Fossil fuel–fired power plants are the largest single source of carbon dioxide emissions in the US. They account for a third of the greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. Up until now, there have been no rules to control the amount of carbon pollution released into the atmosphere; carbon dioxide has not been a regulated air pollutant.
Now, the EPA is proposing a Clean Power Plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels, by 2030. The proposal will also cut pollution that leads to soot and smog by over 25 percent. The Clean Power Plan will give flexibility to states to choose how to meet their individual goals.
The PEC Advocacy Committee has prepared official comments (hot link to comments) on the Plan and is asking the EPA to strengthen the rules by
• Increasing reductions of carbon emissions from power plants by at least 50%.
• Requiring at least 80% of our energy from non-fossil fuel sources by 2050.
• Maintaining states’ schedules to submit plans by 2020, with no extensions.
You can submit your own comments online or sign an online letter. The comment period on the Clean Power Plan is open until December 1.
This action to restrict the amount of carbon that can be released is a big step toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions that are causing climate change. As Christians who take God’s command to be good stewards of the earth seriously, supporting this first time ruling is a simple way to protect God’s Creation and stop the increasing amounts of greenhouse gases that humans are releasing into the atmosphere.
Holy Creator, creation is too wonderful, too ancient, too beautiful, and too good to be desecrated, and yet, our use of fossil fuels tells a different story. Help us align our words and our actions. Open our hearts to change and our mouths that they may speak to our government leaders. Open the ears of Administrator McCarthy that she might hear the roar of millions of voices calling for fast, decisive action on carbon emissions. Let our love for you be evident in this time for comment. Amen