MICHIGAN– Today, the League of Conservation Voters launched a $80,000 radio ad campaign in Michigan calling out Chairman Upton for leading efforts to gut the Clean Air Act and prevent the EPA from doing its job to protect the health of Michigan families and reduce dangerous pollution. The radio ad will run this week on stations in the Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Battle Creek and South Bend media markets.
“It is beyond reprehensible that Chairman Upton is leading an all out attack on the EPA’s vital clean air safeguards,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “The EPA has a responsibility under the law to set air pollution limits that protect the public’s health and hold polluters accountable, and it is simply wrong for Chairman Upton to block scientists at the EPA from doing their job in order to protect his campaign contributions from corporate polluters.”
Chairman Upton voted for the Continuing Resolution (H.R. 1) which included amendments to block the EPA from implementing long overdue air pollution safeguards to reduce emissions of carbon, mercury, arsenic and other harmful air pollutants. He also introduced and voted for House-passed legislation (H.R. 910) to prevent the EPA from applying commonsense safeguards to curb harmful carbon pollution and protect public health, even though the companion legislation failed in the U.S. Senate the day before.
The radio ad contrasts the healthy air Americans want to breathe and the polluted stuff that the Congressman is voting for.
Listen to the ad here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bIARshjQww
WOMAN: Take a deep breath. Fill your lungs with clean, fresh air.
MAN: Take a deep breath. Fill your lungs with FRred Upton Stuff.
WOMAN: Feel the fresh air nourish your cells and clean your lungs.
MAN: Feel the Fred Upton Stuff fill your lungs with arsenic, smog and mercury.
|Rep. Fred Upton voted for the final Continuing Resolution (H.R. 1) which included amendments that would block the EPA from implementing long overdue air pollution safeguards for this industry that would allow more dangerous pollutants in the air, including mercury, arsenic and lead. http://www.lungusa.org/press-room/press-releases/us-senate-must-reject-hr1.html|
WOMAN: Feel the fresh air provide your white blood cells the oxygen they need to kill bacteria, so you get healthier with every breath.
MAN: Feel the Fred Upton Stuff inflame the lining of your lungs, make you wheeze, cause chest pains, shortness of breath, increase your chance of an asthma attack, and other serious respiratory illnesses.
|All information provided by the American Lung Association factsheet, “Protect Our Kids’ Health, Don’t Weaken the Clear Air Act.” http://www.lungusa.org/assets/documents/climate-change-and-ozone.pdf
Shortness of breath and chest pains:
McDonnell WF, Stewart PW, Smith MV, Pan WK, Pan J. Ozone-induced respiratory symptoms: exposure-response models and association with lung function. The European Respiratory Journal 1999;14:845–853.
Inflammation of the lining of your lungs:
Increased risk of asthma attacks:Mortimer KM, Neas LM, Dockery DW, Redline S, Tager IB. The effect of air pollution on inner-city children with asthma. European Respiratory Journal 2002; 19:699-705.
|WOMAN: Feel the fresh air adjust the serotonin in your brain and improve your mood.
MAN: Feel the Fred Upton Stuff make you sick and ill.
MAN 2: By voting to gut the Clean Air Act and prevent EPA scientists from cleaning our air, Congressman Fred Upton protects corporate polluters who fund his campaign and leaves us breathing toxic pollutants that cause illness and death. Is that the stuff you want to breathe?
Rep. Fred Upton recently voted for two pieces of legislation that prohibit the EPA’s scientists from doing their job protecting public health: The Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011 (H.R. 910) and the Continuing Resolution (H.R. 1) which included amendments that would block the EPA from implementing new air pollution safeguards and would allow more dangerous pollutants in the air, including arsenic, mercury, and carbon dioxide.
According to the EPA, the rule reducing mercury and other harmful pollutants from cement plants would result in avoiding up to 2,500 premature deaths per year and preventing 17,000 cases of aggravated asthma, among other significant health benefits. http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/pcem/pcem_fs_080910.pdf
H.R. 910 would block the EPA from setting commonsense standards limiting carbon dioxide and other global warming pollution from major sources of pollution.
H.R. 910 roll call:
Rep. Fred Upton has received $384,850 in oil and other energy interests during his career.
|VO: A message from the League of Conservation Voters.|