Target: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy
Goal: Support new restrictions on dangerous carbon emissions from power plants
In a response to President Obama’s climate action plan, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a new standard level of carbon emissions that will be permitted for newly built power plants, which often burn fossil fuel to generate electricity. Such activity releases gases like carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, where they contribute to global warming and climate change.
The effects of carbon emissions are rapidly becoming apparent – from the melting of polar ice leading to higher sea levels and the loss of habitat for animals like the polar bear, to the massive die-off of the word’s coral reefs that have existed for centuries and are now being wiped out.
While the new standard doesn’t apply to existing power plants, the EPA is pursuing measures to put similar limits on such polluters. In the meantime, the public comment period on the proposed new rules has been extended, and the EPA is accepting comments (such as this petition, if signed) until May 9, 2014.
Opposition to the new rules comes from a deep pocketed sector – the coal industry, together with those who build power plants. This is because it costs more to outfit a power plant with the right equipment to reduce emissions, meaning some utilities looking to use coal may opt instead for an alternate source of power.
If the EPA’s proposal does indeed turn power plants away from coal, perhaps some energy providers will opt for wind or solar, which would make this proposal doubly successful. So let Administrator McCarthy know that you want to see this proposal through, to its just and responsible place as an active EPA standard.
Dear Administrator McCarthy,
Adopting the proposed rules pertaining to restrictions on carbon emissions by new power plants would be a step forward in U.S. policy toward addressing the burgeoning problem of global warming and climate change, which is a threat that cannot be ignored.
Even if the EPA is not successful in instituting stricter standards for existing power plants, a rule regarding emissions from new plants would have the same effect eventually, since power plants do not last forever and must be replaced from time to time.
Adoption of this proposal sends a clear message to those who would knowingly continue in their actions of pumping dangerous greenhouse gases into the atmosphere: that the government of this country will not tolerate it.
[Your Name Here]
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