EPA proposal would reduce carbon pollution by 730 million metric tonnes by 2030

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Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the first-ever proposed carbon pollution limit for existing power plants, marking the biggest step yet in the fight against global warming. Power plants are the largest source of carbon pollution in both Montana and the United States. We urgently need you to contact Montana elected officials who will play a critical role in the implementation of these standards, and ask them to support carbon pollution limits for power plants and a strong state plan.

EPA’s proposed carbon pollution standard requires Montana to reduce power plant carbon pollution by 21% by 2030 from 2012 levels. The EPA proposal provides Montana considerable flexibility and a menu of options to develop a state plan that is tailored to our unique needs. The proposed rule provides the opportunity to use renewable energy and energy efficiency to meet the standards. Montana stands to benefit immensely from increased development of our vast clean energy resources. Finally, the proposed rule will lead to $55 – $93 million worth of climate and health benefits and avoid up to 140,000 asthma attacks in children.

Montanans recognize that human-caused global warming is already causing significant impacts, and that we need a thoughtful transition from carbon-intensive energy sources to clean energy. Montana is heating up. Wildfires are fouling our summer air and costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. Longer summers and milder winters are allowing beetles to destroy our forests. Our world-renowned streams and rivers are warming up and suffering from low water flows in late summer. These dramatic changes are harming our farmers and ranchers, our tourism economy, and our way of life. Please contact our elected officials today, and ask them to show courageous leadership by supporting the EPA proposal.

Thank you for all that you do to fight global warming!

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