Lobbyists for Big Coal won a victory in the House energy bill—the repeal of a key Clean Air Act provision. This would lock in a new generation of dirty coal power and block many of the solar and wind power jobs we need.1 Will the Senate do the same or will they protect this vital law?
Senator Charles Schumer has not yet taken a public position on the Clean Air Act rollback. Today, we're going to ask him to take a stand.
Can you call Sen. Schumer to ask if he is for or against weakening the Clean Air Act?
Senator Charles Schumer
Then, please report your call by clicking here:
You'd think the answer to this question would be obvious, but it's not. A majority of House members—including more than 200 Democrats—voted for a bill that does some good things, like improving energy efficiency, but also repeals a whole section of the Clean Air Act that requires limits on global warming pollution from coal plants. And unless senators step up now to prevent it, that could easily happen again in the Senate.
Will the Senate save the Clean Air Act, allowing Obama to crack down on dirty coal plants? Or will Big Coal get a free pass—while also crowding out many solar and wind start-ups and the new jobs they'd create?2 Sen. Schumer will help decide.
MoveOn members have been asking senators this question again and again. Together, we ran a newspaper ad in a Capitol Hill newspaper. We sent 66,000 faxes. We sent messages to our senators on Facebook and Twitter.
Now it's time to make some calls.
Please ask Sen. Schumer to save the Clean Air Act:
Senator Charles Schumer
Then, please report back by clicking here:
Thanks for all you do.
–Anna, Wes, Eli, Lenore and the rest of the team
1. "Under House energy bill, coal won't be going away," Los Angeles Times, June 22, 2009
"Big Coal Using Climate Change Bill To Roll Back Clean Air Act," The Huffington Post, June 18, 2009
"Waxman-Markey Strips EPA of Clean Air Act Authority to Fight Global Warming," Friends of the Earth, June 2009
2. "Green Recovery: A Program to Create Good Jobs and Start Building a Low-Carbon Economy," Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, September 2008
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