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2011

Oppose Efforts by West Virginia’s Congressional Delegation to Block EPA

Last fall, it was Senator Rockefeller who sought legislation to block EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, even though the US Supreme Court said EPA has that responsibility under the Clean Air Act, and the Senate had refused to act for two years. Then Senator Manchin sponsored legislation to overturn EPA’s veto of the Spruce Mine permit due to impacts under the Clean Water Act. Now Representatives Rahall, McKinley, and Capito have offered similar legislation in the House (HR 457).

And it is not just a few coalstate politicians playing to  audiences back home any more. House Energy Chair Fred Upton is introducing similar legislation, and Newt Gingrich is saying that EPA should be abolished altogether. But public opinion polls show that it is these politicians, not EPA who are out of touch with the voters. House Energy Chair Fred Upton is introducing similar legislation, and Newt Gingrich is saying that EPA should be abolished altogether. But public opinion polls show that it is these politicians, not EPA who are out of touch with the voters.

A new survey was just released that shows more than three out of four Americans—including a clear majority of Republicans— oppose efforts in Congress to block Clean Air Act updates for carbon, smog and other pollution. Republicans — and most Americans — also want EPA to do MORE, not less, to clean up our air and water, and to protect lives.

What You Can Do!

Write a letter to the editor opposing the effort to weaken EPA. Urge our Congressional delegation to protect the agency that protects our life and health.

Sign the online petition to President Obama, urging him to support strong EPA standards for clean air and water.

A link to the petition may be found on the Chapter website at www.westvirginia.sierraclub.org

For more details, call 304-594-3322.

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