Break Out the Shovels:
Clean Air Watch Reaction to Vote on ‘Clear Skies’
(Washington, DC. March 9, 2005) – Here is a statement by Frank O’Donnell, president of the non-profit Clean Air Watch, reacting to today’s 9-9 vote in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on the so-called “clear skies” plan:
“Today’s vote was a clear victory for breathers against a plan promoted by some of the nation’s biggest polluters. It was also a victory for the right of states to protect their citizens from dirty air.
“As Dan Rather might put it, it’s time to break out the shovels and throw some dirt on this ill-conceived plan with the pleasant-sounding name. It appears to be the last gasp for the polluter-friendly plan.
“Needless to say, today’s vote was also a rebuke to the White House, which had tried to jam the plan through the committee without providing adequate analysis of alternative proposals.
“Now that `clear skies’ is apparently heading to the ash heap of history, some senators are discussing the idea of alternative strategies that could better protect public health and the environment. We will continue to monitor that process with interest.”