Target: United States Supreme Court
Goal: Don’t halt essential carbon cutting plan.
The Supreme Court, supposedly the most objective branch of government we have left, just put a halt to the Clean Power Plan. According to the Paris talks, every country could set their own carbon emission rate that they planned to cut. America was set to cut emissions by 32 percent of their 2005 levels by 2030 but if the Clean Power Plan is not implemented, will this happen? We cannot afford to waste time. Climate change is something that is immediate and making the science of it into a political identity issue was one of the worst things that our country could have done. We must go forward.
Considering that every single liberal on the court voted against the stay of the Clean Power Plan and every single conservative voted for the stay, this does not bode well for future political harmony. Americans need harmony if we hope to cut emissions by the intended rate, and cutting them is a time- sensitive need. Already, we are off track. States were supposed to have submitted their carbon cutting plans by September and this halt to the act will likely throw them off of that schedule. Will we see a return to history, such as with the Kyoto Protocol, which the United States signed but never implemented?
Why is the Supreme Court quibbling over an issue as big as climate change? Environmentalism is one of the most important areas for the federal government to step in, because it can look at a bigger picture than the states. This is truly a case of “for the greater good,” or it should be. Will we have to come up with our own Paris talks for the states? Considering that many lawmakers in conservative states deny climate change completely, I doubt that we would see much headway. This is a serious hint that the Supreme Court has serious issues with the Plan. Sign the petition to tell the Supreme Court not to put a stop to progress on climate change.
Dear Supreme Court,
Please do not cancel the Clean Power Plan. We need this, as a country and as a world. States’ rights are obviously important but this is an environmental matter that must supersede the feelings of the few for the good of many. I desperately hope that the words of Mike Duncan, president of Americans for Clean Coal Electricity, are wrong: “The stay is a signal that the Supreme Court has serious concerns with the power plan. We’re optimistic the power plan will ultimately be rejected.”
Carbon levels don’t just involve ideology or civil rights–they affect our ability to survive as a species. I cannot image a situation that is more necessary for the federal government to step in. Additionally, not only does this hurt our own country, but it also degrades international unity. We no longer live in a disconnected world and we must not act like we do.
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