greenhouse gas emissions

5 petitions

Started 3 months ago

Petition to Environmental Protection Agency

Make Composting as Common as Trash Pick-Up!

In 1976, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was put in charge of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act which governs the disposal of solid and hazardous waste in the United States. Over the years, this important piece of legislation has seen many changes. Now, it's time for a new amendment. Organic material like food scraps are currently piling up in America's landfills, rotting and producing methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. According to the EPA, landfills are the third-largest source of methane in the U.S., behind industry and agriculture. It doesn't have to be this way, though. Across the country, cities have taken the initiative to implement mandatory composting and are experiencing environmental and economic benefits. Composting puts organic material to good use, as composing produces nutrient-rich fertilizer instead of generating methane. This can help stop or even reverse the fact that one-third of the world's arable land has been lost to soil erosion. A nation-wide system consisting of many small, local or regional operations would also help create sustainable, eco-friendly jobs across the country. Composting isn't just a question of leaving table scraps separate for garbage collectors, however. Currently, the United States, 71% of composting facilities are dedicated only to yard trimmings, infrastructure inadequate and unprepared to handle food waste. Lack of funding has halted much of the progress made in the 1990s towards the creation or expansion of more composting facilities, and this has to change if a national composting program is to become a reality. Clearly, composting is as civil leaders like New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg say, the "final recycling frontier." We need the leadership of the EPA to tackle the proper management of compostable organic material. Call on the EPA to amend the 1976 Resource Conservation and Recovery Act to include mandatory composting collection of food scraps and other compostable materials and to collaborate with state and local governments to address the severe lack of funding and composting facilities equipped to receive and process food waste.

53 supporters
Started 1 year ago

Petition to Alabama public service commission, Alabama State House, Alabama Governor

Require Net Metering in Alabama

Net Metering allows anyone to generate their own solar power during the day and use the public grid at night. Currently, 47 states have a net metering policy, and Alabama is one of only three states that does not. Net metering encourages and facilitates residential solar power. Without net metering, Alabama residents are financially discouraged from using solar energy because the costs are prohibitively expensive. Power companies are a natural monopoly, because they are the only supplier in the market and leave the consumer with no other options. However, solar panels disrupt this monopoly by giving the consumer another option. Alabama Power wants to remain a monopoly in order to increase their profits. They want to discourage the use of solar power, and our state is allowing them to do so. The Alabama Public Service Commission regulates Alabama Power, and Alabama Public Service Commission, the Alabama Governor, and Alabama legislature all have the ability to mandate net metering.  In the State of Alabama, net metering is not mandated, but instead it is up to the utility company whether or not to offer net metering. The Tennessee Valley Authority provides net metering to the areas it serves in  northern Alabama. However, Alabama Power has much lower Purchase of Alternative Energy rates (PAE rates). PAE rates are similar to net metering, but energy produced for the grid is purchased at much lower rates than the retail rates. This means that Alabama Power charges customers around 12 cents per kWh of energy. However, if someone with solar panels generate excess power, Alabama Power only pays them 2-3 cents per kWh in return. This means that if someone wants to be able to generate power for their home during the day and use power from the grid at night then they must generate 3 times more power than they use!! Additionally, solar users are charged $5 per kilowatt of generating power per month from Alabama Power simply to be connected to the grid. The grid tie fee and low PAE rates mean that it takes more than double the time for the consumer to recoup the cost of the solar panels.  Alabama is one of only three states that does not allow its people to generate their own renewable energy in a cost efficient manner. Alabama should be incentivizing people to switch to renewable power instead of penalizing them for trying to go green. If more people use rooftop solar in Alabama then there will be a decrease in pollution and the consumption of fossil fuels. Also residential solar will bring new jobs to Alabama. There are now more Americans employed in the solar energy industry than by the extraction of coal, oil, and natural gas. The solar industry has many great opportunities in the future. If the solar industry in Alabama is allowed to develop, more workers, contractors, and businesses will become employed. This new industry will bring green collar jobs to Alabama. An investment in renewable energy that everyone can take part in is an investment in a sustainable future. 

Sean Baxter
30 supporters