I am writing you today in vehement opposition to the toxic air bill offered by Senator James Inhofe, S.J. Res 37.
The Online Petition I signed via the Environment Defense Action Fund is listed to follow and emailed to Sen R.Blunt and Sen C.McCaskill.
- My notes to Dirty Oil Roy Blunt are at the bottom of the Post.
This bill would use the obscure Congressional Review Act to block EPA's new emission standards for hazardous mercury and other toxic air pollution from coal- and oil-fired power plants. If enacted, this bill would also forever prohibit the EPA from adopting substantially similar clean air standards in the future.
These standards, which the 1990 Clean Air Act specifically authorizes, have been in the works for more than two decades. They will prevent up to 11,000 premature deaths every year and protect our kids from dangerous exposure to toxic mercury pollution, which can cause brain damage in infants and young children.
They will also save the American economy tens of billions of dollars in avoided health costs while likely leading to the creation of 117,000 jobs installing pollution control technologies between now and 2015.
Last year, more than 800,000 Americans submitted public comments in support of this rule. But now, a few of America's largest corporate utilities have launched an aggressive campaign to block these standards. And Sen. Inhofe's toxic air bill would do just that.
Please stand up for the health and safety of our kids and communities and reject the Inhofe bill.
Please take action today. Help us stop the Inhofe toxic air bill, which would wipe the EPA's life-saving Mercury and Air Toxics Standards off the books and punch a huge hole through our clean air protections.
Mr Blunt in an email I received yesterday from you. You wrote:
"Job creators in Missouri tell me that overreaching new regulations coming out of the Environmental Protection Agency are one of the biggest obstacles to getting our economy back on track. Regulations like these threaten to make the cost of electric power skyrocket for most Americans and will sack families and workers with new costs, reducing their disposal income and ultimately threatening their standard of living."
I'd like to point out the simple fact that-
"All the jobs in the world won't help when Pollution kills the world."
As you know here in St Louis- Ameren UE (Union Electric) uses Coal for producing our Electricity. This pollution from Coal Fired Power Plants is a leading cause of Asthma and Cancer. WebMD just reported last week that St Louis is Number 7 on the list of leading cities with Asthma Problems.
"The study also points out that recent statistics indicate asthma causes more than 3,300 deaths annually in the U.S. and is a factor in another 7,000."It would seem to me the more healthy people there are working equals more people paying taxes- ie: Income for the US Government.
If you are serious about creating jobs consider this: Energy Efficiency and Renewable "Non Polluting" Energy.
Steve Kidwell, Ameren Missouri Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, said:
"If we went after the potential that we've seen in our own study, we wouldn't have to build another power plant for 20 years, and we could retire Meramec, and we'd be OK. But we'd lose $30 million a year. And we just can't do that. It's that simple."(This was a St Louis Post Dispatch Article that talked about making homes energy efficient through weatherization.)
On another note about Energy Efficiency and Nuclear Energy- I'd like to share this info:
"For 1/2 the cost of replacing one nuclear power plant, we can retrofit 1,600,000 homes for "Energy Efficiency" and create 220,000 new jobs- which is 90 times more jobs than you'd get from a power plant replacement."ie: how much taxes that are needed for the USA would come from the 220,000 employees?
So basically I'm asking you to do the right thing and leave the EPA alone as the USA is making strides to curb its energy use which reduces the Pollutants in the Air, Land, and Water.
Through the various reporting agencies on Political Contributions. (1 & 2) I know you receive the bulk of your money from Big Oil, Big Coal, and Big Business. In the future who will be left to buy their products if the population is killed off from Fossil Fuel Pollution. I'm not even going to mention the fact that we can reduce our reliance on Foreign Oil (which is the root cause of the ongoing wars in the Middle East. ie: if they don't have any money they cant fight us).
Thank you, looking forward to your Reply.
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