By Perry Gershon: (Source: https://www.facebook.com/pg/perry4congress/posts/?ref=page_internal)
Lee Zeldin continues to support the Trump Administration’s destruction of our environmental protections. The new “plan” for coal represents one more example of the total disregard for the serious health effects of air pollution. The concept of allowing any state to remove all carbon dioxide emissions standards on coal plants is asinine. The fact remains that emissions from states like West Virginia affect people in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland and beyond. Most New Yorkers — but apparently not Donald Trump or Lee Zeldin — learned this key lesson decades ago, when New York and neighboring states successfully joined forces to defeat the threat of acid rain.
Lee Zeldin is one of the House’s biggest supporters of dismantling environmental protections under the guise of “deregulation”. Under President Trump, the EPA has been converted from an agency created and designed to protect American citizens, specifically their drinking water and the air they breathe, to an agent of industrial greed trying to wreck havoc on decades of good work. In 2018 alone, there have been 22 roll call votes in the House on environmental matters – Zeldin has voted with the polluters and against environmental protections on 21 of the 22 votes – hardly the mark of an environmentalist.
Let’s be very clear on Zeldin’s voting record. In his four years in the House, he has voted against the environment in 107 of 128 votes. He has opposed climate change protections in 22 of 23 votes. He is 7 for 7 supporting bills opposed to air quality protections and 9 for 9 in support of bills protecting dirty energy. On clean water, his votes are 100% opposed to protection on 19 different roll call votes. He is 8 for 8 voting against protecting wildlife.
We have a choice in November. I promise to work tirelessly to protect the environment – whether that be our clear air, clean water, clean energy production, or protecting wildlife. And I will make it my priority to get Plum Island protections through both the House and Senate and in front of the President to be signed into law, a task where Zeldin failed. Lee Zeldin has a track record of working against us and for big polluters. Perhaps not a coincidence he takes corporate PAC money while I will not. I urge you to support me to replace Lee Zeldin as the next Representative of NY-1.
Also read Why Trump is Taking on Car Emission Rules : https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/17/climate/trump-clean-power-rollback.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news
On July 19 the House Climate “Solutions” Caucus voted to reject a motion to bring a Carbon Tax debate to the floor.
Zeldin was one of the majority of the Climate Caucus Republicans who voted to reject even discussing the idea. Fortunately this rejection has no real world impact and only expresses the general Republican consensus that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy.
As an environmental research engineer I have been working on issues of air and ground water pollution my whole career. Virtually every administration since the 1970s has supported legislation to improve the environment. The backward shift in environmental policy by the current administration is unprecedented and unparalleled in the inevitable negative toll it will take on air and water quality and on climate change. The agency entrusted with protecting our environment is enabling its destruction. Scientists, political leaders, and the general public need to speak up loud and clear to put the brakes on the continued dismantling of environmental protections under the guise of deregulation. Kudos to you, Perry Gershon, for taking a strong stand on this issue and for making it front and center in your campaign.
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