Target: United States Representatives Ken Calvert and Mike Simpson
Goal: Call on lawmakers to enact and fully fund pollution-reducing programs
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is facing harsh funding cuts intended to prevent it from taking steps to counteract climate change. The President recently proposed new rules that would reduce carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants, and already a pair of Congressional Republicans are working to ensure these changes never take place. Representatives Ken Calvert and Mike Simpson are considering blocking some funding to the EPA, making it impossible for the agency to enact new regulations. In the face of the devastating effects of climate change these funding cuts are short-sighted and irresponsible.
The United States still uses coal-fired power plants to produce large amounts of its electricity. Unfortunately these plants also produce large amounts of air pollution. Under the proposed rules every state would have to reduce carbon emissions from its power plants, resulting in a 17% decrease in national carbon output by 2030. Republicans in the House of Representatives have labeled the regulation a “job-killer” and seem determined to ignore its benefits to the environment.
Representatives Calvert and Simpson are not the only members of their party to oppose the EPA and the President on this issue, but they are leading the charge. Their actions, for good or ill, will set an example to the rest of the House. Urge them to abandon their short-sighted efforts and to instead help protect us all from the devastating effects of climate change.
Dear Representatives Calvert and Simpson,
Each of you is considering blocking funding to the EPA to prevent it from implementing new regulations on carbon emissions. These new rules are vital to our nation’s continuing efforts to counteract climate change. Your attempts to stymie them could result in great harm not only to our environment, but to human lives and to the nation you serve.
Your actions will set an example for your colleagues in the House of Representatives, and for lawmakers across the country. Now is the time to show far-sighted leadership, to look towards the future and take steps to ensure it is a bright one. I urge you both to allow the EPA to implement these regulations.
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