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League of Conservation Voters Statement on Lieberman-Warner

Contact: Joshua McNeil, (202) 785-8683 or June 6, 2008  

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the League of Conservation Voters responded to the defeat of the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act in the United States Senate.        

“LCV thanks Senator Boxer, Senator Reid, Senator Warner and Senator Lieberman for their leadership in this historic debate,” LCV President Gene Karpinski said.  “By introducing and fighting for this bill, they have put the majority of the Senate on record in support of cap-and-trade legislation and set the stage for significant action next year.”        

“With American families struggling under ever increasing gas prices, this missed opportunity to provide real alternatives to America’s addiction to foreign oil will come back to haunt the minority of Senators who sided with big oil and dirty coal and refused to break the filibuster,” Karpinski said.  “Like a smoker who always plans to quit ‘next week,’ Senator McConnell, Senator Inhofe and their allies have put off for another year the chance to break our addiction to foreign oil and to finally address the threat of global warming.  Rest assured, we will let their constituents know where their loyalties lie.”        

“One advantage of this week’s debate is that the ‘sky-is-falling’ scare tactics about gas prices used by Senators McConnell and Inhofe proved ineffective – the American people know that the alternative to high gas prices is a real alternative to oil.  By their actions this week those Senators have kept American consumers over a barrel and at the mercy of Big Oil and and the 250% increases in gas prices we’ve seen over the last seven and a half years.”        

“Our country can’t afford any more political stall tactics from Exxon’s Senate delegation, which is why LCV has made it a priority to elect a 60-vote, filibuster-proof, pro-environment majority in November.  Our members in all fifty states will help elect a new President and a new Senate, and together, we will pass an even stronger law next year.”

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