In regard to Senator James Inhofe’s toxic air bill, S.J. Res 37: I vehemently oppose this resolution.
The Clean Air Act has been improving public health for decades; it is no time to turn back the clock to disrupt that procedure.
S.J. Res 37 would use the Congressional Review Act to block EPA's new emission standards for hazardous mercury and other toxic air pollution from coal- and oil-fired power plants. If enacted, this bill would also forever prohibit the EPA from adopting substantially similar clean air standards in the future. How outrageous is that?
These new standards, which the 1990 Clean Air Act SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZES, have been in the works for more than two decades—20+ years. They will prevent up to 11,000 premature deaths every year and protect our kids from dangerous exposure to toxic mercury pollution, which can cause brain damage in infants and young children.
They will also save the American economy tens of billions of dollars in avoided health costs while putting between 85,000 and 117,000 Americans to work installing pollution control technologies between now and 2015.
Last year, more than 800,000 Americans submitted public comments in support of this rule. But now, a few of America's largest corporate utilities have launched an aggressive campaign to block these standards. And Sen. Inhofe's toxic air bill would do just that.
Please stand up for the health and safety of our kids and communities and reject the Inhofe bill. Despite the Supreme Court ruling, most people still believe that this country should put natural, living individual people ahead of corporate entities, which act for collective profits—those corporate interests should be secondary to the interests of people (including those actual people who make up corporations; their health is also at risk).
N.B.: this letter is customized from the Environmental Defense Fund petition.