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."
June 14, 2010; 4:34 PM ET
Categories: James Webb , Mark Warner
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