Strong Limits on Carbon Pollution, Health Benefits

Jun 5, 2014

Communities across the United States are already experiencing the impacts of climate change, from increased health risks like asthma attacks and respiratory disease, to devastating extreme weather events. Both international and national scientific reports have shown that inaction will only increase these threats.

Carbon pollution exacerbates climate change, contributes to more frequent and more violent extreme weather that costs communities, the federal government, and our economy billions every year and threatens public health.

Power plants account for 40 percent of the carbon pollution in the United States. Currently we limit how much mercury, arsenic, soot and other air pollution power plants can dump into our air, but there are no limits on carbon pollution — even though power plants are the single biggest source.

Setting sensible carbon pollution standards for our power plants is the right thing to do. Tell the EPA you support the President’s plan – sign the petition.

Clean Air Benefits

The EPA estimates the President’s “Clean Power Plan” will reduce pollutants that contribute to the soot and smog that make people sick by over 25 percent in 2030. These pollutants include:

  • 54,000 to 56,000 tons of PM2.5
  • 424,000 to 471,000 tons of sulfur dioxide
  • 407,000 to 428,000 tons of nitrogen dioxide

Health Benefits

The EPA’s new rules on carbon pollution will help make our communities healthier. When the new rules are fully implemented (2030), the EPA estimates:

  • Up to 6,600 fewer premature deaths
  • 3,300 fewer heart attacks
  • 150,000 fewer asthma attacks in children
  • 180,000 fewer missed days of school


The Environmental Protection Agency is taking public comments on the newly announced carbon pollution limits for all existing power plants. It’s no surprise big polluters are spending millions on lobbyists, lawsuits and attack ads to block these standards before they ever go into effect. That’s why it’s more important than ever that the EPA hears from YOU!

Join millions of Americans in sending a powerful message in support of a strong carbon standard – add your name to the petition today.

EPA Clean Power Plan Fact Sheets