Coloradans rally to oppose Murkowski bid to block EPA on Clean Air Act

Colorado environmentalists are rallying opposition to a resolution floated by Republican Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski that would block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from enforcing several key aspects of the Clean Air Act.

According to an analysis by Environment Colorado, SJR 26 would up Colorado’s dependence on oil by 7 million gallons a year by blocking federal requirements mandating cars and light trucks use less gas, among other things.

While Colorado Sen. Mark Udall opposes the resolution as running counter to a previous U.S. Supreme Court decision requiring EPA oversight of carbon emissions, 42 senators have said they back the Murkowski resolution, with only nine more votes needed for passage on Thursday.

Colorado businesses previously voiced opposition to the bid by Murkowski, who, according opensecrets.org, is the number three recipient of oil and gas money in Congress.

Members of the Colorado environmental and business community will rally Wednesday at noon at the Diamond Shamrock gas station at 10th and Broadway in downtown Denver.

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