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Big Win for Clean Cars
This is a historic week for U.S. consumers and for the future of our nation’s costly oil use. The Obama administration just finalized fuel economy and global warming emissions standards for cars and light trucks sold in model years 2017-2025, which will roughly double the fuel efficiency of these vehicles.
The standards will save drivers of a new 2025 vehicle nearly $8,000 over its lifetime, compared to driving a typical vehicle on the road today. In addition, the standards will reduce global warming emissions by as much as 270 million metric tons in 2030—the equivalent of shutting down 65 coal-fired power plants for one year.
These standards represent the biggest single step our country can take to reduce oil use, cutting consumption by 1.5 million barrels a day in 2030 and putting us on the path towards halving our projected oil use over the next 20 years.
Much work remains to get to this ambitious goal, and we will no doubt have to protect this hard-fought victory. But today we celebrate, and say thank you.
Thank you for being a part of the UCS community that contacted the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Transportation (DOT), and White House more than 75,000 times to support strong clean car standards throughout the last two years. Thank you for supporting and defending these standards at public hearings, in local newspapers, and in your communities. We would not be celebrating this victory without you.
Now we need your help in delivering one last thank you: Tell the EPA and DOT how much you appreciate the finalization of these standards.
Send a Thank You Today! www.ucsusa.org
National Field Organizer
UCS Clean Vehicles Program
|August 10, 2012| View Online|
|Soot Pollution 101|
|What You Need to Know and How You Can Help Prevent It
By Jackie Weidman, Susannah Marshall
Earlier this summer the Environmental Protection Agency proposed updated clean-air standards that will prevent tens of thousands of premature deaths. The proposal comes in response to legal action calling upon the EPA to update final regulations for particle pollution. This rule is in line with the Clean Air Act’s requirements to protect public health and improve air quality.
A Huge Show of Support for the Power Plant Standard The Environmental Protection Agency received more than 2.3 million comments in support of the carbon pollution standard, breaking its previous public comment record by leaps and bounds. Thank you for making history with us.
You Made History! The EPA Received a Record-Breaking Number of Comments in Support of the Carbon Pollution Standard
We all understand that carbon pollution from burning fossil fuels—the gasoline in our cars and coal in our power plants—are contributing to global warming. With so much of the country undergoing drought, heat waves, and other weather extremes, many are asking if climate change is playing a role.
The latest science studying extreme weather events over decades indicates strong evidence for links between climate change and extreme heat, intense precipitation, and droughts. It’s clear that the time for climate action is now.That’s why I’m so excited to say that, with your help, more than 40,000 UCS supporters submitted comments in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) proposed standard to reduce carbon pollution from new power plants.
Not only did UCS surpass our goal of 40,000 comments, but together with a broad coalition of public health, environmental, labor, faith, and other organizations, we made history and broke a record! More than 2.3 million citizens across the country submitted comments to the EPA in support of the carbon pollution standard.
This is the most comments the EPA has ever received on a proposed standard, and demonstrates the widespread public support for the EPA’s efforts to protect our health and clean up dirty power plants. In addition, UCS staff and members of the UCS Science Network—including doctors, nurses, and economists—testified in support of the standard at hearings in Chicago and Washington, DC. We also released a letter from 372 public health professionals who back the EPA’s efforts to address climate change.
This was truly an unprecedented showing of support for action to limit carbon emissions from power plants. Now, we’re ready for the next step.
We expect the EPA to finalize its standard for new power plants this year and then to follow up with similarly strong standards to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants—like our nation’s oldest and dirtiest coal fired power plants—which accounts for about 40 percent of our global warming emissions.
Unfortunately, some lawmakers have already announced that they plan to introduce legislation to block or delay this historic standard as soon as it is finalized this year. But I know I can count on you to help defend the EPA’s standard from congressional attacks in the coming months.
Thank you for helping make this a big success! The EPA has heard loud and clear that the country is ready to meet the climate challenge—and that this is only the first, small step towards protecting our health and the environment from the impacts of global warming.
Chrissy Elles Outreach Associate UCS Climate & Energy Program
| First Posted on 6/15Friends,
An unprecedented event has occurred in the fight for cleaner air. This week, a broad coalition of environmental public health, and progressive organizations supporting clean air safeguards announced that they have collected nearly two million public comments in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Carbon Pollution Standard, which limits industrial carbon pollution from new power plants.
In the last couple of months, more than 2 million Americans have submitted comments in support of the EPA’s proposal to protect our health — more comments than any agency has ever received on a proposal. It’s a huge accomplishment, but we can’t announce victory just yet — Big Coal is pulling out all the stops to stand in the way of the EPA’s progress to curb carbon pollution.
Join the 2 million strong who’ve taken action to stand up for clean, healthy air. Learn more about the EPA’s proposal below and submit your comment today!
|Tell the EPA: Americans
Support Industrial Carbon
There is currently no federal limit on how much life-threatening carbon pollution can be spewed by coal plants — pollution that is linked to significant health hazards like asthma-inducing smog.
The EPA knows that 158 million Americans live in counties with unacceptable air pollution levels — which is why they are about to make history by proposing first-ever carbon pollution protections.1
Tell the EPA that we support industrial carbon pollution protections so all of our families can breathe clean air.
Yet even before the EPA moves forward, corporate polluters like the infamous Koch Brothers align against us.
The Koch Brothers have been quietly using their billions for years to undermine efforts to address carbon pollution — all so they can continue raking in record profits spewing unchecked pollution into our air.
Big Coal and Big Oil billionaires are not in charge of our health: join the effort to send hundreds of thousands of message to the EPA in support of strong industrial carbon pollution protections.
When we’re united, we’re a more powerful force than all the corporate polluters and their money. We beat them last year on major life-saving mercury protections — and we’ll do it again and again until our air and water are clean. We’ll challenge them at every level — in the media, in our communities, and in the halls of government. Together, we can create a future that is cleaner and healthier for everyone.
Join me in ensuring the EPA protects our families from industrial carbon pollution — send your message today.
The stakes are high – if we don’t do something about carbon pollution, we’ll see more kids who can’t practice their sports outside, more seniors with lung disease unable to enjoy a walk outdoors, and more adults with asthma and other respiratory disorders who never had it before.2
With strong carbon pollution protections, we can move off outdated and dirty coal-fired power plants. Our country has 21st century clean energy technologies. It’s time to use them.
It’s time for a change: let the EPA know Americans stand behind cleaner air!
Thanks for all you do to protect our environment!
Mary Anne Hitt
Beyond Coal Campaign Director
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The House of Representatives will soon vote on yet another fossil fuel industry-backed bill, attacking clean air and public health. It is critical that we stand up for strong standards based on independent science, not false economic claims from big polluters.
The Gasoline Regulations Act (H.R. 4771) is an all-out attack on our clean air and public health. The bill would force the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to give undo weight to the industry’s economic claims when setting what should be, first and foremost, science-based standards that protect our health and environment.
The legislation delays standards that would save lives and save money by reducing sulfur in gasoline.
The bill also attacks standards that would limit ozone and other harmful air pollutants from power plants and global warming emissions from oil refineries. Some members of Congress may even attempt to amend the bill to prevent the EPA from moving forward with their historic draft standard to limit global warming pollution from new power plants.
Fossil fuel lobbyists and their allies in Congress are attacking the EPA with false claims about the impact that these proposed standards might have on gas prices. But we know that this bill will have no effect on fuel prices, but would have a lasting, negative impact on public health.
Congress needs to hear from Americans like you who support the EPA’s efforts to protect our health from dirty energy and dirty fuels.
Tell your member of Congress: Don’t block vital standards for our health and environment—vote no on the Gasoline Regulations Act.
Take Action Today!
Sincerely, Chrissy Elles Outreach Associate UCS Climate & Energy Program