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Sen. Murkowski Welcomes Cantwell-Collins Bill to Climate Debate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, on Dec. 11 released the following statement regarding Sens. Maria Cantwell and Susan Collins' Carbon Limits and Energy for America's Renewal (CLEAR) Act:

"I am encouraged by Sen. Cantwell's bipartisan effort to advance a more sensible approach to greenhouse gas emission reductions. A great deal of work remains to find consensus on legislation, and ensure that both the economy and the environment are protected, but this bill is intellectually honest and moves the debate in the right direction," Murkowski said. "We need to keep all of our climate policy options on the table, and the CLEAR Act should certainly be one of the approaches we spend time considering in the coming months."

"As this debate proceeds, it's essential that we not only discuss the merits of different proposals, but what may be missing from them as well," Murkowski said. "None of the legislation introduced so far contains adequate preemption of harmful EPA regulations, and we must explore the implications of limiting market participation since doing so could subject regulated entities to significant price uncertainty."

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