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Threats to the Clean Air Act. Your response…

July 19, 2010

. . . to Friday’s action alert, was very fast and numerous.  Your voices were among the first of what is turning into a howl of protest provoked  by utility industry demands to rollback the acid rain program and ease regulation of the neurotoxin mercury from power plants in exchange for going along with climate legislation.  Being fast is important to our effectiveness.  Congress has a lot on its agenda and will quickly turn its attention to the next urgent issue.

Most of the big environmental groups are getting their alerts out today and tomorrow.  So the howl of protest should be reaching a crescendo by Wednesday.

A lot of progressive groups have been suspicious of the “big green” groups, like NRDC and EDF, who are negotiating with Kerry, Lieberman and utility industry representatives.  As far as I can tell, big green groups are as outraged as the rest of us.  There is a letter circulating on the internet from David Hawkins, Director of NRDC’s Climate Center, to Kerry and Lieberman, which is as adamant in its opposition to any weakening of the Clean Air Act as any of us would be.   Overreaching by the utility industry is bringing us a good moment of real solidarity.

Grist had a good blog about this story.

Unfortunately, Senator Rockefeller’s  “Stationary Source Regulation Delay” bill (S. 3072) is still out there and still dangerous.  The best part of that bill is its title, which has a refreshing honesty.  We are keeping an eye on it and will let you know if  a vote is scheduled. Keep watching for alerts or follow this blog.


  1. Ellen N. Duell permalink
    July 19, 2010 5:53 pm

    Thank you! I will keep watching your post for actions to take. I have always trusted the Natural Resources Defence Council and the Environmental Defence Fund.

    Ellen N. Duell

  2. Philip Ratcliff permalink
    July 22, 2010 5:03 pm

    EDF is about the most corporate-oriented of the “big green” groups,

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