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Senators McConnell, Cornyn, Allard and Inhofe: the Exxon Delegation Stalls the United States Senate

Contact: Joshua McNeil, (202) 785-8683 or June 4, 2008  

WASHINGTON, DC – Senators Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn, Wayne Allard, and Jim Inhofe and their friends in the oil industry don’t want to talk about the Climate Security Act.  Not only did McConnell, Allard and Inhofe vote against the Cloture motion to open debate on the bill, at this moment, the four Senators are forcing the Clerk of the Senate to read all 491 pages of the bill aloud.  The bitter irony of wasting hours reading the bill aloud is that this bill addresses the urgent need for action on global warming and for viable alternatives to skyrocketing gas prices.

“Doing Big Oil’s bidding does nothing to address global warming or America’s energy crisis.” LCV President Gene Karpinski said.  “McConnell, Cornyn and Inhofe are running for reelection and American voters want action, not political stall tactics from the Exxon delegation.”

Senator McConnell has accepted $580,311 from oil and gas interests.  Senator Allard has accepted $405,156; Senator Inhofe has accepted $999,023; and Senator Cornyn has accepted $1,197,305. ( 

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