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 Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in The Votes Are In… You voted, and we listened – now the winners of Defenders’ 2014 Photo Contest are here! See if your favorite won, and take a look at some of the amazing runner-ups. We’ve Got to Protect What’s Left of the Sagebrush Sea New research shows that after a fire, the Sagebrush Sea (home to the imperiled greater sage-grouse) could take up to 20 years to fully recover. With other factors already threatening so much of this habitat, what does that mean for the species that call it home? California prepares to welcome wolves home, but delays on providing state protections Now, as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to remove Endangered Species Act protection for wolves throughout most of the rest of the country, gray wolves are once again at risk. Delisting would short-circuit wolf recovery in the Pacific West and would effectively mean giving up on one of our country’s most important and iconic species. Fortunately, California has an opportunity to play a meaningful role in helping the gray wolf continue to recover in the coming months and years.