Target: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
Goal: Expedite the repair of old pipes in NYC that leak gas and contribute to global warming.
Experts recently found gas leaking out of 1,000 different spots in New York City. Although the leaks may not be concentrated enough to cause any explosions, they do contribute to global warming as well as higher utility bills for city residents. Manhattan’s old, rusty pipes leak three to five times more natural gas than cities with newer infrastructure.
Some experts say utility companies simply hike up rates to cover the losses from the leaks, so they have no incentive to fix them. Although many cities have made the switch from coal, the most environmentally damaging fossil fuel, to cleaner methane, this switch may cause urban pipes to leak dangerous amounts of the gas. Methane is still a greenhouse gas that is nearly 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
Although these leaks may not present the immediate danger of exploding, they should still be treated as a pressing issue with an expedited repair plan. Tell officials to speed up the repair of these old pipes before they contribute even more to global warming.
Dear Mayor de Blasio,
As I’m sure you know, gas was found leaking out of 1,000 different spots in your city, and although the leaks won’t cause explosions, they will still contribute dangerously to global warming. On top of that, city residents are paying higher utility bills, with companies using these extra charges to make up for the loss for the gas that is leaking. This could leave no incentive for companies to handle the problem.
As we’re seeing, global warming is becoming an increasingly urgent problem that we must do everything in our power to reduce. Handling these gas pipe leaks quickly and efficiently is one of the ways we can combat this. I urge you to expedite the repair of old pipes in NYC that leak gas and contribute to global warming.
[Your Name Here]
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