URGENT ALERT: House Could Vote Today to Gut Clean Air Funding

On Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 10:28 AM, Environmental Defense Action Fund <takeaction> wrote:

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Environmental Defense Fund: Clear the Air


Dear Scotts,


Please take action to beat back the polluter assault on our clean air standards.

The U.S. House of Representatives could start voting as early as today on polluter earmarks to gut critical funding for America’s landmark clean air programs that save lives and grow our economy.

Please take action right now: Urge your member of Congress to oppose this polluter assault on our clean air.

We’re near our goal of 25,000 actions. Please help us surge past it in the next couple of hours before the House votes.

Progress: 83%

Progress: 83% Alerts Taken: 20764 Goal: 25000

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Of all the laws ever passed in American history, few have been more successful than the Clean Air Act. It has done more good more efficiently than even the people who wrote the law ever imagined.

The data speak for themselves. Among many other accomplishments, the Clean Air Act has:

  • Saved 160,000 lives in 2010 and has easily saved millions of lives over the last 40 years;
  • Provided $30 in total economic benefits for every $1 invested in pollution controls;
  • Decreased the level of airborne lead level 92% since 1980; and
  • Cut acid rain pollution by more than 63%.

And all of this has been achieved at a fraction of the cost that even the most optimistic clean air supporters thought possible when the law went into effect in 1970 and was reauthorized in 1990.

But, polluter allies in Congress are turning a blind eye to these overwhelmingly positive public health and economic benefits. They are threatening to hold the government hostage in order to pass their "polluter earmarks" that would defund our clean air programs.

This is not the way common sense government is supposed to be run. We can’t let them get away with this outrageous and short-sighted assault on our clean air.

Please email your member of Congress and urge him or her to oppose this pro-polluter agenda.

Thanks for your action and support,
Environmental Defense Action Fund

P.S. There are many new and swing members of Congress on this issue. We need to make sure they know they can’t side with polluters without paying a political price. So, please make sure to take action today.


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