'GOP Rolling Back Clock to Days Before Modern Environmental Laws'
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement today on a motion offered by Congressman Bob Filner (D-California)
to instruct energy bill conferees to drop a provision that would
weaken the Clean Water Act. The motion failed by a vote of 188 to
nation, we have worked hard for the past 30 years to reduce water
pollution and to protect our lakes, rivers, and drinking water.
But the Republican leadership is intent on rolling back the clock
to the days before modern environmental laws when Americans were
shocked by floating garbage, dead fish, and burning rivers.
version of the energy bill would carve out an outrageous exemption
from the Clean Water Act for the exclusive benefit of the oil and
gas industry. Incredibly, this one industry would no longer be required
to stop sediments and toxic waste at its construction sites from
flowing into streams, rivers, and lakes. But oil and gas exploration
often causes more pollution, not less, than other industries. Industry
executives would profit at the expense of public health.
do not want more water pollution. We want to drink clean water,
swim in clean water, fish in clean water, and boat on clean water.
Every American and every industry must remain committed to cleaning
up water pollution -- our childrens future depends upon it."