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The EPA wants to hear from the public about regulating CO2 from coal plants under the Clean Air Act.

Comment sessions have been set up in 11 cities nationwide. The remaining ones include:

   San Francisco, CA: Nov. 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at EPA Region 9 office, 75 Hawthorne St.
    Dallas, TX: Nov. 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young St.
    Seattle, WA: Nov. 7, 3 6 p.m. at Jackson Federal Building, 915 Second. Ave.
    Washington, D.C.: Nov. 7, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at EPA Headquarters, William Jefferson Clinton East Building, 1201 Constitution Ave. NW
    Chicago, IL: Nov. 8, 9  a.m. to 4 p.m. at EPA Region 5 office, 77 W. Jackson Blvd.
    Philadelphia, PA: Nov. 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at William J. Green Federal Building, 600 Arch St.
If you are interested in attending a session, registration is recommended, as high turnout is anticipated (good!).

For those unable to attend any of these sessions, as in my own case, comments can be sent to or in a form on this website.

Below the Kosquiggly is my comment to them. I implore you to add your voice as well. Every progressive victory today will be meaningless in 20, 30, 40 years if our life support system -- aka the Earth we evolved to live in -- fails.

Science is the best tool we have to understand the world we inhabit and share. Scientists who study the climate (i.e. who are not shills for special interests) are united in their diagnosis: catastrophic effects await in this century unless we take rapid action to mitigate, not just adapt, regarding climate change. We face myriad environmental challenges on multiple fronts, but it is essential that we use the tools at our disposal NOW so that in the future, things are not as bad as they might be.

Study after study has demonstrated that it is not only in our best interest environmentally to act now, but it is also in our best interest economically, as the longer we wait, the greater the costs to respond become. Every day wasted is one more day of expense and investment in the status quo, rather than a sustainable and just future. I say just because justice is not served when mega-corporations and their pathological leaders get rich today on the backs of the planet and our children's future.

Already, we can see the signs of a changing climate. We must take action TODAY to mitigate the damage this will cause. Regulating carbon dioxide is one of the most important steps in that process. It will spur investment in clean, renewable, sustainable energy sources; it will ween us off our addiction to fossil fuels; it will internalize the true cost of fossil fuels, rather than allowing externalities to be heaped on those least able to cope with them; and it is the scientifically, economically, morally, and rationally right thing to do.

To avoid reaching a 2 degree Celsius global average temperature increase, as much as 2/3 to 3/4 of known fossil fuel reserves must stay in the ground. Since feedbacks have already begun through deforesting old growth forests, lower Arctic albedo (reflectivity) as white ice turns to dark ocean, and permafrost release, stabilizing at 2 degrees is a daunting enough challenge. We must use every tool in the toolbox to make these new CO2 restrictions as stringent as possible if we have any hope of averting future catastrophe. Every idea that is floated to reduce CO2 must be seriously considered, and a great many must be implemented with greatest haste.

Governing is hard, and procrastination is easy, but unless we are willing to condemn the future of our planet and our species, not to mention generations of Americans, to a world of poverty, resource wars, pestilence, and food and water scarcity, action must be taken now. It must. It must. The fate of our world is in the hands of those with the power to do the right thing. Do the right thing.

Originally posted to Climate Change SOS on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 12:42 PM PST.

Also republished by Climate Hawks and Kitchen Table Kibitzing.



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  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)

    "It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society." -Jiddu Krishnamurti

    by Panacea Paola on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 12:42:06 PM PST

  •  If you are an advocate for the Clean Air Act and (5+ / 0-)

    and advocate for the planet, you have a duty to participate in EPA's rulemaking processes as the primary field of action of getting greenhouse gas emission control progress done.

    It is up to Democrats only now to defend Democrat's historical heritage with Senator Muskie's accomplishment in the form of the Federal Clean Air Act.

    Republicans will not only not do this, they are worst threat to maintaining the Clean Air Act as the law of the land in protecting American's public health, environment and natural resources.

    •  I agree with you about Republicans. (3+ / 0-)
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      LinSea, SolarMom, LakeSuperior

      The only reason I included the other bits in the poll was because polls suggest even Republican voters (though not Tea Party voters, of course) favor clean air and water. It's their radical and unaccountable representatives that try to do things like abolish the EPA and write carve-outs for the biggest polluters, totally undermining the intent of the law. That, of course, all comes down to money: how they get elected, who they care about, what they hope to get out of "public" "service" (which to them is an utter joke).

      And I of course agree about our responsibility to take part in the EPA's process as well. "The price good men pay for not taking an interest in public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." Or something like that. Too lazy right now to look up the exact quote.

      "It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society." -Jiddu Krishnamurti

      by Panacea Paola on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 02:57:48 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  by the way, remember that there are also (3+ / 0-)
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        'adverse players' in groups like the Federalist Society and ALEC, Mackinac Center that have a pernicious and multi-variant influence through judicial decisions, federal rulemaking process forums, etc.

        One of these days I've got to write my diary about this case [below] and how environmental groups are asleep at the switch and completely feckless/ineffective in this threat to effective present regulation of the oil and gas industry under Title V of the Federal Clean Air Act.

        This ruling has the effect of removing substantial amounts of oil and gas process equipment from requirements for major source aggregation for purposes of Title V permits under the Clean Air Act by overturning longstanding EPA interpretations of the meaning of "adjacent" emission units in the definition of a Title V applicable source.  This ruling is only effective in the sixth U.S. Circuit district, but could easily spread to other decisions in other districts.

        •  The same decision also affects the mining industry (2+ / 0-)
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          and any other industrial source category in which emission sources are physically connected over an expanse of area.

        •  I hadn't heard of that case. (0+ / 0-)

          Thanks for the link, as unsettling as it is. :)

          Getting money out of politics is the only way we're going to be able to clear the judiciary (and legislative, and executive...) of conserva-bias and move on to the important environmental issues we have to have. Yet I was talking to a former Democratic Party local chairwoman the other day and she basically resigned and said that that was an impossible goal that we would never accomplish. Not with that attitude!

          Sometimes I wish we just had a "reset" button... But institutional momentum is a hard thing to change, and even when the people demand real change (like the Icelandic people creating a blueprint for a true people's Constitution), the asshats in power spit in the face of the people because they think it will threaten their ability to get re-elected (and rightly so! that's kind of the point).

          "It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society." -Jiddu Krishnamurti

          by Panacea Paola on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 05:17:31 PM PST

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          •  Are you aware of junkets that conservative legal (0+ / 0-)

            foundation sponsor to mountain resort locations for continuing legal education for sitting federal and state judges?

            I've seen news about these kind of events in the past, although I can't remember the exact name of the organizations sponsoring such meetings.  

          •  Yeah, it sucked that our new constitution got (1+ / 0-)
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            derailed. They picked out one line out of it, made a fuss (it wasn't that controversial, but they made it out to be), and managed to stall long enough that the parliamentary term ended and the draft did't get its required approval in time.

            It wasn't perfect, but it was a really nice change. My favorite was the banning of private ownership of natural resources. According to the draft, natural resources could only be leased out to companies (for limited terms), not sold. Lots of other good stuff in there too, guaranteeing people fundamental rights to all sorts of things, for example, healthcare, all sorts of aspects of education, etc. Plus excellent equal rights/antidiscrimination language.


            Já þýðir já. Nei þýðir nei. Hvað er svona erfitt við það?

            by Rei on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 11:02:52 AM PST

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            •  Your posts, Rei, about your moving to Iceland (0+ / 0-)

              were largely what sparked my interest in learning about the process of the Icelandic constitution. Thank you for them! And I agree, my favorite section was banning private ownership of natural resources as well. Imagine if that was a worldwide phenomenon. What a different world we would live in then.

              "It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society." -Jiddu Krishnamurti

              by Panacea Paola on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 10:54:52 AM PST

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  •  Save our Lungs & Toxic Bloodstreams too BTW (2+ / 0-)
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    Air pollution --which heavily contributes to water&land pollution-- also kills people and animals faster than climate change. Once we inhale or ingest it, it's pretty much destroying us from the inside out.  

    see research of organizations like the Environmental Working Group.


    •  "faster than climate change" (1+ / 0-)
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      may be only because we haven't fallen off the tipping point cliffs yet. There's a good chance collapse will be our fate, rather than decline, whether that collapse be the ocean-based food chain, the implosion of the global economic Ponzi scheme, the release of the permafrost methane bomb, or any number of others, or a combination therein. Then climate change will destroy us all pretty quickly.

      I know what you're saying, though. The Clean Air Act as it was originally intended (and is currently being skirted/disregarded) is meant to protect us from those more obvious toxins as well, to keep them from killing us from within. But as I say to the Hard Wrong whenever they engage me in argument, who needs clean air and water? It's not, you know, essential for life or anything. :P

      "It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society." -Jiddu Krishnamurti

      by Panacea Paola on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 05:26:16 PM PST

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      •  and OTOH, the more of us get asthma etc (1+ / 0-)
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        that's the more of us who become radicalized on a very personal level.  

        i have asthma & other environmental disease. there is no reward in being radicalized in advance... ;-}

        anyway where i live there is actual debate going on about the wisdom of permitting increase in a dirty new wrinkle of an old industry.

        and yet this is advance!

        because only a few years ago the vast majority would have been in favor of it for the sake of the supposed community wealth & improvement and there'd have been no debate at all!!!


        •  Hope indeed. (1+ / 0-)
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          It is what gets us through the day and especially the night.

          To quote A Knight's Tale... :)

          I love that movie.

          But back to the topic at hand, you're right, thankfully. Minds are changing. Demographics are changing in our favor. The urgency is becoming unavoidable. We may yet put up a good fight.

          "It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society." -Jiddu Krishnamurti

          by Panacea Paola on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 06:43:51 PM PST

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  •  I am sorry I missed this today in SF (1+ / 0-)
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    But I will send in comments. We all must do all we can to assure the children of the future can breath!

    Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace. - Dalai Lama

    by kimoconnor on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 05:28:37 PM PST

    •  I posted it almost past the SanFran time anyway (0+ / 0-)

      if it's any consolation.

      But the comments submitted electronically will allegedly be given equal weight, so that should be consolation enough. Don't be hard on yourself in either case! You care enough to take action, which is more than can be said for those who feel entitled to the rewards (a liveable climate, clean air, water, etc.) without fulfilling their civic responsibilities as citizens and human beings.

      Although in a just world, that's one entitlement that would go without saying... Still, as we see every day on this site, we don't live in a just world, and it is becoming increasingly unjust before our eyes.

      Thank you for your commitment to our future!

      "It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society." -Jiddu Krishnamurti

      by Panacea Paola on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 05:42:19 PM PST

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  •  I work at EPA... (2+ / 0-)
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    ...on the periphery of this rulemaking effort.  Please do comment. EPA is making a sincere effort here to write a rule that does something.

    BUT by itself, it won't be enough. EPA can't save the world singlehandedly, of course. We're still part of the political system.

    Please comment, but don't stop there. Get out there and advocate for renewable energy and public transit in your state and your communities, and against travesties like the Keystone XL pipeline and coal export terminals.

    It's going to take all of this and more to stave off catastrophic climate change. It may not be enough. But it all needs to happen.


    “Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference.” -- FDR, 1936

    by SolarMom on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 09:39:49 PM PST

  •  We have one of these comment hearings on Fri (1+ / 0-)
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    here in Chicago from 9AM - 4PM.  Here's the address:

    Metcalfe Fed Bldg, 12th Floor/Lake Michigan Room, 77 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604

    Please come and bring lots of friends!

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