MY NOTE: Thanx to my friend Honey for all the petitions she sends for me to read and sign (or not). The previous Sierra Club was from her, as is this one. Food, Water, and Air are all basic necessities, but sometimes we forget about air qulaity. This is a good reminder. It can also double as an Earth Day Every Day post since clean air is important for the planet and its inhabitants.
Tell the Senate: Reject the Smoggy Skies Act The petition to the Senate reads:
“The ‘Smoggy Skies Act’ would reverse decades of progress to reduce smog and ozone levels and cause untold suffering to at-risk communities and thousands more premature deaths each year. Reject S.263, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act.”Add your name:
If you know someone who suffers from asthma, heart disease or respiratory problems — or is simply elderly or a child — you should be very worried. A dangerous bill that quietly passed the House of Representatives could make life much worse for you or your loved ones, and it could even be deadly.
The “Smoggy Skies Act” would reverse decades of progress to reduce smog and ozone levels and permanently weaken the Clean Air Act. It’s a massive and appalling giveaway to big polluters at the expense of public health and the environment.
The bill is currently under consideration in the Senate where the oil and gas lobby have a stranglehold over many lawmakers. We must pressure every senator to protect public health and prevent this bill from ever seeing the light of day.
The Smoggy Skies Act would delay for nearly a decade critical clean air regulations set by the Obama administration for acceptable levels of ground ozone, the leading cause of smog. The bill also permanently lengthens the required review period of ozone standards and other pollutants from every five years to every 10 years.
While industry-backed supporters of the bill claim slashing regulations will be good for business, the legislation would be a disaster for at-risk communities including children, the elderly and people with health issues. An analysis by the Environmental Protection Agency found that stronger smog standards would save thousands of lives and lead to better outcomes for people with asthma and heart or respiratory problems. In fact, stricter standards could save the country between $2.9 billion and $5.9 billion annually in health care spending by 2025.1
Dozens of health and medical groups, including the American Lung Association, the National Health Association and the American Public Health Association oppose this legislation, and polls show that the American public — by a 2-to-1 margin — believe the EPA should leave current ozone standards in place.2
But despite the widespread public opposition, Big Oil is doing everything it can to get this bill on Donald Trump’s desk and has spent millions in campaign contributions to convince lawmakers to ignore decades of science and research in order to line their pockets with dirty fossil fuel profits.3
If this bill passes the Senate, thousands could die each year prematurely and millions more will suffer. We must speak out now in full force to protect public health and the environment before it’s too late.
Tell the Senate: Reject the Smoggy Skies Act. Click the link below to sign the petition:
Thanks for all you do.
Josh Nelson, Deputy Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets
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- Brad Plumer, “The EPA’s big crackdown on smog, explained,” Vox, Oct. 1. 2015.
- Matthew Weis, “Oil, Gas, and Chemical Money Boosts House Members Pushing to Weaken Clean Air Act,” MapLight, July 18, 2017.
- American Lung Association et al., “Coalition letter in opposition to H.R. 806,” March 21, 2017.
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