Support Federal Regulation of Pollution


Target: U.S. Congress

Goal: Convince the U.S. Congress to support President Obama’s clean power proposal

Recently, the Obama administration proposed a clean power plan to reduce America’s carbon pollution. A first in U.S. history, President Obama’s plan proposes regulating the amount of carbon pollution fossil-fuel power plants are allowed to release into the atmosphere. It is expected to receive significant amount of pushback from congress, as it is the first time in history that carbon pollution will have a limit and as such corporations are sure to fight this because of potential profit loss. Show your support for this proposal to ensure our environment’s survival for future generations.

President Obama, in coordination with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), aims for a 30% national reduction of carbon emissions by 2030. Different reduction rates will be applied state by state depending on current pollution levels. Some flexibility is also being offered; for example, if two states want to partner together then their deadline for carbon emission reduction can be extended by a year.

It is expected to receive protest, particularly from states (and their representatives) that rely heavily on coal for income. Arguments will be made that it will increase the cost of electricity across the nation, or that it will destroy economic stability. However, history has shown that this will not be the result. Dissenters during both the reduction of urban smog in the 1960s and the fight against acid rain in 1990s used the same arguments but were ultimately wrong.

As a matter of fact, this proposal will save more than $90 billion in health and climate benefits. It will also deter up to 100,000 asthma attacks and 2,100 heart attacks annually. With statistics like these, it is clear this proposal would be great for both the environment and the public’s health. Sign the petition below to support this proposal, and contact your state representatives using the email below to ask for a better future. (Contact information for congressmen can be found at:


Dear Congressman,

It recently came to my attention that President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency formed a carbon emission reduction proposal. The plan is for a 30% reduction by the year 2030. Not only will it benefit the health of the public–avoiding 2,100 heart attacks and 100,000 asthma attacks annually–it will also greatly improve the environment as well.

As a proponent of better health and a better environment, I fully support this proposal. While the coal business might be more profitable for certain industries, money cannot replace a destroyed environment and poisonous air.

As a host to nearly 315 million people, the laws and regulations of America need to be made with them in mind. The right decision is to protect the people and the environment as much as possible.


[Your Name Here]

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