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The League joined 78 organizations on a letter to Congress opposing legislation from Representative Whitfield and Senator Manchin. The legislation would allow power plants to continue dumping unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into the air, contributing to the climate change that puts our health and communities at risk with devastating extreme weather events. Ensuring that there are limits on carbon pollution from power plants is an issue that the League has been very active on and this legislation goes against everything the League has worked for.
*Note this post has been updated to refelect additional supportive organizations who have joined this letter. This letter was first sent in November 2013 and was resent in January 2014.
January 13, 2014
On behalf of the 109 undersigned organizations and our millions of members and supporters, we urge you to oppose Congressman Whitfield and Senator Manchin’s Polluter Protection Act. This bill would allow power plants to continue dumping unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into the air, contributing to the climate change that puts our health and communities at risk with devastating extreme weather events. Under the Polluter Protection Act, the polluters would win and Americans would lose.
The Polluter Protection Act would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from reducing carbon pollution from power plants, which are the nation’s largest source of carbon pollution. Carbon pollution fuels climate change, which will lead to more asthma attacks and increase the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events like droughts that destroy crops, floods that wipe out communities, and massively damaging storms like Superstorm Sandy.
Power plants have limits on arsenic, lead, and mercury, but no federal limits on dangerous carbon pollution. Now EPA is finally putting in place a reasonable, cost-effective plan to reduce the pollution driving climate change. But by raising a series of impossible barriers for the EPA, Congressman Whitfield and Senator Manchin are saying that either they do not believe in climate change, or they do not care about its impacts.
We urge you to oppose this attempt to strip the EPA of its authority to protect public health, and to support the agency’s common sense plan to cut carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants.
For full list of signers see attached