Supporting Polluters Over Kids, Part II: Senate Edition

February 1, 2011
by Pete Altman
Natural Resources Defense Council Blog


As my colleague David Doniger explained yesterday, there’s a new pollution promoter on the scene, and his name is Senator John Barrasso from Wyoming. Senator Barrasso has introduced a bill (S. 228) that would allow unlimited carbon dioxide pollution and dismiss by Congressional fiat the scientific understanding of the life-threatening health threats posed by carbon dioxide pollution.

Barrasso takes his place next to Senator Jay Rockefeller, whom the The Hill reports is once again trying to persuade his colleagues to sign onto his bill to stop the EPA’s public health protections in its tracks 

I blogged last week about how members of Congress who sign up to stop the EPA’s work of protecting our health are putting their constituents and Americans at greater risk for a wide range of health effects, including one that so many people are familiar with: asthma attacks. Some members questioned the link. For instance, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee scoffed at the notion that climate change could impact asthma sufferers,saying “The NRDC’s connection between greenhouse gasses and asthma is a reach at best.”

But it isn’t a reach for the nation’s leading health experts and organizations, who last falltold Congress as much in a public letter, saying:


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