Sky Factory photo by Taras Kalapun
This month, we mark the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Air Act, a law whose positive impacts on our enviroment--and our health--has been enormous and far reaching.
But instead of celebrating, we face a big fight to defend the Clean Air Act from a dangerous coalition of tea party radicals, big polluters, and their big money corporate lobbyists who are intent on gutting the landmark law and stripping the EPA of its authority to protect Americans from dangerous air pollution.
Senators from both sides of the aisle have proposed legislation to do just that and votes could come as early as this Thursday We must stand together now and stop this assault. Last year, the EPA announced that it would begin reducing global warming and automobiles and large power plants using its authority to regulate polluter Air Act.
While these steps do not diminish the need for a national climate law, EPA action will keep fighting for national climate energy legislation. Make no mistake--this fight is much bigger than global warming. It is about eliminating other important air pollution standards and letting the big polluters off the hook.
If the polluters win here, they have already sign their intent to go after other pollution standards, some have even openly called for getting rid of the EPA altogether. We can't let the radicals and big polluters win, not when the health of our kid's and grand kid's is on the line.
The Clean Air Act has saved the lives of thousands of Americans, reduced the acid rain crisis that was decimating our forests and helped our economy by reducing hospitalizations and sickness and increasing productivity. This is a LEGACY worth defending, please join the fight any way you can.
This came to my attention through an email from Sam Parry, Environmental Defense Actior. Sorry this was a long post but I believe in the EPA.