With the reality of more extreme weather on full display—from the Midwest droughts to Superstorm Sandy and the massive Western wildfires of 2012, we see that climate change is already here. Not surprisingly, a majority of Americans want swift and effective federal action to confront this issue.
In his State of the Union Address, President Obama said "for the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change." Join Earthjustice in applauding that committment to combating climate pollutants.
Send a letter to the White House and let the president know you support him in this fight and that he must act now.
I write to commend the plan you laid out in the State of the Union address to take aggressive action to reduce the threat of climate change by cutting carbon pollution, and to ensure greater protection of America's air, water, wildlife and most spectacular places.
Count me among the millions of Americans who support this agenda.
Among the specific next steps I support:
Clean up power plants: I urge you to direct the Environmental Protection Agency to not only finalize standards for greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants, but also to rein in carbon pollution from existing power plants, the nation's largest source of carbon pollution, and from airplanes, the fastest-growing transportation source of greenhouse gases.
Reject the Keystone XL pipeline: The Keystone XL pipeline would transport up to 35 million gallons of oil a day from Canada's tar sands -- one of the dirtiest and most carbon-intensive energy sources in the world -- to the Gulf of Mexico. Dr. James Hansen, one of the world's leading climate scientists, has called the Keystone pipeline "game over" for the climate. The Keystone pipeline cannot go forward without State Department approval, and you should stop the project permanently.
Protect the Arctic from offshore drilling: Offshore fossil fuel development does not belong in the Arctic's delicate ecosystem. As melting sea ice hits record lows, oil companies have rushed to exploit the Arctic's fossil fuel spoils. We should not invest in a new carbon-intensive fossil fuel infrastructure, especially in a place with frozen water where cleaning up spilled oil would be impossible and where multiple accidents this year demonstrated that the oil industry cannot operate safely. An oil spill in Alaska's Beaufort and Chukchi seas would devastate one of the most pristine ecosystems on the planet, killing polar bears, ice seals and other imperiled wildlife.
Join the world in seeking a fair and ambitious climate treaty: It's time to seek a successful global climate treaty. In 1992 the first President Bush signed, and the Senate ratified, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, in which America agreed to take action to avoid dangerous climate change. Yet the U.S. negotiating team refuses to agree to the cuts necessary to avert climate disruption. I urge you to direct the State Department negotiating team to commit our country to fair, ambitious and binding greenhouse gas reductions.
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