1. Senate Attacks on the Clean Air Act:
Senator Barrasso (R-WY) Announces plan to block EPA
Senator Barrasso announced his plan to introduce legislation as early as next week that would go “far beyond the two-year timeout on EPA rules advocated by John Rockefeller and other agency critics.” His website touted his upcoming bill as the “strongest yet” when compared to the recently introduced Dirty Air Acts in the House.
2. House Attacks on the Clean Air Act:
Chairman Upton(R-MI) Bill to Block EPA From Reducing Carbon Pollution Expected
House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton is expected to introduce a bill in the next four weeks. This will likely be the primary vehicle to rollback the regulation of carbon pollution, but based on media reports it will likely attack other air pollution standards. Upton’s bill is likely to be the central vehicle for preventing EPA from taking action to reduce global warming pollution, so it is important that every organization that supports EPA action respond swiftly and clearly to the bill. Please consider sending an “Upton action alert” when the bill is dropped. When we know the contents of the bill, we will send around a detailed draft.
Introduced Dirty Air Acts
Please see the USCAN website for summaries and an updated lists of co-sponsors to the House Dirty Air Acts (Capito (R-WV), Blackburn (R-TN)).
3. Attacks in the News:
Congressmen Inhofe, Upton, & Whitfield released the following statement on Tuesday:
“It is no secret that we believe the administration’s proposed greenhouse gas regulatory regime poses a significant threat to job creation and economic recovery. President Obama has spoken in recent days about a balanced approach to regulation and our nation’s energy future. We share a commitment to addressing both issues, which is why, in the coming weeks, we will outline a path forward to permanently eliminate the threat of greenhouse gas regulation through the Clean Air Act. This Congress has no intention of allowing the administration to regulate that which it has been unable to legislate. The cap-and-tax scheme was soundly rejected last year, and the Clean Air Act must not be used as a backdoor route to impose the same costly national energy tax.”
Gingrich calls for the abolishment of the EPA
The Associated Press is reporting on an interview with the former Republican House Speaker, saying:
“Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called Tuesday for the elimination of the Environmental Protection Agency, which he wants to replace with a new organization that would work more closely with businesses and be more aggressive in using science and technology.”
4. Boiler Toxics Update:
Last week, the U.S. District Court denied the EPA’s request to push back the Boiler toxics rule. The EPA now has until February 21st to issue a final rule.
Congressman Sensenbrenner (R-WI) circulated a dear colleague letter earlier this week attacking the EPA’s Boiler toxics regulations. The jobs claims his letter makes have been debunked by economists: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/ljohnson/boiler_industrys_junk_analysis.html
Sign on to Broad Clean Air Act Support Letter
On behalf of American Lung Association, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Sierra Club, we hope you will consider joining a sign-on letter urging Congress to promote protective clean air standards and to oppose any measures to weaken protections for public health. This is letter expresses support for standards to protect public health from all kinds of air pollution – toxic, conventional and global warming. The letter will be sent to every member of the U.S. Senate and U.S House of Representatives as well as to President Obama.
1. Please use the Google form to sign-on to the letter. The Google form URL is http://bit.ly/9WaFDN.
2. Once you have signed on your organization, share this note with other groups you work with and ask them to sign on as well. In order to show diverse support for clean air.
The deadline is Friday, January 28th. Thank you in advance for your consideration.