LETTER TO EDITOR/RUPERT MURDOCH STOP PEDDLING MISINFORMATION

Tell Rupert Murdoch to stop peddling misinformation about vital clean air protections in the Wall Street Journal.

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Click here to tell Rupert Murdoch to stop peddling misinformation about clean air protections.

Apparently, mercury pollution only poses “miniscule risks.”

At least, that’s according to a recent opinion piece published in Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal. Last week, the newspaper published an op-ed attacking the EPA’s proposal to limit toxic air pollution from power plants, declaring that mercury pollution poses “miniscule risks.”

As you and I both know, toxic air pollution — like mercury from coal-fired power plants — can cause serious, lifelong health complications, including neurological damage in children exposed in the womb and during early development. 1

Click here to tell Rupert Murdoch to stop allowing his media outlets’ opinion pages to be used as mouthpieces for big polluters’ misinformation.

Not surprisingly, the op-ed published by Murdoch’s paper was not penned by some renowned public health or environmental expert. One of the authors, Willie Soon, is actually an astrophysicist with no science background in environmental mercury pollution or mercury toxicology. His co-author, Paul Driessen, is an advisor for two Big Oil-funded think tanks. 2

Needless to say, this op-ed only serves to further undermine the credibility of the Wall Street Journal, and the track record of one of Murdoch’s other media outlets isn’t any better — as we all know, FOX News is one of the biggest sources of global warming misinformation. 3

Tell Rupert Murdoch to stop giving big polluters’ allies a stage to publicize false and dangerous information about vital clean air protections.

The threats from mercury and other toxic air pollution are well-established — early exposure to mercury can impair a child’s ability to walk, talk, read, and learn and can even lead to permanent brain damage.

Yet corporate polluters are fighting  the EPA’s new rules so they can continue making money by dumping toxic pollution into our air and water — and, unfortunately, Rupert Murdoch’s media outlets are giving them a helping hand.

Send a message to Rupert Murdoch. Click here to tell him to stop letting his media outlets to be used to amplify environmental misinformation.

Thank you for standing up for our health and our environment.

Sincerely,
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Gene Karpinski
President
League of Conservation Voters

1 http://www.epa.gov/airquality/powerplanttoxics/pdfs/proposalfactsheet.pdf

2 http://mediamatters.org/research/201105270017

3 http://dropfox.com/topics/climate

Letter to the Editor-Senator Rubio continues giving Big Oil Billions

End Big Oil Handouts

Senator Rubio voted to continue giving Big Oil billions in taxpayer-funded handouts. Click here to send him a message.

Last night Senator Rubio voted to continue giving billions of your tax dollars to the most profitable oil companies.

Senator Rubio voted against legislation that would have cut taxpayer-funded giveaways to Big Oil. In the process, he stood against a bipartisan Senate majority that said “no” to Big Oil handouts. Unfortunately, the vote fell short of the 60 votes needed to advance the legislation.

Click here to send Senator Rubio a message and hold him accountable for standing with Big Oil companies instead of the people of Florida.

As you probably already know, the biggest oil companies made nearly $37 billion profits in just the first three months of this year. At the same time, while the rest of us have been paying near-record prices at the pump, oil companies are collecting billions of dollars — more than $40 billion over the next ten years — in taxpayer-funded giveaways.

President Obama and environmental champions in Congress have made it clear that ending handouts to Big Oil is a priority. That’s why Senator Rubio, who has received more than $196,000 in campaign cash from oil and gas interests, needs to hear from you — he needs to know that we’re paying attention and that continuing to give billions of dollars a year to wealthy oil companies is unacceptable.

Click here to send a message to your senator. Tell him that the most profitable oil companies shouldn’t receive billions in taxpayer-funded handouts.

LCV will continue to hold members of Congress accountable whenever they vote to stand with Big Oil companies instead of working families. With your help, we’ll do everything we can to end Big Oil handouts once and for all.

Thanks for taking action.

Sincerely,
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Gene Karpinski
President
League of Conservation Voters