Dear Audubon Advocate,
Birds have long been bellwethers of nature gone astray. And they have been telling us for a while that climate change is here, and now. The signs are clear—migrating songbirds are arriving early, and species that normally don’t hang around for winter are becoming more common. Climate change is upon us.
But there is good news. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing a rule to curb carbon pollution from new power plants—a historic first step in the fight to slow down climate change. Audubon and our partners collected over three million comments when the draft rule was published. Now let’s put it over the finish line with your support today.
Please send in your comments to support EPA’s final rule to limit industrial carbon pollution from new power plants.
Many energy companies are now adopting new technologies that will reduce carbon emissions by as much as 50 percent by 2030. The companies are taking these steps voluntarily, without being required by government regulation. Moreover, efforts to curb carbon pollution have been underway in municipalities and statehouses across the country. But it’s not enough without federal leadership. Now, for the first time ever, the EPA has moved to cut industrial carbon emissions from a major source like power plants—responsible for 30 percent of the carbon pollution in the U.S.
Less carbon pollution from power plants means less mercury and less toxic gas, which in turn mean less asthma and fewer early deaths from lung and heart disease. Reducing carbon pollution is our best chance of slowing climate change. This rule to curb pollution from new power plants is that first important step.
Let’s send EPA a final show of support for this critical first step to reduce industrial carbon pollution and make the air cleaner for all. Please send in your comments today. Comments are due May 9, don’t delay!