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Rep. Buerkle Continues Assault on Environment and Public Health

Contact: Jeff Gohringer, 202-454-4573 or

September 21, 2012  

WASHINGTON – Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-24) today continued her assault on the environment and public health by voting for the deceptively titled Stop the War on Coal Act of 2012, which is designed to weaken commonsense industrial pollution standards and roll back public health safeguards. Rep. Buerkle’s vote is what you’d expect from a politician with a dismal 9% lifetime score on the League of Conservation Voters’ (LCV) National Environmental Scorecard.

“Ann Marie Buerkle voted in lockstep with the extreme Republican leadership to let corporate polluters threaten the air we breathe and the water we drink,” said Navin Nayak, LCV’s Senior Vice President of Campaigns.

The legislation voted on today simply repackages many of the same attacks on health and environmental safeguards that have been voted on time and again in the House of Representatives – votes that have made the current House the most anti-environmental in our nation’s history.

The bill nullifies the recently finalized fuel efficiency standards, overturns the EPA’s ability to reduce carbon pollution, blocks critical clean air safeguards, dismantles the Clean Water Act and leaves communities exposed to toxic chemicals like arsenic and mercury.

Last month, the national League of Conservation Voters named Rep. Buerkle to its Flat Earth Five program, a campaign to defeat five House incumbents who deny the scientific consensus on climate change. More information about the Flat Earth Five can be found online at

The non-partisan LCV National Environmental Scorecard is a nationally accepted yardstick used to rate members of Congress on environmental and clean energy issues. For more information, visit

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