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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 - …

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Who is standing against polluters and for clean air?

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.): "Someone should be standing up for children's lungs."Cross-posted from the Natural Resources Defense Council. Yesterday, I noted that several polluter-supported members of Congress are introducing legislation to "throttle" the Environmental Protection Agency, which would sacrifice much-needed safeguards by putting the profits of corporate polluters at the top of their agenda. Fortunately, some members of Congress are just as determined to make sure the EPA can keep doing the job it has for the last 40 years -- protecting the health of all Americans by cracking down on corporate polluters and the life-threatening air pollution they recklessly …

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Abolish the EPA's ability to limit pollution?

Cross-posted from the Natural Resources Defense Council. Some people out there seem to think we'd be better off without the Environmental Protection Agency, which for 40 years has protected the health of all Americans by cracking down on corporate polluters and the life-threatening air pollution they recklessly dump. Others want to abolish it altogether. Sadly, it hasn’t taken long for some in the new Congress to throw in their lot with this polluter-driven agenda. The Hill is reporting that some House members are backing a bill to abolish the EPA's power to do its job to protect us from carbon pollution, …

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Scholastic steps into the Chamber of Hypocrisy

Image: Scholastic, U.S. Chamber [PDF]Cross-posted from the Natural Resources Defense Council. Politico reports that the Scholastic company -- producer and distributor of a wide range of educational products to our nation's school systems -- has teamed up with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on an "educational" program about U.S. energy consumption. In the article, entitled "Chamber: Worry about energy regulations, kids," Politico writes: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce wants middle school students to consider what would happen if government regulations shut down the coal industry or another domestic energy source. The question is part of a teaching guide the group plans to distribute to roughly …

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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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Every Day We Delay…

As the Gulf Coast oil disaster shows, America has a failed national energy policy. We need a new clean energy policy to break our addiction to oil, enhance our national security, limit carbon pollution and lead us to clean American energy. Last June, the House passed a comprehensive clean energy and climate bill. But so far the Senate has dragged its feet in enacting legislation. Please join us in calling on President Obama to work with the US Senate to form a comprehensive clean energy and climate bill that can be passed and signed this year. Because every day we …

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