Target: Astrid Larsen, Head of Adequacy of Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets, Environmental Protection Agency
Goal: Urge the U.S. government to limit tailpipe emissions in all fifty states.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that the federal government will require big cuts in tailpipe emissions to be phased in between 2017 and 2025. Although this seems far into the future, it is a realistic goal for controlling the smog and soot that millions of Americans inhale every day. The EPA will require car manufacturers to install improved technology to limit pollution more than ever before. These standards are nothing new, as they’re already implemented in California, Europe, Japan, and South Korea. We must urge the U.S. government to limit tailpipe emissions as much as possible to preserve human health.
By phasing these common sense standards into national policy, the EPA predicts that 2,400 premature deaths will be prevented, 3,200 hospital stays won’t happen, 22,000 asthma attacks will be avoided, and there will be 1.8 million less lost school and work days each year. Fortunately, auto manufacturers aren’t even fighting the new policy because it will finally harmonize the legislation across all fifty states.
Contrary to popular belief, the EPA is actually being lenient towards small local refinery companies. In fact, the EPA has offered longer phase-in periods to average sulfur contents across the pool of gasoline they produce and to make necessary capital improvements over several years. Although the new EPA policies will likely raise gas prices for the sake of public health, the agency estimates that the cost will be about one cent per gallon.
Sign the below petition to urge the EPA to move forward with policies that limit tailpipe emissions in the United States.[gravityform id=1 name=Signthe Petition: ajax=false]
Dear Ms. Larsen,
I commend the EPA for dedicating itself to lowering emissions in all states within the next decade. I am urging you to push policies forward that limit the amount of allowable tailpipe emissions to improve the health of Americans across the country. I have read the statistics and understand that the benefits of such a program could outweigh the costs by as much as 7 to 1 by 2030.
Please work with city and state transportation departments to enforce sufficient emissions testing and eliminate smog and other harmful pollutants from entering the bodies of our nation’s citizens. I look forward to lowering the health care costs of our population with the help of sustainable environmental policies like this one.
[Your Name Here]
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