Friday, September 16, 2011

Playing Politics with Our Children

A call to action from the Moms Clean Air Force

Imagine this scene: Some maniacs have tied your children to a train track--then hopped on the train, released the brakes, and sent a mighty engine roaring down the track. Right for your children.

That’s what’s going on in Washington DC right now.

The train is, literally, the TRAIN Act of 2011, and next week, the House will vote on a bill (HR 1705) that was designed to cripple Clean Air Act regulations and intimidate the Environmental Protection Agency. The TRAIN Act requires a committee of cabinet secretaries to re-analyze the costs of public health protections. That’s right: RE-analyze. For a third time. Because when a bill is introduced, its costs are analyzed during the comment period, and again by the White House Office of Management and Budget.

The TRAIN Act is a delaying tactic created to protect polluters’ right to pollute.

It is busy work for politicians whose stated goal is to block any and all environmental protections--no matter what the cost to our children’s health. Mercury, lead, arsenic, acid gases--these are the poisons spewing from coal plants that EPA, in any administration, is required by law, under the Clean Air Act, to regulate. These are regulations that save hundreds of thousands of lives, and cut health care costs by trillions of dollars.

On top of it all, polluters and politicians want you to believe that regulations kill jobs and cripple the economy. This is absolutely untrue--and many years of a vibrant economy with hundreds of thousands of new jobs in new technologies are proof that we can have clean air, and a healthy economy.

We do not have to choose between jobs and clean air. We can have both.

Tell your representatives to do their jobs. Not create busy work--and blow smoke. Their job is to protect people.

Air pollution isn’t just dirty. It is poisonous. As a mom, I’m furious--and you should be too. Politicians can play politics with each other all they want. But they cannot play politics with my children.

Parents have a chance to make a difference, this week and next. Mothers’ voices will make a difference. Let Washington know that you are paying attention. Let Washington know that you want pollution to be controlled. Let Washington know that clean air saves lives.

Write to your representatives and let them know that they must stop that TRAIN speeding towards our children. Tell them to stop playing politics with our children.

Please join Moms Clean Air Force and tell your local representative to vote NO against the TRAIN Act.


Betsy (Eco-Novice) said...

It really depresses me that a poor economy is always used as an excuse to dismantle environmental regulations. If you look at China and other countries, they are investing in clean energy technology b/c they can read the writing on the wall. Why can't the U.S. get in front of this issue? I consider myself more of an independent than anything and have sympathies with both parties, but the knee-jerk distrust of all regulation is something that REALLY bugs me about conservatives.

Robbie said...

Truly frightening. I'm writing my legislators today!

Green Bean said...

I wrote. Thank you for keeping this on our radar, Abbie!

@Betsy - HEAR HEAR!!!!!


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