Tell Congress to Crack Down on Air Pollution

Target: U.S. Legislators

Goal: Support environmental regulation of greenhouse gases that threaten public health and damage the environment

Scientific experts have confirmed that the constant release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere is putting public health at risk and degrading our air and water. The pollution of such toxic pollutants have been unregulated for too long. Fortunately the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed greenhouse gas standards that will prevent industrial sources from polluting our air.

Carbon pollution and other greenhouse gases threaten human health. A variety of medical conditions are a consequence of such pollution, including chronic asthma, respiratory illness, and premature death. Greenhouse gas induced global warming also threatens human safety with severe floods, deadly heat waves and devastating droughts, and other extreme weather events that scientists predict will become even more common unless we take action to tackle carbon emissions.

In the U.S. the burning of fossil fuels is the leading source of human-related carbon pollution. Every year, power plants dump more than two billion tons of dangerous carbon pollution and other toxic pollutants into the air – because they can. According to the EPA, the top two industrial sources of CO2 emissions are fossil fuel power plants and petroleum refineries, making up 40% of the nation’s carbon pollution.

Regulating greenhouse gases will prevent industry from continuing to significantly degrade air quality. Working together with the Obama administration’s cleaner car standards, which cut carbon pollution from new vehicles nearly in half by 2025, these power plant standards will make significant reductions in harmful pollution that endangers human health. It is critical that Congress support these safeguards and put the health and safety of the people above the profit of industry.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear U.S. Congress,

Currently there is no limit to the amount of harmful greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel power plants and petroleum refineries. These two industrial sources happen to be the leading polluters in the U.S. and contribute to 40% of greenhouse gas emissions in the country.

These harmful pollutants cause severe health problems, including chronic asthma, respiratory illness, and premature death. In addition, greenhouse gas emissions are causing climate change which increases extreme weather and natural disasters.

As industrial sources release over two billion tons of carbon pollution into our air, our Congressional leaders must provide regulations that protect the people. It is crucial that our U.S. legislators support the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed standards to reduce CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions.

I would greatly enjoy the right to breathe clean air and mitigate the effects of climate change.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. Why are we even considering using coal or other toxic, polluting fuels and energy sources when there are safe, non-polluting energy alternatives like tidal generation that uses the natural energy in water? Solar power? Wind Power? We have to stand up to oil, coal, natural gas, nuclear-whatever lobbyists and insist on focusing on safe alternative energy that “eliminates this pollution”. Our air and water are the most important things we have on this planet to survive. We have to stop our dependency on fossil fuels and have a plan to ban them by 2030. We need to increase mass transit while re-building our infa-structure of roads and bridges that are crumbling while we pour money into more war for our oil interests. When will we demand change? Now is a good time and put money back into our country to create jobs that add to our well-being and safety…and stop polluting ourselves and this planet we share.

  2. angela whatley says:

    thank you

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