Add your name to the list of Americans who are counting on key transportation leaders in Congress to carry federal legislation to deliver clean air and good jobs in communities across the United States! Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and over 65 influential House leaders are sponsoring the Clean Ports Act of 2010.
The Clean Ports Act will confirm that local officials have clear legal authority to set and enforce labor and environmental standards to safeguard innovative policies like the EPA award-winning Los Angeles Clean Truck Program. It put over 6,000 low-emissions vehicles on the road and instantly created thousands of green jobs -- before industry polluters gutted it in court. Without this bill, local communities won’t be able to hold the dirty trucking industry accountable for damaging the lungs and livelihoods of 87 million Americans that live near or work in U.S. ports.
H.R. 5967 is endorsed by the Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, Apollo Alliance, Transportation for America, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the Leadership Council on Civil and Human Rights, and 120 other organizations coast to coast in an unprecedented "blue-green" alliance.
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- Reps. James Oberstar and Peter DeFazio
Inadequate regulation in a critical U.S. transportation industry has brought dirty air and dead-end jobs for too long. As chairmen of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, you recently convened a Congressional hearing that uncovered these negative economic and environmental consequences in port trucking. The hearing exposed an unfair system that is forcing struggling blue-collar workers to buy and maintain the next generation of green trucks , while the powerful and profitable industry they toil in gets a free ride.
Fortunately, many of your colleagues in the House have responded to several mayors, port authorities, and an alliance of environmental, labor and community groups’ urgent pleas for help from Washington. The Clean Ports Act of 2010 (H.R. 5967) will allow local officials to meet state and federal clean air standards, protect public health, and ensure our nation’s port truck drivers and taxpayers do not foot the bill – with negligible impact on consumer prices.
Without the Clean Ports Act, the unaccountable industry – and its mouthpiece, the American Trucking Association – will continue to force workers and residents across the U.S. to breathe toxic, diesel-polluted air generated by tens of thousands of dirty port trucks.
The current system is broken and wrecking havoc on the lungs and livelihoods of millions of Americans, but with your continued leadership on this critically important issue we can transform this industry so it can grow and compete responsibly in the green economy, and put hard-working U.S. truck drivers at the ports on a path to the middle-class.
I am counting on you to help ensure that the Clean Ports Act is passed this year so we can all breathe easier. Thank you.
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