1. Senate Attacks on the Clean Air Act:
Senator Barrasso (R-WY)
Monday Senator Barrasso (R-WY) introduced a bill (S. 228) that would block federal agencies from cleaning up dangerous carbon pollution, undermining landmark laws like the Clean Air Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.
Senator Rockefeller (D-WV)
Senator Rockefeller (D-WV) introduced a bill (S. 231) to stop for at least two years the Environmental Protection Agency from doing work already underway to keep coal-fired power plants, oil refineries and other stationary sources from spewing unlimited amounts of carbon dioxide into our air.
Senator Inhofe (R-OK)
On February 2 Chairman Upton and Senator Inhofe unveiled a draft of their version of the EPA stop work order titled the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011. “The bill is a narrowly drawn, targeted solution that prevents the Clean Air Act from being transformed into a regulatory vehicle to impose a cap-and-trade energy tax,” a GOP E&C aide told Morning Edition (Politico).
2. House Attacks on the Clean Air Act:
Chairman Upton (R-MI)
Chairman Upton’s bill is likely to become the central vehicle in the House for preventing EPA from taking action to reduce carbon pollution, so it is important that every organization that supports EPA action respond swiftly and clearly to these bills. The draft Upton bill would completely block work already underway by the EPA to set standards for carbon pollution, including updating to more efficient car standards for years 2017-2025. Chairman Upton has made clear that he opposes updating several other Clean Air Act standards as well, including stronger protections against ozone and toxic pollution in addition to carbon. This legislation may be followed by broader efforts to block EPA from doing its job to protect public health from air pollution.
3. Obama Administration:
After speaking at a Senate Environment and Public Works committee hearing EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said the Obama administration will keep resisting the congressional siege on EPA’s carbon pollution standards. “What has been stated from the White House is that the president’s advisers would advise him to veto any legislation that passed that would take away EPA’s greenhouse gas authority,” Jackson told reporters after yesterday’s Senate hearing.
4. Other Updates:
EPA NSPS Listening Sessions
EPA NSPS listening sessions begin on Friday, February 4th. There will be three sessions in Washington D.C., one session in Atlanta, Ga. and one session Chicago, Ill. For details click here.
EPA Survey by Opinion Research Corporation
Public opinion polling released Wednesday by the Opinion Research Corporation finds that Americans don’t want to eliminate the EPA as Gingrich suggests, nor do they want Congress to stop it from doing its job of protecting public health, as Chairman Upton and others want to do. See the full report here. Read the related NRDC blog by Pete Altman here.
Dirty Air Bills Sample Action Alert
Congress hasn’t been back for a month and we have already seen a slew of attacks on clean air. Senators and Representatives have introduced a barrage of bills that would rollback urgent updates to Clean Air Act safeguards. These safeguards are already saving lives and improving the health of millions of Americans. Congress must not issue a stop work order to halt EPA’s work in its tracks. But a handful of Congressmen backed by big polluters, including Representatives Upton (R-MI), Carter (R-TX), Senators Inhofe (R-OK), Barrasso (R-WY) and Rockefeller (D-WV), have introduced a series of plans that would put our children at risk.
We encourage groups to begin as soon as possible activating your membership and networks via action alerts and calls. See the full action alert here or just view the sample letter. For more information contact Jamie Consuegra at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The deadline is Tuesday, February 8th. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
The comment period to support EPA’s recent action on Texas permitting programs is now open.
We are looking to drive comments at a national scale to support EPA’s recent action and to ask EPA to do more to ensure that Texas follows the law. Click here for a comment card provided by the Sierra Club you can use as a template. The email and address for comments is on the card. The deadline for comments is February 12, 2011.