What great news! The Environment Protection Agency is setting limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants. We already limit how much mercury, arsenic, soot and other air pollution power plants send into our air. Why not carbon? Forty percent of the carbon pollution in the air comes from power plants.
The hope is that with this regulation, there will be a 30 percent reduction of carbon pollution by 2030. The Montana Environmental Information Center estimates this will reduce 140,000 asthma attacks in Montana's children.
lt is difficult to assess this climate change effort by the EPA. We have to weigh the total long-term damage to global health by our coal plants against shorter term job benefits. Montana has wind, geo-thermal and solar energy resources that don't pollute and that create new jobs. Many believe it is time to move on to clean energy sources, removing public support for fossil fuels and reducing the damage done to air and water.
Write to the EPA, Gov. Bullock and our congressmen and tell them you support the proposed carbon limits.
Betty Whiting, president
League of Women Voters of Billings