Clean Air Act Digest, 2.10.12
On Thursday morning, there was a hearing in the Subcommittee on Energy and Power on EPA’s recently-finalized Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. The witnesses invited by the Republican majority took the opportunity to attack these life-saving standards, but the reality is that the American public supports standards that will result in enormous health benefits. EPA estimates that starting in 2016, the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards every year will prevent up to 11,000 premature deaths. To read more, see John Walke’s blog.
As you know, federal transportation policies shape our nation’s land use and driving patterns, with significant implications for clean air. A massive bill to reauthorize surface transportation programs, the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act (described here and here), is expected to be on the House floor next week. The House bill contains many problematic provisions, including the redirection of funding from public transit, biking, and walking projects to build more highways. This bill could also become a vehicle for riders attacking the Clean Air Act. See how to take action below.
Earlier this week, the League of Conservation Voters released the 2011 scorecard for what has been described as the most anti-environmental session of the U.S. House in History. The 2011 Scorecard includes 11 Senate and a record 35 House votes, including a number of votes on the Clean Air Act. The House votes included in the 2011 Scorecard are simply many of the most significant votes taken in a year that saw the House voting more than 200 times on the environment and public health. To download a copy of the scorecard, visit www.lcv.org/scorecard.
Urgent: Oppose the House Transportation Bill (H.R. 7)
The House transportation bill (H.R. 7), the worst transportation bill ever to be brought to the floor for a vote, contains many bad provisions, including elimination of dedicated funding for public transit—buses, subways, streetcars—and for bike and pedestrian routes.
You can make a difference! Conservative groups such as the Club for Growth are also vigorously opposing this bill, arguing that it is too costly. With opposition from both progressives and conservatives, it may be possible to defeat this bill in the House. Please consider taking individual action or having your organization post an action alert.
To oppose the bill, just dial: 877-573-7693
Here are some sample action alerts:
For more information or messaging materials, please contact Lara Levison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the support of 13 major automakers and millions of Americans, the Obama administration proposed new fuel efficiency and global warming pollution standards for light trucks and cars in November. If enacted, vehicles for model years 2017-2025 will be required to meet the equivalent of a 54.5 mpg standard by 2025. The deadline for comment collection for the clean cars standard will end February 13th, 2012. See sample action alerts supporting strong fuel-efficiency and global warming pollution standards on USCAN’s Clean Vehicles web page.
For messaging materials or more information, please contact Jesse Prentice-Dunn at email@example.com.
What the Smoggiest Cities in the U.S. Can Do To Improve Air Quality, National Geographic Article, 2.9.12
House G.O.P. Continues Assault on Clean Air Safeguards With Parade of Horribles, Natural Resources Defense Council Blog, 2.8.12
Don’t Believe the Hype Against EPA Mercury Rules, Center for American Progress, 2.8.12
2011 National Environmental Scorecard, League of Conservation Voters Report, 2011
States Sue to Block Smog-Pollution Rules to Help Polluters Avoid Cleanup Costs, Climate Progress Blog, 2.6.12
Don’t forget the Clean Air Act fan page on Facebook
Check out USCAN’s Air Toxics Standards Section for the latest materials on the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards.
Clean Air Act Digest is a publication put together by US Climate Action Network and Natural Resources Defense Council. Please contact Lara Levison at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Click here for past issues.