Willamette Law Alumna Pushes Renewable Energy in Senate

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski JD'85 might represent oil-rich Alaska, but she has embraced renewable energy, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The Willamette law alumna is the top Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and is poised to play a major role as Congress debates the nation's energy policy this spring. She has spent months fine-tuning an energy bill to advance renewable power and speed the deployment of high-voltage lines to carry that electricity across the nation. She balances this work with "championing the traditional fossil fuels so vital to her home state," according to the article.

Some Republicans also dispute the science behind climate change, but Murkowski says she has witnessed its damaging effects in Alaska's melting ice pack and thawing permafrost.

Murkowski's stance puts her to the left of many of her Republican colleagues. "It's clear she's not just picking the same old messages from the same old Republican playbook," Jim DiPeso, vice president for policy of Republicans for Environmental Protection, said in the Chronicle article.

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