Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Thank President Obama for working with other world leaders to promote clean power.
The heads of state for the U.S., Mexico, and Canada have agreed that 50 percent of North America’s electricity will be from clean energy sources by 2025. In addition, they have decided to cut methane emissions and safeguard biodiversity. Organizations across the globe have pushed for change on these issues, including Forcechange. Applaud their efforts and the efforts of world leaders to preserve the environment for future generations.
The U.S. has a long way to go before meeting its new clean power goals. As of now, only 13 percent of U.S energy comes from renewable sources such as solar, wind, or hydroelectricity. However, the nation is taking steps to address this issue. The senate recently passed legislation stepping up production of renewable energy and cutting pollutants, in addition to increasing natural gas. Though increasing natural gas is problematic, the legislation still contains advances toward clean energy.
In addition, Obama has pledged to reduce U.S. methane emissions 40 to 45 percent by 2025. Methane is a potent contributor to global warming, with effects 25 times as intense as those of carbon dioxide. At present, North America produces 20 percent of the world’s methane gas but only has around seven percent of the world’s population. However, new progress is being made in this area as well. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently begun to regulate methane for the first time in U.S. history.
Though there is still much to be done in the fight against climate change, Obama’s agreement to increase clean energy is an important step forward. Thank him for his work on behalf of the environment and the nation.
Dear Mr. President,
I am writing to thank you for your efforts at the Three Amigos Summit to reduce climate change. The agreements to use 50 percent renewable energy by 2025 and cut methane emissions 40 to 45 percent by that same year are important steps toward saving the environment we all depend on. I am grateful to you for taking them.
Currently, only 13 percent of American energy comes from renewable sources like wind, solar, and hydroelectricity. Another 19 percent is nuclear power. This leaves a full 68 percent coming from non-renewable sources. This 68 percent accelerates global warming and pollutes the air we breathe.
The U.S. also produces more than its share of methane. North America creates 20 percent of methane emissions worldwide, but only has approximately seven percent of the world’s population. Methane’s effects on global warming are 25 times as strong as those of carbon dioxide. The EPA’s new regulations on methane are an important measure, but I still urge you and your administration to continue policing this harmful pollutant.
The Three Amigos Summit has been a significant contributor toward limiting global warming. Thank you for keeping our planet healthy.
[Your Name Here]
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