2012 Scorecard Vote
Representative Jeff Flake (R-AZ) offered an amendment to H.R. 3409, the so-called Stop the War on Coal Act of 2012, which would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from enforcing air pollution cleanup requirements for many of the nation's dirtiest and most antiquated coal-fired power plants. Throughout the country, dozens of these power plants are emitting hundreds of thousands of tons of dangerous pollutants that could be prevented with technologies that have been used at many other power plants for decades. This preventable pollution causes asthma attacks, lung disease, and even premature death. It also fouls the air in America's most treasured national parks and wilderness areas, such as Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, and the Great Smoky Mountains. The Flake amendment would weaken emissions control requirements and force the EPA to approve state haze cleanup plans that do little or nothing to reduce this dangerous pollution, delaying the reduction of these harmful air pollutants for many years. On September 21, the House approved the Flake amendment by a vote of 228-183 (House roll call vote 600). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. H.R. 3409 subsequently passed the House, but the Senate took no action on this legislation.