Letter - Be aware of environmental issuesAs the elections approach, it is important for all voters to be aware of where candidates stand on environmental issues and who supports greedy lobbies and corporate elites.
To the editor:
As the elections approach, it is important for all voters to be aware of where candidates stand on environmental issues and who supports greedy lobbies and corporate elites.
The following facts are provided by the Environmental Defense Action Fund and they are frightening.
Over $40 million has been spent on lobbying by the power industry in one year to support their efforts to gut enforcement of the Clean Air Act. The industry has opposed a new boiler rule that can prevent 33,000 aggravated asthma cases each year.
The possible effects of this opposition can hit home right here, not just in some other part of the country.
When I was the school nurse for Alexandria, the most common ailment in the school population was asthma. Seventy two percent of total toxic air mercury pollution comes from America’s coal-fired power plants. One hundred twenty five anti-environmental bills passed the House of Representatives last year, while no comprehensive climate change bills passed Congress.
There are other frightening percentages and numbers that could be added to this list but, please, everyone, be aware of what is happening and make your opinions and power felt in the voting booth.