"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 CouncilAlliance for Climate Protection
American Coalition for Clean Coal ElectricityAmerican Academy of Family Physicians
American Forest & Paper AssociationAmerican Academy of Pediatrics
American Iron and Steel InstituteAmerican College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
American Petroleum InstituteAmerican College of Preventive Medicine
Brick Industry AssociationAmerican Heart Association
CropLife AmericaAmerican Lung Association
Industrial Minerals AssociationAmerican Public Health Association
National Association of ManufacturersAmerican Rivers
National Association of Wholesaler-DistributorsAmerican Thoracic Society
National Lime AssociationBreakthrough Technologies Institute, Inc.
National Mining AssociationChildren's Environmental Health Network
National Oilseed Processors AssociationClean Air Watch
National Petrochemical and Refiners AssociationClean Water Action
The Aluminum AssociationClimate Protection Action Fund
The Fertilizer InstituteCommunity Action Partnership
U.S. Chamber of CommerceConsumers 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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