Coalition of AR Conservation Groups Sends Letter to Senator Blanche Lincoln, Disapproving Her Support for Murkowski Resolution

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CONTACT: Nao Ueda, Audubon Arkansas, (501)244-2229, nueda@audubon.org

A Coalition of Arkansas Conservation Organizations Sends Letter to
Senator Blanche Lincoln, Disapproving Her Decision to Support
the Murkowski Resolution

LITTLE ROCK, AR (February 16, 2010) — Today, a coalition of Arkansas conservation organizations sent a letter to Senator Blanche Lincoln expressing their disappointment with her support for Senator Lisa Murkowski’s resolution to block enforcement of Clean Air Act requirements to reduce global climate change pollutants. The coalition urged Senator Lincoln to reconsider her decision and instead work to ensure that the Congress passes a strong clean energy and climate plan.

“The Clean Air Act is a proven success, with a 40-year track record of cost-effectively cutting pollution to protect our citizens and the environment and to drive technological innovation,” said Ellen McNulty, National Wildlife Federation. “Instead of embracing progress, this attack on the Clean Air Act would put public health at risk and jeopardize long-overdue action to hold the biggest polluters accountable, reduce American’s oil dependence, and jump-start a vibrant clean energy economy.”

In the letter, the coalition urged Senator Lincoln to work with Congress to pass strong energy and climate legislation with market-based emissions trading programs to reduce global climate change pollutants and create a much-needed clean energy economy. The letter cites a December 2009 study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that projects real gross revenues for agricultural carbon offsets to increase from $800 million per year in 2015 to $30 billion per year by 2050.

“Support for Senator Murkowski’s resolution is a major step backwards for Arkansas’s economy, agriculture, public health, and environment,” said Ken Smith, Audubon Arkansas. “A resolution to block all or part of the Clean Air Act would turn our back on the overwhelming science of climate change and further exacerbate the crippling uncertainty facing industry, holding back billions of dollars in job-creating clean energy investments.”

The coalition includes: 1Sky – Arkansas, Arkansans for Clean Energy Jobs, Arkansas Climate Awareness Project, Arkansas Earth Day Foundation, Arkansas Nature Alliance, Arkansas Sierra Club, Arkansas Solar Initiative, Arkansas Wildlife Federation, Audubon Arkansas, Clean Air Arkansas, The Ecological Conservation Organization, Environment America, Environmental Defense Fund, Faulkner County Supporters of Sustainable Communities, Friends of the North Fork and White Rivers, National Wildlife Federation, OMNI Center Climate Change Task Force, and Ozark Society.

The letter can be found at www.ar.audubon.org.

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