I am writing as your constituent in the 1st Congressional district of Arizona. I oppose S.1292 - Employment Protection Act of 2011, and am tracking it using OpenCongress.org, the free public resource website for government transparency and accountability.
This bill is an obvious and blatant first step in gutting the EPA. The entire reason for the EPA's existence is to obtain some balance and counter measure against all unbridled economic activity.
Of course, any restriction of economic activity for environmental protection reasons will have some negative economic and potential employment impacts. If for-profit enterprises, whose obvious objective is to maximize profits, could be thoroughly trusted to NOT maximize their profits for environmental and ecological reasons, we would not need the EPA.
Asking the EPA to consider, and potentially modify decisions based upon employment is like asking the chickens in the henhouse to consider the hunger of the fox.
Note to Congressional staff & elected officials reading this: this letter was sent through Contact-Congress features on OpenCongress.org, a free public resource website, but in the future we seek to compel the U.S. Congress to adopt fully open technology for constituent communications. For more information how your office can better handle public feedback through an open API and open standards, contact us -- even today, there are significantly more efficient and responsive ways for our elected officials to receive email feedback than the status quo of individual webforms. For greater public accountability in government, we must make the process of writing one's members of Congress more accessible and empowering. Looking ahead, we will release more data from Contact-Congress letters and Congressional response rates back into the public commons. This will result in a new open data source on bills & issues people care about, as well as encourage best practices in constituent communications and make it possible to grade members of Congress on their responsiveness & citizen satisfaction.