Update: Rep. EPA Chiefs Oppose Polluter Assault

On Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 1:52 PM, Sam Parry, Environmental Defense Action Fund <takeaction> wrote:

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Dear Scotts Contracting,

You have been amazing!

In the first week since the EPA proposed its tough new Mercury and Air Toxics rule, the EDF Action Network has sent an incredible 35,875 comments to the EPA.

We need you now more than ever. Please take action right now to help us reach our unprecedented goal of 200,000 comments over the next 60 days to overwhelm the polluter opposition.

With a simple click of your mouse, you can help save lives — this rule will:

  • Prevent an estimated 17,000 premature deaths every year and
  • Grow the economy — by generating $140 billion in national economic benefits every year.

Please take action today.

Former GOP EPA Chiefs Push Back

We have said all along that your right to clean, healthy air and a safe climate future IS NOT a partisan issue. And a powerful op-ed in today’s Washington Post makes that point abundantly clear.

Former Republican EPA Administrators William D. Ruckelshaus, who served under Presidents Nixon and Reagan, and Christine Todd Whitman, who served under President Bush II, co-authored a clear-headed and poignant rebuttal to the polluter assault on our clean air and climate standards.

They write, in part:

The Senate is poised to vote on a bill that would, for the first time, "disapprove" of a scientifically based finding, in this case that greenhouse gases endanger public health and welfare. This finding was extensively reviewed by officials in the administrations of presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. It was finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency in response to a 2007 Supreme Court decision that greenhouse gases fit within the Clean Air Act definition of air pollutants…

Amid the virulent attacks on the EPA driven by concern about overregulation, it is easy to forget how far we have come in the past 40 years. We should take heart from all this progress and not, as some in Congress have suggested, seek to tear down the agency that the president and Congress created to protect America’s health and environment…

Our country needs today what it needed in 1970: a strong, self-confident, scientifically driven, transparent, fair and responsible EPA. Congress should help America achieve that. It should do so not with lowered sights but lowered voices that will result in an EPA fully capable of helping fashion a prosperous, healthy America whose environment continues to improve.

When Congress returns to work next week, we hope these thoughtful words sink in and give politicians in Washington pause before they vote to gut the EPA and block common sense efforts to reduce America’s climate pollution.

As always, we’ll be turning to you for your advocacy and support to hold our elected officials accountable and keep the well-funded polluter lobby in check.

Sam ParryThanks so much for your activism and support,
Sam Parry
Director, Online Membership and Activism

Environmental Defense Action Fund
1875 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20009
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