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House Approval of Upton Bill Puts Polluters Ahead of Public Health
Senate Already Turned Down Identical Bill

WASHINGTON (April 7, 2011) – The House approval today of a bill allowing unlimited carbon dioxide pollution disregards science and public opinion and endangers Americans’ health and the environment.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), not only would permanently eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to limit carbon dioxide pollution, but also overturn the agency’s scientific findings.

The following is a statement from Franz Matzner, climate and air legislative director at the Natural Resources Defense Council:

“The Senate on Wednesday defeated the misguided Upton legislation - yet the House continues to be intent on denying science, the Supreme Court and the will of the American people, who say they want more clean air protections, not less. This attack on our families’ health doesn’t serve the public, it only serves Big Polluters.”

For more details on the Upton bill and how it will hurt all Americans, see http://switchboard.nrdc.org/cleanairact.php

And read NRDC President Frances Beinecke’s blog: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/fbeinecke/the_senate_defeats_several_att.html


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