Send Senator Casey thanks for protecting our health and withstanding industry lobbying.
As any regular visitor to this Website will have observed, the federal Environmental Protection Agency is under constant attack. The attacks seem to be driven by folk who deplore any regulation, by political opponents of anything Obamian, and by lobbyists for the coal, utility, oil and gas industries, etc. The latest attack was engineered by climate-change denier Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK). On June 20 the Senator called for passage of a Joint Resolution to scrap EPA regulation of mercury and toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants. Sen. Bob Casey, to his credit and our gratitude, and despite a strong lobbying effort from the coal industry and electrical utilities, joined 52 other senators to defeat JR 37. Sen. Pat Toomey voted in favor of scraping the mercury standards.
For more on Casey’s vote, see two editorials below. (more…)