07 April 2011 BREAKING: Big Polluters Win in House Vote Posted by: Caitlin Leutwiler | 3 comments | Share: The Environmental Protection Agency came under fire from all sides this week, specifically its authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Thankfully, the Senate voted down four provisions that would have stripped the agency of its power to protect American health and natural resources – but the House of Representatives did not follow suit. In a vote of 255-172, the U.S. House approved a bill offered by Representative Fred Upton which completely strips EPA of all ability to regulate greenhouse gases and safeguard the nation from the impacts of climate change. Rodger Schlickeisen, president and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife said, “Today’s House vote to strip the EPA of its ability to regulate harmful greenhouse gases clearly demonstrates that kowtowing to the selfish interests of dirty polluters is more important to its members than protecting the health of ordinary Americans. The public must hold these members accountable for voting to protect Big Oil instead of our right to clean air and water.” Learn more: See how Defenders is working to protect American wildlife, lands and people from the harmful impacts of climate change. 3 Responses to “BREAKING: Big Polluters Win in House Vote” Mermaid Shelly April 7th, 2011 This is terrible news… We are already in such a self-destructive cycle with our planet’s health. To lose the one way to enforce accountability is going to reap unwanted rewards. And for what? So corporations can make more money? Very disappointing. Edie Thomas April 7th, 2011 Where can we find the official voting results? I want to be sure that the representatives in my state reflect what I see as valuable decisions and make sure they vote accordingly. Alecia Cole April 7th, 2011 Stupid, greedy, ignorant, inhumane, selfish politicians! THEY are ruining our world. And they don’t give a rat’s ass!! How the hell did people like that get into office. I sure as hell didn’t vote for them!!! Did you?!?! Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Senate Wakes Up to Climate Change…At Least Some of Them Tonight more than 20 senators will be taking over the Senate floor to pull an all-nighter to “wake up” Congress to climate change. Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Helicopter gunning kills 23 wolves in Idaho; Urge Secretary Jewell to abandon gray wolf delisting proposal — Call your representative by March 14; Washington wildlife agency urged to end support for abolishing federal wolf protections; The latest on Governor Otter’s wolf control board. Two Too Many Development Projects in the Ivanpah Valley While these projects most definitely directly impact a species that has been identified as threatened and is dependent on the habitat where they would be built, Silver State South and Stateline’s approval is most troubling for a bigger reason. You see, this isn’t just an issue for the Ivanpah Valley. Developers and agencies need to be conscious of how and where they plan energy projects all across the country. They need to look at renewable energy planning with a landscape-wide lens, understanding that building in the right places and making an effort to minimize environmental impacts from the start are essential.