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Earthjustice: Don't let Big Oil cash in on tragedy October 05, 2005 11:35 AM

Sent: 10/5/2005 1:34 PM

One environmental disaster doesn't call for another: Oppose H.R. 3893


Hurricanes Katrina and Rita sparked an unprecedented outpouring of sympathy and support for Gulf Coast residents. Unfortunately, some members of Congress are now attempting to use the hurricanes as an excuse to push through legislation that would give huge payoffs to cash-rich energy companies, at the expense of the health and safety of Americans.

In the House, the misnamed "Gasoline for America's Security Act of 2005," would grant enormous subsidies to energy companies, while attempting to remove key public health and environmental protections. Many of these rollbacks have absolutely no relation to the recent hurricanes or to America's gasoline supplies -- they are nothing more than recycled pieces of "wish-list" legislation that the oil and gas industry have not been able to succeed in passing any other way.

The House will vote on this industry handout in just 48 hours! We cannot let opportunistic oil companies use one environmental disaster as the justification for creating another. Please tell your representative to oppose this misleading and harmful bill!

Send a letter to the House of Representatives (below is the sample letter):

Subject: Support clean energy, not dirty air

Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],

Like all Americans, I am deeply saddened by the devastation caused by the recent hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico, and support efforts to alleviate suffering in the affected regions. However, I believe that Congress's response should not include the gutting of public health and environmental laws in order for cash-rich oil and energy companies to profit even more. I therefore strongly urge you to oppose the so-called "Gasoline for America's Security Act of 2005" (H.R 3893), which is scheduled for a vote this week.

Instead of offering real solutions to those of us hit hard by high gas prices, the bill would harm our public health and the environment while doing nothing to curb rising energy costs. The bill would gut the Clean Air Act's New Source Review program, allowing more than 20,000 industrial facilities to increase their pollution. This would disproportionately impact minority communities that already suffer from pollution emitted by nearby refineries.

More than 150 million Americans live in areas where smog levels are high enough to cause serious health problems, but this bill would allow cities with the worst smog problems to miss existing cleanup deadlines for many years. The bill would also set severe limitations on the use of cleaner vehicle fuels and biofuels, which are essential to reducing air pollution and protecting public health.

Gutting the laws that would reduce pollution in hard-hit communities is not the way to help them recover. This bill would exploit the tragedies of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to hand out favors long sought by special interests, and I strongly urge you to oppose it.


Pat Jordan

Because the earth needs a good lawyer
426 17th Street, Oakland, CA 94612-2820
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What's At Stake:

The so-called “Gasoline for America’s Security Act of 2005” (H.R 3893) introduced by Representative Joe Barton [TX-R] on September 26 does nothing to “provide reliable and affordable energy for the American people” as it claims. 

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 October 05, 2005 11:36 AM

environmental protections.

The bill's proposed giveaways to cash-rich oil and energy companies include:

  • A provision that would allow more than 20,000 industrial facilities to increase pollution without installing modern pollution controls;
  • A delay of existing soot and smog cleanup deadlines until 2015 or beyond in cities with some of the most unhealthy air;
  • An apparent preemption of states' abilities to adopt cleaner fuels; and
  • Opening up Puget Sound to expanded crude oil shipments.

Congress's response to a disaster should not include the gutting of public health and environmental laws just so oil and energy companies can profit.

Your help is needed to urge members of Congress to reject this cynical attempt to cash in on our nation's recent tragedies. Don't let them get away with it!

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The vote is this Friday! Take action today!

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