Southeast Volusia Audubon Society, P.O. Box 46, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170;   president@SEVolusiaAudubon.org


eSkimmer Alert Feb 23, 2011


House Guts Environmental Protection Agency


House Republicans passed spending legislation that would, among many other things:


- Strip the Clean Air Act of its ability to reduce dangerous carbon dioxide pollution;

- Grant Shell and other polluters a free pass to drill in the Arctic; and

- Remove Endangered Species Act protection for the iconic gray wolf.

 

According to the Center for Biological Diversity, the bill would also:


“- Undo progress made to curb destructive mountaintop-removal mining by stopping the EPA from developing standards that list toxic coal ash as hazardous waste, reviewing water pollution issues, completing rules to protect streams from coal waste, and enforcing the Clean Water Act that governs required dredge and fill permits.


- Scrap plans for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to create a "climate service."


- Zero out U.S. funding for the Nobel-Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).


- Stop the EPA from even collecting data on sources of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas pollutants.”


I urge you to go to their website ( http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=5966 ) and send a message to your senators asking them to reject this bill.  Forty years of protection is too much to lose in one fell swoop.