Congressional attacks continue on the EPA
Stand up for clean air
January 19, 2011
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can be effective at curbing greenhouse gases if we let it do its job. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has introduced a bill (HR 97) with 50 cosponsors to amend the Clean Air Act (CAA). This legislation signals the beginning of what may be several attempts by a handful of Members of the 112th Congress to roll back the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions – the root cause of global warming.
Write a letter today. Ask your representative to vote no on HR 97 stand up in support of the EPA’s efforts to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
Similar attempts were made last year to roll back the authority of the EPA on regulating greenhouse gases, but they were defeated.
The CAA and the EPA are the United States’ strongest existing tools for reducing carbon pollution. In 2007, a Supreme Court case (Massachusetts v. EPA, U.S. 497) ruled that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the leading cause of climate change, are air pollutants covered under the CAA and held that the EPA administrator would have to determine whether or not emissions of greenhouse gases from new motor vehicles cause or contribute to air pollution that endangers public health or welfare.
In December 2009, the “endangerment finding” designating GHGs a threat to public health was signed by EPA administrator Lisa Jackson and published in the Federal Register. As stated in the 2007 Supreme Court ruling, the EPA is now required to regulate GHG emissions under the CAA even without passage of climate change legislation. Under this authority, the EPA proposes to focus on only the biggest polluters that have long been subject to similar standards for other pollutants. These regulations will ensure that the largest emitters use the best available technologies to reduce GHG emissions and move to clean energy.
As your constituent, I stand in support of the Environmental Protection Agency. Please oppose any attempts to stop the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions or other pollutants such as mercury, acid rain pollutants, ozone and particulates.
I was pleased to learn about EPA’s limits on carbon dioxide that took effect on January 2. These regulations will protect human health, reduce health care costs, stimulate a green economy and help to mitigate global warming. I support these regulations, which are important to steer our country toward a future that does not depend on fossil fuels.
In particular I am aware that Rep. Marsha Blackburn introduced the Free Industry Act, HR 97, on January 5, 2011 with 50 co-sponsors. This bill is a direct effort to role back authority of the EPA. This bill, and others like it, must be stopped.