Past selfishness to responsible leadership

EPA hearings on the (finally!) proposed Carbon Pollution Standards for Existing Power Plants took place in the last week of July.  Remarks by PA IPL supporters vary enormously, and are worth reading.  When you’re inspired, submit a written comment of your own.

lynneIserGood Afternoon, and Thank you for the opportunity to share my thoughts.

My name is Lynne Iser, and I am the founder of Elder-Activists a website that is committed to inspiring, educating and supporting those of us in the second half of life to use our life experience and wisdom to create a thriving and just world for future generations.

To begin, I am fully supportive of the EPA’s proposed standard and I believe that it should be implemented promptly and without being weakened in any manner.

As a woman and a mother I am concerned about leaving a viable planet for future generations.  I feel the pain of my children who are worried about the multitude of world crises that they learn about which are caused by climate change.  Our culture and our nation uses the resources of this precious planet solely for our own use — with little thought for the needs of our children and grandchildren for clean water, clean air, food, minerals and other natural resources — that they will also need in order to create thriving lives for themselves.

Carbon pollution causes climate change, resulting in more frequent and increasingly violent extreme weather events, drought, rising sea level and other environmental stressors that devastate communities, threaten public health and destroy and degrade wildlife habitat.  These environmental stressors have an impact on social issues as well, causing families to experience food shortages, farmers to lose their crops and income, mass migrations caused by famine & drought, among a multitude of socio-political issues that arise from increased climate instability.

Pennsylvania now creates nearly one percent of the world’s total heat trapping emission – far disproportionate to our population.

It is our responsibility, as educated leaders, to set reasonable carbon pollution standards for power plants.  This will cut the primary driver of climate change, which fuels extreme weather that threatens communities and the public health with increasing costs and worsening impacts.

Of course, climate change deniers want you to distrust the science and ignore the impacts and costs of climate change already being felt by communities and wildlife across the country.

I urge you to support the proposed standard and thank you for this opportunity to be heard today.

In our decision making we do not factor in the cost of pollution, waste, or our over use of natural resources.

We do not consider the issues of “sustainability” so that future generations can have the same level of natural resources as we do.

Our thinking is shortsighted and frankly — selfish.

The EPA hearings on the (finally) proposed Carbon Pollution Standards for Existing Power Plants took place the last week in July in Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, and Denver.  PA IPL members offered testimony both in Pittsburgh and Washington.  Testimony posted here is shared by permission of the authors.  The remarks vary enormously, and are worth reading.  When you’re inspired, submit a written comment of your own.