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NRDC: Cantor Agenda Sacrifices Americans' Health

01 Sep 2011  |   Emma Brown

Tags: Clean Air, Environmental Champions, House

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s recent memo outlining the Republican agenda seeks to block 12 clean air safeguards at the risk of sacrificing Americans’ health, the National Resources Defense Council’s John Walke blogs.

“These twelve clean air safeguards provide Americans with the clean and safe air that we rely on every day so that our asthmatic children can go to school and we are healthy enough to go to work and lead productive lives,” Walke writes.

If successful, the annual impact of Cantor’s agenda to block the 12 clean air safeguards would result in:

  • Up to 38,600 additional premature deaths;
  • Over 19,000 more heart attacks;
  • Over 205,000 additional asthma attacks;
  • Over 4 million more days when Americans will miss work or school due to the health hazards of air pollution; and
  • The elimination of Clean Air Act authority to reduce dangerous heat-trapping air pollution from the biggest industrial polluters.

Cantor’s agenda seems more and more out of touch with mainstream public. An overwhelming majority of Americans support strong clean air standards, while 70% of Americans believe that the EPA should have the authority to do its job effectively.

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