Urgent: Sen. Harkin voting on the Clean Air Act


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Call Sen. Harkin: Oppose attacks on the Clean Air Act.

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Sen. Harkin will vote on clean air attack amendments as soon as today! Make sure Democrats staunchly defend the Clean Air Act. Call Sen. Harkin now. Click here for an easy script and number to call.

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Dear Friend,

As soon as today, the Senate will hold three votes to block, delay, or limit EPA's authority to use the Clean Air Act to regulate the greenhouse gases that cause climate change.

We urgently need a strong show of support for the Clean Air Act.

Call Sen. Harkin and ask him to oppose any attempt to block, delay or weaken the Clean Air Act's ability to limit climate pollution. Click here for an easy script and number to call.

These votes are being allowed by Majority Leader Harry Reid as amendments to the pending small business bill — and every proposes a significant threat to the Clean Air Act's climate enforcement.

In addition to amendments by Senator McConnell to totally nullify the Clean Air Act's climate authority, and by Senator Rockefeller to delay the authority for two years, the first amendment to be voted on will be a dangerous "compromise" offered by Senator Max Baucus.

The Baucus amendment would weaken Clean Air Act climate regulation with exemptions for some smaller agricultural and some industrial sources of climate pollution — and far more damaging, an exemption for the largest sources of climate pollution (like power plants and oil refineries), if these sources did a good job controlling other air pollutants (like sulfur.)1

Each of these amendments needs 60 votes to succeed, and they all have a chance to pass. Many key Democratic senators are still deciding how they'll vote. The support of Sen. Harkin will be crucial.

Call Sen. Harkin and ask him to oppose any attempt to block, delay or weaken the Clean Air Act's ability to limit climate pollution. Click here for an easy script and number to call.

In addition to calling the Senate, CREDO members have attended more than a dozen district meetings with the staff of key senators, urging them to support the Clean Air Act.

From the reports we've been getting back, it's clear that many senators — especially those facing re-election — are supportive of the Clean Air Act, but have left the door open to supporting one or more of these amendments:

Katie K. met with Senator Brown's staff representative in Cincinnati, OH:
"When we discussed our concerns that Sen. Brown was backing down from the Clean Air Act she repeatedly expressed that he still supported the CAA. She was unaware if Sen. Brown was eyeing that course of action or not."

Patricia T. met with Senator Levin's staff representative in Grand Rapids, MI:
"He did not comment on how the Senator might vote."

Steve M. met with Senator Casey's staff representative in Philadelphia, PA:
"Kurt could not give us an answer about Casey's position on the anti Clean Air Act language."

This week will determine the Clean Air Act's fate, and will shape the Senate's response to other attacks on the Clean Air Act, like the House Republicans' continuing resolution budget attacks on the EPA.

With so many Senators on the fence, its important to urge Sen. Harkin to support clean air.

Please make a call now to ask Sen. Harkin to defend the Clean Air Act. Click here for an easy script and number to call.

Thank you for fighting for clean air.

Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

1. "Clean Air Act Phobia," NRDC, March 17, 2011


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