EPA’s Proposed Repeal of the Clean Power Plan
Public Comment Period
October 16, 2017 thru January 16, 2018
Submit comments to the EPA at:
Suggestions for wording comments to the EPA and for letters to editors of local newspapers:
I (We) oppose Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt’s recent proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan. (I) We support the Clean Power Plan because it sets flexible and achievable limits on otherwise unlimited dumping of carbon pollution from power plants into our air. I (We) believe this plan is a critical step toward reducing carbon pollution’s effect on the climate and being responsible stewards of God’s earth.
People of faith have a moral obligation to care for and protect our children and future generations by addressing the effects of climate change and carbon pollution, especially as they wreak havoc on the poorest and most vulnerable among us. It’s really quite simple: if we love our neighbors, we won’t pollute their air or water.
Faith communities have been gathering comments and testifying in favor of this plan for years, because it’s a matter of climate justice. As stewards of Creation, we must do better if we are to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Our children deserve a stable climate and a sustainable future. We believe that a swift and equitable transition to clean energy is a moral imperative. Cleaning-up our nation’s power plants is a critical step.
As people of faith we call for “just transitions” that involve a wide swath of those affected by the changes to work together for solutions. As we look for cleaner energy solutions, we must simultaneously work to address the economic challenges faced by coal miners and their families in this transition. We can do both. It doesn’t require a false choice between economic protections and health protections. (Note: If you want to do more to help coal communities, contact your US representative and senators and ask them to support the Reclaim Act.) < http://www.powerplusplan.org/reclaim-act/>
The Clean Power Plan is projected to prevent 90,000 asthma attacks, 300,000 missed work and school days, and 3,600 premature deaths annually by 2030. Repealing these standards means more sick kids, more expensive hospital visits, and thousands of premature deaths that could have been prevented.
The Clean Power Plan would also cut the emission of other power plant pollutants that cause asthma attacks and respiratory illnesses, and is projected to prevent thousands of premature deaths, tens of thousands of fewer asthma attacks, and total health benefits of $14 to $34 billion. (Source: https://19january2017snapshot.epa.gov/cleanpowerplan/fact-sheet-overview-clean-power-plan_.html)
Administrator Pruitt’s decision to repeal pollution limits for power plants will take our country backwards. The deadly and destructive hurricanes and wildfires that have gripped the country in 2017 demonstrate the real economic and human toll of weather events that are supercharged by global warming.