Several prominent environmental groups are balking at a major energy bill crafted in part by the top Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
The Sierra Club, the League of Conservation Voters, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and others attacked "several provisions in this bill that we believe could cause detrimental effects to public health and our environment."
Last week, Committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski and Maria Cantwell, the panel's top Democrat, unveiled the wide-ranging "Energy Policy Modernization Act," which addresses a range of issues that include energy efficiency, infrastructure modernization, renewable energy, and critical minerals mining.
In a bid to garner broad support for the bill, Murkowski said that she and Cantwell deliberately shied away from more controversial issues such as the Keystone XL pipeline or climate change.
But even a slimmed-down measure didn't pass muster with the green groups. They balked at 10 specific provisions, including sections on expediting liquefied natural-gas exports, ending a mandate to phase out fossil fuels in federal buildings, altering certain Energy Department efficiency programs, and expediting certain mineral mining permits