Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today after Senate Republicans blocked the Climate Security Act of 2008:
“We saw this morning yet another example of Bush-McCain Republicans refusing to address one of the most important issues of our time. Given the opportunity to solve the urgent energy and economic crises of today and environmental crises of tomorrow, they ran away from the debate.
“Time and again Democrats have given Republicans the opportunity to address the rising cost of energy. We have tried to curb global warming, lower gas prices and invest in renewable energy – but Republicans have squandered each opportunity.
“When you look at who Republicans have chosen as the new standard-bearer, this is not entirely surprising: Senator McCain says global warming is one of his top issues, but when he has the chance to do something about it, he doesn’t even show up to work.
“Democrats will continue fighting to reduce the carbon pollution that causes global warming, create good-paying green jobs here at home and break our dependence on oil.”