A personal quest to promote the use of wind energy and hydrogen technology in the Great Lakes area of the United States. The Great Lakes area is in a unique position to become an energy exporting region through these and other renewable energy technologies. *Update 2014: Just do it everywhere - Dan*
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Tell your state officials: Make fossil fuel companies pay
---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: "Kate DeAngelis, Friends of the Earth" <email@example.com> Date: Aug 13, 2014 12:03 PM Subject: Tell your state officials: Make fossil fuel companies pay To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Cc:
Did you know the EPA is protecting big corporations from having to pay for the pollution they cause?
People like you and me should not have to pay for the damage that big polluters inflict on the environment and our health.
There is a solution: we could charge polluters for the environmental destruction they cause. This would provide an incentive to reduce their carbon pollution without passing the costs on to taxpayers like us.
Unfortunately, the EPA is making it difficult to implement a tax on carbon. Under the recently-proposed carbon rules, states may not be able to use a carbon tax to meet their obligations for reducing carbon pollution. But your state officials can pressure the EPA to clarify the rule.
The EPA is considering various opinions on how to implement the rules, and comments from states will be very influential. Now is your chance to tell your state officials to submit comments to the EPA asking for them to clarify that a carbon tax is an acceptable compliance mechanism.
States are in a unique position to choose how they implement the existing power plant rule. The rule gives them a great opportunity to implement a carbon tax and reduce carbon pollution from the power sector. A successful carbon tax at the state level could then build momentum for a national carbon tax, which would force all polluters across the country to pay the true cost of their destruction to our health and our environment.