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"The Clean Air Act is always about health."

- EPA Asst. Administrator Gina McCarthy at an agency listening session on carbon pollution safeguards.

1. Take Action: Big Polluters Make Us Sick
2. Take Action: End Our Oil Addiction
3. Victory: Coal Plant #150 Defeated!
4. Poll: Americans Want EPA Action, Not Newt Gingrich


1) Take Action: Big Polluters Make Us Sick Coal asthma

Big polluters like the oil and coal industry are literally making us sick. As if it weren’t enough that pollution from burning oil and coal causes life-threatening health problems (ranging from asthma to early death), now these industries and their friends in Congress are attacking one of our strongest health protections, the Clean Air Act.

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Ask your Representative to protect our health and welfare by signing a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi asking them to protect the Clean Air Act.   

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Rail 2) Take Action: End Our Oil Addiction 

In his State of the Union Address, President Obama committed to building a world-class transportation system that will create jobs and provide our nation with clean, efficient, and affordable choices. The Obama Administration took the first step on February 8th, when Vice President Biden announced a new high speed rail plan to connect American cities and create much needed construction jobs.

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Thank the president and urge him to finish the job by creating a 21st century transportation system that can break our addiction to oil and put America back to work.

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3) Victory: Coal Plant #150 Defeated!


Last week Purdue University cancelled plans for a new campus coal plant, making the plant the 150th to be defeated or abandoned since the beginning of the coal rush in 2001. Thanks in part to the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, in the last two years no new coal plants have started construction and the industry has announced the phase out of over 50 plants. Sierra Club coal activists are working on the ground in almost every state to phase out outdated coal plants and transition to cleaner, cheaper options for their area, like wind and solar.

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[object Object] 4)  Poll: Americans Want EPA Action, Not Newt Gingrich

A new poll shows that Americans aren’t falling for Newt Gingrich’s call to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In fact, Americans support EPA and its work to protect public health and the environment. Some 67 percent opposed Gingrich’s idea, including 61 percent of Republicans and 79 percent of Democrats. The survey also found that 63 percent of Americans want the current EPA to do more, not less.

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