Clean Air Act Digest, 9.9.11
As we reported last week, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R–Va.) announced his legislative priorities, which despite his claims won’t create jobs but will cost lives. Billed as a “jobs agenda,” this is actually a series of reckless attacks on health and environmental safeguards. All told, these assaults on our air would lead to nearly 35,000 premature deaths, 17,800 heart attacks, over 180,000 asthma attacks, and 3 million more days when Americans will miss work or school due to the health hazards of air pollution. Up first on Rep. Cantor’s calendar is the TRAIN Act (H.R. 2401) for the week of September 19th. This legislation would block the Mercury Air Toxics Standard and the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule indefinitely. Read more here.
On Thursday, Senators Grassley (R-IA) and Johanns (R-NE) introduced legislation that would block the EPA’s ability to curb coarse particulate pollution. A similar piece of legislation was introduced in the House by Rep. Noem (R-SD). The EPA is currently updating standards for coarse particulate matter as part of the Clean Air Act Review.
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved committee marks for Agriculture and Energy and Water. Negotiations will begin the week of September 19th. We are hearing that negotiations for the Continuing Resolution will not last for more than one month.
Last Friday, all of our organizations were very disappointed to learn that the Obama administration has intervened politically to block the Environmental Protection Agency from correcting an unprotective smog standard that the head of EPA recognizes to be scientifically and legally indefensible. The president’s rationale for interference defies the Clean Air Act and a unanimous Supreme Court decision, elevating unlawful considerations above public health, science and the law. To learn more, see John Walke’s blog: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/jwalke/the_president_sabotages_clean.html
On Thursday night, President Obama delivered his much anticipated jobs speech. It’s important to continue to reinforce the message that we can grow jobs and protect public health at the same time.
Tell President Obama to Defend Clean Air:
As mentioned above, the community reacted with great disappointment when we learned that the Obama administration was blocking the Environmental Protection Agency from correcting an unprotective smog standard that the head of EPA recognizes to be scientifically and legally indefensible. Many groups have sent out action alerts to their membership and we encourage other groups to do the same. For a sample please see NRDC’s action alert, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Protect Our Winters Special Event:
Please join Protect Our Winters for a special evening with Olympian Gretchen Bleiler, pro snowboarder Jeremy Jones, skier Chris Davenport and Aspen Skiing Company’s Auden Schendler.
They’ll discuss climate change, winter sports, and why athletes are an important part of the solution.
Honorary co-hosts Rep. Jared Polis (CO), Sen. Mark Udall (CO), and Sen. Michael Bennet (CO). See invite here.
Wednesday, September 14th
Save the Date
September 20th there will be a community wide call-in day. For more information contact email@example.com.
Cantor Memo Opposition Letter, Environmental Groups Sign-on Letter 9.7.11
Sampling of Letters to the Editoron Ozone (Smog) Decision, New York Times 9.3.11 – 9.7.11
President Obama’s Failure to Update Ozone Standard Outrageous, American Lung Association Press Release 9.2.11
NLCCC Denounces White House Decision to Delay Smog Protections Until 2013, National Latino Coalition on Climate Change Press Release 9.2.11
http://cleanairpromise.org/, Learn about the Clean Air Promise.
Don’t forget the Clean Air Act fan page on Facebook.
Clean Air Act Digest is a publication put together by US Climate Action Network and Natural Resources Defense Council please contact Kate Smolski at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Click here for past issues.