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February 10, 2011

More on Those EPA Attacks

Stop Polluters As a follow-up to Brian's great post on EPA's Lisa Jackson being grilled in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, here are some other related articles.

First up, Time's Bryan Walsh has an excellent piece on this move to handcuff EPA's Clean Air Act authority to enact safeguards on pollution. From his article:

Polls, though, show general public support for the EPA and for the regulation of greenhouse gases. And there's considerable doubt that the EPA's possible greenhouse gas regulations—which will hardly be strict—will result in some kind of jobs apocalypse. A new report by the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts estimated that the EPA's stricter pollution rules for power plants would actually create the equivalent of 290,000 full-time jobs, as companies invest in new pollution controls and replace retiring power plants.

And then we've got the White House blog also taking a moment to explain all the good that the Clean Air Act does:

The Clean Air Act gives the Environmental Protection Agency the necessary tools to protect our families from a number of harmful pollutants that can cause asthma and lung disease – especially in children.  Weakening these standards would allow more pollution in the air we breathe and threaten our children's health.

Check it out to get some great stats on the Clean Air Act's work over the years.

Finally, last night Energy Secretary Steven Chu gave clean energy advocates some hope when he spoke about the impending closure of many coal-fired power plants because of their age and health impacts:

Regulations targeting mercury pollution and chemicals that cause acid rain and smog would trigger the coal-plant closures, not new rules from the Environmental Protection Agency on carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases linked to climate change or Obama’s proposed clean-energy standard, Chu said.

Have you seen any other good pieces on EPA's safeguards to protect public health and the environment?

-- Heather Moyer


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