In case you hadn't heard, the chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, Fred Upton (R-MI) wants to scrap EPA plans to to regulate carbon emissions from power plants and other large industrial sources altogether. While on the face of it, Upton and fellow Congressmen Inhofe (R-OK) and Whitfield (R-KY) argue that it should be up to Congress to enact such measures and not the EPA. In terms of stopping greenhouse gas pollution, it doesn't really matter where the action comes from, just that it occurs--and delaying action means more air pollution. Five leading US health groups think that Upton and Co's bill will undermine the health of Americans. The American Lung Association, American Public Health Association, Trust for America's Health, Health Care Without Harm, and the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments have all issued statements supporting the EPA and the continued ability of the agency to use the Clean Air Act to rein in greenhouse gas pollution.
From the American Lung Association:
"The enactment of Chairman Fred Upton's bill would strip away Clean Air Act protections that safeguard Americans and their families from air pollution that puts their lives at risk. The protections against the health harm from carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas pollution are essential to public health and must be preserved." - Charles D. Connor, President and Chief Executive Officer
UPDATE - American Thoracic Society Extends Support
NRDC has updated the list of health groups supporting the EPA. This from the American Thoracic Society:
"The legislation proposed by Rep. Upton and Sen. Inhofe would allow polluters to emit unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into the environment. The legislation introduced today ... undermines protection of nation's clean air and continues to leave the United States vulnerable to the adverse health effects of climate change. This legislation would encourage polluters to emit carbon pollution into the air that adversely affects public health and increases global warming." - Dean E. Schraufnagel, MD, President
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