Senator Udall: Moms Matter More Than Ever

BY ON September 28, 2011

Moms Clean Air Force loves to hear from political leadership. Here’s a guest post from Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico. His message that moms’ voices matter – is so important as we ask our Senators to fight the TRAIN Act. Thank you, Senator Udall,  for your support for clean air!

Senator Tom UdallA child playing outside for an hour will breathe in more than two-and-a-half pounds of air. It’s the Clean Air Act and the pollution standards enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that ensure this air is healthy for our kids.

Children are much more susceptible to air pollution and more likely to develop health problems — including childhood asthma — from exposure to dirty air. I will defend every child’s ability to breathe clean air. Keeping our children healthy and safe from these pollutants is not controversial, it’s commonsense.

Hearing from parents in support of clean air is more important today than it has ever been.

Over the past few months, Congress has been debating parts of the Clean Air Act and the EPA’s pollution standards. Powerful special interests are attempting to use this debate to roll back clean air standards, which would mean putting children unnecessarily at risk. We need to fight to protect Clean Air.

Last year, this law protected American families from 1.7 million asthma attacks, 130,000 heart attacks and 86,000 emergency room visits. In New Mexico, more than 170,000 residents suffer from asthma, and more than 47,000 of them are children. The last thing these children need is more pollution from power plants, oil refineries, mines, and cement kilns.

The Clean Air Act also protects pregnant mothers and developing children from mercury, a neuro-toxin that creates problems in brain development, including attention and memory problems.

As a lawmaker — and a parent — I’ll always stand up for environmental health.

And hearing your voice is more important than ever.

Messages sent to a member of Congress really do make a difference – we want to hear about the issues that are impacting our constituents, and clean air impacts everyone.

My office has received hundreds and hundreds of emails and calls in support of the Clean Air Act. Several of those emails were from New Mexico parents of children with asthma, who expressed deep concerns about the impact on their lungs of rolling back these important laws.

At a Senate committee hearing this summer I shared some of those messages with my Senate colleagues:

America’s environmental laws are public health laws, and the Clean Air Act protects the air that our children breathe.

Opponents of our environmental laws say that they hurt economic growth, but they have it backwards.

Healthy families are more productive families who contribute to strong economic growth. In addition, America is the global leader in innovating and manufacturing pollution control technology. We should never have to choose between our health and our economy— America’s environmental laws make our economy stronger.

So keep the pressure on Congress to do the right thing. Let us know what the Clean Air Act means to you and why you want healthy air for your family.

Thank you Senator Udall for all your great work. Join Moms Clean Air Force, and use the power of mother love – a real force of nature.

TOPICS: Asthma, Coal, Dads, Economics, Mercury Poisoning, Politics, Pollution

  • Marcia G. Yerman
    Marcia G. Yerman

    Following the law makers in Washington DC, I know that Sen. Udall is one of the prime advocates for supporting clean air and the environment. Now if we could just got our other elected officials to reorder their priorities!

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  • SID JENNINGS

    CLEAN AIR AND WATER ARE VITAL TO BASIC TO ALL SPECIES ON EARTH INCLUDING MANKIND. BEING IGNORANT TO THIS AS OUR GOVERNMENT HAS HAS INFURIATED THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THEIR FAMILIES. ALL OF YOU MUST GO… THANK GOD THE US MILITARY IS MADE UP OF US REGULAR PEOPLE… KEEP PUSHING US… MAD

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  • Karen Nakamura

    You do know about the Minamata mercury poisoning in Japan doing early 1970s? Jun Ui was scientist who discovered along with Chishu(?) company staff doctor. There’s a riveting documentary which interviewed victims and their families. Cats committed suicide.

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  • Cherise

    Senator Udall, I am sorry I missed you in Washington D.C. when I was lobbying for clean air this past spring. I hope we can meet next time I am in D.C. and continue strategizing about how to clean-up America’s air. Your words above are greatly appreciated and give me great hope for a future where all of America’s children can breathe freely.

    With warm regards, Cherise Udell

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  • James Taylor

    Thanks!

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  • Ann

    It is Tuesday, Oct. 4th here and I just watched a short scene on CSpan where elected politicians were debating th e deregulation of the EPA. At least I think that is what they were talking about. It sounds like people want to stop smoke stack operators from having to clean their chimneys. Everybody knows you have to clean your chimneys or the fireplace doesn’t work right. What if that chemical plant in Texas that is on fire right now got on fire because people did not clean something? Something obviously went wrong there. How many times do we have to have a BP disaster, or chemical plants blow up before we do something about it? Where is the logic in ALL OF THIS? So now we have a chemical plant aflame and PEOPLE have to clean that up. Or is the plan to just NOT CLEAN THAT UP? And if not, I can understand that too. It’s easier that way and apparently the EPA made a bad call on 9/11 and sent people in to the area to CLEAN THAT UP before the air was at any kind of safe level, so now all those clean up people are sick and dying and of course, they shall be nameless to protect the votes for the politicians who want to continue this strange behavior. So the chemical plant just gets to build a new plant under NO REGULATIONS. Wow. Our confusion is really convoluted isn’t it?

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  • Ann

    It is Tuesday, Oct. 4th here and I just watched a short scene on CSpan where elected politicians were debating the deregulation of the EPA. At least I think that is what they were talking about. It sounds like people want to stop smoke stack operators from having to clean their chimneys. Everybody knows you have to clean your chimneys or the fireplace doesn’t work right. What if that chemical plant in Texas that is on fire right now got on fire because people did not clean something? Something obviously went wrong there. How many times do we have to have a BP disaster, or chemical plants blow up before we do something about it? Where is the logic in ALL OF THIS? So now we have a chemical plant aflame and PEOPLE have to clean that up. Or is the plan to just NOT CLEAN THAT UP? And if not, I can understand that too. It’s easier that way and apparently the EPA made a bad call on 9/11 and sent people in to the area to CLEAN THAT UP before the air was at any kind of safe level, so now all those clean up people are sick and dying and of course, they shall be nameless to protect the votes for the politicians who want to continue this strange behavior. So the chemical plant just gets to build a new plant under NO REGULATIONS. Wow. Our confusion is really convoluted isn’t it?

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  • Terry

    I’ll just side with James Taylor….is that James Taylor, Respiratory Therapy guru and Grand Leader?

    Thank-you indeed.

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  • Dr.Eve

    The EPA is there to protect us and we need to protect the EPA. Without it, many more would get sick and die (which the Tea Party endorses) or go to doctors and hospitals to try to find treatments for what they have acquired (which makes the drug companies jump up and down with glee). The air humans breathe and the water they drink are the two most basic elements that must be protected from big business interests that are only concerned about money, regardless of lives lost because of what they do–the collateral damage. Thank you, Senator Udall, for your intelligent support of the FDA’s efforts to ensure clean air for everyone. Now, see what you can do to kick more of your collegues off that TRAIN that’s headed the wrong way and put them on the right track. Thanks.

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  • Abbie

    Thank you, Senator Udall, for standing up for families and children.

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  • Lorraine Hughes

    Polluted air is even more insidious than cigarette smoke which took us so long to admit to ourselves was killing us. Please keep up the struggle to educate and protect us from the destruction of out healthy atmosphere.

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  • Irene L. Parks

    If EVER we could get rid of the Republicans, what a different country this would be.
    Their belief in PROFITS AT ALL COSTS, to hell with the working poor American
    citizen who is entitled to NOTHING in this life, is taking this country, this planet
    right down the drain as fast as possible !! Wake up voters – when you put Republicans
    in Congress this is the result. MONEY is their GOD, nothing else matters – their
    PARTY SHOULD GO DOWN THE DRAIN , but fools will always vote for them to
    their detriment !!

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    • Irene L. Parks

      What is there to reply ??? I’ve said it all !!

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