Senate Votes Down Murkowski Resolution, 53-47

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Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 4:18 pm

The Senate just voted down Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (R-Alaska) resolution to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s finding that greenhouse gas emissions pose a danger to public health. The final vote was 53-47, with six Democrats joining all Republicans in voting for the resolution.

The EPA was required by the Supreme Court to regulate emissions under the Clean Air Act, if it found them to endanger the public — which it did last December. Murkowski’s resolution would have, in effect, ruled that the EPA was wrong in its scientific assessment that greenhouse gases posed a threat.

The Democrats joining all Republicans in voting for the resolution were: Evan Bayh (Ind.), Blanche Lincoln (Ark.), Mary Landrieu (La.), Ben Nelson (Neb.), Mark Pryor (Ark.) and Jay Rockefeller (W.Va.).

Even if it had passed the Senate, the resolution would have faced steep odds in the House and a certain veto from President Obama. Still, it would have sent a powerful sign about the Senate’s willingness to tackle carbon emissions ahead of the upcoming debate on energy and/or climate legislation.

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