Ad Asks Senator to Protect Clean Air

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New Ad Targets Sen. Murkowski's Attack on Clean Air Act


WASHINGTON, DC (January 19. 2010) – The National Wildlife Federation Action Fund unveiled a new television ad today criticizing Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s attacks on the Clean Air Act. As soon as Wednesday, Sen. Murkowski may unveil an amendment to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its authority to regulate carbon pollution from the largest polluters such as coal-fired power plants. According to reports in the Washington Post, polluter lobbyists have played roles in planning the strategy.

"Given the threats Alaska faces due to global warming, it's mystifying that Sen. Murkowski would be fighting to open a new carbon pollution loophole in the Clean Air Act while working closely with lobbyists from outside Alaska," said Sue Brown, executive director of the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund. "Sen. Murkowski has taken a wrong turn with this amendment that leads to a dead end on clean energy jobs and creates uncertainty about Congress’ commitment to new direction on energy. She should put Alaska first and drop this misguided attack on the Clean Air Act."

The National Wildlife Federation Action Fund is the 501(c)4 grassroots lobbying and accountability arm of the National Wildlife Federation, America's largest conservation organization. The NWF Action Fund advocates for the conservation interests of hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts from all walks of life and political stripes.

Alaska’s average winter temperatures have already risen 5 to 7 degrees Fahrenheit in just the last 60 years. Temperatures could rise another 5 to 9 degrees if carbon pollution continues unchecked, according to the Arctic Climate Impacts Assessment. Melting permafrost, more intense forest fires, and pest infestations are among the consequences. Loss of wildlife and habitat could mean a loss of tourism dollars. In 2006, more than 691,000 people spent nearly $1.4 billion on hunting, fishing and wildlife watching in Alaska, according to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

The ad will run in Alaska and Washington, DC with the total buy topping $125,000. View the ad at NWFActionFund.org.

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The National Wildlife Federation Action Fund is the 501(c)4 grassroots lobbying and accountability arm of the National Wildlife Federation. NWF Action Fund is an organization that advocates for the conservation interests of hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts from all walks of life and political stripes. We are committed to encouraging participation in the democratic process and inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future.

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