I was glad to see Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-2nd, defend the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to fight global warming by voting against the "polluter protection act" (HR 3826) last week. The bill would prevent EPA from reducing carbon pollution from power plants, the nation's largest source of carbon pollution.
Scientists say extreme weather events such as Hurricane Sandy foreshadow what could be a new normal of extreme weather unless we reign in global-warming pollution. Power plants have limits on arsenic, lead and mercury, but there are no federal limits on their dangerous carbon pollution.
New Jerseyans have submitted more than 75,000 comments to the EPA supporting limits on carbon from power plants. The importance of federal action is paramount - one power plant in Georgia puts out more pollution than all of New Jersey's power plants combined.
LoBiondo stood up to big polluters like the American Petroleum Institute by opposing this bill, but unfortunately the majority of the House of Representatives did not. I hope the Senate has better sense and puts this attack on our climate and future generations to rest.
Environment New Jersey