Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (HI-02) today released the following statement on her vote against H.R. 3409, The Stop the War on Coal Act, legislation repackaging four bills already passed by the House that would roll back environmental protections that help keep families safe from pollution:
"Two wrongs don't make a right, and combining four bad bills just equals one extremely bad idea. This bill fails to take a balanced approach to our need for affordable, clean energy and undermines laws protecting the air we breathe and the water we drink. It's no wonder the Obama Administration strongly opposes this bill.
"Families and businesses in Hawaii know that the key to a sustainable economy is to continue our progress on renewable energy, respecting our environment, and managing our natural resources responsibly. That's the type of energy bill I'd like to see, not one that makes it easier for power plants to release mercury and other toxic pollutants into the air.
"What's truly disappointing is the House Republicans' focus on counterproductive and politically-driven legislation when we should be working to get a balanced deal to address the looming across-the-board cuts and tax increases that have to be addressed before the end of this year."