Outraged Congresswoman Seeks Co-signers in Letter to President Bush on EPA Rpt.
- Here's something anyone who feels the urge could do to help wake up
the many political Neanderthals in this country to the potential
seriousness of the global warming issue (regardless of how "left"
or "right" they are).
Please call your U.S. representative in Washington and ask him or her
to co-sign Rep. Tammy Baldwin's letter to President Bush, protesting
the EPA action of removing the critical issue of climate change from
the Draft Report on the Environment.
The EPA is remiss in not including the climate change issue in the
draft. By removing the issue of global warming and greenhouse gas
emissions from the report, EPA and the Bush administration have
usurped the public's right to offer meaningful comment on what may be
the most significant, environmentally threatening, and growing human
problem for decades and centuries to come.
Ask your representative to please call Baldwin's Office (at the
telephone number listed at the end of this message) and ask that they
be included as a co-signer of the letter. The letter can be forward
by e-mail for their inspection if they so desire.
Baldwin's office says 28 or 29 U.S. representatives have already
agreed to sign the letter.
- Mike Neuman, Madison, Wisconsin
Baldwin Seeks Supporters In Critique Of Epa Report
The Capital Times, Report by Joe Potente
Wednesday, June 25, 2003
U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, is seeking co-signers for a
letter she plans to send to President Bush later this week
protesting "large omissions and major oversights" in a status report
issued Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency.
According to Mark Webster, communications director for Baldwin, she
and 17 co-signers to date are hoping to force the Bush administration
to release information gathered by the EPA on the impact of global
warming. This information was omitted, Webster said, from the report,
which is intended to be a comprehensive look at the quality of U.S.
air, water, land and public health.
"She also wants to call the administration on the carpet for deleting
real scientific data -- an edit to a report prepared by the EPA
itself," Webster said.
Although Baldwin has 17 co-sponsors on the letter, Webster said
Baldwin hoped to have many more members of Congress sign on before
the end of the week.
"We have the facts, the research is in and yet the White House
deliberately deleted it from a significant national report on the
environment," Baldwin said. "I am outraged."
The New York Times initially released information last week stating
that White House officials had removed language from an early EPA
draft of the report that had expressed the scientific consensus of
the impact of global warming, instead inserting language stating more
uncertainty about the matter.
According to a Los Angeles Times report, EPA Administrator Christie
Whitman said she later decided to remove the global warming chapter
from the report, knowing that the decision would create a "brouhaha."
"It didn't have the depth and the credibility that the rest of the
report has," said Whitman, who is due to leave her post later this
month. "If all you can get is pabulum, it is better not to do
Contact information for U.S. Representative Baldwin:
Telephone: (202) 225-2906