The House of Representatives will vote Friday, September 21, on the Coal Miner Employment and Domestic Energy Infrastructure Protection Act (H.R. 3409). This harmful bill, a collection of five anti-environmental bills, would among other provisions prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from applying the regulations in the Clean Air and Water Acts to coal-fired power plants. In fact, it effectively prohibits the EPA from putting any new regulations on coal and could be used to roll back existing regulations crucial to curbing the emission of green house gasses. The bill would also prevent the EPA from regulating coal ash and the disposal of other waste from coal-fired power plants.
Portions of this bill have already passed the House; however, this is the first time they are being packaged together and billed as a job creation effort. Make no mistake, this is an effort to roll back environmental regulations on the dirtiest form of energy currently in use.
As Jews we are called from the earliest verses of Torah to be good stewards of our resources, including water and air, and to protect our natural world. In Midrash we are told “Take care, lest you spoil and destroy my world, because if you do, there is no one after you to make it right again” (Kohelet Rabbah 7:13).
Call your Representative and tell him/her to vote AGAINST the Coal Miner Employment and Domestic Energy Infrastructure Protection Act (H.R. 3409) when it comes up for a vote! 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 Zachary Rosenberg at 202.387.2800.