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7 Energy Villains In Your Government (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Huffington Post     First Posted: 05/28/10 09:29 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 05:35 PM ET

Moving away from our addiction to oil seems like a difficult task, but when you see members of Congress fighting to maintain the status quo, it seems impossible. While the Gulf oil spill has given some pause on the expansion of oil drilling, it has emboldened others, who have used the spill to make a case for, of all things, expanded oil drilling. We've compiled seven of the worst clean energy offenders in Congress for their efforts to go out of their way to stand up for the oil industry and block clean energy legislation. Who do you think is the worst energy villain?

Lisa Murkowski, R-AK
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Lisa Murkowski is a ranking member on the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and she has a clear stance-- her voting record shows her relentless efforts to clear paths for oil drilling while disregarding the consequences. In the past eight years, Murkowski has received $426,989 from the oil and gas industries, leading many to question her ulterior motives in pushing for more oil drilling. She has spoken out against the EPA regulating greenhouse gases from major industries under the Clean Air Act and created her own "Dirty Air Act," which is slated to be voted on on June 10. Murkowski has also called for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, stating that she would not support the newly-released American Power Act if it did not allow for it. Murkowski most recently blocked a bill to increase the liability cap for oil spills from $75 million to $10 billion.
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