Environmentalists have been urging the White House to regulate industrious power plants and their emissions for months now. Coal and carbon pollution not only harm arctic animals in their natural environments, but they also deteriorate air quality, causing lung damage and other health problems. More than 40 percent of Americans live in areas with unhealthy levels of air pollution, and children are at the greatest risk for health problems. It is by far our country’s dirtiest energy source. Coal burning accounts for one third of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, and it is the main perpetrator of disrupting the climate.
When Obama was first elected, he promised to pay attention to climate change and its effects on the environment. In his second inaugural address, Obama pledged to “respond to the growing threat of climate change for the sake of our children and future generations.” Now, thanks to the persistence of activists like you, Obama is finally taking climate change into his own hands.
Using direct executive action to address global warming, Obama plans to see that the EPA issues new pollution standards for existing power plants. In Obama’s plans to combat climate change, he will include a national plan to reduce carbon pollution, noting the economic opportunities that may come from reducing carbon emissions. In his climate speech on June 25, Obama put strong emphasis on a “low carbon, clean energy economy,” noting that carbon pollution limits are critical for the health of children and future generations. In his broad climate plan, the president also includes important funding for solar and wind energy research.
Although Obama acknowledged that it will take time for carbon emissions to stabilize, these power plant regulations and energy standards are an incredibly important step toward achieving clean energy use globally. Care2 members have signed multiple petitions to urge regulation of power plants and coal companies. One petition supported the Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to develop standards for regulating emissions. Thank you, Care2 members, for being persistent about these important regulations and signing the petitions needed to get President Obama’s attention. Please continue your efforts to better our environment and remind lawmakers that climate change won’t wait!
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