Target: Justices of the United States Supreme Court
Goal: Urge the United States Supreme Court to support more rigorous pollution standards for power plants
The issue of regulating carbon emissions is certainly not a new one, but the United States Supreme Court is taking another look at it to reassess the situation. The Supreme Court Justices recently heard six separate appeals, which were consolidated into an hour of oral arguments about the current status of greenhouse gas emissions.
The biggest issue in front of the Justices right now is whether the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should tighten emissions standards for stationary greenhouse gas sources, like power plants. In 2007, the Supreme Court affirmed scientific conclusions that greenhouse gases from motor vehicles were air pollutants. Since that time, some business groups have said that the EPA improperly extended its authority to power plants and other stationary polluters.
“It is vital to our nation’s public health and prosperity that large industrial emitters deploy common sense pollution controls to mitigate climate pollution in the same way they have so effectively cut other air pollutants,” said the Environmental Defense Fund’s Vickie Patton.
The Justices are expected to rule on this issue by June 2014. Sign the below petition to urge the Justices of the Supreme Court to support the tightening of emissions standards for power plants and other stationary greenhouse gas polluters.
Dear Justices of the United States Supreme Court ,
In 2007, the Justices of the Supreme Court affirmed the conclusions of the scientific community that greenhouse gas emissions are air pollutants that should be regulated. However, this affirmation only applied to emissions from motor vehicles. Now is the time to consider and evaluate the emissions from stationary greenhouse gas polluters, such as power plants.
Power plants continually emit harmful pollution into the air, adversely affecting the health of nearby residents in states across America. Many Republicans and Democrats have made this a political issue, but it will always be an environmental one. It is the responsibility of large industrial emitters to implement common sense pollution controls to mitigate air pollution and climate change.
I am urging you to consider the stationary greenhouse gas emitter issue in terms of environmental sustainability over political power. Please listen to the arguments of experts in the field to make a final ruling that promotes the health and prosperity of American citizens regardless of their political persuasion.
[Your Name Here]
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