• Survey Shows Missouri Voters Support State Plan to Cut Carbon Pollution

  • ACTION ALERT: Support the Clean Power Plan - Deadline is MONDAY, DECEMBER 1

    Support the Clean Power Plan for a healthier and cleaner Missouri Submit comments to the EPA here! Read about survey results demonstrating widespread support for carbon reductions Anyone may comment and all comments are reviewed by the EPA.  Please be courteous and respectful and let the EPA know that we’re supportive of the rule. Comments on the Clean Power Plan Proposed Rule must be received by October 16, 2014. Be sure to reference Docket ID:  EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602 Here are some basic points to make.  You can use all or some of these, and even provide your own thoughts.  The most important thing is to let your voice be heard! I support the rules as written by the EPA. I believe that carbon pollution is a problem in the United States and that we should take steps to reduce the amount emitted by our power plants. Power plants are responsible for 40% of carbon emissions in the United States. I believe that climate change is not a myth and the available science shows it is being hastened by human activity.  These Rules, as written, provide a high level of flexibility with a reasonable amount of accountability. The goals listed for each state in the Rule are reasonable and easily attainable. Without taking such steps, instances of asthma and other respiratory diseases, along with other health effects attributed to greenhouse gas emissions, will continue to increase. I encourage the EPA to hold fast to its timeline because reducing carbon emissions is critical for our health and we cannot afford drawn out compliance and enforcement. I support this rule as a good first step to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and want to see the EPA taking additional steps to combat climate change based on its impacts to human health and our environment. Thank you for taking the time to lend your voice to the climate change debate. The Sierra Club, with lots of input from the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, has put together a great article explaining the Clean Power Plan and the reasons for supporting it.   July 14, 2014: Missouri Begins Process to Implement Clean Energy Plan Key stakeholders will attend a Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) meeting today to support a state plan for reducing carbon pollution. Today’s DNR meeting is one of the first with stakeholders to discuss the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan released in June. The proposed EPA standards under the Clean Air Act would require Missouri to reduce its carbon pollution by 21 percent by 2030 compared with 2005 levels. Key environmental groups, energy producers, faith organizations, and other stakeholders support efforts to craft a state plan that both reduces carbon pollution and benefits Missouri’s economy. “Missouri has an opportunity to create jobs, spur energy innovation, and protect our health with a strong state plan that curbs carbon pollution,” said Heather Navarro of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment. Many organizations, including the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Renew Missouri, Midwest Coalition for Responsible Investment, Labadie Environmental Organization (LEO), and Environment Missouri support the development of a state plan with input from stakeholders that achieves federal clean air standards in a way that addresses Missouri’s unique challenges. They advocate that a state plan would be highly preferable to the federal government imposing its own plan on the state. Collectively these organizations represent more than 16,000 Missourians. Carbon pollution from electric power plants is the largest contributor to climate change and extreme weather. In Missouri, power plants released 87 million tons of carbon pollution in 2011, equal to the annual emissions of 18 million cars. While the amounts of arsenic, mercury, and soot these plants emit are currently limited, the EPA’s proposed standards are the first time carbon pollution would be added to the mix.  Recent polling indicates the public strongly favors limits on carbon pollution. A poll conducted in June 2014 for ABC News and The Washington Post found that 70 percent of Americans support limiting carbon pollution emissions from existing power plants. Climate-related disasters, such as extreme heat, drought, flooding, and crop loss cost Missouri taxpayers approximately $1.8 billion in federal clean-up costs in 2012. Events like these are projected to increase significantly as heat-trapping gases like carbon dioxide continue to warm the planet in coming years. Reducing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants is one of many measures being taken in the U.S. and internationally to mitigate these effects. Missouri may consider a range of options in developing its pollution-reduction plan, but meeting existing state policy goals and requirements for producing renewable energy and energy efficiency can bring the state a long way towards achieving the goals set in the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Missouri utilities have already had success with energy efficiency programs that reduce customer electricity bills by providing access to improved lighting, refrigeration, and heating and cooling equipment; these programs are likely to continue and grow in coming years. The Natural Resources Defense Council has performed a detailed economic analysis that shows the potential for Missouri to create 3,900 efficiency-related jobs, while cutting electric bills and curbing carbon pollution. For more information on this analysis, see the NRDC carbon pollution standards fact sheet.   MCE Statement on President Obama's Carbon Rule The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new carbon rule released on Monday, June 2nd will result in a 30% reduction from 2005 levels in nationwide power plant carbon emissions by 2030. The new rule outlines state-by-state reductions that cumulatively result in the 30% reduction. For Missouri, this means a 21% reduction from our 2012 emission levels, which would help us prevent over 15 million metric tons of harmful carbon pollution from entering the atmosphere and disrupting our global climate system. This is an attainable goal for Missouri and a first step in addressing carbon pollution and climate change, and we will urge the EPA to consider a more stringet standard for Missouri when it finalizes this rule to help the state capture its true carbon reduction potential.  Missouri power plants released 87 million tons of carbon pollution in 2011, equal to the annual emissions of 18 million cars.  This figure ranks Missouri as the 8th highest carbon emitter in the nation.  As a state dependent on coal for 80% of our electriciy, we have ample opportunities to increase our energy efficiency numbers and our usage of renewable energy sources. Missouri has already made streat strides in growing and promoting the solar industry.  We have the technology and manufacturing capability and are producing parts for wind turnbines here in Missouri. All of the coal burned in Missouri is imported from other states, draining over $1.4billion per year from our state’seconomy and our household budgets. Switching away from fossil fuels to renewable sources and ramping up efficiency efforts can create thousands of new jobs in Missouri. By the end of 2014, the Missouri solar industry will have created more than 3,700 jobs and added $415 million to the state’s economy. Another 3,900 jobs could be created by putting people to work in energy efficiency,according to recent analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council.Missouri.  We have only scratched the surface of what is possible with gains from energy efficiency.  Missouri can reach this 21 % reduction and go even further.  Limiting our carbon emissions sets Missouri up for increased job growth, fewer hospital visits, and a more stable comate, which benefit all Missourians.  Increased temperatures are real.The Union of Concerned Scientists evaluated temperatures over the last 60 years for the Midwest and St.Louis and found heatwaves have increased.  Asthma rates are higher in Missouri, especially in St. Louis, than in many other parts of the country. In 2011,there were more than 7,700 hospital admissions for asthma,with an average cost of $14,300 for each stay. A known irritant for asthma sufferers is ozone, which increases with higher temperatures. St. Louis has exceeded the limits for ground level ozone every year that the limit has been in effect. Children are particularly vulnerable to asthma,especially in the hot summer months. By limiting the carbon we pump into the air we are helping more children breathe easy and enjoy the outdoors. Continuing with a coal-heavy approach puts the health of Missouri’s children on the line. in frequency,intensity and duration. Heatwaves have direc timpacts on our health, our crops, and our livelihoods. Hazardous weather in 2011 was responsible for the deaths of 180 people and caused $3.26 billion in damage to property and crops. Drenching rainstorms broke precipitation records in 17 counties. Even though warmer temperatures means a longer growing season, the National Climate Assessment predicts that crops such as corn and soybeans will be devastated by more frequent late spring freezes. If we do not act quickly to limit our carbon emissions and address climate change, the Missouri we pass along to the next generation will be drastically different than the one we know today. Continuing to burn fossil fuels threatens Missouri’s expansive oak hickory forests and endangers our water resources. Increased temperatures will shift what species can survive in the Midwest and increased flooding will exacerbate erosion and runoff into ourstreams and rivers. This rule signals a transition from our reliance on dirty, unhealthy carbon dioxide emissions and will move Missouri forward into a healthier and cleaner future. As a society,we have a moral obligation to the next generation to pass along a livable planet. We know that without action we are setting our grandchildren up for a future of dangerous temperatures, massive crop losses, increased storms, flooding, and higher health costs. These changes are already happening now. The new carbon limits are an opportunity to create a better Missouri. The 21% reduction appears to be based on the EPA’s overly- conservative estimates of what is possible in Missouri given our current infrastructure and resources, rather than what science tells us we really need in order to stabilize our climate. We are pleased there will finally be standards to limit dangerous carbon pollution and we will continue to challenge our elected officials to not just meet the minimum standards, but to go beyond with even stronger reductions based on what is best for our human and environmental health. Together we can make Missouri a leader in reducing carbon pollution and transitioning to a renewable, energy efficient economy that protects our health and our state for generations to come. For More Information: Contact:  Heather Brouillet Navarro, Executive Director, 314.727.0600 x. 10 To stay informed, join our carbon pollution email list by signing up for our e-alerts and selecting Climate Change. Read the latest NRDC report on jobs and energy savings Missouri stands to gain with effective carbon pollution limits. See how Missouri fared in the National Climate Assessment.     Read More
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 Brad Walker, Ed Smith, Lorin Crandall, Laura Illy, & Heather Navarro