Target: President Obama
Goal: Thank the President for working to address global warming, and let him know you support his plan
President Obama has announced that he will use his executive authority to tackle global warming by cutting carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants in the U.S. Existing coal plants are the nation’s number one source of carbon pollution, and this plan will set national limits on the amount of greenhouse gasses that these plants can emit. The new regulations, which are being written by the Environmental Protection Agency, are intended to spur the creation of regional and state-based cap-and-trade programs, which will allow each state to come up with its own plan to cut emissions in the way that is most compatible with existing programs and utilities.
Republicans in congress are adamantly opposed to the new plan, despite the fact that the two existing state level cap-and-trade programs were both put in place by prominent Republican governors: Arnold Schwarzenegger in California and Mitt Romney, who, as governor of Massachusetts, worked closely with top environmental officials to design the nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a New England-wide cap-and-trade plan. Despite the Republican opposition, Obama’s plan enjoys the support of executives from electric utility companies in a number of red states, who recognize the importance of flexibility and individualization in the regulation of pollutants.
Officials from Mr. Romney’s northeastern regional cap-and-trade program, who successfully cut their power-plant emissions by 40 percent between 2005 and 2012, while increasing revenue by $1.6 billion, have played a significant role in drafting the new regulations. If successful, this will be the strongest action the U.S. has ever taken to address global climate change. Let President Obama know that he has your support and gratitude.
Dear President Obama,
As the richest country in the world and the largest historic contributor to our planet’s greenhouse gas load, the U.S. has a unique responsibility to lead the way in cutting carbon pollution and developing effective climate solutions. Global climate disruption is the defining challenge of our time, and our limited window of opportunity to act is closing fast.
As the strongest action our country has yet taken to address global climate change, your plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants represents an historic moment, and it will be a monumental achievement. Congratulations on your initiative, and thank you for protecting our people and our planet.
[Your Name Here]
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