Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Ships and Aircraft

Target: Environmental Protection Agency

Goal: Reduce emissions from ships and aircraft to combat global warming

Under the Clean Air Act, “the law that defines EPA’s responsibilities for protecting and improving the nation’s air quality and the stratospheric ozone layer,” the Environmental Protection Agency has a legal duty to make an effort to limit greenhouse gas emissions (definition from However, the EPA has announced that they will not be restricting or regulating emissions from aircraft, large ships, and other non-car engines, despite its own research indicating that those emissions contribute most to global warming. Overlooking those sources of pollution is not acceptable and the EPA must reverse their decision.

Potential simple and cost-effective solutions to this problem are abundant, and range from reasonable usage limitations to fuel efficient speed limits. Ultimately, switching to more fuel efficient choices would not only be more beneficial to the environment, but would also be more cost-effective for businesses. The EPA needs to enact simple regulations to protect the ozone, and it will in turn help businesses.

As more and more business and travel takes place on planes and boats, more greenhouse gases will be spewed into the atmosphere, gradually heating our planet. According to the Center for Biological Diversity, twenty-four percent of American greenhouse gas emissions come from aircraft, ships, and nonroad vehicles and engines. It is anticipated that this percentage will be increasing drastically in the future, especially if the EPA refuses to take charge and control those emissions.


Dear Environmental Protection Agency,

Per your announcement to not regulate emissions from aircraft, large ships, and other non-car engines, you are failing in your national duty. Under the Clean Air Act, you are required to protect the atmosphere and prevent pollution. By refusing to regulate these types of transportation, you are ignoring common sense and not looking out for the future of the United States.

The solutions to greenhouse gas emissions are everywhere and easy. All it takes is a little federal muscle to push businesses into smarter choices. As defenders of the ozone layer, you are the entity that must motivate change. Please, regulate  aircraft, large ships, and other non-car engines, and help slow down global warming. Follow your duty and serve your purpose to America.


[Your Name Here]


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