Now that the Senate has defeated this measure, it is unlikely that the House of Representatives will mount a similar assault on the Clean Air Act despite numerous policies introduced by Congressional members. Reps. Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) introduced their own “disapproval resolution” (H.J. Res. 66) mirroring Sen. Murkowski’s Dirty Air Act; Rep. Earl Pomery (D-ND) introduced a bill (H.R. 4396) to reverse the Supreme Court’s landmark 2007 global warming decision by declaring that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are not air pollutants; and Reps. Collin Peterson (D-MN), Ike Skelton (D-MO), and Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) introduced a bill that would attack the Clean Air Act’s “endangerment finding” while attempting to weaken the Clean Air Act by broadening the definition of biofuels and preventing monitoring of new international emissions that result from “indirect” land-use changes.
You can see how your Senators voted on this short-sighted resolution and then please consider taking a few minutes to call their offices to express your appreciation if they rejected this resolution or express your disappointment if they voted to roll back the Clean Air Act’s protections against climate pollution.
In reality, this “Dirty Air Act” was nothing more than an elaborate Senate dance – a delaying tactic – that diverted attention away from the clean energy policies that our nation desperately needs. It is our sincere hope that Senate leaders will use this victory as a springboard to see such policies enacted later this year.