Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Jack Reed’s (D. RI) re-election campaign:
First and foremost, I hope this email finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. The spirit of community and the hard work of so many on the frontlines are a powerful reminder of our country's greatness.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect all of us, and, in the midst of this crisis, the Trump administration has decided to roll back environmental rules on air pollution at a time when experts say that our current air quality standards are not strong enough. In the middle of a respiratory pandemic, this is unconscionable.
A recent study shows that higher levels of air pollution are linked to worse outcomes for COVID-19. Yet the Trump administration is effectively working to make our air dirtier — first, by gutting Obama-era limits on car emissions, and now, by refusing to strengthen air quality standards.
At a time like this, protecting Americans' health and well-being should be our number one priority. Strengthening air quality standards would improve health outcomes in countless communities — yet the Trump administration has refused.