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Climate scientists agree that pouring more and more global warming pollution into our atmosphere is dangerously shifting climate patterns all around the world. Here in the U.S., the way we generate power is responsible for a huge part of the problem.

It is time for the Environmental Protection Agency to do its job. The EPA, after direction by the Supreme Court (Massachusetts v. EPA, 549 U.S. 497 (2007)), found in 2009 that greenhouse gases endanger public health and welfare, and it therefore has the authority to regulate these pollutants under the Clean Air Act. EPA’s actions since then have been promising, but they are not yet enough.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded in 2007 (in a consensus report from hundreds of scientists around the globe) that we need to reduce our greenhouse gas pollution by 80% by the year 2050 to avoid the worst effects of climate change. It’s time to get serious about hitting that target.

The EPA needs to set limits on the amount of greenhouse gas pollution we produce, and bring our national greenhouse gas pollution levels in line with what the scientific community agrees is necessary to protect our environmental legacy, national security, and economic future.

Letter to
Administrator, U.S. EPA Lisa Jackson
Assistant Administrator, U.S. EPA Gina McCarthy
Newsroom, U.S. EPA Enesta Jones
and 1 other
Newsroom, U.S. EPA Cathy Milbourn
Cc: Cathy Milbourn and Enesta Jones - EPA Newsroom

I have just signed a petition to insist that U.S. EPA continue its recent work on climate change by taking bold action to set nationwide, science-based limits on greenhouse gas pollution.

Climate scientists agree that pouring more and more global warming pollution into our atmosphere is dangerously shifting climate patterns all around the world. In 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded that we need to reduce our greenhouse gas pollution by 80% by the year 2050 to avoid the worst effects of climate change. It’s time to get serious about hitting that target, or it will be our children and grandchildren that are hurt by our inaction.

EPA’s actions on climate in the past few years have been commendable, from the endangerment finding, greenhouse gas inventory, and BACT requirements for stationary sources, to the new fuel efficiency and air toxics standards. All of these things will have a big impact, but they are still not enough.

Please use your full authority through the Clean Air Act. As a nation, we need to set limits on the net amount of greenhouse gas pollution that we produce and bring our national emissions in line with what the scientific community agrees is necessary to protect our environmental legacy, national security, and economic future.

Thank you for protecting us - and future generations of Americans,