Dirty Fuels Have No Place in Bailout Deal

WASHINGTON (October 2, 2008) -- Today, Karen Wayland, Legislative Director for Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), issued the following statement regarding the inclusion of tax incentives for dirty fuels in the economic recovery package:

"Dirty fuels -- like oil shale, tar sands and liquid coal -- have no business in a clean energy package, and they certainly don't belong in the economic bailout bill. Taxpayers are already paying a high price for the current economic crisis, and they shouldn't have to pay more to Big Oil and its allies. Despite important incentives for clean, renewable energy, Congress is taking a step backward by assisting the producers of dirty, expensive and inefficient fuels."