An environmental group has identified seven Illinois congressmen as supporters of dirty air. U.S. Reps. Randy Hultgren (R-Winfield), Adam Kinzinger (R-Manteno), Don Manzullo (R-Egan), Peter Roskam (R-Wheaton), Bobby Schilling (R-Colona), John Shimkus (R-Collinsville) and Joe Walsh (R-McHenry) are among 193 House members nationally identified by the Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund as supporters of industries that pollute the air.
“One of the main reasons that this (air pollution) has been allowed to happen, even as we’ve had the technology for years to clean up these pollutants, is that politicians in Washington have sided with the polluters’ lobby instead of standing up for Americans’ health and demanding that the largest polluters clean up their act,” said Nathan Wilcox of the group Environment America.
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The list of “dirty air” congressmen is based on 13 votes in Congress. Shimkus says he’s honored to have made the list. He’s for jobs in the coal industry and inexpensive electricity, and he says progress is being made on cleaning up emissions from coal burning.
The group also identified five “Clean Air Heroes” in the Illinois delegation: U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Reps. Luis Gutierrez (D-Chicago), Mike Quigley (D-Chicago), Bobby Rush (D-Chicago) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston).