We cannot allow horse-trading on climate to become a vehicle for gutting Clean Air Act regulation of soot, smog, and air toxics. The health and well-being of the American people is not a bargaining chip.
According to leaked reports on Wednesday, the Kerry-Graham-Lieberman draft of the climate bill would gut the Clean Air Act and over-ride existing state laws that provide critical environmental protections.
It's no wonder corporate polluters were lining up in support of this bill. The bill's loan guarantees for nuclear reactors and wasteful spending on coal carbon capture are all boons to polluting corporations.
In introducing the "American Power Act" on May 12, 2010, Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) seemed oblivious to the various public relations disasters the industries favored in their bill had suffered in recent weeks.
A handful of lawmakers have been trying to block the EPA from regulating pollution. This is largely a political maneuver -- an effort to drain away support for passing a comprehensive clean energy bill.