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LCV Statement on Passage of Senate Energy Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Seth Stein, (202) 454-4573 or seth_stein@lcv.org

April 20, 2016  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the Senate passing S.2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015, LCV Vice President for Government Affairs Sara Chieffo issued the following statement:

“While we appreciate that Senators Cantwell and Murkowski worked to keep the most egregious provisions out of this package, this energy bill is still a mixed bag that LCV cannot support. This package includes some important and widely supported provisions like the Land and Water Conservation Fund as well as modest improvements in energy efficiency and research and development; however, it also contains far too many damaging, anti-environmental provisions, such as exemptions from EPA's clean air protections, weakened environmental review, and increased export and development of fossil fuels. We are also disappointed with provisions added on the Senate floor that allow for further development of methane hydrates and biomass, worsening climate change at a time when we should be advancing clean energy solutions. We will work with our allies to address these concerns as this bill moves to conference.”

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