Tell the EPA: “Protect Our Environment – Reduce Global Warming Pollution!”
Dear Alice Diane,
Submit your comments and add your voice to the public record in support of reducing greenhouse gas pollution! We must act now to protect our future from the worst effects of global warming.
The Environmental Protection Agency has issued an "endangerment finding" that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases represent a significant threat to public health and welfare. The EPA is accepting public comments on this finding until June 23—this is the first time the public has been asked whether we want to limit greenhouse gas pollution.
The EPA's finding, based on tens of thousands of public comments and years of work by EPA's career staff, recognizes that the increased flooding, droughts, wildfires, spread of disease, and heat waves that accompany global warming will harm people. We finally have an administration that elevates science over politics when it comes to the environment.
Right now, America has the opportunity to establish itself as a global leader on clean energy. By shifting to clean energy, and cracking down on the corporations that pollute the water we drink and the air we breathe, we will create economic prosperity, reduce our dependence on oil and coal, while tackling global warming at the same time.
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Too many members of Congress are only too happy to say that this global warming bill does enough - and pretend it doesn't undermine the EPA. We're going to need all the help we can get to get this insidious provision out of the global warming bill; can you help by getting some friends involved? You can just forward the sample letter below.
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Thanks for all you do.
--The CREDO Action Team
Here's a sample message to send to your friends:
Subject: Remove the Trojan Horse from Global Warming Legislation
Your representative is about to vote on legislation designed to stop global warming. Unfortunately, members of the House who answer to the worst polluters have succeeded in including a Trojan Horse at the heart of the legislation - a prohibition on Obama's EPA being able to use the Clean Air Act to take additional action on CO2.
This little known, almost secret provision actually guarantees that the United States will fall short of doing what the scientists tell us must happen - a reduction of 80% of CO2 emissions from their 1990 level.
Mr. Obama ran for president on a very strong global warming platform which achieved the 80% reduction, launched a cap and trade market without giving away free permits to polluters, and set strong standards for boosting clean renewable energy. Special interests are warping his pledge almost beyond recognition.
But the worst and most important compromise - and the one most secret and hidden from view - is the crippling of EPA's powers. This is precisely what Newt Gingrich and the Republican-controlled House of the 1990s did to President Clinton's EPA from 1995 on. They simply prohibited EPA from enforcing many laws. We cannot let the House strip President Obama of his most powerful tool to stop global warming.
> I just signed a petition to tell my representative to stand up for President Obama's best weapon to fight global warming - the EPA. I hope you will, too. Please have a look and take action.
After years of delay and denial from past administrations, the Environmental Protection Agency is finally taking steps to declare that greenhouse gas emissions threaten the public's health and welfare.
The time has come for this action, and we need to encourage the EPA to move swiftly on it.
The EPA is proposing two historic findings under the Clean Air Act: that greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, endanger public health, and that emissions from motor vehicles contribute to climate change. This is a critical first step for the EPA to take in order to tackle climate change pollution.
The findings follow a decision by the Supreme Court which said the EPA has authority to regulate pollutants responsible for global warming under the Clean Air Act. Earthjustice argued the case at the appellate level in 2005.
While the EPA's current proposal is a necessary first step, there are additional steps the EPA can take, such as setting actual standards to regulate greenhouse gases, particularly from motor vehicles in the U.S., which contribute 4 percent of climate change emissions, and from other mobile sources such as ships and airplanes, which contribute another 4 percent.
We know that the EPA is hearing from polluters in the fossil fuel industry who want to keep the status quo, stop the EPA from moving forward, and protect their record-breaking profits. We can't let them go unchallenged.
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