Earlier this month, President Obama's Environmental Protection Agency issued a formal declaration that global warming pollution is a threat to public health and welfare -- something that the rest of us have known for a long, long time.
The way is cleared for the Clean Air Act to become a crucial weapon in our fight to stop climate change. The Obama administration is now in a position to regulate global warming pollution without having to wait for Congress (which has been lured into writing weak climate policies by industry lobbyists with deep pockets).
Coal-fired power plants are by far the largest producer of global warming pollution in the U.S., and Obama's EPA is now considering a rule that would finally allow these pollution-belching smoke stacks to be regulated. This is one of the President's best opportunities to ensure we pass on a safer planet to the next generation, but we know that Big Coal is going to fight us at every turn.
The EPA is accepting public comments until Monday Dec. 28 on Obama's plan to regulate greenhouse gases from coal-fired plants and other big polluters under the Clean Air Act. We have only a few days to show much needed support and counter the powerful coal industry lobby.
It's important that you take action now.
Please finalize a strong rule to require big smokestack industries to meet modern standards for global warming pollution when new facilities are constructed or existing facilities are significantly modified.