1. First Hearing on Bad Air Bill Held on Wednesday:
– The Energy and Power Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee held its first hearing on Chairman Upton’s Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011. The bill, along with its Senate companion introduced by Sen. Inhofe, would repeal the EPA’s CO2 endangerment finding and prevent EPA from regulating greenhouse gases under Clean Air Act authority.
– EPA Secretary Lisa Jackson was the primary witness on a panel that did not include any scientists. She faced a barrage of attacks from GOP members opposed to EPA regulation of greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act but responded by stressing that the EPA decision to regulate greenhouse gas emissions is based on scientific evidence that these emissions endanger health and public welfare. Jackson also suggested that having politicians overruling scientists on a scientific question would create a bad precedent.
2. Support the Clean Air Act Dear Colleague:
– Congressman Waxman (D-CA), Dingell (D-MI) and Rush (D-IL) released their “Support the Clean Air Act” Dear Colleague letter. The letter, addressed to Speaker Boehner, calls for support of the Clean Air Act—a bipartisan success story that has been protecting public health for the past 40 years. The authors of the letter have been joined by a number of offices committed to “keeping the Clean Air Act strong and the air safe and healthy to breathe.” Please consider reaching out to your allies on the hill and asking them to join the Waxman-Dingell-Rush letter. You can contact Jamie Consuegra at NRDC for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
3. New Report Finds Investments to Clean and Modernize U.S. Power Plants Will Create Significant U.S. Job Growth:
– On Tuesday, Ceres and the University of Massachusetts released a new report, “New Jobs-Cleaner Air: Employment Effects under Planned Changes to EPA’s Air Pollution Rules.” The report evaluates job impacts under two Clean Air Act rules and finds that capital investments from these rules will create 1.46 million jobs over the next five years. Installing modern pollution controls will require skilled workers; construction jobs in Virginia, Tennessee, Illinois, North Carolina and Indiana will see the biggest job gains. The text of the full report can be found here.
4. Continuing Resolution Threats:
– House Republicans are currently preparing the continuing resolution and in keeping with their vow to reduce government spending they have unveiled a number of significant budget cuts to dozens of federal programs. In addition to expected deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget there are threats of other potential rollbacks to important clean air standards. The bill is expected to be released this week in preparation for votes next week.
Dirty Air Bills Sample Action Alert
Congress has 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 continue to activate 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 email@example.com.
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 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 15th. 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.
EPA NSPS Listening Sessions
Session 2: Environmental and Environmental Justice Organization Representatives
Date: Feb. 15, 2011
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST*
Location: Atlanta, GA
Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center
61 Forsyth Street, SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
*Please arrive early to go through security.
12-1 p: Press conference and public gathering- comment cards stations will be available on site for participants to show their support for strong EPA action.
Location: Cafeteria (on ground floor)
1-3 p: Roundtable discussion with EPA and representatives from the environmental and environmental justice communities. Limited public comment and Q&A time is scheduled for the audience.
Location: Atlanta/August Room
Click here for directions.
Click here for information on sessions 3- 5.
Click here for information on submitting comments.
EPA will accept written comments on the planned rulemakings until March 18, 2011.