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Posted on 04/30/2004 3:07:50 PM PDT by RWR8189
ANNOUNCER: Jeanette MacNeille has asthma. She is one of 10 million Pennsylvanians at risk from unhealthy air. A risk thats growing because the Bush administration is allowing power plants to put more pollution in our air.
CHYRON: Upper Darby, Pennsylvania; Jeanette MacNeille is one of 10 million Pennsylvanians at risk from unhealthy air (American Lung Association, State of the Air, 2003); The Bush Administration is increasing the threat, allowing power plants to put more pollution in our air (67 Federal Register 80186, 12/31/02; 68 Federal Register 61248, 10/27/03)
VIDEO: Jeanette MacNeille gardening; Power plant.
DR. MARK POSNER: Any guidelines that use the restrictions on industrial pollution can only have a negative effect on patients with chronic respiratory disease.
CHYRON: Dr. Mark Posner, Allergy and Asthma Specialist
VIDEO: Dr. Mark Posner
JEANETTE MACNEILLE: If the air quality in Philadelphia is worse, I am going to be in the hospital more often.
ANNOUNCER: There is a better way. Enforce our clean air laws and protect our families.
CHYRON: www.sierraclub.org/community; Mr. President: There is a better way. Enforce our clean air laws and protect our families. Paid for by the Pennsylvania chapter of Sierra Club.
Bush Clear Skies Initiative Will Improve Air Quality
The Clear Skies Initiative Would Create A Mandatory Program That Would Dramatically Reduce Power Plant Emissions Of Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [By 73%], Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) [By 67%], And Mercury [By 69%] By Setting A National Cap On Each Pollutant. (EPA Clear Skies Website, www.epa.gov/clearskies, Accessed 4/20/04; Fact Sheet: President Bush Announces Clear Skies & Global Climate Change Initiatives, White House Website, www.whitehouse.gov, Accessed 4/20/04)
Clear Skies Is Modeled After Successful Acid Rain Reduction Program With Proven Results. The acid rain reductions, contained in Title IV of the 1990 CAAA, are of special importance because they in part serve as a model for the Administrations recent Clear Skies Initiative... . Title IV has, by all accounts, been highly successful. Gregg Easterbrook, a senior editor at the New Republic, wrote last summer that the results have been spectacular. Acid rain levels fell sharply during the 90s, even as coal combustion (its main cause) increased. (Scott H. Segal, Environment And Public Works Committee, U.S. Senate, Testimony, 3/12/02)
Clear Skies Will Remove More Pollutants Than The Clean Air Act. Compared to the most stringent regulations allowed under current law, the Presidents proposal will reduce SO2 emissions by at least an additional 25 million tons over the next decade, NOx emissions by at least an additional 10 million tons over the next decade, and mercury emissions by at least an additional 20 tons over the next six years from power plants. (Environmental Protection Agency, New EPA Data Shows Dramatic Air Quality Improvements From Clear Skies Initiative, Press Release, 7/1/02)
National Research Council Study Endorses Multi-State, Multi-Pollutant Approach Of Clear Skies. This new study from the National Research Council, a division of the National Academy of Sciences, finds that while air pollution is declining, the reduction could be accelerated by a multi-state, multi-pollutant approach that sets broad overall reduction targets, then allows industrial facilities to trade reduction permits with each other. Heres what was missing from the coverage. The multi-state, multi-pollutant approach just endorsed by the National Academy of Sciences is exactly what the Bush administration has proposed to adopt under its Clear Skies initiative. (Gregg Easterbrook, Easterblogg, www.tnr.com/easterbrook.mhtml?pid=1276, Accessed 2/5/04)
ü National Research Council Study Favors Cap-And-Trade Program In Clear Skies. The committee that wrote the report recommended that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency use an approach that targets groups of pollutants instead of individual ones. Revised or new regulations also should consider how air pollution travels from state to state and across international borders. Market-based approaches, such as emissions cap-and-trade programs which set limits on the overall amount of emissions from industry but allow individual companies to buy and sell pollution allowances should be used whenever practical and effective. (The National Academies, Clean Air Act Is Working, But Multipollutant, Multistate Approach And Stronger Focus On Results Are Needed To Meet Future Challenges, Press Release, 1/29/04)
National Governors Association Supports The Flexible, Market-Based Approach. Congress should pass legislation to establish a flexible, market based program to significantly reduce and cap emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, mercury and to promote voluntary reductions of carbon dioxide from electric power generators. The legislation should provide regulatory certainty by establishing reduction targets for emissions, phase-in reductions over a reasonable period of time, and provide market-based incentives, such as emissions-trading credits, to help achieve the required reductions. (National Governors Association, Regulation Of Pollution From Electric Power Plants, Legislative Update, 9/24/02)
Adirondack Council Supports Clear Skies. The Adirondack Council praised President George W. Bush for making acid rain legislation a top domestic priority for Congress in the 2003 session. By making deep cuts in sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and mercury pollution from the nations smokestacks, we can protect our public lands and waters, and improve the lives of tens of thousands of Americans suffering from air pollution-related lung diseases, [said Adirondack Council Executive Director Brian Houseal]. (Adirondack Council, Adirondack Council Praises President Bush For Making Acid Rain Legislation A Top Priority For 108th Congress, Press Release, 1/29/03)
Democrat Speaker Of West Virginia House Of Delegates Says Clear Skies Would Improve Visibility. Clear Skies would place caps on emissions of three harmful pollutants - sulfur oxide, nitrous oxide and mercury. These new caps would result in an average emissions reduction of 70 percent by the year 2020. This significant improvement in the level of air emissions would reduce smog levels, improve visibility at national parks and help further protect our ecosystems from the adverse effects of acid rain. (Bob Kiss, Op-Ed, Congress Should Pass Clear Skies, It Makes Sense Environmentally And Economically, Charleston [WV] Daily Mail, 4/19/03)
Clear Skies Benefits Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Jim Renfro, air quality specialist with Great Smoky Mountains National Park, said it would take large reductions in sulfur and nitrogen emissions to protect public health and restore the park's ecosystem. Renfro said that overall he considers the Clear Skies Act to be a positive overall step that should reduce pollutants in the park by 70 to 80 percent over the next 10 to 15 years. These are large reductions no matter how you look at it, Renfro said. The benefits are clearly there. We are in an area that will clearly benefit the most from the Clear Skies Initiative, Renfro said. When those reductions start to occur - and most of the improvements will be in the East - the Smokies will be downwind where those improvements are going to happen. (Morgan Simmons, Clear Skies Act Will Hurt Park, Group Says, Knoxville [TN] News-Sentinel, 3/9/03)
A Balance Can Be Struck Between Growth And Clean Air Consciousness. Former Rep. Bob Clement (D-TN), a former Tennessee Valley Authority board member, stated last year that Clear Skies has a lot of merit. There was no interest in a proposal by Sen. James Jeffords (I-VT), which would establish more stringent reductions in air pollution. Rep. Clement . . . said the Jeffords bill will cost billions of dollars for TVA ratepayers should it become law. He said while he favors clean air and water, Weve got to use some common sense and judgment, too. Im not for shutting down our industry and putting hundreds of thousands out of work. (Andy Sher, Senate Hopefuls Support Bush Environment Plan, Chattanooga Times Free Press, 7/8/02)
New Diesel Rules Will Significantly Cut Pollution. EPA is proposing a comprehensive national program to reduce emissions from nonroad diesel engines by treating engine controls and reduced sulfur fuel as a system to gain the greatest emission reductions. The proposed emission standards would apply to diesel engines used in most kinds of construction, agricultural, and industrial equipment. Because the emission control devices can be damaged by sulfur, EPA is also proposing to reduce the allowable level of sulfur in nonroad diesel fuel by more than 99 percent. (Environmental Protection Agency, Reducing Nonroad Diesel Emissions, www.epa.gov/nonroad, Accessed 4/29/04)
New EPA Guidelines Will, For First Time In History, Regulate Mercury From Power Plants. EPA Administrator Leavitt assured members of Congress today that proposed regulations to control mercury emissions from power plants would not be delayed and would be issued this year. I feel confident that, for the first time in history, we will regulate mercury from power plants and we will do it this year, Leavitt told the Senate VA-HUD Appropriations subcommittee. (Michael Posner, Leavitt Vows EPA Rules Soon To Limit Mercury Emissions, National Journals CongressDaily, 3/25/04)
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