Climate change is a result of too much carbon. Scientists know that certain gases trap heat and act like a blanket to warm the planet. One of the most important of these gases is carbon dioxide. When we burn gasoline to drive our cars or burn coal, oil, or gas to heat our homes and power our lives, we release carbon dioxide, which is now overloading our atmosphere.
The science is clear—the Earth is warming and human activity has a significant part in it. Because global warming presents a danger to public health—from worsening ozone pollution to extreme weather events like heavy rain and floods—the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is required under the Clean Air Act to set standards to limit carbon emissions.
On March 27, 2012, the EPA released standards to reduce carbon emissions from new power plants and is now accepting public comments. The new EPA carbon standards are a critical step to reducing the effects of global warming and protecting public health. Strong standards will save lives and contribute to a much-needed transition to a clean energy economy—but the EPA needs to hear from you!
Submit your comment to the EPA today.
- Environmental Protection Agency
Carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels are endangering our health, our environment, and drastically altering our climate. We must reduce carbon emissions now.
These landmark standards to reduce carbon emissions from new power plants are a historic step down the road toward a cleaner, healthier, and more modern energy future for America and a critical step in protecting public health by reducing emissions.
We are already seeing the impacts of climate change—from rising sea levels to extreme heat in our cities to more extreme weather like floods. It's time to take action to reduce global warming emissions and avoid the most dangerous consequences of climate change.
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