Help yourself to my emissions
Remember acid rain? A choking, thick, tan fog, drizzle or rain erodes the city structures. It kills plants and harms animals including your own throat and lungs. Measures had been put in place after years of tolerating spew from Midwestern coal plants which provide regional electricity for everything from vacuum cleaners to electric cars.
“This is clearly a big blow for breathers in downwind states.” Clean Air advocate Frank O’Donnell states. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials calculate new regulations would preserve the health of 240 million Americans. It could save 13-34 thousand lives a year, and cut emissions by 73% from 2005 levels.
Utilities and business groups rejoiced as the Supreme Court struck down the Obama Administration clean air provisions which would require coal plants to install new pollution controls.
Although Sen. Thomas R. Carper ( D-Del.) chairman senate subcommittee on clean air and nuclear safety assures that he and his colleagues will work for a swift resolution to this impending environmental crisis it is questionable whether a divided congress will be able to come to any agreement.