“Clean air, endangered species bye bye”

Our new Congress needs a check up from the neck up. Please help.

In an unprecedented back-door move to gut our nation’s cornerstone air, water and wildlife protections, last week House Republicans passed spending legislation that would, among many other things:

– Strip the Clean Air Act of its ability to reduce dangerous carbon dioxide pollution;
– Grant Shell and other polluters a free pass to drill in the Arctic; and
– Remove Endangered Species Act protection for the iconic gray wolf.

If the new Congress get its’ way, big polluters will continue to spew unlimited amounts of carbon dioxide into our air, permanently altering our climate.

The EPA’s efforts to curb carbon pollution from power plants, oil refineries and other large sources — just now getting underway — will grind to a halt.

Politicians, not scientists, will remove the majestic gray wolf’s

Endangered Species Act protections, even though the species remains in less than five percent of its historic habitat and its recovery is far from complete.

That’s not all this bill would do. Congress is setting up a showdown, and we have just a few short weeks to convince the Senate to save the Clean Air Act and protect the wolf.

Please take action today.

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Letter subject: Oppose House Continuing Resolution

Sample letter:

Dear Senator,

I strongly urge you to oppose the House’s continuing resolution (HR 1).

HR 1 is a back-door move to gut our nation’s cornerstone environmental protections through a stop-gap funding measure to keep the government functioning. I am particularly concerned about the following pieces of HR 1:

Last year was the hottest year on record, following the warmest decade on record. But the facts and the impacts of global warming on our health and our environment don’t seem to matter to House members more concerned with polluter profits than Americans’ health and safety.

I oppose HR 1 because it guts the Clean Air Act’s ability to curb dangerous carbon pollution. Updated

Wolf pups could be target in May '09

Clean Air Act safeguards will finally stop big polluters from continuing to dump unlimited amounts of the greenhouse gas pollution that is perilously warming our planet.

A recent nationwide survey by the American Lung Association found overwhelming support among the public for the EPA’s actions under the Clean Air Act and overwhelming opposition to congressional moves to block them.

I oppose HR 1 because it would facilitate Shell drilling in the Arctic without following normal air permitting procedures. HR 1 is nothing but a gift to big polluters.

I oppose HR 1 because it would remove the gray wolf from Endangered Species Act protection. This would be the first time that politicians, not scientists, have been permitted to make such a decision.  Removing protections for wolves would occur even though they remain in less than five percent of their historic habitat and their recovery is far from complete.

I oppose HR 1 because it would undo progress made to curb destructive mountaintop-removal mining. It would stop the EPA from developing standards that list toxic coal ash as hazardous waste; reviewing water pollution issues; completing rules to protect streams from coal waste, and enforcing the Clean Water Act that governs dredge and fill permits required for mountaintop-removal mining.

It would scrap plans for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to create a “climate service” and zero out U.S. funding for the Nobel-Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). And the EPA would not be allowed to even collect data on sources of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas pollutants.

Substantive policy decisions should not be attached to funding legislation, and these are frightening policy decisions for the future of our planet. I urge you and the Senate to scrap HR 1 in its entirety and to make sure that any new spending legislation safeguards our cornerstone environmental and public health protections.

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Undo progress made to curb destructive mountaintop-removal mining by stopping the EPA from developing standards that list toxic coal ash as hazardous waste, reviewing water pollution issues, completing rules to protect streams from coal waste, and enforcing the Clean Water Act that governs required dredge and fill permits.

– Scrap plans for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to create a “climate service.”

– Zero out U.S. funding for the Nobel-Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

– Stop the EPA from even collecting data on sources of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas pollutants.

If you only make one call to your senator this year, this is the call you should make. Please call your senator today and tell them to scrap the House’s abhorrent continuing resolution. Let them know you oppose any and all cutbacks or delay of Clean Air Act safeguards to curb greenhouse gas pollution, removing Endangered Species Act protection for the wolf, and all other rollbacks of our cornerstone environmental protections.

Call or write your U.S. senator today. Calling is best, but if you can’t call, use the form below to send a letter.

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