This was emailed to members on July 28, 2014, by Elisabeth MacNamara, President of LWV.
In June, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced a proposal to set the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants. This week, the EPA will hold public hearings in four major cities to obtain feedback on this historic regulation.
The EPA’s proposal will protect future generations from unchecked climate change. Power plants are responsible for 40 percent of the carbon pollution in the United States—making them the single largest source of that pollution in the country. The unlimited dumping of carbon pollution is the chief cause of climate change. Reducing the amount of carbon pollution from power plants is a life-saving measure that will protect our children, our nation and the world from the devastating effects of climate change.
This week, the EPA will take the next step to advance this proposal by holding public hearings in Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Denver and Washington, D.C. We expect big polluters to turn up at these and hearings, and we know they will make every effort to weaken the final content of this rule. We must continue to voice our support for this life-saving measure. Together, we can make sure that this historic, groundbreaking regulation will have a positive impact on the public health of our children, seniors and families.
We’ve seen an incredible response from League members in support of this regulation, but we still need you to raise your voice. Tell the EPA you support their groundbreaking proposal to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants.
President, League of Women Voters