Call to Submit Comments to the EPA
As people of faith, we affirm our call to advocate for responsible stewardship of God's creation, because of this call we are asking you to submit comments to the EPA concerning carbon reduction standards from existing power plants.
What are Carbon Reduction Standards?
The EPA is preparing to create the first-ever safeguards that would limit climate pollution from existing power plants, our nation's single greatest source of carbon pollution.
For too long, our religious communities have been heart-sick about the suffering that climate change causes for our neighbors, close to home and around the world, right now and in years to come. We are asking you to speak out in support of policies that will clean the air we breathe and protect our natural world. We have all the resources you need to submit your comments including an email template, the email necessary, and sample testimony from GIPL staff and supporters - see below.
GIPL supporters and the GIPL staff were able to testify at one of the EPA’s 11 Listening Sessions in support of the new carbon reduction standards for existing power plants and now we need you to submit your comments!
Click the name to read our testimonies:
Kate McGregor Mosley
GIPL Board Member Garry Harris
GIPL Friend Sue Sherril’s
Submit your comments to the EPA
We need you to submit comments to the EPA. You can write your own comments or you can copy and paste and submit the email template below to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am writing to comment on the EPA's proposed new regulations to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. I highly encourage the EPA to set aggressive and enforceable carbon reduction standards for new and existing power plants. Power plants are the largest concentrated source of emissions in the United States, together accounting for roughly one-third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions. Greenhouse gas pollution from existing power plants threatens the health and welfare of all Americans' and is leading to long lasting changes in our climate that will have a range of negative effects on human health and the environment. As a person of faith I believe that it is our moral responsibility as interconnected humans on this planet to seek justice for our brothers and sisters across the globe and our brothers and sisters that live down the street and that starts with aggressive and enforceable carbon reduction standards for new and existing power plants. Taking the aggressive steps necessary to cut carbon pollution from new and existing power plants will protect children’s health and will move us toward a cleaner, more stable environment for future generations. Thank you for your time and consideration of my comments.
You can also read all about these new standards, carbon pollution from
power plants, health affects of carbon pollution, and much more on the EPA Website.
From the EPA Website
In 2009, EPA determined that greenhouse gas pollution threatens Americans' health and welfare by leading to long lasting changes in our climate that can have a range of negative effects on human health and the environment. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the primary greenhouse gas pollutant, accounting for nearly three-quarters of global greenhouse gas emissions and 84% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
Carbon pollution and power plants
Total U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Economic Sector in 2011
The electric power sector accounted for 33% of U.S. total greenhouse gas emissions and 60% of U.S. stationary source greenhouse gas emissions in 2011.
Fossil fuel-fired power plants are the largest source of U.S. CO2 emissions. Fossil fuel-fired power plants use natural gas, petroleum, coal or any form of solid, liquid, or gaseous fuel derived from such material for the purpose of generating electricity.
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Health effects of carbon pollution
Unchecked carbon pollution leads to long-lasting changes in our climate, such as:
• Rising global temperatures
• Rising sea level
• Changes in weather and precipitation patterns
• Changes in ecosystems, habitats and species diversity
These changes threaten America's health and welfare for current and future generations. Public health risks include:
• More heat waves and drought
• Worsening smog (also called ground-level ozone pollution)
• Increasing the intensity of extreme events, like hurricanes, extreme precipitation and flooding
• Increasing the range of ticks and mosquitoes, which can spread disease such as Lyme disease and West Nile virus
Our most vulnerable citizens, including children, older adults, people with heart or lung disease and people living in poverty may be most at risk from the health impacts of climate change.
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