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Sen. Jeff Merkley's Posts

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A dangerous proposal

An argument against Murkowski’s radical attempt to overrule EPA scientists

Today one of my Republican colleagues introduced a proposal to brazenly overturn sound scientific work done by our nation's leading public health experts and prohibit the Environment Protection Agency from doing its job to protect the health and welfare of the American people. This extremely damaging proposal is a political stunt designed to effectively strip the EPA's power to curb harmful air pollution.   Sen. Lisa Murkowski's (R-Alaska) proposal takes the form of a "Resolution of Disapproval" under the Congressional Review Act. It is so extreme that it would legally overturn scientists' very conclusion, based on decades of scientific study, …

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Clean energy is an easy choice

Cross-posted from Daily Kos. The past few months the political debate inside and outside the beltway has largely been centered on health care reform, but I wanted to take a moment and turn the discussion to the big battle looming on the horizon.   Congress is gearing up to take on another critical challenge we're facing; transforming our energy economy and addressing the grave threat of climate change. As a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, I've been working with my Senate colleagues to craft a bill that will create clean energy jobs, reduce air pollution and liberate …