Casey supporting “Dirty Air Act”

This week we learned that Senator Casey joined with 8 Senate Democrats in sending a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency requesting that they do not regulate global warming pollution. The other Senators are Byrd (WV), Rockefeller (WV), Begich (AK), Sherod Brown (OH), Carl Levin (MI), McCaskill (MO), and Baucus (MT). View the letter at http://rockefeller.senate.gov/press/record.cfm?id=322365

This is shocking because the League of Conservation Voters just released their 2009 National Environmental Scorecard and Senator Casey had a 100% environmental voting record.  Why would Senator Casey indicate his support for such an extreme measure?

Please let Senator Casey know that his decision to support the “Dirty Air Act” will undermine the Clean Air Act and threaten America's ability to protect the environment for future generations.  

Blue Green Alliance Report Shows Green Technologies Will Revitalize U.S. Manufacturing

( – promoted by John Morgan)

The BlueGreen Alliance (coalition of labor and environmental organizations) held a press conference on Thursday to call on Congress to pass comprehensive clean energy and climate change legislation that creates jobs building the clean energy assembly line in the United States.

At the union hall of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 542 in Wilkes-Barre Joe Padavan, President of the United Steelworkers (USW) Local 15253, Michael Mazza, Vice-President of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 542, PA State Representative Eddie Day Pashinski, and Jason Brady, Pennsylvania BGA Field Organizer, spoke about the steps our elected leaders should take to create tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs in Pennsylvania.  The report showed that with a Federal Renewable Electricity Standard of 25% by 2025 more than 850,000 manufacturing jobs, including over 42,000 jobs in Pennsylvania, could be created.

The report is available at:

http://www.bluegreenalliance.o…

Summary: Sierra Club Rally to Support the EPA and the Clean Air Act (10/27/09 in Philadelphia)

On Tuesday the US Senate Environment and Public Works committee started hearings about the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act.

To kick off the festivities the Sierra Club gathered with citizens at 17th and Arch (EPA Mid-Atlantic Office) to Rally in Support of the EPA and the Clean Air Act. Speakers included Dennis Winters (Chair of the PA Chapter of the Sierra Club), Joe Minott (Executive Director of the Clean Air Council), Pam Johnson (member of SEIU 32BJ), Bill Walsh (District Director for Congressman Sestak) and Jason Brady (Sierra Club) who read statements from Congressman Brady and Senator Specter.

With the passage of the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES) in June and the start of hearings for the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act, the Big Coal and Big Oil companies are reading the writing on the wall. With no intention of supporting clean energy, they are committed to undermining a clean energy future for America. Their high paid lobbyists are working to convince Senator Specter to eliminate the EPA’s authority to enforce the Clean Air Act in regards to global warming pollution from coal fired power plants. This is unacceptable because without the EPA no one will be keeping an eye on the coal fired power plants.

Please take a moment and call Senator Specter and ask him to create a clean energy future that includes the EPA enforcing clean air laws for coal fired power plants. The number for his Philadelphia office is 215-597-7200.