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Thu Jun 5, 2014, 09:02 PM

Harvard grad. Toomey trashes EPA report which Harvard report praises.

Among the rest of the self-promoting crap in GOP Senator Toomey's most recent mass emailing was this attack on the environment:

Coal is a domestically sourced, low-cost form of energy which helps sustain jobs for Pennsylvania and beyond. Coal-fired plants have gone to impressive lengths to reduce harmful emissions. Nevertheless, the Obama administration continues to implement policies that will make energy more expensive for hard-working Pennsylvanians while destroying good, family-sustaining jobs.

As part of the president's on-going "War on Coal," the EPA this week released a new proposed regulation on existing power plants.

This new policy is more of the same old, bad ideas we have seen for the past six years. From making coal-fired electricity prohibitively expensive, to forcing taxpayers to subsidize inefficient energy, to burning more corn in our gas tanks, the President continues to advocate policies that raise prices for consumers and eliminate jobs.

However, Toomey's alma mater, Harvard takes an opposite view to this Neanderthal Senator:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued its long-awaited draft regulations on carbon emissions from U.S. power plants, which would require a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from 2005 levels by 2030. Just days before Monday’s announcement, scientists from Harvard and Syracuse universities released a study highlighting the potential health benefits of such changes.

While the federal regulations, to be finalized next year, are aimed at reducing the emission of globe-warming carbon dioxide, since they would decrease pollutants from power plant smokestacks, there is a significant ancillary benefit for human health.

Studies have indicated that air pollutants like sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, mercury, and fine particulate matter that penetrate deeply into the lungs not only harm people with pulmonary conditions such as asthma, they also affect the cardiovascular system and can lead to thousands of premature deaths, along with thousands of days lost from work and school because of illness.

Do please take time to go to this link and you will see two striking, national maps indicating the percent of reduction in summer peak 8 hour ozone and fine particulate matter. "The maps (images 1, 2), which depict the benefits of reducing co-pollutants of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides, are a close approximation of the clean air benefits the EPA standards are likely to achieve." You will see that no state benefits as much as Pennsylvania, and within the state, Southwest Pennsylvania benefits the very most. What a miserable excuse for a public servant this man is!

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Reply Harvard grad. Toomey trashes EPA report which Harvard report praises. (Original post)
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Thu Jun 5, 2014, 09:11 PM

1. So I am not the only Dem who subscribed to his mass emails.

I have problems even reading them, but that is the price paid to know what he is up to.

I do wish that people would understand that the pollutants put into the air from coal is ruining their lives. And of course Toomey doesn't care about that----he doesn't live next to a coal power plant.

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Thu Jun 5, 2014, 09:34 PM

2. I signed some mass protest petition to him, requiring my email

We're stuck with him for another 3 years. Admiral Sestak would have been such a GREAT Senator, and he won the 5 counties with the largest population. Red State Central PA, i.e., Pennsyltucky elected this turkey!

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Thu Jun 5, 2014, 09:45 PM

3. It was close, though...much closer than Toomey expected, even in a Republican year.

IMHO, Admiral Sestak has a good chance of beating Toomey in 2016.

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Response to Divernan (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 5, 2014, 10:03 PM

4. I think that is how I got on his list too.

Amazing to me that he added us after we contacted him with complaints about his performance. I know that my contact with him was not favorable to him, and it was obvious that I did not agree with him in any way. And his emails just make me hate him more.

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