*Comment deadline has been extended to January 16, 2018*
Last month Scott Pruitt, the Trump-appointed director of the Environmental Protection Agency, signed a measure to repeal the Clean Power Plan, the United States’ first-ever rule to limit the carbon pollution of power plants.
The Clean Power Plan was the centerpiece of Obama’s commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement and was expected to reduce power sector carbon emissions by 32% by 2030, as well as cutting down on pollution and preventing thousands of premature deaths, heart attacks, and asthma attacks in communities that live in the shadow of power plants.
As people of faith and conscience, we are morally called to fight the repeal of the Clean Power Plan and call for strengthened provisions to protect frontline, low-income, Indigenous, and people of color communities. The EPA is required to accept public comments, and the comment deadline has been extended to January 16, 2018. There was a two-day public hearing in Charleston, West Virginia, on November 28-29.
Submit a comment to the EPA and send a message to Scott Pruitt. You are invited to pull from the bullet points below, but we recommend that you write a unique comment using your own words so that comments are not bundled together and counted as only one message.
- As a person of faith, I call on the EPA to not repeal the Clean Power Plan, but instead strengthen the Clean Power Plan to reduce power plant pollution and address the dire threat of climate change in ways that create environmental justice by protecting frontline, low-income, Indigenous, and people of color communities, as outlined in the Climate Justice Alliance’s Our Power Plan.
- The Clean Power Plan is necessary to help prevent man-made climate change from causing increasingly devastating impacts, such as the severity of hurricanes.
- The Clean Power Plan creates national standards for carbon pollution from power plants and helps states develop and deploy clean energy alternatives.
- The poor and vulnerable in front-line communities, along with our descendants worldwide, will be hit the worst by climate change.
- The U.S. is still legally bound to the Paris Climate Agreement in spite of recent statements and the Clean Power Plan is needed to fulfill the U.S. Nationally Determined Contribution made at the Paris Climate meeting.
- The Sabin Center of Columbia University has filed an amicus brief in support of the Clean Power Plan on behalf of the National League of Cities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and 54 U.S. cities, counties, and mayors.
- We must transition to a bright new renewable energy future. As one of the most effective tools we have right now to fight climate change and protect the air we breathe, the Clean Power Plan is part of that future. Don’t destroy it—strengthen it.
Take action to protect our future, the health of marginalized communities, and future generations.