Greenpeace opposes Waxman-Markey; vote today

Bad news for supporters of the Waxman-Markey climate change bill as they frantically round up supporters for today's vote: Greenpeace is urging a 'no' vote.

Unlike conservative opponents of the bill, however, Greenpeace thinks the legislation is too friendly to polluters.

"Since the Waxman-Markey bill left the Energy and Commerce committee, yet another fleet of industry lobbysists has weakened the bill even more, and further widened the gap between what Waxman-Markey does and what science demands," Greenpeace USA Deputy Campaigns Director Carroll Muffett said in a statement last night. "As a result, Greenpeace opposes this bill in its current form. We are calling upon Congress to vote against this bill unless substantial measures are taken to strengthen it."

(Read the full statement after the jump.)

It's unclear how important Greenpeace's opposition will be, however. Democratic vote-counters are most nervous about defection from moderates, not liberals.

Nevertheless, Greenpeace's assertion that supporters "chooses politics over science" will give a helpful talking point to GOP opponents. (Republicans will mean something very different by that than Greenpeace, however.)


Washington, D.C., United States--In advance of tomorrow's vote on the American Clean Energy and Security Act in the House of Representatives, Greenpeace USA Deputy Campaigns Director Carroll Muffett issued the following statement:

"Since the Waxman-Markey bill left the Energy and Commerce committee, yet another fleet of industry lobbysists has weakened the bill even more, and further widened the gap between what Waxman-Markey does and what science demands. As a result, Greenpeace opposes this bill in its current form. We are calling upon Congress to vote against this bill unless substantial measures are taken to strengthen it. Despite President Obama