Posted by Gibout Staff on January 19, 2012 0 Comments
Presenting, the newest incarnation of politically-active matriarchs: the Moms Clean Air Force, a growing legion of women (and men) who have joined forces through cyberspace and the U.S. mail to campaign for tighter regulations against toxic substances polluting the air.
Currently, close to 40,000 moms, and probably a few dads, have joined the cause.
Their focus is safeguarding the Clean Air Act, the omnibus legislation passed in 1963 and amended in 1970, 1977 and 1990 as a directive to the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate airborne contaminants. The act sets limitsfor pollutants that foul the air, damage lungs and, in the view of most weather scientists, contribute to climate change.
In recent years, the E.P.A. has come under withering attack for some of these same regulations, which critics say stunt the economy. Some opponents want to eliminate the agency altogether, or, at least, weaken its powers. Their arguments have gained new attention in the midst of a presidential campaign.