By Ben Geman - 12/04/09 11:45 PM EST
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), the top Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, doesn’t like White House plans to help developing nations battle climate change.
“I’m surprised the president would commit our nation to billions in new and long-term spending, particularly in a year that has seen our government rack up a record deficit, and before our economy is back on track,” she said in a statement this evening.
“I’m also disappointed that the administration has chosen to prioritize international assistance over funding that should first go to Alaska, and other places in America that badly need assistance with adaptation. My home state of Alaska literally has villages falling into the ocean – where’s the support for the people in our own country being affected by climate change?” she added.