Sen. Murkowski’s Responds to Administration Attempts to Tie Disapproval Resolution to Gulf Tragedy

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement in response to numerous attempts by the Obama administration to link congressional opposition to EPA climate regulations to the tragic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico:

"The administration and opponents of the disapproval resolution know they're losing the argument about the costs of EPA climate regulations. They've trotted out one red herring after another, but trying to link this bipartisan measure to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill sets a new low," Murkowski said.

"There is nothing in my resolution that negates fuel economy gains or makes our country more dependent on oil. Falsely linking this effort to the tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico is an insult to those impacted by the spill and to the hundreds of stakeholders that are concerned about the economic consequences of EPA's climate regulations. Farmers, manufacturers, small business owners, and Americans from every corner of the country have weighed in to express their support for this resolution. To suggest they are somehow tools of the oil industry for speaking out against the EPA's regulatory overreach is cynical and categorically untrue."

"The EPA's endangerment finding does nothing to help clean up the Gulf of Mexico, ensure that impacted victims receive timely compensation for damages or prevent future spills. To suggest otherwise is opportunistic and it cheapens the ongoing tragedy while deflecting attention from the government's lackluster response. The only similarity I see between the oil spill and the EPA's climate regulations is that both are unmitigated disasters. The difference, of course, is that it's not too late for Congress to stop the EPA's regulations."

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