Tell White House: EPA Authority Over CO2 Must Not Be Compromised
Sadly, this isn’t an April Fool’s joke… Attacks on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) authority to regulate global warming emissions under the Clean Air Act are ongoing. There is some unnerving news from the White House on this front. While these attacks so far have mostly been in the House of Representatives, now the Senate is considering a series of amendments to block EPA action and there are reports that the White House is considering a budget compromise that would block EPA action.
The White House compromise (see this AP article) is particularly worrisome. In the absence of any legislation to reduce global warming emissions, EPA regulations are our best option this year to begin to bring down emissions from the biggest polluters. We must have the President’s support that he will veto any bill that blocks EPA authority. Please call the White House today and urge them to ensure EPA retains its authority to act on its science-based finding that global warming emissions endanger public health.
Call 202-456-1111 between 9:00am-5:00pm EST.
If you are unable to call during that time, you can also send a comment via the website: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact
Suggested Talking Points
- Hello, my name is [first last] from [city, state]. I am a [title] at [institution/organization]. (You can also give a brief description of your expertise.)
- Environmental Protection Agency should be allowed to move forward on its science-based finding that global warming emissions endanger public health and can be regulated under the Clean Air Act.
- Do not allow budget proposals to include anything that would prevent or delay the EPA from regulating global warming emissions. If any such amendment is included in a budget bill, please veto that bill.
- Global warming poses serious threats to human health and the environment. We are already facing impacts, which are likely to get worse, including:
- hotter, longer heat waves that threaten the health of the sick, poor, and elderly;
- increases in ground-level ozone pollution, linked to asthma and other respiratory illnesses; and
- increases in extreme precipitation events, resulting in flooding and other damaging effects
- Thank you for your time.