John Walke

John Walke is a senior attorney and the Director of NRDC's Clean Air Program.


Extreme pollution agenda in Senate targets lifesaving clean air standards

Is this the GOP’s vision of a happy, healthy future?Image: Devin HuntCross-posted from Natural Resources Defense Council. Last week, the U.S. Senate rejected an extreme agenda disguised as a jobs and transportation bill. This unsuccessful effort was founded on the absurd notion that more pollution would mean more jobs, and that what the country really needs is more of the congressional paralysis and obstructionism that already wearies and disgusts Americans. This week, the Senate will vote again on repealing life-saving pollution standards — this time a Tea Party-backed attack on the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) that keeps out-of-state smog and …

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Obama pulls a Bush on clean air

A deeper look at the politics and maneuvering leading up to the most outrageous environmental offense of the Obama administration.

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GOP's dirty air hit list sacrifices Americans' health

House Republicans want to block "job-killing" clean air safeguards that every year prevent thousands of deaths, heart attacks, and asthma attacks, and millions of missed work and school days.


Industry exaggerates pressure to meet Clean Air Act standards

Polluters whine about the economic burden of reducing emissions during tough times, but the Clean Air Act gives them more than enough time to comply.


GOP attacks the EPA for doing its job

The GOP refuses to acknowledge that the Obama EPA is following federal laws and court orders issued when the Bush administration failed to abide by the law.


Utilities and Joe Barton: 'Ignore the science: Pollution isn't bad for you!'

Do you believe doctors, EPA scientists, and peer-reviewed studies when it comes to the danger of pollution? Or heavily polluting utilities and Joe Barton?


House Republicans attack life-saving mercury and air toxics standards

It would be irresponsible to deny clean air to the American people.Photo: BronxCross-posted from the Natural Resources Defense Council. And so it begins. Long a rumored dirty secret, Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) confirmed today that House Republicans plan to introduce legislation to delay mercury and air toxics standards that will save up to 26,000 lives every year. The chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Energy and Power subcommittee told PoliticoPro [$ubreq] today that such a bill would be introduced after the two-week congressional recess. Whitfield admitted bluntly, “[t]he objective is to delay the implementation of these regulations.” The EPA regulations he …

Getting their act together

A little background on the EPA’s new mercury and air toxics rule

Cross-posted from the Natural Resources Defense Council. Today, the EPA announced the most important actions to clean up air pollution from dirty coal-burning power plants since the Clean Air Act was last updated in 1990. EPA’s proposed mercury and air toxics standards for power plants that burn coal and oil are projected to save as many as 17,000 American lives [PDF] every year by 2015. These standards also will prevent up to 120,000 cases of childhood asthma symptoms and there will be 11,000 fewer cases of acute bronchitis among children every year. The standards also will avoid more than 12,000 …

this house needs cleaning

Meet the members of Congress who sided with corporate polluters over children and your health

May not be safe to enter.Cross-posted from the Natural Resources Defense Council. For the first time in the 40 year history of the Clean Air Act, a majority of the House of Representatives has voted to block EPA from implementing and enforcing standards to sharply reduce mercury and other toxic air emissions from a polluting industry. In one of a long list of irresponsible amendments to last week’s Republican budget, nearly all Republicans and a small group of Democrats voted to block EPA standards to reduce mercury, arsenic, lead, PCBs, dioxins and furans, and heavy metals from cement plants. Mercury …

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