The Senate has voted 53-46 to defeat Republican Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe’s bid to halt the U.S. EPA restrictions of mercury and air toxic emissions standards (aka MATS) from coal-fired power plants.
While not all, or even most of the credit goes to celebrities such as supermodel Elle Macpherson (photo), it certainly didn’t hurt that she and others spoke out against it on various media platforms, with help from the Sierra Club and other activists.
From her CNN.com op-ed:
“The United States is the last place I’d expect to see politicians roll back public-health protections that are already in place. That’s why I’m working with the Sierra Club to raise awareness and encourage people to take action by contacting their senators and asking them to support keeping the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards intact.”