Friday, February 26, 2010
Where's your No Dirty Air Act mask?
photo: Gabe Elsner, Student PIRG Global Warming Solutions Coordinator and Coordinator of the Clean Energy Works Youth Table, and students from the Clean Energy Works Campaign preparing to enter Sen. Lisa Murkowski's office
Excerpts from today's It's Getting Hot In Here blog post:
Alaska’s US Senator Lisa Murkowski has been working to build support for a bill that would take away the US EPA's ability to require reductions in global warming pollution.
On Tuesday, two-dozen Student PIRG leaders passed out ‘No Dirty Air Act’ Masks and stickers to all 100 Senate offices as well as several House targets. The action was covered in Roll Call Magazine.
Later that day, the students gained entry to a Senate Budget hearing and lining up behind her in masks, supported EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson as she defended her determination earlier this year that global warming poses a threat to the planet.
Student leaders with the PIRGs, Alliance for Climate Protection and Southern Energy Network then converged on the office of Senator Lisa Murkowski to deliver their message opposing the ‘Dirty Air Act’ directly to the Senator. While the students weren’t able to meet with the Senator, they met with Republican Staff Director for the Environment and Natural Resources Committee and engaged in an intensive discussion about the benefits of comprehensive global warming legislation.