"Carba-geddon" Pits Polluters vs...Well, Everyone Else

Yes, if you are a nerdy DC hill-watcher like me then today surely does qualify for the label Carba-geddon, since the House, Senate and White House are all making decisions about whether or not the EPA should be able to protect public health from carbon pollution.

The House is expected to take up Fred Upton's Asthma Aggravation Act (aka HR 910) which legislates science out the window and blocks the EPA from reducing carbon.

The Senate will also be voting today on several EPA-blocking amendments to the small business bill.

And the White House still isn't saying if it will veto the spending bill Congress has to pass this week if it includes riders to block the EPA. As the National Journal reports this morning,

But still, Obama’s top climate aide, Heather Zichal, would not say what the administration’s position is on the three Democratic amendments expected to get votes, which could be added to a budget bill. The White House is not willing to take a position on those less sweeping measures, and officials within the administration and in Senate Democratic leadership are carefully choosing their words in order to leave the door open if and when the opportunity comes to compromise.

So who is behind all this pressure to block the EPA?


If you look at which groups are coming out on which side of this issue, its a pretty clear line-up. The "Congress Should Vote for More Pollution" list is pretty well stocked with polluters. The "Congress Should Not..." list includes health, environmental, consumer, low-income, Latino, faith, business and science groups (among others) as I've mentioned before.

Should Congress Vote for More Pollution
and to Block Public Health Protections?
American Chemistry Council Alliance for Climate Protection
American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity American Academy of Family Physicians
American Forest & Paper Association American Academy of Pediatrics
American Iron and Steel Institute American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
American Petroleum Institute American College of Preventive Medicine
Brick Industry Association American Heart Association
CropLife America American Lung Association
Industrial Minerals Association American Public Health Association
National Association of Manufacturers American Rivers
National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors American Thoracic Society
National Lime Association Breakthrough Technologies Institute, Inc.
National Mining Association Children's Environmental Health Network
National Oilseed Processors Association Clean Air Watch
National Petrochemical and Refiners Association Clean Water Action
The Aluminum Association Climate Protection Action Fund
The Fertilizer Institute Community Action Partnership
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Consumers Union
  Defenders of Wildlife
  Earth Day Network
  Energy Action Coalition
  Environment America
  Environmental and Energy Study Institute
  Environmental Defense Fund
  Environmental Integrity Project
  Friends Committee on National Legislation
  Friends of the Earth
  Green For All
  Greenpeace USA
  Jewish Council for Public Affairs
  Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA)
  League of Conservation Voters
  League of Women Voters of the United States
  Metropolitan DC Thoracic Society
  National Assembly on School-Based Health Care
  National Association of County and City Health Officials
  National Association of Local Boards of Health
  National Audubon Society
  National Consumer Law Center, on behalf of its low income clients
  National Consumers League
  National Latino Coalition on Climate Change (NLCCC)
  National Parks Conservation Association
  National Physicians Alliance
  National Wildlife Federation
  Oil Change International
  Pew Environment Group
  Physicians for Social Responsibility
  Public Citizen
  Safe Climate Campaign
  Solar Energy Industries Association
  Southern Environmental Law Center
  The Wilderness Society
  Trust for America's Health
  Union of Concerned Scientists
  US Climate Action Network
  Voices for Progress
  World Wildlife Fund
  1,882 Doctors, Nurses other Health Professionals [View Statement Here]
  160 Michigan Scientists [View Statement Here]
  315 Environmental Entrepreneurs [View Statement Here]
  Small Business Majority 
  2,500 Scientists

And in the states, there are hundreds more organizations that have publicly stated opposition to Congress blocking the EPA. You can see lists here and here.


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