An endearing fur ball, the American Pika is well-known to hikers who hear these hamster-sized mammals whistling from rock piles and talus slopes in Canada and the western Rocky Mountains. Their presence may someday be a memory, as climate change threatens their limited habitat.
Pikas are extremely sensitive to heat -- even brief exposures (as little as a few hours) to temperatures above 78 degrees Fahrenheit can be fatal. They also rely on snowpack for insulation in the winter. In the southern portions of its range, some populations already occupy the highest altitudes, with no place to move upward to escape the warming climate.
The EPA has proposed a landmark standard for climate pollution from new power plants. This standard will help end dirty energy as we know it and keep animals like the pika safe from the effects of climate change.
We know that industry leaders and their friends in Congress will be attacking it at any moment -- and we need our voices to rise up louder than theirs. Tell the EPA you support its proposal to help curb climate pollution and save animals like the pika!
Dear [Decision Maker],
I strongly support the EPA's proposal to limit industrial carbon pollution from new power plants.
Fossil fuel burning power plants are the single largest source of dangerous carbon pollution in our nation and one of the largest in the world. And it's NOT responsible for the U.S. to have NO limits on carbon pollution from power plants!
EPA's proposed clean air standards limiting dangerous carbon pollution from coal- and gas-fired power plants will protect public health, fight climate change, and help our economy by sparking innovation in clean energy technologies.
[Your comments here]
We must protect human health, the environment and our economy from dangerous carbon pollution.
Our communities, our families and our children are counting on your leadership.
Keep up the great work. Look what you've accomplished!
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