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Speak Up to Support the Clean Power Plan!

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The Clean Power Plan, the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants, was released on August 3, 2015. If you are in support of climate action and clean energy, please raise your voice to support strong action on climate with the tools below.

Write a Letter to the Editor
Writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper is a great way to share your opinion and it’s not as hard as it sounds. You can use the talking points available here and copied below to help formulate your letter. You can find the submission information of many local papers in the Southeast here, along with additional tips to make your letter as likely as possible for publication.

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Learn More
Learn more about the Clean Power Plan and what it means for the Southeast here.

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Talking points for a letter to the editor or op-ed on the Clean Power Plan:

  • The Clean Power Plan is the first ever limits placed on carbon pollution from power plants, which are the top source of carbon pollution nationally.
  • The Clean Power Plan seeks to cut roughly a third of the country’s power plant carbon pollution (from 2005 levels).

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  • When power companies reduce carbon pollution, they also cut soot and smog forming pollution, which are contributors to four of the top five causes of death in the U.S.: heart disease, cancer, stroke, and chronic lower respiratory diseases.
  • By the time that its goals are reached in 2030, the Clean Power Plan is projected to prevent annually between 1,500 and 3,600 premature deaths, 90,000 asthma attacks in children, up to 1,700 heart attacks, 1,700 hospital admissions, and 300,000 missed school and work days.
  • For every $1 that is invested in Clean Power Plan compliance, American families reap $4 in health benefits.
  • The public health and climate benefits of the Clean Power Plan are worth an estimated $34 billion to $54 billion per year in 2030, far outweighing the costs of $8.4 billion.
  • Due to increased energy efficiency, the Clean Power Plan is projected to reduce the average American’s electric bill by about $7 per month or $85 per year by 2030.
  • Transitioning to clean energy makes for economic development opportunities, like new jobs in energy efficiency and solar power.
  • The Clean Power Plan allows for great flexibility for each state to carefully craft an individualized implementation plan, putting states in the drivers’ seat and allowing them to meet their unique needs.
  • Ignoring the threats of climate change is not a viable option. The risks are too great are already being felt, from extreme storms, to heat waves and drought, to flooding from sea level rise. The sooner we act, the better for our quality of life and our economic prosperity.
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