Fighting to improve my mother’s air quality

Today, I went to Congress to meet with congressional staffers about protecting the air we breathe. And I wasn’t alone. A total of 284 national and state medical society and public health groups and other clean air advocates are calling on Congress to defend the Clean Air Act. We want Congress to reject any measure that would block or delay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from doing its job to protect all Americans from life-threatening air pollution.

The facts (as reported by the American Lung Association) are staggering:
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Rubber Boots to Combat Boots: Time to Tackle Climate Crisis

Do yourself a favor and tune out the shrill cries of the global warming deniers. The fact is, there are lots of sound reasons for Congress to tune out that clamor and act swiftly to pass comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation. The severity of the climate crisis is impossible to dismiss – and we do so at our own peril. Anyone who is opposing this course of action is just blowing smoke.

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The Politics Back Home

The climate talks in Copenhagen are in danger of stalling, but Pres. Obama has the power to push them forward. If he commits giving real money to help developing nations address climate change, we could reach a meaningful agreement on Friday. That could mean many things: a cleaner world, a more stable global economy and a safer place for future generations. ? There is just one problem: the politics back home.

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Going Rogue

Many years ago when Congress took its first vote about going into Iraq, I was on the Hill. What a stressful day it was. In the end, there was only one single vote agains that resolution- from Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA). Her fundamental disagreement with war and her manifest opposition to the resolution led many to brand her as an unpatriotic traitor to her country. Was it Ibsen who said, “The strongest man (in this case woman) stands alone?” Yes hindsight is 20/20, for today we all know that Congresswoman Lee was perhaps the most patriotic of all.

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