Sen. McConnell (E-KY) introduced S.J.Res. 30 back in mid-January; S.J.Res. 30 would nullify the carbon emission rules the EPA issued earlier that month. What happens next? Mitch McConnell realizes what a fool he's being and says "never mind"? Not the man who filibustered his own bill a little over a year ago! Here's what happens next: if the Committee handling the resolution (in this case, the Committee on the Environment and Public Works) hasn't reported the bill out within 20 days, 30 Senators can petition to have the resolution placed before the Senate anyway; we're past 20 days now, and with 41 Republican co-sponsors to S.J.Res. 30, I think enough Senators will petition to force a vote. Of course, "forcing" Democrats to vote in favor of cleaner air and less crazy weather might not be the electoral gold Republicans think it is. So the Environmental Defense Fund helps you tell your Senators to reject nullification of EPA climate change rules. And don't believe any rubbish Republicans peddle about EPA rules "hurting small businesses." Small businesses ain't the ones doing all the polluting.
Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is taking comments from the public about what to do with open-air fracking wastewater pits. Gas drilling corporations usually store their wastewater in open-air pits, which may have minimal or no lining protecting the soil from the wastewater; this just about guarantees that the carcinogens and heavy metals fracking wastewater comes with will get into our air and water -- whether the pits leak, catch fire, get flooded, or simply get exposed to air, which (among other things) causes benzene, which could give you cancer, to enter the air. The DEP's proposal would make some changes to open-air pits -- it would mandate fences around the pits, as well as liners under the wastewater -- but the pits would still be exposed to the air, which is, as we've said, a bad idea. So both Penn Environment and MoveOn help you tell the DEP to ban open-air pits entirely. Storing fracking wastewater safely shouldn't be so hard. Making unearned millions by storing it so poorly it befouls our air and water? That should be hard.