This week, the EPA proposed the first-ever federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants, the largest single source of global-warming pollution in America.
For many of us who live around the Chesapeake, home isn't really home without the bay. Climate change is significantly disrupting the ecosystem and jeopardizing countless species everyday. I shudder at the thought of going a summer without the blue crabs I've taken for granted for so many years. I care about global warming because I want to preserve the bay I grew up on for the future.
The National Climate Assessment, released in May, recognized today's impacts: "Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present," it said. The EPA's proposal, once finalized, will be the largest step the U.S. has ever taken to combat global warming and it's our best chance to give our children a legacy we can be proud of.
This announcement is a huge win for the health of our families and our environment. It is in large part a testament to the millions of Americans, more than 600 local elected officials and hundreds of small businesses who have already demanded cutting carbon pollution.
These standards are being continually attacked, but I hope lawmakers look to the example set by Maryland and other states that have already enacted similar cap-and-trade programs and support these historic federal limits.
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