House votes for big polluters over American health

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Congress splits on EPA’s power to regulate dangerous greenhouse gases

WASHINGTON (04/07/2011) -

In a vote of 255-172, the U.S. House of Representatives today approved a bill offered by Representative Fred Upton which completely strips Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of all ability to regulate greenhouse gases and safeguard the nation from the impacts of climate change. The vote comes on the heels of a Senate decision to strike down four similar provisions only yesterday.

The following is a statement from Rodger Schlickeisen, president and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife:

“Today’s House vote to strip the EPA of its ability to regulate harmful greenhouse gases clearly demonstrates that kowtowing to the selfish interests of dirty polluters is more important to its members than protecting the health of ordinary Americans. The public must hold these members accountable for voting to protect Big Oil instead of our right to clean air and water.”

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