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Support for the Environmental Protection Agency's carbon protection standard for new power plants

The Episcopal Ecological Network and the National Council of Churches' Eco-Justice Office are joining hands to call for support for the Environmental Protection Agency's carbon protection standard for new power plants. The letter, below, goes into more detail.

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May 2012

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 standards. Please 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.

Thank you!

Faithfully,

The Reverend Frank A Edmands
Chair, Episcopal Ecological Network

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The EpEN is a national network of active lay and clergy persons within the Episcopal Church, USA, who share a common concern for the environment and a common belief in the presence of God in all Creation and who work to make these concerns and beliefs known throughout all Provinces and Dioceses within the church. Members come from around the Episcopal Church USA. The activities of the EpEN are focused on the areas of Reflection, Education, and Action. 

If you would like to contact any of these groups or to find out more about the EpEN, please click on the links on the left

last update:  2012-05-31

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