Tell the EPA: We need stronger rules to protect us from climate change. Submit a comment before the Monday deadline.
The new rule applies only to future coal plants, which were already unlikely to be built, due to the rising cost of coal, the low price of natural gas, and the tireless work of activists around the country fighting coal’s toxic pollution. The rule does nothing to reduce carbon pollution from natural gas plants, which due to the potent greenhouse gas methane released in the process of fracking for natural gas, may be as or more polluting than coal.2
The EPA must immediately act to place limits on existing sources of carbon pollution. But while EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson is to be commended for her leadership on this rule, it appears a begrudging White House and the Tea Party Republican majority in Congress have succeeded in tying her hands.
Announcing the carbon standard back in March, Administrator Jackson literally said in a press conference, “we have no plans to regulate existing sources.”3
Climate change is on the verge of spiraling out of control. If the EPA doesn’t have any plans to limit existing sources of pollution, they need to make some! And fast.
Tell the EPA: We need stronger rules to protect us from existing and future sources of carbon pollution. Submit a comment before the Monday deadline.