Target: Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey
Goal: Applaud Senator Menendez for supporting cleaner fuels and automobiles
Every day, hundreds of thousands of cars, trucks, and heavy duty vehicles emit harmful toxins into the air that contribute to high levels of soot, smog, ozone and particulate matter. In fact, motor vehicles are responsible for about 75% of the air pollution in the U.S. Recognizing this dire situation, 13 senators, including Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, demanded that President Obama do something — and he did.
A proposed new air quality and emissions control rule places stringent standards on automakers for new vehicles, making it mandatory for all new vehicles to emit little to no tailpipe discharge. In the meantime, the rule also reduces the amount of sulfur in gasoline by 60% so that cars on the roads today, new or old, will emit dramatically fewer harmful toxins.
Air pollution is responsible for asthma, bronchitis, heart attacks and other respiratory illnesses in children and the elderly. It’s also the cause of over 2,000 hospital admissions and asthma-related emergency room visits and 2,000 deaths every year. The new rule not only reduces pollution, it saves lives.
With a 70% tighter limit on particulate matter like soot and smog, a thriving, cleaner future is within our sights. By signing this petition you’ll thank Senator Robert Menendez for supporting cleaner fuel emissions and a healthier planet.
Dear Senator Robert Menendez,
Over 158 million Americans experience unhealthy levels of air pollution due to the emission of toxic gases, such as nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, and soot, by cars, trucks, and other vehicles. By supporting the recently proposed air quality and emissions control rule you’ve not only dramatically reduced carbon footprint and greenhouse gas figures — you’ve saved countless lives.
With our gasoline sulfur levels reduced by 60%, even Americans who can’t afford the newer, emissions-free vehicles can still contribute to a healthier planet without the guilt that comes when fueling up at the pump. These new standards take into account the public’s health and well-being, and will prevent thousands of asthma, respiratory and cardiovascular deaths and hospital admissions every year.
Your valorous efforts deserve to be applauded and I thank you, as well as the 13 other senators who stood up for our suffering environment. Here’s to breathing easier and living on a more sustainable planet.
[Your Name Here]
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