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Reduce Carbon Pollution -- Support a Strong EPA Rule

September 18, 2014

The EPA has proposed a rule to reduce carbon pollution from coal-fired and natural gas-fired power plants. This rule is our biggest opportunity in years to reduce greenhouse gases, tackle climate change, and take strides toward a clean, healthy energy future.

Please voice your support for a strong, health-protective rule by submitting your comment to the EPA today.

Comments can be brief and non-technical. Stress the health effects of climate change and discuss points that affect you, your family, or your region. Put them into your own words.

Here are three key points you may want to convey to the EPA:

  1. By reducing carbon pollution, the rule protects human health.
    Carbon pollution from power plants is the single leading source of climate change in the U.S. Climate change affects our health -- here, now, in our communities -- in many ways:
    • Increasing temperatures can cause heat waves that lead to heat stroke.
    • Disease-bearing insects are on the move, exposing new populations to diseases like West Nile virus, Lyme disease and malaria.
    • Extreme weather events cause storms, flooding and sea surges that lead to accidents and drowning, contaminate water, and spread waterborne diseases.
    • Wildfires cause burns, smoke and particulate inhalation. This aggravates asthma and obstructive pulmonary disease and increases cardiac deaths and stroke.
    • Food production is vulnerable to many climate change outcomes, including drought, floods, temperature extremes, insect invasions and even carbon dioxide levels. This increases the risk of famine, conflict and war.
  2. The rule allows states to develop their own plans for meeting carbon reduction targets. Ask EPA to place greater emphasis on the two best choices for health: energy efficiency and renewable energy.
    • Energy efficiency is the cheapest, fastest way to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. What we don't have to burn, we don't have to pay for -- and it won't pollute.
    • Renewable energy sources don't require burning fossil fuels and thus are much cleaner. They rely on sources that we can't deplete: sunshine, wind, water power, and temperature differentials.
    • PSR opposes the use of nuclear power to replace fossil fuels. It is too dangerous and creates wastes with carcinogenic toxicity that lasts for thousands of years.
  3. The magnitude of the climate change threat requires bold national action.
    • Tell the EPA that as a health professional (or if you're not, as a PSR member), you are concerned about climate change.
    • You call on EPA to pass a strong, health-protective rule.
    • Thank EPA for taking this step -- the biggest, most promising climate proposal in years.
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