Washington, DC: In response to the committee markup of House Republicans’ Interior Appropriations bill, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), released the following statement from Senior Government Affairs Advocate, David Shadburn:
“Today the Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee made an already awful bill even worse. This summer, the bad news has been record-breaking heat, wildfire smoke, and flooding fueled by climate change. The good news has been that programs to incentivize clean energy and fight the climate crisis are fueling the country’s economic comeback by creating jobs and lowering prices, while the administration has worked on stronger environmental protections. This bill would reverse all of that economic and environmental progress while ignoring the impacts and injustices of the climate crisis.
The original bill already included many harmful provisions; added to that list today were amendments to block protections from air pollution from power plants and trucks, requirements for even more oil and gas lease sales, and even more anti-LGBTQIA policies to name just a few.
By reneging on their own spending deal, Republicans are setting the country on the path to a harmful and completely unnecessary government shutdown. We applaud the Democrats on the Committee who fought against these measures and reminded their Republican colleagues of the terrible costs of their pro Big Oil agenda.”