Republicans Growl over Criticism of Energy Bill Alternative
Republicans are pushing back against efforts by senior Senate Democrats to paint the Republican alternative energy bill as an oil industry bailout.
Jim Manley, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) spokesperson, blasted the Republican proposal this week for not including an unlimited cap on oil spill liability, as the Democrats’ bill does. “Republicans want taxpayers to foot the bill for BP’s disaster and allow BP to use endless legal battles to run out the clock on those whose livelihoods they destroyed – just like Exxon did to victims of the Valdez spill,” Manley said.
Now, Republicans are firing back. Robert Dillon, spokesperson for Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), just sent an e-mail to reporters with this subject line: “Grrrr.” Dillon continues:
The Republican bill holds oil companies accountable and makes sure taxpayers are never on the hook for spill clean up costs. But, and this is a big difference, it ensures that smaller, independent oil companies can still get insurance to explore in the Gulf of Mexico – saving tens of thousands of Americans from being forced unnecessarily onto the unemployment line simply because Democrats want to punish Big Oil.