Letter: A huge win for families
This week, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed the first-ever federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants, the largest single source of global warming pollution in America.
Across the state, people have felt the consequences of global warming.
In the Northeast, extreme precipitation events have increased by 30 percent and superstorms like Hurricane Sandy are threatening public safety. Irregular winters are negatively impacting our ski and tourism industries. Along our coasts, sea levels are already rising, making storm surges more damaging and disturbing our fisheries.
The National Climate Assessment, released in May, recognized today’s impacts with the statement, “Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present.”
This announcement is a huge win for the health of our families and our environment. It is in large part a testament to the millions of Americans, more than 600 local elected officials and hundreds of small businesses that have already demanded the cutting of carbon pollution.
EPA’s proposal, once finalized, will be the largest step the U.S. has ever taken to combat global warming, and it’s our best chance to give our children a legacy we can be proud of.
I applaud Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s vocal leadership on this issue, and hope Sen. Kelly Ayotte joins her in stepping up to the plate and supporting these first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants.