Friday, July 29, 2011

The Environment is Running Out of Time

From Abbie and the Moms Clean Air Force

For the last few months, I've been urging anyone who will listen to join the Moms Clean Air Force in our fight to protect our children from toxic pollution that is dangerous to their lives. We want tougher standards for dangerous pollutants like mercury, but now even the current standards are under attack. From the July 27 NY Times article "House Republicans Seek Big Cuts in Environmental Rules":

Republicans frame their proposals — which are being debated and voted on this week on the House floor — as the best way to counter overreaching regulatory agencies.

The unusual breadth of the attack, explained Representative Mike Simpson, a Republican from Idaho, is a measure of his party’s intense frustration over cumbersome environmental rules.

“Many of us think that the overregulation from E.P.A. is at the heart of our stalled economy,” Mr. Simpson said, referring to the Environmental Protection Agency. “I hear it from Democratic members as well.”

But Democrats argue that the policy prescriptions are proof that Republicans are determined to undo clean air and water protections established 40 years ago.

As a member of the Republican party, this makes me furious. This should make all parents furious, no matter what your party affiliation, because these standards are in place to protect our children's health. There has never been a more important time for the parents of our generation to stand up for their children's safety, health and future. It's time to tell our representatives to protect our children.

I want my politicians to see who they're hurting when they vote to allow more and more pollution to enter the air my child breathes, the water he drinks, and the ground where his food grows.

I encourage you to write to your representatives and send pictures of your children, pictures your children draw, or if your children are old enough have them write. Please join the Moms Clean Air Force in our fight to protect our children's health and future.

Please join the Moms Clean Air Force to help us fight for clean air for our kids. We need your voice! If you haven't already, please email the EPA to show your support of the new Mercury and Air Toxics rule. Thank you!


Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Wow I am so glad to know this information! It is amazing to me what goes on in our political system that we aren't made aware of. Thanks for getting the word out!!

Candice said...

Thanks for sharing this. I can sit on my couch and write to the EPA, so that will be done today.

Betsy (Eco-Novice) said...

Oh, for heaven's sake. Even most of the Republicans I know think that the Bush administration peeled back regulation WAY TOO FAR. The EPA is already totally underfunded and toothless. It's too bad more conservatives can't be into "conserving." I agree that regulation can at times be burdensome for business, but that doesn't mean we should toss it out the window and let everyone pollute willy-nilly. If the current rules are too "cumbersome," is there some other genius way we have of ensuring safe water, air, environment? Let's hear it!

Newsflash: the underregulated financial market and underregulated housing market are responsible for our crappy economy, not the EPA.

Here are links for writing your representatives (there might be better ones):

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Green Bean said...

Thank you for getting the word out, Abbie. It is a full scale attack on an environment that is already crumbling before our eyes. Way to get the moms to lead the way.

Brenna @ Almost All The Truth said...

I am probably about as far from Republican as one can get (on most things), but what I am sick of is the partisan politics on all sides of the aisle making issues that affect our children's health about politics.

This is not politics, this is common sense. We need to ensure safe air, water, and environment for this generation and all of the rest to come.

I just hope enough people are moved enough to do something. Write the EPA. Call your representatives. Spread the word.


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