Following last week's historic climate meetings in Copenhagen, President Obama is pushing forward strong new steps to cut U.S. climate pollution. If enacted, this plan would be the crowning environmental achievement of his first year in office.
Obama's plan would use the Clean Air Act to set the first-ever limits on global warming emissions from factories and power plants. The Clean Air Act is one of the most successful laws in U.S. history, and Obama's plan would both help the environment and boost clean energy jobs.
But Big Oil and Coal lobbyists are doing everything they can to stop him, spending millions on lobbyists and questioning proven science.1 If we don't act now to show that we support President Obama's efforts on global warming, the administration might cave in to right-wing pressure.
You can help by signing our petition to the Obama administration today. The official deadline for submitting petitions on this issue is in just a few days. Clicking here will add your name:
The petition says: "I support President Obama's plan to enforce limits on global warming pollution from coal plants and other big polluters under the Clean Air Act."
The Environmental Protection Agency, which is taking the lead on Obama's proposal, closely monitors the public responses they get on major proposals. Our petition will make a real difference at this critical moment.
For years, weak enforcement of the Clean Air Act has allowed the oldest, dirtiest power plants to keep running years after they should have been replaced. These ancient plants—some literally over 100 years old—dominate the electricity market and crowd out wind and solar.2
With pollution limits on these plants, the least efficient technology will be replaced, and the market will open up for cleaner energy sources like wind and solar.
But Big Oil and Coal lobbyists are pulling out all the stops, saying that clean energy will hurt jobs and the economy—when just the opposite is true.3 In fact, wind and solar create twice as many jobs as coal.4
We need to show that the American people support President Obama's efforts to fight global warming. You can help by signing our petition urging the Obama administration not to back down. Clicking here will add your name:
Thank you for all you do.
–Steven, Marika, Laura, Anna, and the rest of the team
Sources:1. "U.S. Chamber Spent a Record $34.7 Million on Lobbying in Past 3 Months," The Wall Street Journal, October 19, 2009
2. "Dirty Kilowatts," Environmental Integrity Project, July 26, 2007
4. "The Economic Benefits of Investing in Clean Energy," Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, June 18, 2009
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