Polluter TRAIN Act Headed for Our Children

BY ON September 16, 2011

Dominique BrowningImagine this scene: Some maniacs have tied your children to a train track–then hopped on the train, released the brakes, and sent a mighty engine roaring down the track. Right for your children.

That’s what’s going on in Washington DC right now.

The train is, literally, the TRAIN Act of 2011, and next week, the House will vote on a bill (HR 1705) that was designed to cripple Clean Air Act regulations and intimidate the Environmental Protection Agency. The TRAIN Act requires a committee of cabinet secretaries to re-analyze the costs of public health protections. That’s right: RE-analyze. For a third time. Because when a bill is introduced, its costs are analyzed during the comment period, and again by the White House Office of Management and Budget.

The TRAIN Act is a delaying tactic created to protect polluters’ right to pollute. We must take action now to stop this shameful bill.

The TRAIN ACT is busy work for politicians whose stated goal is to block any and all environmental protections–no matter what the cost to our children’s health. Mercury, lead, arsenic, acid gases–these are the poisons spewing from coal plants that EPA, in any administration, is required by law, under the Clean Air Act, to regulate. These are regulations that save hundreds of thousands of lives, and cut health care costs by trillions of dollars.

On top of it all, polluters and politicians want you to believe that regulations kill jobs and cripple the economy. This is absolutely untrue.

We do not have to choose between jobs and clean air. We can have both.

Tell your representatives to do their jobs. Not create busy work–and blow smoke. Their job is to protect people.

Air pollution isn’t just dirty. It is poisonous. As a mom, I’m furious–and you should be too. Politicians can play politics with each other all they want. But they cannot play politics with my children.

Parents have a chance to make a difference, this week and next. Mothers’ voices will make a difference. Let Washington know that you are paying attention. Let Washington know that you want pollution to be controlled. Let Washington know that clean air saves lives.

Write to your representatives and let them know that they must stop that TRAIN speeding towards our children. Tell them to stop playing politics with our children.

PLEASE JOIN MOMS CLEAN AIR FORCE and tell your local representatives to vote NO on the TRAIN Act.

TOPICS: Activism, Asthma, Coal, Mercury Poisoning, Politics, Pollution

  • Sam Parry

    Great post, Dominique. Reminds me of this powerful EDF/Ad Council ad on global warming: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-_LBXWMCAM.

    This bill is bad for the environment and bad for the economy. The polluter cynicism here is outrageous. They’ve known for 20 years these standards were coming. Indeed, many utilities have already taken steps to reduce their toxic air emissions and 17 states already limit these emissions.

    It’s time to stop socializing the costs of pollution while letting polluters profit. It’s time to protect our kids and communities. It’s responsibility time — and we need to stop this TRAIN Act in its tracks to save lives and money.

  • http://www.MotherTalkers.com Elisa

    The Clean Air Act has saved so many lives, sparing many children from asthma, cancer and other illnesses. It would be a travesty to turn the clock on this one.

  • Gary, West Virginia

    The Clean Air Act as it has existed for years has been working just fine. Some of the proposed new measures overstep the bounds of the CAA as it was passed. The TRAIN Act does not preclude the passage of new rules – it just requires EPA to adhere to an appropriate level of cost-benefit analysis, rather than allow them to continue to operate with zero accountability on regulations that have the potential to impose draconian costs with little or no environmental benefit.