WASHINGTON (February 3, 2011) – Legislation proposed by Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) to block the Environment Protection Agency from enforcing safeguards to protect against carbon dioxide and other pollutants would be a serious public-health setback, the Natural Resources Defense Council said.
“Now we know the upshot of that behind-closed-doors meeting last month between big polluters and the staffs of Rep. Upton and Sen. Inhofe: A proposal that puts polluters’ profits ahead of our health’’ said Franz Matzner, climate and air legislative director at NRDC.
“This is unprecedented political interference with sound science and enforcement of clean air safeguards, which have improved our water and air for the past four decades.
“Politicians should not block EPA scientists from continuing to reduce carbon dioxide, mercury and other life-threatening pollution. Big polluters cannot be allowed to continue spewing unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into our air.
“Reducing carbon pollution will prevent death, illness, and injury from more killer heat waves, more smog, the spread of infectious diseases, and stronger storms, floods, and hurricanes.
“Doing so also will provide needed certainty for clean energy developers and ensure that all polluters are held accountable and play by the same rules.
“Responsible public officials need to stand up for clean air and the health of our families rather than joining with the oil and coal industries to interfere with the EPA’s efforts to improve our quality of life.”