FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 6, 2012 CONTACT: Trey Pollard, (202) 495-3058
Sierra Club Statement on House GOP Dirty Energy Agenda
Washington, D.C. – Today, House Republicans released their so-called “energy plan” – a reckless agenda to gut the clean air safeguards that keep millions of American children healthy, curtail critical environmental review of major infrastructure projects, and fork over more public lands and tax subsidies to Big Oil companies already raking in billions in profits every year.
In response, the Sierra Club released the following statement from Associate Director for National Campaigns, Melinda Pierce:
“It’s hardly surprising that John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Fred Upton, and the rest of the House Republican leadership are pushing gimmicks that would boost the boundless profits of the Big Oil and Big Coal lobbyists to whom they are beholden. It’s nothing new – their number one priority for the last two years has been waging war on the EPA’s life-saving public health protections solely to promote the agenda of their big polluting campaign contributors. Yet, the vast majority of Americans and even Republican voters support the EPA’s work and believe that EPA - not Congress - should protect them and their families from dangerous pollution. Elected officials are supposed to represent the people of their districts, not the corporations that stuff money in their pockets -- but this legislation shows House Republicans will tirelessly rehash ways to put the agenda of big polluters before the needs of their constituents.”
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