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Upton’s Constituents Do Not Support His Attacks On the Clean Air Act

Upton’s Constituents Do Not Support His Attacks On the Clean Air Act

Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), the head of the House energy committee, denies that climate change is human-induced. The Michigan congressman, who received $20,000 from Koch Industries for his 2010 election campaign, made statements denying climate change in February. Upton said, “I have said many times, and there was a report a couple of weeks ago that in fact you look at this last year, it was the warmest year in the last decade, I think was the numbers that came out. I don’t — I accept that. I do not say that it is man-made.

Upton wants to stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from updating Clean Air Act standards to regulate carbon dioxide emissions. Upton’s constituents do not support him when it comes to stopping the CAA from being updated. A recent Public Policy Polling survey of Upton’s 6th congressional district found that 62 percent think the EPA needs to do more to hold polluters accountable and protect the air and water. Only 33 percent think the EPA does too much and places too many costly restrictions on business and individuals. Ironically, Upton won 62 percent of the votes last November.

The survey also found the following:

  • 53 percent favor the EPA setting new standards with stricter limits on air pollution
  • 59 percent think Congress should let the EPA do its job
  • 54 percent oppose the Congress blocking the EPA
  • 49 percent said Upton’s recent proposals to alter the Clean Air Act make them less likely to support him in the next election

In February, an American Lung Association survey found that three out of four voters support the EPA setting tougher Clean Air Act standards. A total of 68 percent oppose congressional action that stops the EPA from updating Clean Air Act standards, and 64 percent oppose Congressional efforts to stop the EPA from updating standards on carbon dioxide.

“Despite the strong attacks on the Clean Air Act coming from Congress and industry, it’s clear that the public values measures to protect public health,” said Paul Billings, vice president for national policy and advocacy at the American Lung Association. “Voters clearly recognize and respect the role of the EPA in protecting their families from breathing toxic air, and they don’t want Congress to interfere with the EPA’s authority to take action when lives are clearly at stake.”

 

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11:34PM PDT on May 31, 2011

why me?????

7:49AM PDT on May 30, 2011

HIT people in their pockets....and they will stop polluting!!

6:12AM PDT on May 30, 2011

What a Joke

I really don't think that this planet was suppose to have 7 billion cars polluting all at once, the lungs of the planet are being destroyed and this moron thinks mankind isn't responsible. He is just a greedy piece of you know, thats what I mean about stupidity how this goof got in office I don't know.

1:31PM PDT on May 29, 2011

The EPA is charged with protecting human health and the environment, by writing and enforcing regulations based on laws passed by Congress. Giving them the ability to pass laws themselves require congress vote on that issue.

2:09AM PDT on May 29, 2011

gud information

5:55PM PDT on May 28, 2011

thanks for this post.

1:10PM PDT on May 28, 2011

Upton is a fool. If you are his constituent, get rid of him! I mean in the electoral sense, of course ;-)

7:15PM PDT on May 27, 2011

We need cleaner air in this world. Cause our air is as pure as the Febreeze and Ax people spray all over the place

12:11PM PDT on May 27, 2011

we need to stop and clean are air

7:53AM PDT on May 27, 2011

Just goes to show what a lack of education and a pocket full of greed does to a person

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