In a much publicized moved that could derail the “Clean Air Act,” Senator Murkowski (R – AK) is using a little known Senatorial maneuver called the Congressional Review Act by which a “resolution of disapproval” can push her agenda to the Senate floor in matter of just days for a vote. Murkowski is pushing for a ban on the EPA’s power to regulate industrial pollutants. In this maneuver, unlike other bills before the Senate, a vote of only 51 is required to pass her “resolution of disapproval.”
If Murkowski’s Congressional Review is passed, it would permanently bar the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) from requiring polluters to cut their greenhouse gas emissions. This would be a major blow to the progressive action the EPA has been taking recently against industrial polluters. As an example, the EPA announced on December 7, 2009 that greenhouse gases pose a danger to health and the environment. With this announcement the EPA had the power, with just their signature, to issue new mandates to polluters to begin reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, and they began doing so immediately.
Senator Murkowski’s act will let all the polluters, such as the Petroleum industry (who voiced loud disapproval of the EPA action in December) free reign in their continued disregard for human health and our environment.
According to an article in the Washington Post, Reuters, and other news agencies, Murkowski’s Act was written by some of the biggest polluters in the country. Coincidentally, energy producers, such as Duke Energy and the Southern Company were Murkowski’s biggest financial supporters during recent elections.
Environmental groups around the country, and even around the globe are urging American citizens to take a stand today by contacting your state Senators to protest this act, and keep the U.S. on track in our part of the fight to reduce greenhouse gases. It has already been demonstrated that reductions of these gases cleans our air and benefits all life on this planet. It has been shown to be especially beneficial to those with any types of breathing impairments, such as asthma sufferers.
Senator Murkowski is apparently taking her stand on the side of big industry as opposed to the citizens who must breathe the polluted air that big industry generates.
Take a look at the photo above which is an image of a smoggy day in Los Angeles, California. Is that the quality of air we all prefer to breathe? Is that what we want our children breathing?
To voice your opinion about this topic, please go to the website set up by the Environmental Defense Fund for this purpose.