Don’t Let Congress Change the Definition of ‘Clean Air’

Target: House of Representatives

Goal: Don’t change the definition of “clean air” to benefit oil companies.

There is a bill being presented to the House of Representatives that will change the definition of what is “clean air.” The current EPA clean air standards are based on science and medicine to determine what is healthy. This bill will change the standards to being determined by ‘feasibility and cost’. This will promote smog and pollution in the air, and will have an extremely negative affect on Americans’ health.

Supporters of this bill, nicknamed the Gutting Air Standards Protection Act, or GASP, claim that the cost saved for polluting industries will lower gas prices. However, Representative Ed Whitfield, one of the main supporters of the bill, has said, ‘We do not see that this legislation is going to reduce gas prices tomorrow.’ There is in fact no evidence that gas prices will ever be lowered as a result of this bill, but there is clear evidence that the quality of air in America will be lowered. According to the American Lung Association, as a result of this bill there will be ‘more smog, more childhood asthma attacks and other health implications for people with lung disease’. Even if there may be some small financial benefits to this bill, it will clearly cause more harm than good.

The GASP Act is no more than a ploy by oil companies to promote themselves at the expense of the public. The Supreme Court ruled in 2001 that Americans have a right to clean air, but now these companies want to take that right away solely for their own profit. Allowing this bill to be passed will not help gas prices, but will severely harm air quality. Tell the House of Representatives to vote against this bill.


Dear House of Representatives:

There is a bill presented to you that will change how clean air standards are determined. Instead of using science and medicine to determine the standards, feasibility and cost to polluting industries would be used. The idea behind this bill is that it will lower gas prices. However, there is no evidence that prices will actually be lowered, but there is clear evidence that changing the standards of clean air will lower air quality for all Americans.

The Supreme Court has ruled that Americans have a right to clean air. This bill will take away that right for the profit of oil companies. I ask you to vote against this bill to let American citizens keep their right to clean, breathable air.

[Your Name Here]

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