Senate Votes to Protect Communities and Wild Places

Jun 10, 2010

The Wilderness Society applauds rejection of resolution to limit EPA regulation of greenhouse gases

The Wilderness Society President William H. Meadows issued the following statement in response to the vote on Sen. Murkowski’s resolution to remove the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases.

“Today a majority of the Senate decided to move forwards in the fight to reduce the carbon pollution that threatens our communities and wild places. We simply can no longer live with the free dumping of harmful pollution into the atmosphere. The unregulated pumping of carbon into the atmosphere must be brought under control so that our children and grandchildren do not face massive disruptions to water resources, air quality, and ecosystems that will endanger their public health. In just the past 30 years, Glacier National Park has lost a third of its iconic glaciers to a warming climate – and impacts like this will be felt more often and more acutely unless we reduce carbon emissions.

“We urge the Senate to act quickly on passing a comprehensive climate and energy bill that reduces dangerous carbon emissions, provides the means to protect our communities and natural resources, and helps develop clean, renewable energy sources.