Late last week, Care2 brought you news of Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) blatant attack on Americans’ right to breath clean air and drink clean water.
Thanks to the calls and petition signatures of thousands of concerned citizens, Paul’s assault on the EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) was defeated today in the Senate!
The 41-56 vote to defeat the bill included support from six Republicans–Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Scott Brown (Mass.), Susan Collins (Maine), Olympia Snowe (Maine) and Mark Kirk (Ill.).
Also known as the “Good Neighbor Bill,” CSAPR was designed to protect Americans young and old from dirty industry and pollution that blows across state lines. CSAPR, slated to take effect in January 2012, was championed by environmental advocates as well as large players in the energy industry, who said the health benefits of reducing emissions will outweigh the costs of implementing the technologies.
Paul and many other Republicans accused the EPA of trying to kill jobs and said the bill would hurt the reliability of the electric power system by forcing coal-fired plants out of business.
While defeating this attack on clean air should be celebrated as a victory today, the fight for clean air and climate action is far from over.
The Environmental Defense Action Fund reports that just yesterday, yet another dirty air bill was introduced in the Senate. This one, sponsored by Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Dan Coats (R-IN), would delay EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule by three years (this is the same rule the Paul bill would have taken off the books). And just for good measure, the Manchin-Coats bill would also delay the Mercury Air Toxics rule for two years.
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