2.1 Million Comments to Cut Carbon Pollution
The National Wildlife Federation and a coalition of allies, including Environment America, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Interfaith Power and Light, just delivered more than 2.1 million comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in support of carbon pollution standards for coal-fired power plants. The massive delivery marked the largest number of public comments ever submitted to a federal agency!
The Environmental Protection Agency’s new safeguards are a historic step, setting the first-ever national limits on the amount of dangerous carbon pollution that new power plants can emit into our air. These limits are critical to protecting public health and tackling climate change that threatens the future of wildlife.
Gina McCarthy, Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, accepted the comments on behalf of the EPA and thanked the coalition for giving voice to millions of Americans who are concerned about our environment. The record-breaking 2.1 million comments—over 100,000 of which were submitted by NWF activists—will give the EPA the support they need to finalize strong carbon emissions standards. McCarthy told us:
It’s going to take these voices – loud voices – to make all the right things happen here in Washington, D.C., and your ability to bring millions of those voices to the table will make a difference…It’s going to make a difference in how this administration can achieve the kind of goal that it promises to achieve.
While these carbon pollution standards for new power plants are an important first step in the EPA’s work to address climate change, they are not enough, and we look forward to the EPA’s release of a proposal to safeguard the public and wildlife from carbon emissions from existing power plants. We know our activists will be up to the challenge of setting yet another comment record.
The official comment period is over, but EPA is still accepting comments in support of limiting carbon pollution from new coal-fired power plants. Add your voice to the 2.1 million!