Pinwheels for Energy
Murphy Campaign Ad Distorts Facts
Doylestown, PA. (Manion for Congress) â€œSometimes the solution is right in front of you,â€ says Congressman Murphy in his newest campaign ad, referring to the energy crisis.
â€œI agree, Congressman Murphy,â€ said Tom Manion. â€œOne of the solutions to the energy crisis is right in front of us, and you have repeatedly voted against it. Increasing our domestic oil supply will bridge the transition from fossil fuels to alternative energy sources, and a pinwheel isnâ€™t going to get us to work or heat our homes.â€
Not only does Congressman Murphyâ€™s new ad neglect to mention that he has repeatedly voted against one of the key transitional steps towards solving the energy crisis, but both of his campaign ads feature the Gamesa Corporation, located in Fairless Hills, PA.
A manufacturer of wind turbines, the corporation has brought jobs to our areaâ€¦unfortunately, they have also brought environmental emissions infractions and allegations of unfair labor practices.
In August, Gamesa was fined $639,161 for exceeding emissions levels and inadequate record keeping by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Just this week, three former Gamesa employees filed a lawsuit against the company for wrongful termination. The former employees allege that younger workers, brought in from out of the country, replaced them.
â€œIâ€™m all for alternative energy and I think harnessing the wind is one of the keys to moving America off its dependence on foreign oil,â€ Manion said. â€œHowever, the hope for the future is that these other sources of power will be better for our environment. Touting a company thatâ€™s harming our environment in the process and is under suspicion for unfair labor practices isnâ€™t something Iâ€™d be proud of.â€
Green isnâ€™t always clean, Congressman Murphy.
PA Department of Environmental Protection
7 votes against drilling
â€¢ Voted to block consideration of a bill that would establish new refineries, allow energy exploration in ANWR and the Outer Continental Shelf, and provide incentives for alternative energies (Vote 391, 06/10/08, HB 3089)
â€¢ Voted against lifting the ban on offshore oil and gas drilling (Vote 553, 06/26/07. Amendment to FY Int. & Ext. Environment spending bill)
â€¢ Voted against allowing natural gas development at least 25 miles from the coast (Vote 552, 06/26/07)
â€¢ Voted to block consideration of a bill that would extend many alternative energy and energy efficiency tax credits, and also block consideration of amendments that would allow oil drilling in ANWR (Vote 310, 05/14/08. HB 5984)
â€¢ Voted to block consideration of amendments that would allow oil drilling in ANWR (Vote 341, 05/21/08)
â€¢ Voted to block consideration of a bill that would extend many alternative energy and energy efficiency tax credits, and also block consideration of amendments that would permit oil exploration in the Outer Continental Shelf (Vote 340, 05/21/08. HB 5984)
â€¢ Voted to restrict energy production on federal lands, thereby increasing dependence on foreign oil (Vote 577, 06/27/07. Amendment to FY Int. & Ext. Environment spending bill)
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