Washington DC – Today, the League of Conservation Voters, which works to turn environmental values into national priorities, responded to Senators McCain and McConnell, who continue to cling to the failed energy policies of the past. Senator McCain, in a campaign speech in Michigan, threatened to spend taxpayers’ dollars to open America’s beaches to Big Oil companies for offshore drilling. Senator McConnell offered an amendment to a bill on flood insurance that promotes greater use of liquid coal, allows the US government to enter into long term contracts for dirty fuels that would increase global warming pollution, and opens the Arctic Refuge and our coasts to drilling.
“These two Senators are handcuffed to President Bush’s policy of ‘drill first, ask questions later,’” LCV President Gene Karpinski said. “We will never break our addiction to oil and coal when the only plan on the table is to find and burn more oil and coal. Voters in 2008 know that America’s future is clean, renewable energy, and these Senators must stop pushing energy policies from the 1940s.
“Regarding Sen. McConnell’s amendment, flood insurance matters to too many American families to drown in liquid coal and other unrelated issues.”