Poor Air Quality Approved for all Citizens

Picture of Rep Pete Olson R-TX

Bill H.R. 806 the Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017 was introduced in the House of Representatives February 2017 by Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX). Subcommittee hearings were held in March, while full committee and Mark-up sessions were held in June. The “Yeas” have won so the bill will soon pass the House, then the Senate and once signed by the President will become law.

In a press release the Subcommittee on Environment chaired by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) loosely said environmental laws need modernization. Lately, if one was to take score, modernization of environmental laws tends to favor the weakening and delay of improvements. Similarly, this bill seeks to delay, eliminate or push out proposed and needed improvements to the decades old “Clean Air Act” (CAA-1970), which was amended (improved) in 1990 and 2004. Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ) blasted the proposed changes.

In short, the proposal rolls back consumer protections, assaults public health and the environment. The changes and/or delays will increase opportunities for big business, lobbyists and politicians while giving Americans the gift of shorter life spans. When questioned Republicans said who cares, we’ve heard this democratic song and dance before.  Democrats responded Republicans are winning too many battles; we need to stay relevant so we oppose the changes and who cares about environmental health?

Recent surveys have shown Americans are concerned about climate change and its affects. It seems citizen concerns are being ignored by Democrats and Republicans alike. While democrats struggle to find their footing, Republicans push to enrich themselves and big business. Maybe Americans should invest heavily in face masks, sunscreen and pollution stocks? A quick profit might be had in these industries as the opportunity for growth is strong.

More can be found at http://www.lung.org/assets/documents/healthy-air/state-of-the-air/state-of-the-air-2017.pdf and at https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/806/text and at https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/263 and at https://democrats-energycommerce.house.gov/sites/democrats.energycommerce.house.gov/files/FP-Opening-ENV-Hrg-HR-806-Ozone-Stds-2017-03-22.pdf and at http://www.mass.gov/ago/news-and-updates/press-releases/2017/2017-06-29-vowing-lawsuit-against-epa-methane-emissions.html