Clean Air Act Digest, 5.20.13
On Tuesday, May 14, House Energy and Power Subcommittee marked up H.R. 271, “Resolving Environmental and Grid Reliability Conflicts Act of 2013.” This bill takes the unprecedented step of authorizing total civil and criminal amnesty from all federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations for electric power producers that are under special orders from the Department of Energy to continue operating their plants to ensure a reliable supply of electricity. The community sent a letter of opposition. The bill could be voted on suspension as early as this week.
On May 9, the Senate Environment and Public Works committee was scheduled to vote on the nomination of Gina McCarthy, President Obama’s pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, but Republican members of the Senate, led by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), boycotted the nomination. The vote was rescheduled, and on May 16, the committee approved McCarthy’s nomination by a 10-8 vote along party lines. The next step in the process is a vote by the full Senate. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) has placed a hold on the nomination and could filibuster.
Ask Obama: How Much Longer for Climate Action?
It’s been months since President Obama said we’d “respond to the threat of climate change” during his State of the Union address. The president has shown he’s serious about climate change by proposing limits on carbon from new power plants. And he’s nominated Gina McCarthy, the senior Environmental Protection Agency official responsible for moving those safeguards forward, to run the EPA.
But the EPA has missed its deadline to put those limits in place and is still reviewing the three million comments you helped submit last summer in support of those limits. Since then, we pumped over one billion tons of carbon dioxide—the greenhouse gas responsible for the extreme floods, storms, wildfires and droughts that threaten our families—into our atmosphere. We can’t wait for these standards to be finalized—we need Obama’s leadership on climate action now. Please consider taking individual action and/or sending an action alert to your own organization’s members and supporters.
It’s time for a plan. Ask President Obama what he will do to protect our families from climate change.
Ask Obama: How much longer for climate action? Natural Resource Defense Council Action Alert
Show Your Support for the Proposed Cleaner Gasoline and Tailpipe Standards (“Tier 3”)
On March 29, EPA proposed standards for cleaner gasoline and vehicles. While vehicles are now cleaner than they used to be, this is still significant news. With plans to finalize this proposal in 2013, EPA is expected to establish more stringent tailpipe standards and reduce the sulfur content of gasoline beginning in 2017. The benefits have been compared to taking 33 million cars off the road, and these results can be achieved for a penny or less per gallon of gasoline.
These proposed standards are supported by a diverse coalition of organizations and industry—and a majority of Americans, too—because they will reduce air pollution, save lives, and create thousands of new jobs in an ailing economy. However, oil companies and their allies in Congress are working hard to stop the proposed standards, making misleading, discredited claims regarding the impact the standards will have on consumers. There is still time to make your voice heard. We encourage you to participate in the public comment period before it ends on June 13, 2013. In addition to taking individual action, consider sending an action alert to your members and supporters either via your own organization’s action alert or the links provided below.
Stand up for clean air and submit your official comment for cleaner gasoline and tailpipe standards now!
Kids Don’t Deserve Asthma: Take Action for Cleaner Tailpipes!, Sierra Club Action Alert
Breaking News: EPA Proposes Tough New Standards, American Lung Association Action Alert
Urge the EPA to Move Ahead with Clean Fuel and Tailpipe Standards, Union of Concerned Scientists Action Alert
Call to Action: Support the Cleaner Gasoline and Tailpipe Standards (Tier 3), Great round-up of resources and ways to get involved from the Union of Concerned Scientists
Tell the EPA: Cleaner Air is Worth a Penny, Natural Resources Defense Council Action Alert
6/13 Deadline For Cleaner Gasoline & Cleaner Air, SaveOurEnvironment.org Action Alert
Urge EPA to Finalize New Car and Fuel Standards, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Alert
Tell the EPA to protect us from dirty smog pollution!, League of Conservation Voters Action Alters
Republican Bills Would Obstruct Enforcement of Environmental Laws, RegBlog by John Walke, 5.20.13
Free E-Book! Asthma Triggers: A Guide for Parents, Teachers, Doctors and Nurses, Moms Clean Air Force E-book, 5.16.13
BlueGreen Alliance Commends Committee Approval of EPA Nominee Gina McCarthy, BlueGreen Alliance Press Release, 5.16.13
Benchmarking Air Emissions, Ceres and Natural Resources Defense Council Report, 5.15.13
Small Businesses Support Clean Energy Standards and Want Congressional Action on EPA Nominee, Small Business Majority Poll, 5.8.13
Don’t forget USCAN has a series of pages that compile items like these and much more:
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