Strengthen Carbon Pollution Standards to Combat Climate Change

greenhouse gas emissions

Target: EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson

Goal: Implement stronger rules to curb existing and future sources of carbon pollution.

The EPA recently proposed new rules to curb carbon pollution by placing limits on future power plants. While this new rule is symbolically important, it actually does nothing to regulate current sources of greenhouse gas emission. With the catastrophic consequences of climate change continually on the rise, it is vital we let the EPA know we need stronger rules for existing polluters to truly mitigate climate change.

When the EPA announced that it was to acknowledge the need to regulate carbon pollution by creating new standards for polluters, the environmentally-conscious community celebrated the news as a victory and a positive step forward towards preventing climate change from further escalating. Unfortunately, the Tea Party Republican majority in Congress put pressure on the EPA, ensuring that the new rules would not target existing coal plants and generally creating huge loopholes.

As a result, the new rules are set to apply only to future power plants, which were already very unlikely to be built, since the cost of coal keeps rising and the price of natural gas keeps dropping, thanks in large part to all the work done by environmental activists around the country. The new rules also do nothing to reduce carbon pollution from natural gas plants, which are guilty of polluting as much or more than coal by releasing potent greenhouse gas methane in the fracking process.

Now more than ever, we need rules that curb all sources of carbon pollution. The impacts of climate change are evident. Our world is suffering from extreme weather, floods, wildfires, a rapidly melting arctic, increased acidification of the ocean, crop failures, and many more catastrophic consequences. Scientists now say we are right near a climate change tipping point. It is the responsibility of the EPA to immediately put in place comprehensive rules to limit existing and future polluters from creating more damage.

By signing the petition below, you will be giving strength to the chorus of voices demanding that the EPA stop bowing down to industry or political pressure and boldly implement a stronger carbon pollution standard for all polluters.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson,

Mitigating the catastrophic consequences of climate change by regulating carbon and greenhouse gas pollution from power plants is one of the most urgent matters facing us as a nation and as a planet. Now more than ever, we need rules that curb all sources of carbon pollution. The impacts of climate change are evident, despite what a begrudging Congress might say. Our world is suffering from extreme weather, floods, wildfires, a rapidly melting arctic, increased acidification of the ocean, crop failures, and many more catastrophic consequences. Scientists now say we are right near a climate change tipping point. It is the responsibility of the EPA to immediately put in place comprehensive rules to limit existing and future polluters from creating more damage.

While the new proposed new rules to curb carbon pollution are symbolically important, they actually do nothing to regulate current sources of greenhouse gas emission. The new rules are set to apply only to future power plants, which were already very unlikely to be built, since the cost of coal keeps rising and the price of natural gas keeps dropping, thanks in large part to all the work done by environmental activists around the country. The new rules also do nothing to reduce carbon pollution from natural gas plants, which are guilty of polluting as much or more than coal by releasing potent greenhouse gas methane in the fracking process. Finally, the rules contain massive loopholes that allow power plants to continue emitting harmful pollution into the atmosphere.

We need stronger rules for existing and future polluters to truly curb climate change. I urge you to stop bowing down to industry or political pressure and boldly implement a stronger carbon pollution standard for all polluters to truly curb climate change.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. When will they learn? Haven’t we seen enough damage and evidence yet?

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