Coal burning power plants, manufacturers, and other major sources of carbon dioxide emissions aren’t happy about the Clean Air Act, and they are doing everything they can to make sure the Environmental Protection Agency is unable to enforce it.
Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska has proposed an amendment that would deny the EPA its ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from “non-mobile” sources. This means that the EPA would only be able to enforce limits and regulations on vehicles, and not on the industrial players that are sending millions of tons of carbon emissions into our atmosphere every day.
This drastic move would leave over 70% of the CO2 emissions produced in the United States completely unregulated, including every single industry polluter and coal plant.
From the amendment:
“Effective during the 1-year period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act, none of the funds made available for the Environmental Protection Agency under this Act may be expended to regulate or control carbon dioxide from any sources other than a mobile source as described in section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act or to treat carbon dioxide as a pollutant subject to regulation under the Clean Air Act except for purposes of section 10 202(a) of that Act.”
If passed, this amendment would prevent the EPA from enforcing any regulations on industrial polluters for the next year. This stalling and underhanded sabotage is the same kind of tactic that’s currently being used delay and dismantle proposed health care reform.
Even as international representatives are gathered in New York to discuss how to take action on global climate change, Murkowski’s amendment threatens to take away the EPA’s authority to deal with air pollution; a right that was granted by a 2007 Supreme Court Ruling.
This amendment will pass unless the Senate stands up against it. Take action now, and tell your state Senators that this kind of sneaky amendment will not be tolerated! Sign the petition to Defend the EPA.
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