On Monday, 12/1/2014, IDEAS For Us made a comment to the Environmental Protection Agency on it’s new Clean Power Plan carbon emissions reduction rule.
The proposed rule will set a goal of reducing nationwide emissions to 30% under 2005 levels by 2030. The EPA states that proposed rule will “…lead to climate and health benefits worth an estimated $55 billion to $93 billion in 2030, including avoiding 2,700 to 6,600 premature deaths and 140,000 to 150,000 asthma attacks in children.”
IDEAS For Us’ full comment can be read below:
In response to EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602
Dear Environmental Protection Agency,
As a 501c3 environmental non-profit organization based in the United States, IDEAS For Us shows full support for the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Reducing carbon emissions is one step forward to “Acting on Climate,” which many local and state governments and non-profits have already taken action on. Where industry fails to act in the best interest of the general public, Americans need the government to step in and regulate their negative externalities. For too long, energy companies have made exponential profit through unregulated practices that pollute carbon, while American citizens have been shouldering the burden of climate change. In fact, IDEAS For Us has directly felt these effects in two major cities where we have operations: Miami, Florida is rapidly losing its coastline to rising water, and Bridgeport, Connecticut was hit with Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
In response to these effects, IDEAS For Us and 400,000 of our fellow citizens took to the streets in September 2014 to demand that leaders in the consequent UN Summit take action on climate. Those 400,000 people are just a small sample of the majority of Americans who believe that pollutants that cause climate change should be regulated by the EPA (Washington Post, 2014.) In fact, even a majority of Americans who live in states where governors have threatened litigation over this rule believe in regulating carbon (Natural Resources Defense Council, 2014.)
We believe that the Clean Power Plan is a valuable supplement to the Clean Air Act. This proposed rule is America’s best option to modernize our regulations on carbon pollution, and needs to be enacted to save our citizens and our children from the worst effects of climate change.
Jacob D Robison, LEED GA, G-PRO
Northeastern Programs Director, IDEAS For Us
105 Williamsburg Road, Bridgeport, CT 06606