¬†¬†¬†¬† Since the Clean Air Act was enacted in¬†1970,¬†the landmark law has kept millions of tons of pollutants out of the air we breathe.¬†
¬†¬†¬†¬† But now, important authority granted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by the Clean Air Act is¬†¬†threatened.¬†¬†Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), with help from the powerful fossil fuels lobby, is making her second attempt in¬†six months¬†to amend the Clean Air Act.¬†
¬†¬†¬†¬† If passed, Murkowski’s amendment would¬†strip the EPA of its much of its enforcement authority and funding, taking away a key tool the¬†agency has for addressing carbon pollution.¬† Murkowski’s amendment would prevent EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson from¬†fulfilling her pledge to achieve significant reductions in carbon pollution.¬†¬†Passage of the amendment would let¬†coal plants and many other major emitters¬†of carbon pollution¬†off the hook for the next year.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) has granted Murkowski a vote on the Senate floor on Wednesday, January 20, although a later date is also a possibility.¬† One would think this amendment would be easy to stop, but many Democrats are considering supporting it.
¬†¬†¬†¬† Please contact your two Senators, whether Democratic or Republican,¬†to urge them to vote against the Murkowski amendment.¬† Make your contact before¬†Jan. 20.¬†¬† The message is simple:¬† “Sen. XX, please vote against the Murkowski amendment, which would¬†weaken EPA’s authority to regulate coal plants and other major carbon emitters.”¬†¬†
¬†¬†¬†¬† To get your message to your¬†Senators,¬†you can simply make¬†a call to each of their Washington offices.¬† Just call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3131.¬† Ask for the office of one of your¬†Senators.¬† When you get through, you will be invited to leave your comment on an opinion line.¬† If you prefer to speak to an aide, you can opt for that, but increasingly, Congressional offices seem to¬†prefer the opinion line approach.¬† Once you’ve left your message, just hang up,¬†call the Capitol switchboard again, and ask for the office of your other Senator.¬†¬†
¬†¬†¬†¬† Or, if you prefer, you can email your Senators.¬† To find your Senators’ email addresses, just click on the site below:
¬†¬†¬†¬† A third approach is to contact your Senators’ local offices, which are set up in most major cities around each state.¬†
¬†¬†¬†¬† And thanks.¬† In 2010 we need¬†our Congress to pass clean energy and climate protection legislation.¬† We must not slip backward by undoing important authority already wielded by the top environmental protection body in the land.–April Moore