Target: Members of Congress
Goal: Reduce the emissions of super climate pollutants
As airborne pollutants reach unprecedented levels — the atmosphere’s average daily level of carbon dioxide just broke 400 parts per million — lax regulation and destructive global habits seem to be moving the planet toward disaster at a quickening pace. Environmental regulations in the United States are clearly insufficient to curb the amount of pollution released into the atmosphere every day. Thankfully, some politicians are willing to look past the short-term and devise strategies for keeping the planet healthy for centuries to come. Congressman Scott Peters (D-Calif.) has just introduced a bill that aims to reduce the number of super climate pollutants released into the air by U.S. industrial activity. Urge Congress to further this essential green legislation.
The Super Pollutant Emissions Reduction Act of 2013, or SUPER Act, would make use of existing political agencies to regulate dangerous “super pollutants” — so called because they contribute to global warming at a level hundreds of times that of carbon dioxide. These pollutants, which remain in the atmosphere for only a short time but have contributed to up to 45% of observed global warming to date, include black carbon, tropospheric ozone, methane, and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).
Preventing the emissions of these super pollutants will have immediate positive effects. Every year, millions fall victim to disease and death as a result of toxic air pollution. American farmers also suffer the effects of polluted air, which contributes to the growing concern of food insecurity. “The combined benefits for improving public health and food security, as well as reducing near-term warming, should make reducing super pollutants a no brainer that is welcomed across party lines,” said Durwood Zaelke, President of the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development.
With smart environmental legislation, it’s still possible to cut the rate of global warming in half in the next 40 years. Demand that Congress stand up for further regulations on super pollutants.
Dear members of Congress,
Every day, the activities of modern life pour countless toxins into the air. Air pollution is at an all-time high; carbon dioxide just reached an average daily level of 400 parts per million for the first time in human history. Not enough is being done to combat our reckless pollution. It’s time to take a stand against the destructive, unchecked habits of industrial America.
Even more deadly than carbon dioxide are super pollutants — toxins that contribute to global warming at a rate hundreds of times more intense than carbon dioxide. It is estimated that super pollutants like black carbon, tropospheric ozone, and methane have caused 45% of observed global warming to date. Clearly, existing regulation on these pollutants is insufficient to prevent their long-term damage.
It’s not too late to cut down on the pollutants that are poisoning our planet. Smart environmental legislation still has a chance at saving the Earth for generations to come. I urge you to look across party lines towards the future of our world. Pass the Super Pollutant Emissions Reduction Act of 2013 without hesitation.
[Your Name Here]
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