Peter Altman

Pete is the Climate Campaign Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council.


Should kids be exposed to more or less toxic pollution?

For some representatives, the health of schoolkids just doesn’t seem to be the priority.Cross-posted from the Natural Resources Defense Council. Some questions should be easy to answer. But, with Congress, some things are never easy. Fresh off the House vote to let polluters dump unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into the air, a House subcommittee under the jurisdiction of chair Fred Upton (R-Mich.) will start to consider letting polluters dump unsafe amounts of toxic pollution into the air. You see, for years a lot of polluters have avoided having to reduce their emissions of toxic pollution — this is the hard-core stuff that …

fred the inhaler

Fred Upton’s bizarre war on 24 million Americans with asthma

Cross-posted from the Natural Resources Defense Council. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) is teaming up with House Energy and Commerce Chair Fred Upton (R-Mich.) to introduce a bill to allow America’s biggest polluters to continue dumping unlimited amounts of carbon emissions into the air. It’s not that surprising that Inhofe is pushing this in the Senate. After all, Inhofe has always prided himself on being a little “out there” in a distinctly Charlie Sheen “wild man” kind of way. But what is going on with the formerly-known-as reasonable Rep. Upton? Just about every major health group in the United States is …

Clean air is popular, actually

The people have spoken: let the EPA do its job

Cross-posted from the Natural Resources Defense Council. Yesterday, members of Rep. Fred Upton’s (R-Mich.) House Energy and Commerce Committee held their first hearing on Chair Upton’s proposal to block the Environmental Protection Agency from updating Clean Air Act safeguards to protect our health from life-threatening carbon pollution. (Hat tip and bow to EPA chief Lisa Jackson who withstood hours of dirty air extremism from panel members, and didn’t give one inch on the EPA’s obligation to protect public health by limiting carbon pollution.) We’ve already learned most Americans don’t support various proposals to eliminate or block the EPA, as Reuters, …

Breath of fresh air

Senators support polluters over asthmatic children

National health organizations are not scoffing at the link between pollution and asthma.Cross-posted from the Natural Resources Defense Council. As my colleague David Doniger explained, there’s a new pollution promoter on the scene, and his name is Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.). Barrasso has introduced a bill (S. 228) that would allow unlimited carbon dioxide pollution and dismiss by Congressional fiat the scientific understanding of the life-threatening health threats posed by CO2 pollution. Barrasso takes his place next to Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), whom the The Hill reports is once again trying to persuade his colleagues to sign onto his bill …

Sen. Scott Brown: Stand up for clean air, not polluters

A lot of people in Massachusetts suffer from asthma, the disease that makes it hard to breathe, sends kids gasping for breath to the emergency room and can saddle families with huge medical bills. In fact, estimates from the American Lung Association are that over 130,000 kids and nearly 500,000 adults in Massachusetts suffer from asthma.* One of the things that makes asthma worse is air pollution, specifically smog, and one of the things that makes it harder to reduce smog is carbon pollution.In fact, as my colleague Kim Knowlton has explained, rising temperatures driven by carbon pollution can actually make smog – …

the white house should listen to sen. whitehouse

Who is standing against polluters and for clean air?

Several Democratic senators have taken a hard-line stand against proposals to limit the EPA's ability to protect public health.

From the "That Didn't Take Long" Department

Abolish the EPA's ability to limit pollution?

We need to resist any efforts by Congress Republicans to block the EPA's ability to protect our health through the Clean Air Act.

Which, no doubt, is the next one over from the Chamber of Secrets

Scholastic steps into the Chamber of Hypocrisy

Scholastic, the education company, has teamed up with the Chamber of Commerce to "educate" children about the perils of government energy regulation.

Five reasons why a comprehensive climate and energy plan beats the energy-only approach

As the Congress returns to D.C., President Obama and Majority Leader Reid will need to keep making the case to the Senate that a comprehensive clean energy and climate bill deserves their attention now, so the president can sign a bill this year. The president has been intensifying his rhetoric in support of climate legislation, saying: But we’ve still got more work to do, and that’s why I’m going to keep fighting to pass comprehensive energy and climate legislation in Washington. We’re going to try to get it done this year. And as the Washington Post reported last week: In …

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