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ADVOCACY ALERT: Reduce Carbon Dioxide Alert from Power Plants

Tell the EPA to enact important standards for power plants! 
from the ELCA Washington Office

Early this year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed standards under the federal Clean Air Act that would reduce harmful emissions from new power plants. The EPA is accepting public input on the proposal until May 9th. 

This is your opportunity to weigh in on critical new protections for public health and the health of God's creation! Tell the EPA to enact these important standards. Strong standards for new power plants will help to save lives and help our country transition to a cleaner energy economy. 

Click HERE to visit our ELCA Advocacy Action Center today! 

Power plants that use fossil fuels, particularly coal, emit more than two billion tons of carbon dioxide and other toxic pollutants into our air each year. In 2009 the EPA made a scientific determination, under the federal Clean Air Act, that carbon pollution and other greenhouse gases pose a threat to human health by increasing the number of unhealthy air days. Unhealthy air results in more respiratory ailments, heart attacks, heat-related deaths, asthma attacks, and other harm to the public’s health. These health problems disproportionately impact vulnerable communities including communities of color, low-income communities, children and the elderly. 

Power plants are the single largest source of carbon dioxide pollution in the country and contribute greatly to climate change. There are currently no limits on the amount of greenhouse gases power plants can emit. The proposed rule sets a strong standard that will modernize our nation’s power plants while reducing pollution and limiting our contribution to global climate change. 

Visit our resources page to learn more about reducing carbon dioxide emissions.