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04 February 2011, 1:50 PM
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson refutes colleague's attacks
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson

Let’s hear it for the champions of clean air!

We at Earthjustice have spent the past several weeks countering one clean air attack after another as several elected leaders have aligned themselves with dirty polluters. But there are some in Congress who are not thinking of lining industry’s pockets and instead thinking of protecting their constituents’ right to breathe.

Among them: Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) who in an editorial today takes on colleague Rep. John Carter (R-TX) for his attack on important air rules that would drastically cut the amount of mercury in the air.

In the editorial, Rep. Johnson refutes many of Rep. Carter’s claims, among them, the rules' impacts on the economy:

Carter and his allies are standing behind false and inflated claims of job loss and industry collapse when, in truth, the EPA estimates that the rules could net as many as 1,300 new jobs and would prevent 130,000 missed work days. As the ranking member on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee and the most senior Texan on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I know American innovation and technology can bolster our economy, while making our air cleaner and our communities healthier.

Rep. Johnson’s words resonate because she is also a nurse and a mother who recognizes the particular danger that mercury presents to women of child-bearing age and children. She concludes:

If Carter is successful, communities in Texas and beyond will be stripped of the air protections they deserve. I know I’m not alone in recognizing the need for strong safeguards against industrial polluters. Protecting our citizens from air pollution isn’t just the law, it’s a long-held bipartisan tradition under the Clean Air Act. For these reasons, I cannot allow a colleague to pursue a legislative agenda that will cost lives and leave entire communities vulnerable to mercury and other air pollution. Stand with me and say no to dirty polluters and their allies.

Danke schoen, Rep. Johnson! We need more leaders like you in Congress.

Please help us local taxpaying citizens of the Pacific Northwest fight the Multinational company's and our own corrupt government fight to keep the burning of Woody Biomass out of our area and the Country as a whole.

Tomorrow those of us who know about what is trying to be sneaked in under the wire are going to be at the Thurston County Complex to stand with the on group of County Commissioner's who is trying to keep hold of a Moratorium stopping the more than 8 planned facilities in our area for at least a year to better understand the benefits (which I see none) and the consequences (of which I and many see a lot of) in the use of Woody Biomass Incineration.

We are the Evergreen State. If these company's are allowed to proceed over the many voices of our people shouting NO.... I fear for our State and the people as a whole.

Having to bow down to Multinational Business and corrupt government.

Many other States are fighting this same fight! Let us Join together on this! It is not Clean Energy!

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