Friday, September 23, 2011

GOP Resorts to Fraud to Ease Passage of Anti-Environment Act

Republicans are working hard to push the TRAIN Act through the House, they have even resorted to fraud to try to ease the bill's passage.On Thursday September 22, the House Energy and Commerce Committee's GOP leadership inaccurately claimed that they have the support of a number of green groups.

Republicans circulated the fraudulent list of more than 100 groups allegedly supporting the TRAIN legislation. The list includes a number of groups that have strongly opposed the bill, including the Texas chapter of Public Citizen, Clean Air Watch, the Clean Air Task Force and Clean Water Action.

“It’s the dirtiest of dirty air acts,” Clean Air Watch President Frank O’Donnell said, referring to the TRAIN Act which would prevent the EPA from doing its job.

“There is no way we would sign a letter in support of the TRAIN Act,” Stuart Ross, the communications director of the Clean Air Task Force said. “The TRAIN Act is one of the most aggressive and toxic bills ever introduced on the floor of the House from an environmental and public health standpoint.”

© 2011, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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