Praise Energy Company for Reducing Pollution


Target: Ben Fowke, chairman, president and CEO of Xcel Energy

Goal: Praise company for significantly lowering carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to global warming and climate change

Power plants in the United States have historically generated electricity via the combustion of fossil fuels like coal, natural gas, and oil. This process has generated massive amounts of carbon dioxide emissions that have contributed to global warming and climate change, the effects of which are serious and life-threatening. For the sake of the planet and all its inhabitants, it is essential that we reduce these emissions as quickly as possible. Xcel Energy needs to be praised for significantly reducing its annual carbon dioxide emissions in recent years.

The EPA estimates that electricity-generating power plants are the cause of nearly 40% of America’s annual carbon dioxide emissions. Such emissions have contributed to the raising of Earth’s temperatures and to climate change. We are experiencing more intense storms as well as more severe droughts and heat waves. Our ice caps are melting and our oceans are becoming more acidic. To slow down these changes we need to slow down our rate of carbon dioxide emissions. Since electricity-generating power plants release so much carbon dioxide into the air, we need them to reduce their emissions as much as possible.

Xcel energy, which provides electricity to millions of customers throughout the West and Midwest, recently announced that it had “reduced carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 20 percent since 2005, already exceeding President Obama’s goal of a 17 percent reduction by 2020.” Ben Fowke, CEO of Xcel Energy, stated that his company was able to achieve this impressive reduction through “a combination of energy efficiency programs and coal plant retirements and conversions, and by embracing renewable energy earlier than other utilities.” He also stated that Xcel was “on track to surpass our company’s original carbon reduction target of 20 percent to achieve a projected carbon reduction of 31 percent by 2020.”

Please sign the petition below to let Ben Fowke know that you appreciate his efforts to reduce his company’s annual carbon dioxide emissions.


Dear Mr. Fowke,

I was happy to read that Xcel energy has been able to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions 20% since 2005 and that it should also be able to reduce these emissions 30% by 2020. Electricity-generating power plants contribute nearly 40% of our country’s annual carbon dioxide emissions, and since greenhouse gases contribute to global warming and climate change it is imperative that we do everything we can to lower our rate of emissions.

Your company needs to be applauded for significantly lowering its emissions, and it deserves to be seen as a model for other companies to emulate. Thank you for the work you have done. It is much appreciated.


[Your Name Here]

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