The big polluters and their dirty air allies in Congress are at it again – this time in the Senate.
Freshman Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has introduced a resolution that would not only block an important life-saving clean air rule, it could prevent EPA from ever issuing a similar rule again.
A vote on this deadly bill could come anytime.
The EPA's Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) is designed to help downwind states protect their communities from smog and soot pollution from power plants in upwind states.
CSAPR will save up to 34,000 lives, prevent 400,000 asthma attacks, and avoid 1.8 million lost work and school days due to respiratory illnesses every year.
Senator Paul's bill, S.J. Res 27, would throw out CSAPR and would prevent the EPA from ever issuing a similar rule without explicit new Congressional authorization.
Senator Paul is corralling support in the Senate right now. And he is planning to bring his bill up under a sneaky, hardly used legislative procedure that can shut down debate and fast track action in the Senate.
That's why your Senators need to hear from you today -- please take action and tell your Senators to oppose this outrageous assault on clean air.
The whole point of the Cross State Air Pollution Rule is to get big polluting states to take responsibility for the pollution they release instead of dumping the consequences off to their neighbors. But that is precisely what Rand Paul's bill will undo.
This is a truly dreadful bill that will harm the health of people in upwind and downwind states alike and it must be stopped.
Thanks for your activism and support,
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