The Clean Air Act is not a Bargaining Chip

It’s good to be writing back on Care2 again — but I wish it were under better circumstances. For the last two months, we’ve seen two Senate bills and seven House bills attacking the Clean Air Act. This act has helped Americans breathe easier for the last 40 years. But now, lobbyists from Big Oil, Dirty Coal, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are planning to have it blocked in a comprehensive climate bill. In short, they want to gut the Clean Air Act.

This week, leaks from a closed-door meeting between the forces of industry and Senators John Kerry (D-MA), Lindsay Graham (R-SC), and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) revealed that these polluters might get their wish. The forthcoming Kerry-Graham-Lieberman draft of a climate bill might shred the Clean Air Act and override existing state laws providing environmental protections.

The Kerry-Graham-Lieberman bill is just one more front in a broad campaign by Dirty Coal and Big Oil to protect their profits by destroying the one tool we have right now to cut global warming pollution. All three senators need to hear that, while compromise is the business of the day in a deeply divided Congress like the one we now have, you cannot compromise away the basic environmental protections like the Clean Air Act that have served Americans well since the Nixon Administration.            

Whether an ultimate bill is passed or not by the Senate this session, it is critical that we keep the Clean Air Act intact.  The Clean Air Act is already being used by the Obama Administration to ease our addiction to oil by tightening fuel mileage standards and beginning to crack down on the oldest, dirtiest coal plants.  These are real, tangible actions that need to be preserved – with or without a final, comprehensive climate bill.

1Sky and our allies are standing against these dirty energy lobbyists who want to continue to pollute and not be accountable for their actions. I’m asking you, the Care2 supporter, to get on the phone and call Senator Kerry and Majority Leader Harry Reid, along with the White House, to tell them, “The Clean Air Act isn’t a bargaining chip.”

Why the urgency? A comprehensive clean energy bill outline is due on Tuesday, March 23. We can’t let dirty polluters re-write the Clean Air Act. Otherwise, we’ve lost one of our best resources to fight CO2 and push for a real clean energy future. Leaders in Congress and the Obama Administration must defend the Clean Air Act.  



Linda M.
Linda M7 years ago

everyone, please sign and share"

thanks so much

Jack T.
Jack T7 years ago

"If we all think like Jack T., that humans have no impact on climate change, then this planet is doomed and there go our children and grandchildren.

Not just Jack - over 70% of the US are not interested!

Frank Pickens
Frank Pickens7 years ago

Everything is a bargaining chip in Politics. No one does anything for the good of it..maybe some do, but very, very few. It is the people such as those on here that do with no hope for monetary gain.

Wirth G.
Gordon W7 years ago

If we all think like Jack T., that humans have no impact on climate change, then this planet is doomed and there go our children and grandchildren.

Jack T.
Jack T7 years ago

19 comments in 2 days???
It seems the Believers are down to less than 30% now and the Sceptics have given up trying to make them see sense. I think the subject has died a natural death! Which is what it was all about in the first place: Climate change is nature at work!

Hanny Smith
Hanny Smith7 years ago

Why can't the senators understand that this is our future.

Leanne B.
Leanne B7 years ago

Thanks for the post

Annie B.
Annie B.7 years ago

We must write and call our senators NOW to make sure they know what we want them to do. Please don't just sit around waiting to see what happens. There are millions of people directly affected by levels of particulates, ozone and other pollutants, especially children. Asthma rates are skyrocketing. Don't let the Republican's screw up a major public health, bedrock piece of legislation. Please......

Laurie H.
Laurie H7 years ago

This should be a "NO BRAINER!" We need a good "Clean Air" Bill desperately!!!!!!

Estelita A.
Estelita atti7 years ago