Target: EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy
Goal: Limit carbon pollution from new power plants in the US
Last year, the US Environmental Protection Agency proposed the first-ever carbon standards for new electricity-generating power plants. In a move that will help reduce carbon emissions from some of the nation’s largest polluters, the EPA released draft rules which would prevent the construction of new coal-fired power plants unless they have technology to trap and sequester carbon emissions. Since sequestering carbon is more difficult and expensive than investing in cleaner forms of energy, implementing these new rules would help trigger a shift away from coal, the world’s dirtiest fuel.
During a comment period on the draft rules, the EPA received over 2.5 million comments from members of the public. Hundreds of thousands of these came from concerned Americans who support EPA efforts to reduce carbon pollution. On September 20th, in response to comments they received, the EPA announced updated regulations that clarify the rules for big polluters while retaining strong carbon pollution limits. The EPA is not backing down from the job of cutting pollution from new sources, and they need to know the public supports them.
Putting the EPA’s updated carbon rules into effect would help spur a transition away from the dirtiest power plants, preventing millions of tons of climate-warming carbon dioxide from entering the planet’s atmosphere. Implementing the new rules would also send a strong signal that the EPA is moving forward with President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. Sign the petition below to support strong limits on carbon pollution, and your signature will be submitted as part of the official public comment period for the updated rules.
Dear EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy,
We, the undersigned, support the EPA’s move to reduce climate-warming carbon emissions from new coal and gas-fired power plants. We are pleased to see that your agency’s updated carbon rules, released on September 20th, would continue to hold new coal plants to a limit of 1,100 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour. We urge the EPA to move forward with implementing these rules as swiftly and forcefully as possible.
Climate change is not just an environmental issue. It is also a threat to our health, economy, and security. The scientific evidence of humankind’s impact on the climate is unequivocal, and the harmful effects of climate change are already being felt around the globe. Rising sea levels, drought, extreme weather, and other effects of a warming climate will only get worse if we do not act swiftly. Our responsibility to current and future generations is clear, and the time to act is now.
Reducing carbon pollution from new power plants is an important step toward combating climate change, and is as an essential piece of President Obama’s larger Climate Action Plan. We support the newly updated carbon regulations, and look forward to seeing them put into practice nationwide.
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