WASHINGTON - League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Legislative Director Tiernan Sittenfeld today released the following statement regarding the House-Senate Energy Conference Report:
"This is an energy bill that is unsuitable for the last century, let alone the 21st Century. Not only does the bill fail to take any meaningful steps to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil or ease rising energy costs for consumers, it includes a panoply of tax breaks, subsidies and special interest provisions for big oil and other polluting industries. A particularly egregious provision is the invasive offshore oil and gas inventory, which could pave the way for drilling off our coasts. It's outrageous that this bill helps line the pockets of the oil and gas industry, which is already making record profits.
"This bill is bad news for consumers and public health and takes us backwards on critical environmental protections, including the Clean Water Act. The only winners are polluters and special interests who are being showered with taxpayer-funded giveaways.
"Once again, Congressional leaders have failed to produce a forward-thinking, secure and clean energy policy. We urge members of Congress to oppose this deeply flawed bill."