Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Applaud president Obama’s plan to reduce carbon emissions
After several years of healthy decline, carbon dioxide emissions from power plants increased by 2 percent last year. This is sad news given the impending danger our world faces from the effects of global warming. Fortunately, President Obama has taken a recent step in the right direction. He has given guidance to states regarding the regulation of greenhouse gas emission from existing and future power plants. We need to let President Obama know that we appreciate his efforts to ensure a future where renewable energies like solar and wind will play a central role, rather than fossil fuels such as coal.
According to a government report, American consumers and industry created 5.38 billion tons of carbon dioxide in 2013. This is a 2 percent increase from emission levels recorded in 2012. Carbon dioxide, along with methane, is the largest man made source of greenhouse gas. Analysts attribute the increase in emissions to a resurgence in coal, which has gained market share since natural gas prices have increased. 37 percent of US energy was generated by coal in 2012. If we are to avoid some of the catastrophic consequences of global warming we must reduce our reliance on coal-powered energy.
With the United States Congress unwilling or unable to take measures to combat increased carbon emissions, President Obama has taken the initiative by imposing limits on carbon emissions from new and existing power plants. Electric power plants currently account for 40 percent of overall carbon emissions in the US. According to an analysis by the Environmental Protection Agency, the carbon reducing measures would not raise the price of energy.
In addition to restricting emissions from power plants, Obama’s plan will also create more renewable energy projects on federal land and increase efficiency standards.
12 of the hottest years in recorded history have occurred since 1998. With global warming already having such an impact on our environment it is crucial that our leaders step forward to regulate carbon emissions. We must let President Obama know that we appreciate is current initiative to curb carbon emissions, and encourage him to do more.
Dear President Obama:
I appreciate the efforts you have made to combat global warming through your recent initiative to impose new limits on carbon emissions from power plants, increase renewable power production on federal lands, and renew efficiency standards. Given the recent rise in carbon emissions from the US, these are prudent measures.
I encourage you to follow through on these initiatives and do your best to help curb carbon emissions wherever you are able.
[Your Name Here]
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