Dear Caretakers of Creation,
I am writing to ask you to
join us in sending a comment to the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) in support of their historic carbon pollution safeguards
for new power plants. The EPA has taken an important step in
the fight against climate change, proposing the first-ever limits
of greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants. The proposed
carbon rule would set an upper limit on the amount of carbon
that a power plant can emit per every kilowatt hour generated.
Fossil-fuel burning power
plants currently emit more than two billion tons of carbon pollution
and other toxic pollutants into the air each year. These emissions
not only fuel global warming but also increase the number of
unhealthy air days, resulting in more respiratory ailments,
heart attacks, asthma attacks, and other harmful health effects
especially in children and elder adults. Air pollution
disproportionately impacts poor communities in the US.
Meanwhile, big polluters,
especially the coal industry, are spending millions on lobbying,
lawsuits, and a media campaign to confuse the public and get
Congress to block the EPA's action.
In the US, clean air is not
just about the health of God's Creation, it is about the health
of all our communities. "We know the potential impacts
of climate change touch everything from agriculture to tourism
and will have an extraordinary environmental and economic footprint
if allowed to go unchecked," said EPA Administrator Lisa
Jackson. "And when we see the extraordinary potential for
cleaner, cheaper energy for American people and the chance to
lead a global market place for clean energy technology, it is
clear that we must take action."
This is why we need your
help. Support EPA's new carbon pollution rules for new power
plants. Comments will be accepted until June 25, 2012. The Episcopal
Ecological Network (EpEN), in partnership with the National
Council of Churches' Eco-Justice Office has set up an easy on-line
way to submit your support for these first-ever carbon pollution
send in your comment of support to the EPA today! This link
will take you to a page with letter you may send as is or edit
and send to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.
Join EpEN and NCC Eco-Justice,
together with our allies in the environmental and public health
communities, in collecting an unprecedented number of comments,
like yours, to ensure the new standards will take effect despite
partisan and corporate opposition. Let us leave no doubt in
anyone's mind that people of faith stand on the side of God's
Creation, human health, and climate safety.
The Reverend Frank A Edmands
Chair, Episcopal Ecological Network