Will Politicians Block the Law that Protects You From Air Pollution?

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Kelly Fuller

Sep 21, 2009, 2:12:46 PM9/21/09
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Frustrated with Washington D.C.’s lack of progress on pollution issues? Here’s a chance to do something about it.


Please call your U.S. Senators today and ask them to oppose the Murkowski amendment to the Interior Appropriations bill to block the Clean Air Act.


Tomorrow (Tues. Sept. 22), Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is expected to introduce an amendment that would limit the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to enforce the Clean Air Act, the national law on air pollution.


The Senators could vote on this as early as tomorrow (Tues. Sept. 22), so your phone calls are needed today.


Background: Murkowski has filed a proposed amendment to spending legislation for the EPA that would prohibit the agency from regulating greenhouse pollutants except those from cars or other “mobile” sources. This means that the EPA would be unable to do anything about the greenhouse gas pollution from coal-fired power plants, oil refineries and other greenhouse gas polluters that operate in a fixed location.


Some key points:


  • This amendment is a political favor to industries that want to block any policy that will cut pollution and create a clean energy economy. It is more obstruction and delay.
  • Congress and the Obama Administration should be working to protect the environment and create jobs. Congress should not prevent the Obama Administration from doing its job and implementing the law. 
  • An appropriations bill should not be used to block the Clean Air Act. It is a backdoor way to legislate that limits debate and public input.

On a matter this urgent, it’s critical that the Senators receive calls, not emails.


Iowa Senators

Chuck Grassley - (R - IA): (202) 224-3744    Tom Harkin - (D - IA): (202) 224-3254


Montana Senators

Max Baucus - (D - MT): (202) 224-2651        Jon Tester - (D - MT): (202) 224-2644 


Nebraska Senators

Mike Johanns - (R - NE): (202) 224-4224      Ben Nelson - (D - NE): (202) 224-6551


North Dakota Senators

Kent Conrad - (D - ND): (202) 224-2043      Byron Dorgan - (D - ND): (202) 224-2551


South Dakota Senators

Tim Johnson - (D - SD): (202) 224-5842        John Thune - (R - SD): (202) 224-2321


Wyoming Senators

John Barrasso - (R - WY): (202) 224-6441     Michael Enzi - (R - WY): (202) 224-3424


If your state isn’t listed above, you can look up office phone numbers for your Senators here: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm


We’d love to hear how your calls go – please let us know the response you get by sending an email to kfu...@plainsjustice.org.


For more information:

http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2009/09/18/18climatewire-gop-senator-considering-rider-to-limit-epa-a-46507.html (Since this article was published, we’ve heard that Murkowski plans to act as early as Tuesday.)


Many thanks for your help!


Kelly Fuller

Communications Director

Plains Justice

100 E. Main Street

Vermillion, SD  57069


Plains Justice serves northern plains communities from offices in Iowa, Montana, and South Dakota.

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