In late 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency officially found that the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change endanger public health. Now, the EPA is moving ahead with its legally mandated duty to monitor and regulate emissions, but some Senators and Representatives are trying to stop the EPA from enforcing global warming pollution limits under the Clean Air Act. The Senate is expected to vote on an-anti EPA resolution as early as next month, with a vote in the House expected later this spring.
The Clean Air Act has been a cornerstone of American environmental policy for decades, enabling the EPA to improve air quality, enforce standards for cleaner cars, and fight acid rain. Rather than undermine the EPA, Congress should focus on passing climate and energy legislation that protects our environment, stimulates our economy, and increases our national security. As our champions in Congress work toward comprehensive legislation, we must avoid limiting our ability to tackle the environmental and public health threat of climate change.
From the earliest verses of the Torah, our Jewish values teach us to be good caretakers of our earth and all its resources, and to protect the life and health of all people. Polluting our air and warming our earth by burning fossil fuels debases these values. Attacks on efforts to clean our air must be stopped. Instead, we must work to assure the continued health of our environment for all people and for future generations.
Urge your Senators and Representative to oppose attempts to block the EPA from protecting our health and our environment by regulating global warming pollution under the Clean Air Act (S.J.Res.26/H.J.Res.66). Encourage your representatives to focus on passing comprehensive climate legislation, rather than undermining the EPA. The Capitol Switchboard can be reached at 202.224.3121, or you can send an e-mail by entering your zip code below. For more information, please contact Legislative Assistant Rachel Cohen at 202.387.2800.