Virginia Chapter Sierra Club

Tell Sen. Mark Warner to support EPA carbon rules

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Because Congress has failed to act on climate change, the U.S. EPA is moving forward with several measures to begin reducing carbon pollution from a variety of sources including coal fired power plants. 

The EPA rules are due out in early June but the National Mining Association is already running radio and internet ads attacking the EPA.  Meanwhile, sea level rise and severe storm events are already impacting and will continue to impact Virginia's economy.  We cannot delay action!  By acting now, Sen. Warner can help to insure a smooth transition to a clean energy economy with thousands of new jobs in the solar, wind and efficiency sectors.  

Tell Senator Mark Warner to support EPA efforts to reign in carbon pollution from fossil fuel power plants NOW!

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Support EPA rules to reduce carbon pollution

Dear [Decision Maker],

Because Congress has failed to act on climate change, the U.S. EPA is moving forward with several measures to begin reducing carbon pollution from a variety of sources including coal fired power plants. These measures come as no surprise to the coal industry which has known they need to reduce their carbon pollution emissions for more than a decade. Despite this warning, the industry has done little to invest in technology to capture and store carbon preferring instead to lobby Congress to block meaningful measures to reduce carbon pollution.

Now the EPA is ready to act with one rule to limit carbon pollution from new fossil fuel power plants and another to address carbon pollution from existing coal and natural gas fired power plants.



Certainly, efforts must be undertaken to support the economy in the coalfields of Southwest Virginia as demand for coal wanes under competitive pressure from natural gas and new pollution rules. However, we must not delay action to reduce carbon pollution. Sea level rise and severe storm events are already impacting and will continue to impact Virginia's economy. By acting now, we can insure a smooth transition to a clean energy economy with thousands of new jobs in the solar, wind and efficiency sectors.

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