The House Republicans want to go backward to neutered, the George Bush EPA. For the sake of our health and our childrens’ health, we can’t let that happen.
Republicans in Congress are introducing legislation to curtail the role of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act and to prevent and roll back regulations intended to reduce air pollution such as mercury emissions from cement plants. LINK
Republican Congresswoman Marcia Blackburn from Tennessee wants to exempt greenhouse gases from the Clean Air Act. The bill, H.R. 97: Free Industry Act, is co-sponsored by
46 78 Republicans and one Democrat.
Of course, the Big Gas Mafia is behind it.
The American Petroleum Institute, representing more than 450 oil and gas companies, takes the position that, “The Clean Air Act was never intended to be used to regulate stationary source greenhouse gas emissions.”
There’s anew class of stridently anti-environment members of Congress — taking their cues from Big Oil and the Tea Party and determined to undermine public health. At the top of their agenda in the 112th Congress? Radically undermine the EPA’s efforts to protect our families from deadly pollution, like mercury, arsenic, smog and carbon dioxide.
One of those members – Rep. Fred Upton – is the new chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Upton – who was recently spotted sitting in the front row at an oil industry sponsored event – is now leading the charge to give corporate polluters free reign to pollute the air we breathe.
Unfortunately, Upton isn’t alone. This past November, over 30 anti-environment Tea Partiers won their races, with stridently anti-environment leaders like Sarah Palin leading the charge.
And now, backed by Big Oil, inspired by Palin, and promoted by Fox News, these anti-environment members are out to cripple the EPA, weaken laws that protect us from toxic chemicals, and remove public health standards.
And this is how and why we end up with elected officials who only care about corporate interests: (from email, no link)
PORTER REAPS $181,000 IN LATE-TRAIN DONATIONS
Harold Simmons, Clayton Williams are the largest benefactors for the new Railroad Commissioner.
Newly elected Railroad Commissioner David Porter raised more than $181,000 in late-train contributions, which is more than he had raised in any single reporting period during the 2010 campaign.
According to the report filed yesterday with the Texas Ethics Commission, which covered the period from late October until the fundraising moratorium triggered by the 2011 legislative session, Porter raised several huge chunks from energy industry sources, both from personal and from political action committee contributors.
We need public funded elections.