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Letter: Cheers for new carbon emissions rules

Published: Friday, June 6, 2014 12:29 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I am so relieved to see that the White House is finally taking action on the massive amounts of carbon dioxide being pumped into our atmosphere by power plants.

Carbon is the main contributor to climate disruption, leading to more extreme floods, fires, storms and droughts. Disasters tied to climate disruption cost the federal government $4.1 billion in disaster relief in Illinois in the fiscal years 2011 and 2012 alone, according to the Center for American Progress, and are set to cost billions more in coming years if we don’t do something to curb our massive emissions.

President Barack Obama’s new rules will help to limit the carbon output of one of the nation’s biggest sources of pollution: power plants. These new protections will ensure a cleaner and healthier future for families in our community and our nation for years to come, not to mention that they will propel the energy sector into a new, greener era.

As a young person, I am constantly worried about what I see around me, the practices of earlier generations are setting my generation up to face a huge number of challenges on a global scale.

These new rules won’t solve all of those problems, but they hopefully signal a turning point toward a more responsible nation today, for a brighter tomorrow. With the state in charge of implementing these new rules, we as a community can only hope that Gov. Pat Quinn sees that fewer carbon emissions from power plants are better for Illinois now and for years to come.

Alex Riley


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