Reduce Harmful Pollution From Airplanes

Target: Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Goal: Decrease the amount of pollutants produced by airliners and cargo planes.

The Environmental Protection Agency is being sued by environmental groups for its continuing failure to set emission standards for aircraft pollutants that would decrease climate pollution. Airplanes are responsible for a quickly growing amount of carbon emissions that, according to the Center for Biological Diversity, is expected to triple by 2050 without regulations. Jet engines in particular have an excessively damaging impact on climate change because of the high altitude where the pollutants are released.

The EPA has been delaying any action to combat this increasing source of air pollution for nearly ten years; environmental groups first filed a legal petition urging the reduction of air pollution from aircraft in 2007. Now, the EPA is claiming that 2018 is the earliest possible date for final regulations to be issued. According to Marcie Keever, legal director for Friends of the Earth, “the Obama administration must act immediately to curb aircraft’s significant contribution to greenhouse gas emissions worldwide,” and this projected date is much too distant. Until a stricter standard is set for aircraft emissions, manufacturers will continue producing inefficient, environmentally harmful planes.

The EPA should view the lawsuit being filed against it as a call to action and heed the demands to fight global warming. Sign the petition below to urge the Obama administration to stop delaying this issue and take action to reduce aircraft carbon emissions.


Dear Administrator McCarthy,

The Environmental Protection Agency is currently facing a lawsuit filed by the environmental groups Friends of the Earth and the Center for Biological Diversity. This lawsuit is a call to action, highlighting how vital it is that emission standards are set for aircraft pollutants in order to decrease climate pollution.

The amount of carbon emissions from airliners and cargo planes is expected to triple by 2050 if regulations are not established. Environmental groups first filed a legal petition in 2007 that urged the reduction of air pollution caused by aircraft. Now, nearly ten years later, it is time to give this issue precedence; the projected 2018 date for the issue of final regulations is simply not near enough.

Aircraft manufacturers will continue to produce inefficient, environmentally damaging planes until stricter standards are set for aircraft emissions. I am urging you to heed the demands of environmentalists and set regulations for aircraft pollutants as soon as possible. Please take action to fight global warming and reduce air pollution by making this issue a priority.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. And i add because all the organizations, tv etc never want to talk about that, for not worry and hurry people and themselves: urge the Obama administration to stop delaying this issue and take action to reduce animal agriculture! responsible of carbon and other gas emissions more than all the transports! thank you. Please take action to fight global warming by stopping animal agriculture, start already with the most big problem. It’s a big joke you know to always want to avoid this, because of economy and greed.

  2. “The human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future – deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities and the spread of disease.” — The World Watch Institute

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