With your help, we defeated Murkowski's "Dirty Air Act."
Now, let's win on a strong climate and energy bill.
We have some great news:
Moments ago, the Senate voted 53-47 to reject the bill offered by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) that would have stripped EPA of its authority to regulate carbon pollution and let big polluters off the hook.
This vote was both substantively and symbolically important and shows that the majority of the Senate understands the need to act to address America's global warming pollution.
Steve Cochran, EDF's National Climate Campaign Director, issued the following short statement:
"Step one was defeating this attack on the Clean Air Act. But, as we heard many senators on both sides of this vote say today, Congress now needs to act. It is up to Congress to deal with our oil addiction and cut carbon pollution."
You Helped Turn the Tide
As of this morning, the vote count was still very much in doubt. But, thanks to the nearly 150,000 online activists who emailed their Senators and thousands more who called over the last couple of weeks, we made a huge difference.
We cannot thank our members and activists enough for the inspiring outpouring of grassroots pressure on the Senate to defeat this "Dirty Air Act."
Our job over the next few days and weeks is to ride this momentum and keep the pressure on the Senate to pass the strongest possible climate and energy bill to cap America's carbon pollution, end our over-dependence on oil and other fossil fuels, and unleash our clean energy future.
That is the singular focus of our National Climate Campaign and we will not let up until we win.
For now, we just want to say thank you for all you did to help defeat the Murkowski bill. We couldn't have won without you.
Thank you for your activism and support,
Environmental Defense Action Fund
P.S. To see how your Senators voted, here is the vote tally.