Fossil Fuel Industry in the Driver's Seat: Clean Water Action on Senate and House FY2018 Budget Resolutions
Washington, DC - The House of Representatives passed its FY 2018 budget resolution and the Senate is moving forward on its version. Clean Water Action Campaigns Director Lynn Thorp released the following statement:
"Republican leaders in Washington are going to great lengths to put polluters and the special interests who fund their campaigns ahead of public health and clean water. Not only do the budget resolutions from both the House and Senate set the framework for drastic cuts that will make it difficult to protect our water and promote healthy communities, they begin to open the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge for oil and gas drilling. It's buy one set of bad policies, get one free for the fossil fuel industry and other special interests.
ANWR has been off limits to drilling for a reason ─ oil and gas exploration will damage one of the last wild places in the country. Opening the refuge to drilling furthers our commitment to a dead end energy policy and is more proof to the world that we're not serious about acting on climate.
The American public expects leaders who will put our needs first, not a budget that doubles down on dirty fossil fuels. If Republican leaders continue down this reckless path, Americans will hold them accountable at the ballot box in 2018."
Since our founding during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking and people power to the table. We will protect clean water in the face of attacks from a polluter friendly Administration and Congress.