The following post regarding U.S. EPA’s listening sessions on carbon pollution standards for existing power plants originally appeared on EDF’s Voices blog. There will be a listening session in Dallas on Thursday, November 7 at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library. More information, including time, address, how to sign up or submit comments via email, and information about sessions around the country can be found here.
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Imagine if we didn’t have seatbelt or car safety standards in place to reduce the dangers of car crashes, the leading cause of unintentional death to children. Or what if society made no effort to curb tobacco use, the single most preventable cause of disease?
Well, we didn’t always have these important standards and guidelines even though today they are well accepted. It took the work of many advocates to bring them about.
Our country currently has the chance to address another hazard. We can help slow climate change by placing common sense limits on carbon pollution from power plants – the single largest source of climate pollution in the United States.
Right now, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding public listening sessions across the country to solicit input on carbon pollution standards for existing power plants, an important first step to protect public health and reduce carbon pollution. Millions of Americans and numerous organizations, including businesses, health associations, environmental groups and Latino and women’s organizations, among others, support strong carbon limits for power plants.
It will take all of us to make this a reality. We know the risks of climate change. We know what generates these risks. And we know what it will take to mitigate these risks. It’s time for common sense standards on the single largest source of climate pollution in the U.S.
The EPA is ready to listen to your climate change story. Why do you support strong carbon standards for power plants?