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EPA: Fend off attack on clean air and water

Letter by Sam Teicher, Seattle on July 21, 2011 at 1:39 pm with 29 Comments »
July 21, 2011 1:39 pm

Next week, the U.S. House of Representatives will likely vote on a bill that would threaten the Puget Sound and the air Washingtonians breathe, the water we drink and the places we love. Not only does this appropriations bill block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from setting critical clean air, clean water and public health safeguards, but it also puts some of America’s most treasured places like the Grand Canyon at risk of destruction.

Specifically, the bill would put at risk the streams that feed the drinking water supplies of more than 2 million Washingtonians, allow uranium mining right next to the Grand Canyon and block the EPA from updating health-protective standards for soot pollution. Soot pollution from coal-fired power plants alone is estimated to cut short the lives of more than 13,000 Americans nationwide each year.

We can’t afford to have polluters and their allies in Congress get away with this. We’re counting on Dicks to continue his strong record of defending Washingtonian’s public health and environment by opposing this bill.

 

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  1. The House under this speaker is a threat to our very nation!
    It and he have become the number one threat all of us face.

  2. geeterpontiac says:

    Considering the EPA regulations already in place, this letter is a piece of nonsense.

    Life is made up of trade-offs.

    Alarmists like Mr Teicher either don’t know any better, or simply have an agenda.

    http://jewishworldreview.com/cols/sowell071911.php3

  3. And you do ‘know better’ and you don’t have an agenda geeter?
    Seriously?

  4. crusader says:

    Mr. Teicher

    Your alarmist claims only prove your gullibility to the enviro wacko talking points. As long as BILLIONS of chinese are increasingly dependent on coal; you, Pelosi, Obama, Biden, etc.. will achieve nothing other than killing our economy with your anti-energy rhetoric

  5. Sroldguy says:

    Almost the same letter?

    http://www.heritage.com/articles/2011/07/19/opinion/doc4e25b847d3009714833529.txt
    Letter to the editor: Dingell should stand up for the environment
    Published: Tuesday, July 19, 2011

    Sam Teicher
    Environment Michigan
    Ann Arbor

  6. LarryFine says:

    “nonsense”… perfectly summed up in a word.

    The sky is falling… and now I dont’ have to listen to Left Wing Media (or watch or read) to see what the current scare tactics are… Kooky.

  7. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Good catch SrOldGuy.

    “block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from setting critical clean air, clean water and public health safeguards”

    These are already in place.

    “Soot pollution from coal-fired power plants alone is estimated to cut short the lives of more than 13,000 Americans nationwide each year.” To use a favorite tactic of the left- prove it.

  8. royboy361 says:

    This is what happens when the Republicans are in power.

  9. To use a favorite tactic of the left- prove it.

    So….insisting upon reality is a “favorite tactic of the left”.

    And…..you want proof that it is estimated? You do understand the concept “estimated”?

  10. Roncella says:

    Al Gore has done a good job of alarming all the greenies and other folks who believe his predictions about the earth.

    His movies and appearences throughout the World have made him Very Very Rich.

    I am certainly no scientist or expert about forcasting future weather related extreme changes about to happen to the earth. However I have a strong belief that the earth will be here and do just fine without all the scare tactics of Gore and other greenes for many years to come, as its been around a very long time already.

    Al Gore and the greenies would have us all riding bikes and cutting our lawns with push mowers, never enjoying a warm fire in the Fireplace or BBQ a good steak or chicken with corn on the cob and lots of butter.
    The greenies would have our utility bills go through the roof. They have already caused the price of a gallon of gas to go higher and higher with limits placed on oil exploration, drilling, refining.

    Then there is China and India two of the worlds most populated Countries who are burning coal and oil and pulluting up a storm, how do you stop them from causing all the pullution they are most certaining causing as they have become the mfg. giants of the World ??

  11. “Roncella says:
    July 22, 2011 at 8:10 am
    I am certainly no scientist or expert about forcasting future weather related extreme changes about to happen to the earth.”

    Something we agree on

  12. When the “greatest country in the world” cannot guarantee clean air and water for its citizens, there is something very wrong.

  13. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Bb- I would like to see one bit of scientific evidence to back up that claim. Otherwise it is just made up. From soot, I bet the answer is zero

  14. a quick google gives me this from 2004 – during the Bush Administration

    WASHINGTON, DC, June 10, 2004 (ENS) – Air pollution from the nation�s coal-fired power plants causes some 24,000 premature deaths each year, according new research released Wednesday. The study, based on analysis by a consulting firm used by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), finds some 90 percent of these premature deaths could be prevented by currently available emissions control technology.

    A coalition of national environmental groups called Clear the Air commissioned the study from Abt Associates, one of the largest government and business research and consulting firms in the world.

    Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the firm has provided the EPA and the Bush administration with analysis of many of the agency�s air quality programs.

    http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/jun2004/2004-06-10-10.asp

  15. geeterpontiac says:
  16. gonefishin69690 says:

    Yes, remember when all the worlds computers shut down 1/1/00?

  17. Ah Yes the Pangloss theory – thiings should be this way because taht is how God made the world.

  18. Roncella says:

    The tree huggers and greenies are recking the once great standard of living we all enjoyed here in America.

    They have swallowed the bait given by the Al Gores of the World and seem unaware that the strick standards wanted by Obama and the left will change their lifes directly and completely.

    In the process those very people who yell about conservation and pollution and green energy and all the rest travel in their private jets and own multiple residences, drive around in very large SUV’s and all the rest.

    Some have become very wealthy writing books and making movies to scare the more gullible folks who have been completely fooled into following their propaganda.

    An interesting side note: Do as I say not as I do.

    Michelle Obama who has become Americas spokes person on eating healthy especially for children was recently noticed by the press eating a double cheese burger, frys and chocolate Milk Shake, Tipical Liberal logic.

  19. Roncella….if you don’t know the difference between an occasional fast food meal and eating said meal daily, you are a TYPICAL Conservative.

    Are you saying that watching the Cuyahoga River on fire was a great standard of living?

    http://www.ohiohistorycentral.org/entry.php?rec=1642

  20. I’m fascinated by the Conservative viewpoint that if the Koch Brothers lobby to strip mine and ruin the environment, in the name of money, it’s good, but those that lobby for the environment are bad.

    “They took all the trees and put ‘em in a tree museum….
    and they charged the people a dollar and a half just to see ‘em”

  21. Roncella,
    From the Los Angeles Times, 10-18-2010,

    Michelle Obama falls off the healthy eating wagon, downs cheeseburger and fries

    While in to help Russ Feingold in his campaign, Mrs. Obama’s made a surprise stop at a landmark local diner.

    When it came time to order, the first lady ordered a cheeseburger and French fries. NO REPORT OF A MILKSHAKE.

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2010/10/michelle-obama-healthy-eating-cheeseburger-fries.html

  22. ron – your obsession with “getting” the First Lady is getting bizarre.

    She had a hamburger and fries in public – once.

    Please point to where she said anywhere that no one should ever eat hamburger and fries.

    Remember that Ben Franklin said “moderation in all things, including moderation” – I guess, according to you, he was showing “Tipical (sic) Liberal Logic”

  23. Roncella says:

    beerBoy, its the irony of liberals double standard for the rest of us regular folks. They can go about driving SUV’s and flying in their Private Jets, and owning three or more large mansions and still warn the rest of us to ride bikes and cut back on our fuel usage and the type of car we drive and the type of home we live in.

    If Michele Obama wants to be the Person preaching about whats healthy to eat and whats not for the whole Nation, she has to not just “talk the talk”, beerBoy, she has to “walk the walk”.

  24. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Ron, of all the policies and issues from the Obamas, fighting childhood fatties is universal and non partisan. You can speak of govt over reach telling people what to eat, but freaking out when MO has a burger makes republicans look silly.

    Spoken as a very fit, formally fat kid.

  25. Roncella says:

    Concernedtacoma7, You make a valid point. However the very young kids are influenced by the President and First Lady.

    When they hear about or see Michelle eating a double cheese Burger and frys, and the press has noticed her doing this more than once it gives the very young overweight kids the wrong impression.

    I was just commenting that if you want to be the Nations Nanny and preach to everyone in America about whats healthy to eat and what not, then practice what you preach. Thats all, be the positive role modle and eat the healthy foods not the burgers and deep fried potatoes which are loaded with fat and greese and calories.

  26. “the very young kids are influenced by the President and First Lady”

    BALDERDASH!

  27. Roncella says:

    xring, Really,

    You don’t believe that Michelle Obama has any influence on young overweight kids that see her messages on T.V. about getting more exercise and eating healthy foods, now thats BALDERDASH……Oh Yea…….

    Why do think the President appears on T.V. almost Daily reading from his tele-prompters over and over again, Many folks actually do believe what they see and hear on T.V. especially when its repeated over and over and over again.

  28. BlaineCGarver says:

    KARDNOS says:
    July 22, 2011 at 8:44 am
    When the “greatest country in the world” cannot guarantee clean air and water for its citizens, there is something very wrong.

    Straw Man…..you have zero proof. The EPA is still doing it’s job, and this current hype is just another political ploy for election year. Time to make some meaningful adjustments that will not harm, yet free some red tape for business to do better and create jobs.

  29. BlaineCGarver says:

    KARDNOS says:
    July 23, 2011 at 2:16 pm
    I’m fascinated by the Conservative viewpoint that if the Koch Brothers lobby to strip mine and ruin the environment, in the name of money, it’s good, but those that lobby for the environment are bad.

    Another Straw Man……mined areas are being reclaimed, by law, since the sixties. I’ve seen it in Ohio and other places. Steady, forward progress has been made in the enviroment since the sixties. Morons, idiots, NIMBYs. and anti-capitalists like you are the blockage that is ruining the economy with stupid rules that have no basis in effectivness.

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