Target: Senator Mitch McConnell
Goal: Stop Senator McConnell from defying climate change reform.
Mitch McConnell has mounted a war against President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency’s climate change initiatives aimed at limiting carbon output by coal use. McConnell, the Republican Senate Majority Leader who represents Kentucky, a state rich in coal, has begun calling on governors around the nation to take measures to sidestep the regulations. Senator McConnell’s unconscionable actions put the world at risk of further harm and fly in the face of efforts to stem the tide of destruction already putting the climate at a tipping point.
Last week, NASA reported that the Larsen B Ice Shelf, an Antarctic ice shelf about the size of Rhode Island, is headed for imminent demise. This is just the latest in the rapidly escalating global climate change crisis. If Larsen B Ice Shelf and others like it break down, the result will be dangerous rises in sea level.
A major cause of global climate change is the presence of greenhouse gases. Carbon released from coal is known to be one of the gases that is a key contributor to the steady change in our climate. The regulations proposed by the EPA and the White House are intended to lower U.S. greenhouse gas output significantly by 2025. Senator McConnell’s defiance will further jeopardize an already unstable environment.
Senator McConnell seeks only to please his constituents and protect the revenue generated by the coal industry in his home state. His shortsighted greed fails to consider the tragic implications these actions have for the country and the world.
Our world can not afford politics getting in the way of what amount to last minute attempts to reverse the devastating effects of climate change before it is too late. It is critical that we tell Mitch McConnell his war against the environmental protection absolutely will not stand.
Dear Senator McConnell,
The climate provisions put forth by the White House and the Environmental Protection Agency recently, intended to lower U.S. greenhouse gas output by 2025, are a critical step in the fight against global climate change. Your unconscionable defiance of these measures is not only ethically questionable, it puts our entire planet at risk of rapid demise by going against something intended to reverse the harmful effects that threaten to bring down our environment.
Just last week, NASA confirmed that an enormous Antarctic ice shelf known as Larsen B is on the verge of collapse. This ice shelf is the size of the state of Rhode Island and for it to disintegrate would significantly raise sea levels across the globe. Larsen B is just one of many like it on the way toward total destruction. This would be absolutely catastrophic for the entire planet and its inhabitants.
It is not enough for us to consider only today. We must be constantly aware of the world we will leave for our children and our grandchildren. Ignoring the constant warnings from scientists that our world is headed toward a point of no return will ensure that future generations suffer the consequence of our own stubborn short sightedness. No revenue and no assurance of voter support is worth the lives of the generations that will inherit this planet.
Your refusal to stand with the president and the EPA on climate change action is nothing short of despicable. You must stop attempting to persuade the governors of this country to ignore climate change reform before it’s too late.
[Your Name Here]
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