For Immediate Release:
Contact: Maggie Kao, 202-675-2384
Senate Must Act Now on Oil and Clean
Washington, DC – In response to an
announcement by Majority Leader Reid that the Senate will move a limited package
of oil disaster response and energy measures to the floor, the Sierra Club
issues the following statement.
Statement of Michael Brune, Sierra Club
“Given the unfortunate political reality
in Washington today, it is absolutely imperative that the Senate must at least
follow through with Majority Leader Reid's proposal to pass a bill that reduces
oil dependence and creates clean energy jobs before the August recess.
It's an outrage that corporate
polluters can rely on a minority of Senators to block action to put a price on
carbon pollution when conservationists, labor, veterans, communities of faith,
small businesses and everyday citizens all agree it's the right thing to do. We
remain strongly supportive of legislation to reduce global warming pollution and
urge the Senate to move on it as quickly as possible, but the Senate must at
least pass an oil disaster response and clean energy package now.
The Sierra Club will do everything
in its power during this fall's elections to make sure that our environmental
champions can return to Congress with a demand to finish the job with more
legislation to create more jobs, less pollution and greater security. And we
will hold accountable those who have blocked efforts to reduce pollution and
create clean energy jobs.
The Sierra Club believes
an energy package for this July must reduce oil consumption and address the root
causes of the BP oil disaster--Senator Merkley's proposal to cut oil consumption
by 8 million barrels a day would be a good place to start. In addition, the
bill must ensure that BP and future polluters are held fully responsible for the
cost of damage and clean up for such disasters. The bill should include a
strong Renewable Electricity Standard, and investments in clean energy and
efficiency that will create jobs and spur economic growth, as well as measures
to significantly reduce carbon pollution.
remain deeply concerned about efforts by polluters to weaken the Clean Air Act
or EPA's ability to reduce air pollution and protect public health. The
Senate’s negotiations with industry must not result in give-aways to dirty
energy companies at the expense of communities’ health and well-being.”