Dear MoveOn member,
Today in the Inwood area, the air pollution is so bad that health experts say it's dangerous to go outside and breathe.1
The good news is that the Environmental Protection Agency, led by clean energy champion Lisa Jackson, has been fighting to enforce the Clean Air Act so we can finally clean up the air.
But lobbyists for the coal industry—joined by conservative Democrats in Congress—have been putting enormous pressure on her to back off.2
Since it's a code orange day in Washington, DC, the media and politicians are definitely aware of the problem. That gives us a brief window of opportunity to speak while we've got their attention.
Can you call EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson today and thank her for her efforts to enforce the Clean Air Act and urge her to keep fighting back against coal industry lobbyists who want her to back down? Here's where to call:
Environmental Protection Agency
Then, please report your call by clicking here:For years, the coal industry has fought tooth-and-nail to block any enforcement of the Clean Air Act. But right now one key provision in the law in particular is under attack: limits on global warming pollution from coal plants.
New cars and trucks already have to meet global warming pollution standards.3 But the coal industry wants a special exemption that will allow them to keep operating ancient, filthy power plants—some built in the 1940s and 1950s.
To be clear, global warming pollution is different from the smog and soot that's polluting the air today. But without global warming pollution limits on coal plants, we're likely to remain hooked on dirty coal for decades. And more coal means more air pollution across the board.4
Administrator Jackson's plan would solve this problem by speeding up the transition to clean energy and creating millions of new jobs in the process. But Republicans and conservative Democrats in bed with the coal industry have been attacking her efforts every step of the way.5
You can help make bad air days a thing of the past by calling EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson today. Thank her for her efforts to enforce the Clean Air Act and urge her not to back down under pressure from the coal industry. Here's where to call:
Environmental Protection Agency
Then, please report your call by clicking here:
Thanks for all you do.
–Steven, Kat, Joan, Anna, and the rest of the team
P.S. In addition to making this call, please be safe today! Kids and seniors should stay inside in areas with code orange alerts, and even healthy adults should avoid outside exercise. To keep up with air quality in your area, bookmark this website for the latest health advisories.
1. AirNow.gov, accessed September 1, 2010
2. "Disappointed By Congress, EPA Pursues Climate Change," NPR, August 29, 2010
3. "State Leadership and the National Clean Cars Program," Environment America, March 26, 2010
4. "The Dirty Truth About Coal," Sierra Club, June 2007
5. "Rockefeller pushes to rein in EPA," The Washington Post, March 4, 2010
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