Friday, March 04, 2005

Senator Carper on "Clear Skies"

Senator Tom Carper reiterated his opposition to Bush's "Clear Skies" bill and said the congress can and should do better. Here's an excerpt from his press release:

WILMINGTON, DE (March 4, 2005) – Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., today joined local environmental groups to urge the Senate to take up and pass clean air legislation this year that would better protect Delaware’s air quality than President Bush’s so-called “Clear Skies” proposal.

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Carper said he hopes a bill he previously authored could serve as a basis for a bipartisan deal that can pass the Senate. In the last Congress, Carper was the primary sponsor of the bipartisan Clean Air Planning Act, which would more quickly reduce power plant emissions of mercury, NOx and SOx, while providing needed flexibility for power plants to meet new pollution targets.

In other words, Carper is saying that he can do a better job of crafting environmental legislation with bipartisan support than Bush.

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