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Rockefeller Joins Climate Change Deniers in Sneak Attack on the Clean Air Act

Dan Lashof

Posted March 15, 2011 in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Stop the sneak attack on the Clean Air Act. Call your Senators and ask them to vote against any legislation that would block the EPA from limiting carbon dioxide: 202-224-3121

Congressional Republicans spent the day trying to legislate climate change out of existence. Not by actually doing anything to address the problem, you understand, but by overturning EPA’s scientific finding that carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases endanger public health and welfare. Now Senator Rockefeller says he has a kinder, gentler approach. His proposal would not explicitly deny the problem—it would just make it impossible for EPA to do anything about it, at least when it comes to the largest sources, such as power plants and refineries.  

The House Energy and Commerce Committee today passed the Upton-Inhofe bill (H.R. 910) on a largely party line vote of 34 to 19. Pete Altman live blogged most of the markup and posted the rogues gallery of supporters. Meanwhile Senator McConnell joined the fray by offering the same bill as an amendment to an unrelated small business bill.

Senator Rockefeller claims that his bill is not as extreme as Upton-Inhofe, but it would have much the same effect, as I explained previously. My colleague David Doniger expanded on why this bill is bad for public health and West Virginia.  

The reason both Rockefeller and McConnell launched a sneak attack on the Clean Air Act is clear. There is broad public support for EPA in general and limiting carbon pollution using the Clean Air Act in particular (See here and here for example). If you are trying to pass legislation that sides with big polluters rather than your constituents, your best bet it to try to sneak it through when no one is looking. 

The latest report from the Senate floor is that votes on these amendments won’t happen tonight, but will probably occur tomorrow.

Call your Senators now and ask them to vote against any legislation that would block the EPA from limiting carbon dioxide: 202-224-3121

Stay tuned to Switchboard for regular updates on Senate dirty air shenanigans. Let us know what your senators' offices say, post a comment below.

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DanielMar 16 2011 02:29 PM

Help the Clean air act!

VinceMar 16 2011 11:39 PM

Stop saying "carbon pollution" when we all know the EPA is referring to carbon dioxide which, by the way, only begins to become toxic at above 10,000 ppm or 25 times higher than currently present in the atmosphere. CO2 poses no threat to the planet and its inhabitants. You are either an incredible ignoramus with a severe reality and empirical evidence allergy, or you are intentionally attempting to mislead people by sowing disinformation. Perhaps you have yet to realize that people are not as stupid as you think they are. Wake up, take off the rose-colored glasses, defer to objectivity and independent thinking, and most importantly, pay attention to reality. Go forth and learn, young grasshopper!

Dan LashofMar 17 2011 12:09 AM

Vince--Try toning down the insults and actually reading what I wrote. While I do often use "carbon pollution" as short hand, in this post I wrote out "carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases." Either way, the Supreme Court has ruled that carbon dioxide squarely meets the definition of pollution under the Clean Air Act and EPA has determined that carbon dioxide endangers public health and welfare as I explain in detail in this previous post: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/dlashof/epa_feels_the_love_in_atlanta.html

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