BREAKING: Rand Paul’s Assault On Clean Air Defeated

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.

Related Reading:

Clean Air Is A Fundamental Right

The Congressional War On Clean Air And Climate Science

African Americans Vote For Clean Air In 2012

Image Credit: Flickr – haymarketrebel


Tim H.
Tim Haines6 years ago

Don't demonise Rand Paul - the guy does some good stuff -

Rand Paul Aims to Kill "Indefinite Detention" Provision of Controversial Bill
Head of Japanese American Citizens League warns that bill has echoes of World War II-style internment without charge

Paul Joseph Watson
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

With the bill expected to be up for a vote within 48 hours, Senator Rand Paul has offered an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that will kill a provision allowing the military to detain individuals, including American citizens, without trial or due process.

Marg Wood
Marg W6 years ago

Creating jobs is less important then clean air. People can't do the jobs if they are sick and dying from the polution. Jobs in clean energy and recycling will be created and people will be alive to do those jobs.

David Monroe
David Monroe6 years ago

Our visiting right wing talking points distributor once again has no facts to back up his rants.
I suppose that since doing a copy and paste from the cliche bin requires little time and less thought, he can hit a lot of liberal blogs each day.

But why?

If he had actual counter points, I'd expect to see a few facts presented. He reinforces views many of us already have of the radical right so if his intent is to inform or convince others of his point of view, he is failing badly.

pete M.
peter m6 years ago

I'm certain the affected children whose parents weren't aware of this dreaded pollution will benefit from our concern.

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Ruth R.
Ruth R6 years ago

Thank you to those who did the good work!

Joy Dantine
Joy Dantine6 years ago

The belief system to not cater to clean air is a cunning covert killing machine. Intent to kill law abiding citizens and without provocation - is in fact, against the law.