Coming on the heels of Murkowski's efforts to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its ability to regulate carbon pollution, lobbyists for some of America's biggest energy companies and polluters threw the Alaska Senator a closed-door fundraiser at the exceedingly posh Caucus Room restaurant in Washington, D.C. Who was she meeting? Per EnviroKnow:
Host Alex Flint lobbies for the Nuclear Energy Institute, whose PAC has given her $5,000 since 2008. Beverly K. Marshall lobbies for Duke Energy, which is based in North Carolina, and has given the senator $24,050 over the course of her career. David Russell represents a number of clients for Bryan Cave LLP, including Peabody Energy, a coal company based in St. Louis, Mo. Peabody’s PAC has given her $3,000 since 2008.Fortunately, grassroots protesters -- comprised of young people who'd like to inherit a livable planet and a sound economy -- were there to greet the Senator on her way into the lobbyists' fundraiser.
See Sen. "Dirty Air Act" walk right by the protestors without a word. Cold!
What were the protestors so upset about? Well, aside from stripping the Environmental Protection Agency of its ability to, you know, protect the environment, Murkowski's "Dirty Air Act" would actually undermine the U.S. economy by crippling the auto industry as it transitions to building more energy-efficient cars to compete in the global market.
Lisa Murkowski and dirty energy lobbyists: BFF4L!
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