Thursday, April 21, 2005

Add MTBE to Your Energy Bill, and Stir... 

Another chunk of pork for polluters in HR 6 (Energy Legislation) is the MTBE bailout. MTBE is a potential carcinogen and has contaminated groundwater systems in at least 29 states. HR 6 includes a provision designed to get MTBE polluters off the hook for it’s cleanup, shifting responsibility to state and local taxpayers instead. More energy for polluters’ shareholders, less energy and clean water for you and your kids.

Democrats in the Senate are framing this as an unfunded mandate imposed on states and local government, something Republicans are supposed to oppose— when it doesn't hurt corporate interests.

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