Energy & Environment

Murkowski floor statement: Congress, not EPA, should shape energy policy

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) delivered the following remarks from the Senate floor Thursday at the beginning of the debate on her EPA Disapproval Resolution. The resolution failed by a vote of 47 to 53.

"Mr. President, during the Memorial Day recess we received two pieces of alarming news that should inform the work of every member of this chamber. First we learned that the national debt has surpassed $13 trillion in total. Shortly after that, we learned that nearly all jobs added in May came from temporary Census positions. The private sector created just 41,000 jobs last month — many fewer than expected, and a far cry from a pace that will allow us to dig out from the economic recession.


Why I'm voting 'no' on Sen. Murkowski's EPA resolution (Sen. Claire McCaskill)

While I am sympathetic to Senator Murkowski’s concerns, I plan to vote against her resolution because it would eliminate EPA’s ability to regulate emissions from vehicles. The government and the auto industry have agreed to set these new standards for vehicle emissions and it would be a mistake to jeopardize this historic agreement, which will reduce our dependence on oil by 1.8 billion barrels. 


Momentum behind Murkowski resolution (Sen. James Inhofe)

This is the last opportunity for a lot of the Democrats voting in the Senate to vote against a massive government take-over.  Initially, when Senator Murkowski talked about doing this, I said that my only concern is – it’s unlikely you’ll reach a majority.  And if that happens, then people, like some of you in this room, will mischaracterize that as supporting a type of cap-and-trade.  That’s definitely not the case.


The answer to what ails us

The multitude of voices now declaiming on energy policy are
so clangorous that it’s easy to overlook the points of convergence,
which are these:

  • Energy provision is too dirty.
  • Energy provision is too entangling.
  • Energy prices are too volatile.

Does anyone in 2010 America seriously question these propositions?


Can the EPA unite the Senate?

Today the Senate is voting on Senator Lisa Murkowski’s resolution that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating carbon emissions through the Clean Air Act. In the months and years to come there is going to be a long and spirited debate about the desirability and structure of any federal government effort against carbon pollution.


It is time to make the BP pledge a binding commitment (Sen. Byron Dorgan)

BP has consistently said it will provide the funding necessary to pay for the damages caused by the oil spill in the Gulf Coast.  But when I asked the Justice Department, in a recent hearing, whether the BP pledge would be binding on the company the answer from the Justice Department was that it is not binding.