Have you ever seen photos of smog in places like Delhi, India or Beijing, China and thought, "Dang I'm sure glad I don't have to deal with that." Well, thanks to the Clean Air Act, Americans are lucky enough to have fresh air... for now. That could all change with this new administration, which is shock-full of climate deniers.
In sum, the Clean Air Act of 1970 regulates air emissions to protect public health and welfare and to limit hazardous air pollutants. This regulation lead to nice things like emissions tests, asbestos inspection and removal, and EPA monitoring of manufacturers that contribute to toxic air pollution. However, in walks No. 45 with his dumpster fire of a cabinet and Congress immediately introduces legislation to drastically limit the Clean Air Act.
H.R. 637, "Stopping EPA Overreach Act of 2017" has three main points:
- Amends the Clean Air Act to exclude carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, and sulfur hexafluoride pollution from the scope of that Act.
- Declares that current law does not authorize or require the regulation of climate change or global warming and nullifies certain final rules relating to: (1) greenhouse gas and volatile organic compounds emissions, including methane emissions, from the oil and natural gas sector; and (2) carbon pollution emissions from the utility power sector.
- The EPA must analyze the impact of proposals and final regulations/policies on employment before those regulations take effect.
Since climate is "fake news," this probably shouldn't matter. But if you, like us here at Couch, enjoy breathing and drinking water, we are a little bit concerned.
The bill is currently hanging out in the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.
WHAT CAN I DO?
- Check below to see if your Republican representatives sit on the subcommittee, and give them a call ASAP. TIP: If you want to call but they aren't your representative, dial *67 to block your number and just make up an address (add an accent if you're feeling daring).
- If you aren't sure who your representatives are, text your US postal address to (520) 200-2223 and get a text back with your STATE & FEDERAL legislative rep phone numbers, then add those bad boys to your phone (suggestion courtesy of Rogan's List).
- Sign this petition asking 45 not to dismantle the EPA.
- You can also contact the committee staff directly | (202) 225-4360
Geoff Bowman, Staff Director
Jonathan Pawlow, Senior Counsel
Elizabeth Fox, Professional Staff
Victor Sarmiento, Staff Assistant
The Republicans on the subcommittee are:
Garret Graves, LA (Chairman) | (202) 225-3901; Baton Rouge Office: (225) 442-1731
Eric A. “Rick” Crawford, AR | (202) 225-4076
Bob Gibbs, OH | (202) 225-6265
Daniel Webster, FL | (202) 225-1002
Thomas Massie, KT | (202) 225-3465
Rodney Davis, IL | (202) 225-2371
Mark Sanford, SC | (202) 225-3176
Rob Woodall, CA | (202) 225-4272
Todd Rokita, IN | (202) 225-5037
John Katko, NY | (202) 225-3701
Brian Babin, TX | (202) 225-1555
David Rouzer, NC | (202) 225-2731
Mike Bost, IL | (202) 225-5661
Randy Weber, Sr., TX | (202) 225-2831
Doug LaMalfa, CA | (202) 225-3076
A. Drew Ferguson IV, GA | (202) 225-5901
Brian Mast, FL (Vice Chair) | (202) 225-3026
Bill Shuster, Pennsylvania (Ex Officio) | (202) 225-2431
The Democrats on the subcommittee are:
Grace Napolitano, CA (Ranking Mem) | (202) 225-5256; El Monte Office: (626) 350-0150
Lois Frankel, FL | (202) 225-9890
Frederica Wilson, FL | (202) 225-4506
Jared Huffman, CA | (202) 225-5161
Alan Lowenthal, CA | (202) 225-7924
Eddie Bernice Johnson, TX | (202) 225-8885
John Garamendi, CA | (202) 225-1880
Dina Titus, NV | (202) 225-5965
Sean Patrick Maloney, NY | (202) 225-5441
Elizabeth Esty, CT | (202) 225-4476
Cheri Bustos, IL | (202) 225-5905
Julia Brownley, CA | (202) 225-5811
Brenda Lawrence, MI | (202) 225-5802
Peter DeFazio, OR (Ex Officio) | (202) 225-6416
The EPA does vital things to protect our environment and our health. They are a necessary part of our contemporary democracy. See this fun cheat sheet about how we aren't yet dead thanks to the EPA.
If we aren't careful and don't stand up for the environment 45's administration may be much more dangerous than we bargained for.