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Pass the EPA's Clean Power Plan
Dear Congressmen and women against the EPA's Clean Power Plan,
It is important that you pass the EPA's Clean Power Plan that was proposed on June 2nd. Climate change is arguably the most pressing and important issue that we, as Americans and as human beings, are currently facing because it is our health and the health of our children that are on the line. It is going to take dramatic and immediate action to reduce the environmental damage that we have already caused, and this Act is one step of many that we must take.
Why is this important?
The Clean Power Plan is the first proposal that will reduce the carbon emissions of already existing power plants, the single largest carbon pollution producers, who account for one-third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions. According to EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy, the new plan will "[leverage] cleaner energy sources and [cut] energy waste" and "it will clean the air we breathe while slowing climate change". Furthermore, McCarthy says that "We don't have to choose between a healthy economy and a healthy environment," the Clean Power Plan "will sharpen America's competitive edge, spur innovation, and create jobs."
The proposed regulations will make power plants more efficient and less polluting. By 2030, it will cut carbon emissions in the power sector by 30% nationwide below 2005 levels. It will avoid up to 6,600 premature deaths and shrink electricity bills by roughly 8 percent.
The Clean Power Plan will be implemented through a state-federal partnership, adjusting itself to work best for the environmental situation that is unique to each state. States that have already invested in energy-efficient programs are free and able to build upon these programs. Plans are due by June 2016.