The battle to address climate change is raging in Washington, as Big Oil and Big Coal pour millions of dollars in to block any progress on moving toward a clean energy future. But, they are not winning… yet. Several bills that would block the Environmental Protection Agency’s power to cut climate changing pollution were recently introduced in the Senate, but were defeated.
We would like to thank Senator Susan Collins for voting against the worst measure – put forward by Senator McConnell of Kentucky – which would have permanently prohibited the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating climate-changing pollution from stationary sources, such as big boilers and powerplants. This measure runs counter to the Supreme Court’s ruling that climate-changing emissions are dangerous air pollutants that EPA must address through the Clean Air Act. Senator Collins was the only Republican to vote against this measure. It is a testament to her understanding of the damaging impact climate change has had, and will continue to have, on Maine’s environment, economy, and way of life.
The battle continues over whether and how EPA will do its job to address climate changing pollution. Without authorization and the funding for EPA to carry out its work, the U.S. will fail to address the most important environmental issue of our time. Mainers are fed up with breathing bad air from away. We ask that both Maine Senators let the EPA do its work to reduce pollution now, and forestall the more devastating—and expensive—climate change that science has repeatedly shown is coming our way.
Natural Resources Council of Maine