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Blaine Nordwall, Published June 27 2010

Robust science carried the day

Recently, the U.S. Senate voted down a proposal that would have gutted the Clean Air Act and allowed polluters to operate with even fewer restrictions than now. As the worst oil catastrophe in history unfolds in the Gulf and along our shoreline, this measure, authored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, would have increased both our current dependence on oil and the future dangers of climate change. I appreciate the foresight and courage that Sens. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., and Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., showed in opposing this resolution. Their action was right for North Dakota and right for the nation.

Americans want real energy reform that will hold polluters accountable, reduce our dependence on dangerous foreign oil, create real jobs here, and enhance our national security. Today’s naysayers will someday thank Conrad and Dorgan for their wisdom.

“Common sense” should mean a shared understanding of known facts, not the shouted opinions of a mob. Climate change is upon us. Robust science says so. Now it’s time for our senators to lead the effort to pass a comprehensive clean energy and climate plan this year.