For More Information, contact:
Eva Hernandez, Sierra Club, 404-717-3328,
Andy Wilson, Public Citizen, 917-238-0761
Loretta Van Coppenolle, Alamo Sierra Club, 210-492-4620
Sierra Club, Public Citizen, Energia Mia and others ask
Congressman Charlie Gonzalez to Protect the Clean Air Act
Big Polluters Threaten Clean Air Act
(San Antonio) – Sierra Club, Public Citizen, and Energía Mia on behalf of individual Texans and community groups across the state joined together today to ask Congressman Charlie Gonzalez to oppose the seven ‘Dirty Air Act’ legislative
proposals that have been introduced by both Republicans and
Democrats in the House seeking to prevent the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) from enforcing limits on global warming
pollution under the Clean Air Act.
“The Clean Air Act is a cornerstone of our national environmental policy, and an essential complement of climate and energy legislation. By cracking down on big polluters with the Clean Air Act’s
protections, we have begun to create millions of new jobs
to jumpstart our economy. We could see 100,000 new clean
energy jobs in Texas by 2020,” said Eva Hernandez
with Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign.
The environmental organizations point out that the ‘Dirty Air Act’ proposals
ignore a more than decade long public process, which has
included hundreds of thousands of public comments, public
hearings, and exhaustive scientific and economic reviews
in support of the Clean Air Act and the EPA.
“The Supreme Court ordered that the Environmental
Protection Agency take action to regulate Global Warming
gases, and they did not do so lightly,” said Andy Wilson with Public Citizen. “These attacks on the Clean Air Act are a direct affront to the science of global warming. Congress can regulate greenhouse gases or then the only viable alternative is using the Clean Air Act which has a stellar record of cleaning up the air and protecting Texas citizen’s
Congress must enact the kind of comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation that the country needs to build a clean energy economy, create jobs, and protect the environment. Congress should continue to move forward with EPA to tackle the critical challenge of climate change.
“Here at home, thousands of American businesses are
waiting for Congress to set a clean energy and climate
policy that will unlock billions of dollars in job-creating
clean energy investments, but the current efforts to undermine
the Clean Air Act would derail this long-overdue progress,” said Peggy Day with the Alamo group of Sierra Club. “We
want Congressman Gonzalez to support the Clean Air Act.”
The groups visited with Representative Gonzalez at his District Office in San Antonio this morning.