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The Wall Street Journal editorial board does not like clean air

What a bummer.Cross-posted from the Natural Resources Defense Council. The Wall Street Journal editorial board this week delivered one of its signature hyperventilating rants against clean air protections. True to form, the disjointed effort mangles basic facts, omits mention of the overwhelming public health benefits from cleaner air, and casts the board as obliging bully puppet, woodenly repeating polluter ventriloquists' talking points. The editorial begins with a tired and demonstrably false charge, that the Obama EPA's regulatory output has outpaced the entire first term of the Clinton administration implementing the just-enacted 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson …


The foxes want to guard the henhouses

Deadly deception: How some industry lobbyists peddle deception to block clean air protections

This steam station in North Carolina finished installing scrubbers in 2007.Photo: Duke EnergyCross-posted from the Natural Resources Defense Council. Selling death on Capitol Hill shouldn't be so easy. But as industry lobbyists mount a campaign attacking forthcoming Clean Air Act standards to cut deadly toxic air pollution from industrial boilers, they are resorting to obfuscation and deceiving Congress. The EPA standards, relying on long-available pollution-control equipment called scrubbers, would save up to 5,000 lives a year. And they would prevent 3,000 heart attacks, 1,400 cases of chronic bronchitis, 35,000 bouts of aggravated asthma, and 1,600,000 outbreaks of acute respiratory distress, …


(Dirty) Power grab

Attack on clean air protections planned in Senate

Cross-posted from the NRDC Switchboard blog. Sen. George Voinovich is poised to launch an attack against the Clean Air Act on behalf of dirty power plants like this one.NRDC has obtained a copy of amendments that Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio) appears poised to lodge next week in the Senate Environment Committee to wage a sweeping attack on the Clean Air Act on behalf of dirty power plants. The amendments repeal, delay, and significantly weaken clean air safeguards that reduce power plant emissions of nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide (pollutants that cause smog and soot), as well as toxic mercury, arsenic, …