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Bill would endanger health

Date: 2/14/2011

While were fighting a biomass plant proposal locally to protect our air — and our health — some our nation's most important laws for protecting our health and the environment are under attack.

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) wants to repeal virtually any federal or state protections against the buildup of dangerous carbon pollution. He wants to give big polluters free rein to continue dumping unlimited amounts of dangerous carbon pollution into our air, threatening our health and perilously warming the planet.

His latest bill would sacrifice the health and safety of all Americans for the profit and convenience of the nation's biggest polluters by exempting dangerous greenhouse gases from regulation under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act and other bedrock environmental laws.

The Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act and other laws make up the safety net that protect our children's future. Sen. Barrasso must not be allowed to shred that safety net just to please the country's largest polluters.

Liz Bewsee