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Speak Up at the EPA Hearings on Regulating Carbon Pollution

Robert Friedman

Posted November 4, 2013

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Two weekends ago I stood in a room of over 7,000 fellow young people chanting that we believe that we will solve the climate crisis by ending our dependence on fossil fuels and transitioning immediately to 100% clean energy.  It is clear that, as a movement, we are becoming more coordinated, more committed and more resilient. But that does not mean that we are winning just yet. It is going to take a massive and unprecedented groundswell of public support for action on climate across this country, whether it’s in the South Side of Chicago, the shale and coalfields of Appalachia or the California coast.  A major feature of this future we are all fighting for is securing strong carbon pollution regulations.

This week, the EPA will continue to hold public listening sessions on how the Clean Air Act can be applied to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. This is an opportunity for anyone to step up to the microphone to show that the public supports the EPA’s right to enact bold regulations on carbon emissions.

The industry is doing everything it can to try and block these standards from going through. I saw this first hand during the New York listening session, when industry lobbyists got up and told lie after lie about how we do not need to regulate carbon pollution. I was pleased to have the opportunity to stand up as well, to look all of them in the eye and say that their statements against regulating carbon emissions were equivalent to telling my generation that we are not important, that our lives are irrelevant. I also spoke to the need for demand-side efficiency standards so that we do not get stuck in a natural gas induced coma.

These standards are an important step in turning the tide on domestic climate pollution. I encourage you to attend a listening session that is taking place in your city.


The upcoming sessions are taking place as follows:

  • November 4th – Boston and Lenexa, Kansas
  • November 5th – San Francisco
  • November 7th – Washington, D.C., Dallas and Seattle
  • November 8th – Philadelphia and Chicago          

More information and how to register can be found here. And if you cannot make it to a session, I encourage you to submit written comments in support of carbon standards.

The EPA wants to hear from you. Now is the time to speak up for the sake of our communities, our planet and for many generations to come. 

Image courtesy of Tar Sands Blockade

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Michael BerndtsonNov 4 2013 10:08 AM

Nicely thought out and prepared. As an old would I stand out at the Chicago event? I can never remember where EPA region 5 headquarters is located. It use to be at the HVAC faulty Helmut Jahn designed building. I'd have to take the blue line, since Emanuel put speed traps all over the place. And the loop parking. My god. Is this tax deductible? Despite stupid old man grumblings and regardless of my presence, this is a great idea.

Robert FriedmanNov 4 2013 10:19 AM

Michael, thanks for your comment. You would most definitely not stand out at the Chicago listening session, we need diverse voices of all ages/backgrounds speaking out in support of strong carbon standards. The EPA Region 5 office is at 77 W. Jackson Blvd.

Michael BerndtsonNov 4 2013 08:31 PM

That's right Illinois EPA was/is at the Illinois Center - US EPA is at the Federal center (which kind of makes sense, no?). I'd get confused who was regulating the project. I have commitments this week, but will check out the link.

This is good that students and recent grads are involved. Environmental protection got lulled to sleep for a couple of decades and needs to be taken very seriously again. All hands on deck - to use a maritime now silly business euphemism.

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