Groups Call on Congress to Give Thanks for Environmental Health this Holiday Season

Dec 21, 2010

Today a bipartisan coalition of 24 organizations asked the Congress "in the spirit of the season" to give thanks to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the nation's principal environmental health agency which has been targeted recently by Members who wish to prevent the implementation of regulations designed to save lives, prevent asthma, reduce pollution and other emissions found to be harmful to public health.

Noting that the holiday season is a time to share with family and children, the groups asked members of the House and Senate to "contemplate how well we are doing at leaving behind a world that is better than the one left behind by our own grandparents."

The letters call on Congress to thank the EPA for a litany of Clean Air Act benefits, including:

  • saving tens of thousands of lives each year from air pollution reduction, 
  • saving $21 trillion dollars since the passage of the Clean Air Act, 
  • creating new industries and jobs,
  • beginning the transition away from carbon emissions to protect public health.

"Your thanks would be a simple gesture that will be appreciated by the people you care about most," the letter concludes.

The letter, led by The Wilderness Society, was joined by Audubon, Clean Air--Cool Planet, Clean Air Task Force, Clean Water Action, Conservation Law Foundation, Earth Day Network, Environment Northeast, Environment America, Environmental Defense Fund, Greenpeace USA, Interfaith Power & Light, League of Conservation Voters, Republicans for Environmental Protection, National Tribal Environmental Council, National Wildlife Federation, Natural Resources Defense Council, 1Sky, PennFuture, Public Citizen's Energy Program, Safe Climate Campaign, Sierra Club, Southern Environmental Law Center, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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