The EPA is listening: Time for you to speak up on power plant emissions

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Imagine if we didn’t have seatbelt or car safety standards in place to reduce the dangers of car crashes, the leading cause of unintentional death to children? Or what if society made no effort to curb tobacco use, the single most preventable cause of disease? Well, we didn’t always have these important standards and guidelines. It took the work of many advocates to bring them about.

Now our country has the chance to help slow climate change by placing common sense limits on carbon pollution from power plants – the single largest source of climate pollution in the United States.

Right now, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding public listening sessions across the country to solicit input on carbon pollution standards for new power plants, an important first step in protecting public health and reducing carbon pollution. Millions of Americans and numerous organizations, including businesses, health, environmental groups, Latino and women’s groups, among others, support strong carbon limits for power plants.

It will take all of us to make this a reality. We know the risks of climate change. We know what generates these risks. And we know what it will take to mitigate these risks. It’s time for common sense standards on the single largest source of climate pollution in the U.S.

The EPA is ready to listen to your climate change story. Why do you support strong carbon standards for power plants? 

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Marcelo Norsworthy, based in EDF's Austin, TX, office, works on air pollution issues related to seaports and freight movement. He is particularly interested in the localized health effects of pollution emissions. 

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EPA! Set achievable standards that will lower atomospheric carbon to below 350ppm, say by 2020, tax all emissions in excess of those standards, and use those funds to bolster natural habitats and envirnoment, open spaces, and alternative transportation and fuels. Do it NOW!!

Supporting the EPA's strong carbon reduction standards for power plants is all well and good, but like any other rule or regulation, there will always be ways around it. For example, I just read an article today (http://www.environmentalleader.com/2013/11/05/utilities-turn-to-wood-to-...) that says how some power plants are using wood pulp to augment their coal burning Production as a way of reducing carbon emissions. While this "workaround" does nothing to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels, it might very well allow coal burning power plants to operate for another few decades.

Power plants are the single largest source of climate pollution in the United States, therefore, it must be regulated and limits placed on the pollution produced.

I do not believe that the EPA has been doing its job in protecting Americans from the harmful emissions put out by the power plants. It's time to do something for Americans, for the people paying their taxes, and stop pandering to the big business money who has bought Washington with their revolving doors. Take charge of the situation that you were given directives to control. I do not believe there should be any more coal fired power plants anywhere in America. With all the wind and solar possibilities, there is no need to keep polluting our air and water, the two commodities so necessary for healthy life. What is going on in America? Why is it that every time we turn around, something else is being overlooked, or some other environmental hazard has been approved, all to the benefit of big business and to the detriment of the American people. Get it together.

What good is anything else, if you can't breathe?

I was shocked last year to learn the EPA was regulating toxic air pollution and not carbon air pollution. Let's fix this ridiculousness ASAP!

Who is protecting the environment if not you? Clean up the toxins and go for sustainable energy now.

In the last two years alone I have seen a drastic decline in frogs and toads in my neighborhood. I've seen no monarch butterflies this summer at all. There are no more honey bees in my lawn despite the fact that I have planted clover for them. These are awfully clear signs of change partially due to climate pattern disruption. There are many factors contributing to populations declining, not the least of which are the emissions from power palnts that add to global warming which are increasing the hole in the ozone and disrupting the balance of life forms on the planet. I support strong carbon standards for power plants.

"War becomes perpetual when used as a rational for peace," Norman Solomon. "Peace becomes perpetual when used as a rational for survival." Yours truly. Socially enabled capitalism is a failed paradigm. War is a prime example, as is EXXON et. al., Wall Street, etc.... Stop profits from the exploitation and pollution of the commons. Give PEACE a chance. All we are saying is give GREEN a chance.

The only "just war" is a war of the survival of humanity and Earth's Life Support systems. Both under threat by our socially enabled capitalistic paradigm and the ability of the few to profit from the pollution and exploitation of the commons. A "We All Win War," WAWW, can, and in fact, must be fought on all fronts with the mantra of minimal death and maximum good to all life, starting with the poorest of the poor or closest to extinction receiving the most attention. If the military oath to protect the Nation and its people from threats both foreign and domestic then the military ethic must transform itself from a killing machine to a sustainable greening machine. (Who would not want to serve?) Doing that would take the wind out of the sails of terrorists the world over. Post traumatic stress and physical carnage would be all but abolished. Finally there would be at least some justification for the yearly trillion dollar ++ traditional war spending the world over. Distributed energy to the masses brings profits to the people not the polluters who have prospered enough. Greed vermin will get buy just fine for the time being. It is the rest of us in immediate peril.

The GPO do not fund abortion. Fine. A precedent. Why must progressives be forced to fund the ecocide of Earth's life support systems?

Hey folks, remember, some of us have to breath this stuff...

Please decrease carbon emissions!!!

Please don't bow to corporate pressure. The facts are all there...the incidence of asthma has been skyrocketing...the climate has been disastrously affected...etc., etc., etc. Hopefully it's not too late. There must be the most stringent and closely monitored rules and procedures in place. We owe it to ourselves, to the planet that sustains us, and to future generations. Please do the moral thing.

For the sake of the children please lower carbon emissions!!

"War becomes perpetual when used as a rational for peace," Norman Solomon. "Peace becomes perpetual when used as a rational for survival." Leif Knutsen

The original "Tea Party" was a rebellion of taxation without representation. Today it is far worse. This is taxation in support of the ecocide of the Planet.

The fundamental flaw with western capitalism, IMO is the failure to place a value on the Planet's life support systems. We all pay to dump our garbage, ($120/ton here), waste, even rain water fees for storm water run off in many areas. ($5/month here.) Corporations are "people" now. Corpro/People deserve a bulk rate of "Free" plus subsidies for toxins? They piddle all over themselves at the suggestion of $25/ton for toxins. Even as society, (you and I are fined for throwing a paper cup out the car window), are on the hook for far more in mitigation costs. The latest government numbers I have seen are ~$50/ton and that is surely low ball.

"Socially enabled capitalism" has run its course and the cat is out of the bag. Look around, who has all the money? Stop profits from the pollution of the commons.

GO GREEN. Resistance is fatal to earth's life support systems.

Captain Leif Knutsen, ret.