(CNN) - Senate Joint Resolution 37, the Senate bill that would overturn the Environmental Protection Agency's controversial Mercury and Air Toxics Standards or MATS, was voted down Wednesday by a margin of 46 to 53.
Introduced by Sen. James Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, in February, the resolution was a challenge to the country's first national protections rule designed to limit the amount of heavy metals like mercury, arsenic, chromium, nickel and other toxic air pollutants released by power plants that burn coal and oil - toxins many suspect cause cancer and other health problems.
My health is motre important than my job, cost of living and basic quality of life.
Isn't Inhofe the one with dimentia that lands at the wrong airport all the time?
Will Obama veto it?
Looks like enough of the GOP tea baggers in the Senate were worried about the lungs of their grandchildren, that they voted for clean air.
God know, they do not care about any one else's children.
Who needs clean air or water? While at it, might as well get in there without your mask and start scraping that asbestos. I propose Oklahoma build a big ol' power plant righ in Jimmy Inhofe's back yard - take part of his land by imminent domain just to make it even sweeter.
Profits before people.
anyone that voted to drop the regulations would sing another tune if one of these spewing plants was in their town or neighborhood.
Watch the republican bafoon party try to block it like they do with all good legislation to protect their corporation clients at our childrens exspense. These losers will be out in Nov ,unless your brain dead and stupid !!!!!
Oklahoma Republicans trying to poison us, must be Wednesday.
Anyone who has driven on the New Jersey Turnpike just south of Newark Liberty International Airport would understand the need for these sort of regulations. There are a number of oil refineries in that area and they are all up, running and FUNKtioning. They stink for miles and miles, permeating the air the rotten egg smell of sulfur aromatics and other memorable aromas......And Republicans want to allow more air pollution????
It is votes like this that ought to ba a no-brainer that make you wonder what's wrong with Republicans. Clean air-GOOD, dirty air-BAD. Is their world THAT Alice in Wonderland?
This should not be a problem for the coal industry. I've been watching their ads on TV promoting "clean coal". If they are actually using the technology they are telling the world they are, then they will meet these standards. They wouldn't lie to the public about "clean coal", would they?
The House Republican Leadership should take note and cease its efforts to undermine the Clean Air Act – efforts the public does not support.”
This must be the same Act that is destroying the Black Lung industry in West Virginia.
Can Republicans be any more blatant as to whose interests they're more interested in protecting? I'll give you a hint: If you're NOT a corporation/industry don't bother.