The Energy Politics of the Alaska Senate Primary « The Washington Independent
If Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) does lose her primary battle against her Palin-backed opponent, Joe Miller, it will be a big deal. Murkowski is the ranking Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. She has been a key player (and often a key opponent) in every major piece of energy legislation debated in the Senate in recent years. She worked closely with the committee’s chairman, Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), to negotiate a bipartisan compromise on a broad energy bill.
But she has also often been a thorn in the side of many environmentalists. She introduced a resolution (which ultimately failed) that would have effectively blocked the Obama administration from using the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
The Hill noted this morning that Miller questions the existence of climate change. Murkowski, for her part, has acknowledged that climate change is an important issue, but has taken issue with the potential costs associated with some cap-and-trade programs.