We need your help amplifying a crucial point in your local paper.
Recently, an opinion article in your local paper praised President Trump for rolling back the Clean Power Plan—our only nationwide limits on carbon pollution from power plants. But attacking protections for our clean air should not be celebrated.
We’ve prepared a Letter to the Editor to reply to this piece to make sure it gets the attention it deserves. But we need your help to get it published.
Letters to the Editor are crucially important. Even while in D.C., your members of Congress are paying close attention to their local papers—especially when they mention their names and set off their Google alerts.
Sign your name to EDF Action’s Letter to the Editor of the Star Tribune and amplify the voice of your climate action allies in Minnesota!
Letter to the Editor: Endangering clean air is not a "good thing" for the people of Minnesota
Dear Editor of the Star Tribune,
In her recent article, Mollie Ziegler Hemingway listed attacks on federal protections for our clean air and water as an accomplishment of the Trump Administration; but endangering our environment and our health should not be celebrated.The Clean Power Plan -- our only nationwide limits on carbon pollution from power plants -- is currently under attack by the Trump Administration. We need Representatives Jason Lewis and Erik Paulsen to fight back against this repeal effort and protect the people of Minnesota by supporting this crucial safeguard for our environment, economy, and public health.The EPA has estimated that the Clean Power Plan would annually prevent up to 4,500 premature deaths, 1,700 heart attacks, and 90,000 childhood asthma attacks once it is fully implemented. In addition to protecting our health, the plan would empower lawmakers to work with power companies and implement innovative policies -- such as energy efficiency incentives -- that create jobs and reduce electricity bills for people like you and me. Not to mention, in 2016 alone, wind and solar comprised more than 60% of new utility-scale generating capacity -- clearly indicating that renewable energy will continue to bolster vibrant economies, while fossil fuels will continue to become an obsolete and inefficient power source of the past. If Rep. Lewis and Rep. Paulsen want to keep Minnesota's economy competitive, communities healthy, and skies free of toxic pollution, they will show bipartisan leadership and fight against efforts to repeal the Clean Power Plan -- and pave the way to a clean energy future that puts the people of Minnesota first.