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Enviro-Mich message from Chad Bailey <email@example.com>
I recently recieved this mailing from one of the major front groups for
industries opposed to the new Clean Air Act standards, Citizens for a
Sound Economy. They are rallying their troops with a campaign of lies
geared toward slanting online debate about the Clean Air Standards their
way. Thesea re the same people who on the floor of Congress suggested
"people can protect themselves" from air pollution, "they can avoid
jogging. Asthmatic kids need not go out and ride their bikes." Actually,
this is a quote froma n oil industry lobbyist, and the oil industry is a
huge backer of Citizens for a Sound Economy...
Please read this message and send questions considering BOTH sides of the
debate to : www.pbs.org/newshour BEFORE 12:00 PM ON FRIDAY THE 12TH OF
From: Citizens For A Sound Economy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: How Clean is Clean Enough?
The On-line NewsHour Forum intends to find out
just how clean our air needs to be, and at what
price, during a Q&A session between Paul
Beckner, President of Citizens for a Sound
Economy (CSE), and Carol Browner, the head of
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA). That's why CSE is e-mailing you today.
At issue are the highly controversial changes to
the nation's air quality laws that President
Clinton approved in July. CSE has been
involved in this battle since the EPA proposed
these sweeping command-and-control style
regulations in November of last year. This
cyber-version of Jim Lehrer's PBS newscast is
actively soliciting questions from the public that
will be posed to Mr. Beckner and Ms. Browner.
We are encouraging all of our members and
friends from around the country to submit their
questions to www.pbs.org/newshour by 12:00
noon EDT on Friday, September 12th.
Keep in mind the many questions that have
surrounded theses standards from the
beginning: are they necessary, what are the
actual costs and do the ends justify the means?
Of course we all want clean air; CSE is
attempting to inject a modicum of common
sense into this issue. Here are some facts that
you may be aware of:
(NOTE FROM CHAD: I MADE A FEW COMMENTS ON THE SIDE IN CAPS...)
1. The studies the EPA used to develop these (I SUPPOSE ALL 200+ INDEPEN-
standards are unreliable; the EPA has admitted DENTLY REVIEWED STUDIES ARE
to this. A senior environmental advisor to FLAWED!)
President Jimmy Carter discovered a data error
that forced the EPA to drastically decrease the
number of people they claimed would die
prematurely without these new standards.
2. Even though our air is 30% cleaner than 25 (HOWEVER, THE OZONE
years ago, the ranks of asthmatic children have STANDARD HASN'T BEEN
increased 73% In fact, Newsweek recently CHANGED IN NEARLY 20
reported "...outdoor air pollution can't be driving YEARS!)
the asthma pandemic because it has improved
in recent years."
3. The EPA's own scientific advisory council (HENCE 5 YEARS OF STUDY ON
cannot agree on what, if any, health benefits will CLEAR AIR INCLUDED
result from these standards. IN LEGISLATION)
(OH YEAH, ONLY 2 OF 20 DISSENTED!)
4. The Clinton Administration estimates the
costs of these new regulations wil be $8.5
billion. However, the Reason Public Policy
Institute (RPPI) has estimated the price tag at
between $90 and $150 billion! Nationwide, (WHAT ABOUT UP TO $120
RPPI estimates between 200,000 and 400,000 BILLION IN HEALTH
jobs will be lost, and the average American's SAVINGS?)
disposable income will drop $250 to $450 each
year. This in turn, reduces overall economic
activity and employment.
Remember -- the On-Line Newshour Forum is
asking that all questions be submitted to
www.pbs.org/newshour by 12:00 noon EDT, (I'D SUGGEST DOING THIS!)
Friday, September 12th. The results of the Q&A
session will be posted on Saturday -- don't forget
to check that out as well. As always, Citizens
for a Sound Economy thanks you for your
activism and interest.
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