March 06, 2014
A coalition of groups committed to clean air and public health protections released the following statement after the House of Representatives today passed H.R. 3826, sponsored by Rep. Ed Whitfield, that protects polluters by blocking sensible clean air safeguards against unlimited carbon pollution from power plants:
“Today’s action to block life-saving clean air safeguards and continue the unlimited dumping of car-bon pollution into our air is just the latest example of this House putting polluters’ profits before peo-ple. While the threats from climate change continue to mount, some in Washington are doing all they can to deny the problem and let the polluters off the hook.
“This ‘Polluter Protection Act’ would guarantee power plants remain free to dump unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into our air, without regard to the health impacts on our children, seniors and families.
“Our leaders should be focused on a plan to reduce the carbon pollution responsible for climate change. The Senate should ignore this bill since it threatens our public health. The House should end its obstruction of commonsense public health protections.”
Power plants are responsible for 40 percent of the carbon pollution in the U.S. that contributes to cli-mate change. Currently, there are no federal limits on carbon pollution from them. Unlimited carbon pollution from power plants puts our health at risk and fuels deadly and costly extreme weather events that are devastating our communities.
Natural Resources Defense Council
Environmental Defense Fund
Center for American Progress
League of Conservation Voters