Hold Polluters Accountable: Save The “Good Neighbor Bill”

The EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) is meant to protect American citizens from the health hazards created by polluters in neighboring states.

Power plant emissions like sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) don’t stay in the air above the facility that created them: they drift across the country, putting humans and the environment at risk.

Set to take effect in January 2012, the CSAPR, also called “The Good Neighbor Bill” will require the worst polluters in 27 states to significantly improve air quality by reducing power plant emissions that contribute to ozone and/or fine particle pollution in other states.

Experts estimate that by 2014, the CSAPR will:

  • save up to 34,000 lives
  • prevent 400,000 asthma attacks
  • avoid 15,000 heart attacks
  • improve air quality for over 240 million Americans.

But for some reason, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is fighting to repeal it. Paul has introduced a Congressional Review Act (CRA) bill that would not only throw out CSAPR, it would also bar EPA from ever proposing a substantially similar rule in the future.

In other words, Paul would rather protect the interests of some of the worst polluters in the country, rather than ensure clean air for innocent adults, children and the elderly.

If successful, “the end result of Sen. Paul’s anti-clean air legislation will very likely be that we have no clean air protections in place across the eastern United States to limit the smokestack pollution that drifts across borders — and directly interferes with states’ power to restore healthy air for their citizens. Indeed, if Sen. Paul’s bill passes, some companies could decide to turn off already installed pollution control equipment, leading to an increase in emissions.”

If you believe that your family deserves to breathe clean air, no matter where you live, it’s urgent that you take action immediately to stop Paul’s Congressional Review Act bill.

“You will be in good company supporting this rule,” writes Dominique Browning of Mom’s Clean Air Force. “Amazingly, several major utility executives–including the CEO of Exelon–America’s third-largest utility–have urged EPA to implement the rule; they say the grid will remain reliable, and the health benefits of reducing emissions will outweigh the costs of implementing the technologies, which they calculate to be modest.”

TAKE ACTION: Sign The Petition To Stop Rand Paul’s Clean Air Assault!

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61 comments

William C
William C1 years ago

Thanks.

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William C
William C1 years ago

Thanks.

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W. C
W. C1 years ago

Thank you for caring.

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Walter G.
Walter G7 years ago

it is the same old story. bribe the greedy politicians, and take the rest.

Nothing has changed in the past 6 generations, or even before. Money begets more money, perpetuating poverty, war justifies more war, perpetuating greed.

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Victoria Pitchford
Vicky P7 years ago

Unfortunately I doubt anything will be done, because corporations rule society.

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Holly Lawrence
Holly Lawrence7 years ago

Sign the petition please - is a sign against the Tea party who want to ruin our environment - all for the big corporate bucks!

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Douglas S.
Douglas S7 years ago

Not good enough! We need to be more progressive about solving these issues. Are poor economic infrastructure and reckless way of life is devastating the entire planet.

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Brian F.
Brian F7 years ago

I signed the petition. I wonder how the tea party and republicans can vote for a dirty scumbag and liar like Ron Paul. But of course money from the dirty coal ,oil, natural gas, and nuclear industies, that are polluting and destroying our planet, is more important to republicans, than clean air and water.

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Duane B.
.7 years ago

"A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman, of the next generation." ~ James Freeman Clarke. I'm not certain the U.S. has any statesmen anymore!

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Brian M.
Past Member 7 years ago

Conditions are declining much faster than the ability of our governments to respond. We need more action now.

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