Word To House Republicans: the American People Support the EPA!
House Republicans are seriously out of touch with the majority of the American people. A good example is a bill passed a few weeks ago which would decrease the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget by almost one-third. The House also passed a bill that would protect fossil fuel companies from federal greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations.
A bipartisan survey released last week by Public Policy Poll (PPP) found that 69 percent polled support updated EPA standards for air pollution, and only 16 percent are opposed. The survey also found that 68 percent think Congress should stop attacking the EPA and allow it to update its standards, and only 28 percent think attacking the EPA is a good idea. When it comes to stricter limits on the amount of carbon emissions from large industrial facilities, 77 percent support it, and 21 percent do not.
Another recently released survey by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner for the American Lung Association found that 69 percent somewhat or strongly agree with the EPA updating the Clean Air Act standards to make them stricter, and 26 percent are somewhat or strongly opposed. The survey also found that 64 percent think Congress should not block the EPA from updating the standards when it comes to carbon specifically.
“The message here is as clear as clean air: In every district we polled, Americans want their elected representatives to let the EPA do its job instead of putting the profit-driven agenda of big polluters ahead of the health of their children,” said Peter Altman, Climate Campaign Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council.
“Politicians who are considering blocking the EPA and updates to Clean Air Act safeguards should understand that doing so is very unpopular,” Altman added. “Americans know where these actions will lead and they want their kids to be able to grow up breathing clean air.”
“Americans are clearly persuaded that their health needs should take priority over the profits of polluters” said Tom Jensen, director of Public Policy Polling. “Political affiliation doesn’t appear to count for much when constituents are asked whether their representatives in Congress should be siding with the public’s health or the political clout of polluters.”
Someone tell that to the House Republicans!