Washington, DC (May 9, 2014) – Today, The Climate Reality Project announced the delivery of more than 80,000 citizen comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in support of the EPA’s proposed carbon pollution standards.
“Power plants are using our atmosphere as an open sewer, spewing carbon pollution that is resulting in grave public health, economic, social and environmental costs for people all across America,” saidVice President Al Gore, chairman of The Climate Reality Project. “The EPA’s proposed rule to limit this pollution is a bold step forward in protecting not only the health of all Americans, but of our global climate.”
The rule, a key component of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, will give the first nationwide limits on the amount of carbon pollution that future power plants will be allowed to emit. The impactof this rule is that no new coal-fired power plant will be built in the United States unless it has stringent carbon capture and storage technology to limit pollution.
“Right now, dirty power plants are dumping unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into our air. Our People vs. Carbon campaign brings every day citizens – from moms, to health professionals, to foodies, to skiers and snowboarders across the country –to let their voices be heard and call for a change,” said Ken Berlin, CEO of The Climate Reality Project. “In the coming weeks and months, The Climate Reality Project will double down to raise awareness and organize actions on the next most significant step of the Administration’s Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants.”
In addition to gathering over 80,000 comments in support of the rule, The Climate Reality Project directed over 6,000 Tweets at the EPA and encouraged over 6,300 people to share graphics on social media calling for the EPA to implement the crucial yet basic protections afforded by this proposed carbon-reducing rule. Climate Reality is one of many organizations delivering millions of comments overall to EPA.
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