Washington, DC – The League of Women voters today announced a new television ad in Massachusetts that is part of their ongoing “People not Polluters” (www.peoplenotpolluters.org) campaign to educate voters about the public health consequences of anti-Clean Air Act votes in Congress. 

“Our elected officials are taking bad votes that would block new clean air standards.   Our officials must not endanger public health by failing to limit pollution,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, national president of the League of Women Voters. “The ad campaign’s goal is to raise public awareness of how Senators voted to endanger the health of women, seniors, families and children by blocking new clean air standards that would limit pollution.”

The new ad highlights an April 6 vote to block clean air standards taken by Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown. To see the Massachusetts ad click here. The ad is part of a major television campaign announced by the League last month. The ads depict a child suffering from respiratory illness and ask viewers to consider the vote and “imagine what it could’ve done – to her.” 

On April 4, days before the Senate voted on four amendments that would have limited the EPA’s ability to protect public health and clean up air pollution, the American Medical Association warned doctors that increased levels of carbon dioxide, ozone, and other greenhouse gas pollutants make chronic conditions like heart disease and asthma worse.

There is overwhelming bipartisan support for stricter EPA pollution standards.  A bipartisan survey released on February 16 by the American Lung Association examined public views of EPA’s updating and enforcing clean air standards.  The bipartisan survey, which was conducted by Democratic polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, and Republican firm Ayres, McHenry & Associates, finds that 68 percent of voters oppose congressional action that impedes the EPA from updating clean air standards generally and 64 percent oppose congressional efforts to stop the EPA from updating standards on carbon dioxide. 

About the League of Women Voters:  The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League has been a strong and active supporter of the Clean Air Act since its enactment in 1970.  

 

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Membership in the League is open to men and women of all ages.

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