Demand that Congress Stop Passing Anti-Environmental Legislation

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Target: US House of Representatives

Goal: Stop voting in favor of anti-environmental legislation.

The Republican-controlled House has voted in favor of anti-environmental legislation nearly 250 times over the past year. The House has not only weakened existing regulations, but has also defeated legislation needed to combat climate change. With global temperatures already on the rise and the health conditions associated with air and water pollution becoming more and more prevalent, it is necessary now more than ever for Congress to pass legislation to protect our environment.

Representatives Henry Waxman, a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Edward Markey, a member of the Committee on Natural Resources, have released a report that examines the environmental record of the 112th Congress, in which they describe it as the most anti-environmental ever.

The report describes 77 votes that undermine or sidestep Clean Air Act protections by allowing higher pollution levels produced by power plants, industrial plants, and mining operations, as well as 31 votes that similarly undermine provisions of the Clean Water Act. An additional 39 votes have served to weaken protection of public lands and wildlife against development and hunting or fishing. Finally, the report lists 37 votes that have effectively blocked legislation to combat climate change and weakened the power of the Environmental Protection Agency to take similar measures as well.

It appears that Republican lawmakers are willing to go to great lengths to protect their relationship with the oil and gas industries at the expense of the environment and US citizens. According to data published by the Center for Responsive Politics, House Republicans received over four times more than Democrats in campaign contributions from oil and gas corporations.

We can no longer afford to allow the fossil fuel industry to dominate our legislative process. Sign the petition below to urge the House of Representatives to reverse the present trend of sweeping anti-environmental legislation. It is time for our lawmakers to stand up to energy companies and to protect the health of our environment.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear House Representatives,

I understand that the House has voted in favor of anti-environmental legislation nearly 250 times within the past year. The new report released by Representatives Henry Waxman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and Edward Markey of the Committee on Natural Resources describes the 112th Congress as the most anti-environmental ever.

The implications of the recent House votes are not favorable for Republican lawmakers. I am worried that their close relationship with the fossil fuel industry is corrupting the legislative process of the US government. According to data published by the Center for Responsive Politics, House Republicans received over four times more than Democrats in campaign contributions from oil and gas corporations.

But with global temperatures already on the rise and the health conditions associated with air and water pollution becoming more and more prevalent, it is necessary now more than ever for Congress to pass legislation to protect our environment. We can no longer afford to allow the fossil fuel industry to dominate our legislative process. I urge you to take a stand in favor of protecting the health of our environment and of US citizens.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Disaster will come to the most vulnerable at first, but it will eventually catch up with those in power, who cover up.

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