WASHINGTON, DC – Nobel Prize-winning scientists, religious leaders, business executives, the leaders of both political parties and the overwhelming majority of Americans know that the time to fight global warming is now. With a 250% increase in gas prices under the Bush administration, it is time to find real alternatives to foreign oil.
Too bad Senator Mitch McConnell is too afraid to even talk about solutions. No wonder he was named one of LCV’s 2008 Dirty Dozen.*
Yesterday, McConnell voted against even debating the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act, which marks an important step toward achieving necessary comprehensive global warming pollution reductions and energy independence. What is he afraid of?
“While 74 Senators have the courage to debate the issues surrounding a bill that will create millions of green jobs and a new energy economy,” LCV President Gene Karpinski said, “McConnell and his cronies cower behind President Bush, Big Oil, and the outdated policies of the past. He was one of only 14 Senators who are so far outside the mainstream that they think that no action is needed on global warming and that our current dependence on dirty fossil fuels is working for Americans.”
At a time when the oil industry is getting fat on $120+ per barrel oil and record profits, McConnell sought to block debate on a bill that is good for jobs, good for the economy, good for national security and good for the planet. His vote against cloture signifies his acceptance of the worst effects of global warming – crippling droughts, oppressive heat waves, destruction of threatened species and more - that we face if we fail to pass a strong climate bill.
“It’s time for America to move forward with a solution that reduces global warming pollution while creating jobs and saving money for working families,” Karpinski continued. “If Mitch McConnell is so scared of a clean energy future that he won’t even discuss solutions, he should trade his Senate seat for a safe spot hiding under the bed.”
*For more information on LCV’s Dirty Dozen, visit http://www.lcv.org/campaigns/dirty-dozen/