joined 49 fellow Democrats, plus the Senate's two Independents, in voting against proceeding to Sen. Lisa Murkowski's (R-Alaska) "resolution of disapproval" curtailing the EPA's authority. Murkowski's measure was favored by all of the chamber's Republicans, a handful of Democrats and a variety of industry groups.

Environmentalists saw the defeat of Murkowski's resolution as a big victory, and CEW is now on the air thanking senators from six states, including Virginia. The ad is expected to run for 10 days.

"Oil. Sliming more miles of the Gulf Coast every day," begins the ad's narrator. "And in Washington, big oil lobbyists were looking to slime our senators, too. They tried to pressure Jim Webb and Mark Warner to vote for a big oil bailout worth 47 billion dollars. Senators Webb and Warner had two words for big oil: No way. They voted to hold oil companies accountable so they can't pollute and get away with it. Senators Webb and Warner: Keep standing up to big oil and fighting for America's clean energy future."

(At the same time, another liberal coalition, Americans United for Change, is on the air with an ad campaign attacking the lawmakers who supported the Murkowski bill.)

Explaining his vote, Webb said he would instead support a compromise measure by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) that would suspend the EPA's regulation of greenhouse gases for two years, but not block it altogether. "I do not believe that Congress should cede its authority over an issue as important as climate change to unelected officials of the Executive Branch," Webb said.

Warner's office said he voted against Murkowski's bill "because he believes removing this EPA authority removes any impetus to adopt a comprehensive energy bill."

By Ben Pershing  |  June 14, 2010; 4:34 PM ET
Categories:  James Webb , Mark Warner  
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As we can see, Obama and his environ-nut comrades are trying to use the oil spill and the EPA to force another job-killing, economy-killing SCAM on the American people!

ALL regulations should be decided by Congress, not by unelected bureaucrats. Article I of the Constitution says that legislative power is vested in CONGRESS, not in Executive Branch agencies like the EPA.

We are not Venezuela (yet), where Obama-like dictator Chavez can use his agencies and thugs to force his Marxist SCAMS on people.

Posted by: AntonioSosa | June 14, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

What is beyond revolting is that, while we are facing the oil spill crisis, Obama and his comrades are busy using the crisis to push their cap and trade/carbon tax SCAM down our throats!

Rather than finding ways to solve the oil spill horrendous problems, they are busy finding ways to use those problems and the suffering they are creating to advance their SCAM!

Posted by: AntonioSosa | June 14, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Warner is wrong because delegating his authority to the EPA lets him off the hook: he doesn't need to pass any (needless to say unpopular) economy-killing bill because the EPA will do it for him.

Sen. Webb is correct in saying Congress should not delegate its authority. So why did you delegate your authority, Senator Webb?

The EPA permit dispute with Texas is over technicalities of Texas methodologies (which are effective and proven). Texas is playing by all the rules, but EPA is throwing up paperwork roadblocks. The refinery in question in Corpus Christi is owned by Koch Industries, an enemy of leftists such as the Sierra Club. This has nothing to do with actual global warming (shutting down the refinery will have 0.000% effect on the climate) and everything to do with federal power and control to serve the climate change agenda.

Posted by: eric654 | June 15, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

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