07/20/2010 09:03 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Lieberman: Polluters 'Just Want A Breather' On Clean Air Rules

As negotiations on a stripped-down bill to limit global warming pollution from coal-fired power plants reach the final hour, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) is sympathizing with the utility industry's attempt to suspend Clean Air Act rules on pollutants that kill tens of thousands of Americans a year.


Today, Lieberman made the ironic claim that polluters "just want a breather" from clean air rules:

"That's a tough one. They frame it in a different way. They just want a breather. And not an eternal pre-emption. These are all topics of negotiation. That's what we're supposed to be doing here."

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