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Support the EPA's Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants

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Carbon Emission Standards


The RAC and the 
Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) are joining together to demonstrate support from the Jewish community for the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed new, strict standards for carbon pollution from new power plants. New, large natural gas-fired plant emissions would be limited to 1,000 pounds of CO2 per megawatt-hour and small natural gas-fired and coal-fired plants would be limited to 1,100 pounds. Conventional coal plants currently emit more than 1,800 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt. It is long overdue that we reduce the amount of CO2 in our atmosphere. Carbon emissions are the leading cause of climate change, and power plants are our nation’s largest source of carbon pollution. These proposed carbon pollution limits will set higher technology standards to reduce our nation’s contribution to climate change and air pollution. Now is the time to support the EPA’s new limits on carbon pollution and speak out for climate justice. The EPA will be taking comments on the new regulations until 60 days after publication on the federal register.  


Tell EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy that you support the EPA’s efforts to reduce carbon pollution and address climate change by creating a new Carbon Pollution Standard. Submit your comment to the EPA today by entering your zip code below. Click inside the text to add your own personal comment.


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Carbon dioxide threatens the health and well-being of communities around the US, leading to increased incidents of asthma, ozone levels and severe heat waves. This disproportionately impacts communities of color, youth, the elderly and those living in poverty, despite the fact that these communities are least responsible for such increased carbon dioxide emissions. Not only is climate change an economic and environmental problem, but it is also a national and international security threat. These new EPA standards represent an important shift in support from coal and other fossil fuels that pose serious environmental, health, and national security risks and will likely spur innovation in green technologies, creating new jobs and strengthening our economy.

As Jews we are called from the earliest verses of Torah to be good stewards of our resources, including our climate, water and air, and to protect our health and our natural world. In Midrash we are told “Take care, lest you spoil and destroy my world, because if you do, there is no one after you to make it right again” (Kohelet Rabbah 7:13).