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November 18, 2009

Brief Update from Today's EPA Big Polluters Rule Hearing

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That's a photo of Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope (left) testifying at today's Environmental Protection Agency public hearing on the Big Polluters rule. We'll have more of a wrap-up blog post tomorrow, once the Chicago hearing is complete (today's hearing was in Arlington, Virginia), but I thought I'd give a very brief recap on how today's went.

Carl testified second and was excellent - especially after listening to the nay-saying negativity of Howard Feldman of the American Petroleum Institute (on the right in the above photo). You see, EPA brought up two speakers at at time. Carl and Howard started the hearing off well as far as seeing very different sides of the argument.

We also had quite a few great volunteers there to testify in support of this EPA rule. The testimony I saw was overwhelmingly in favor of the EPA rule, with only a couple of polluting industry-folks there to whine and complain and use words like "absurd," "flawed," and "unnecessary." 

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Sierra Club volunteer Bob Pearson (green blazer) testifies in favor of the Big Polluters rule.

Our volunteers and other fantastic regular ol' members of the public used words like "necessary," "stop global warming," and "this rule is common sense." They also frequently pointed out that unlike the industry folks, no one paid them to be there - they came because they see how important this rule is in the fight to stop global warming and clean up the biggest polluters in the US.

More to come tomorrow! And don't forget, if you aren't able to attend these hearings in person, you can send in your comments online.

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Carl Pope talks to reporters at the hearing.

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