Tuesday July 3rd 2012

BREAKING: Obama Would Veto Pro-Mercury Pollution Resolution

The White House has threatened Congress with a possible veto if S.J. Res. 37 is presented to President Obama. Today, the Executive Office of the President released a statement disapproving of Sen. Inhofe’s (R-OK) bill that would prevent the EPA from limiting mercury and other air toxins from power plants. If S.J. Res. 37 is enacted, the Clean Air Act would be severely weakened. Specifically, Inhofe’s bill would block the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards that protect all of us from air pollution such as mercury and arsenic that is emitted from fossil fuel burning power plants. The standards “will prevent as many as 11,000 avoidable premature deaths and 4,700 heart attacks, annually. The annual value of these health benefits alone is estimated to be as much as $90 billion.” Sadly, Inhofe continues to surprise no one as he attempts to undermine the EPA and force us to breathe air that would make us sick and possibly kill us.

– By Matt Kasper

This article was originally posted on Climate Progress