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Lisa Murkowski and the Holmstead-Martella Dirty Air Act

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has received a lot of negative attention recently for her plans to introduce an amendment written by two lobbyists for the polluter industry and former Bush administration officials to benefit their clients and block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gasses from coal plants and other dirty sources.

Several organizations, including PolluterWatch, Greenpeace and the Center for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, exposed Murkowski's relationship with these polluter lobbyists and unveiled a history of corporate campaign cash being steered from Holmstead's and Martella's client pool Murkowski and several other Senators who are either supporting the legislation or considering jumping on board soon. PolluterWatch is still awaiting a response to our request that the Senate Ethics Committee open an investigation into the inappropriate role that these lobbyists played in drafting this legislation.

Murkowski is expected to announce today whether to go full steam ahead with her lobbyist-written Dirty Air Act or swap it out for some other way of expressing her gratitude to coal and oil companies for helping her do her job and of course for the campaign cash. Please call Lisa Murkowski today at 202-224-6665, and tell her to dump the Dirty Air Act and get to work on legislation that will create new, clean energy jobs for Americans who want to secure our nation and get our economy back on track.

Jeffrey Holmstead

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