As president and CEO of American Electric Power, you know better than most people that mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants are poisonous. You know what doctors and scientists have proven many times over: mercury is a potent neurotoxin that harms the developing brains, hearts, and lungs of fetuses and toddlers.
Congress—representing the American people—passed a regulation to cut poisonous mercury emissions from coal plants. So why are you leading a charge to tie up the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards in courts--for years to come?
You are wasting rate payers’ money--millions of dollars belonging to me and many folks just like me—on industry lawsuits to give you and your allies the right to pollute our air, waterways, and foods with mercury. This is inappopriate, and misguided—air and water are part of the commons, which belong to ALL of us, and society has the right, and indeed the OBLIGATION to protect it from excessive toxins as part of protecting the public health. It is time for energy companies to join the 21st century and be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
Please spend the rate payer money on scrubbing mercury emissions from your plants—as many of your colleagues in the coal industry have already done. You can afford it. And we canNOT afford the costs to our babies' health—and parents' peace of mind. Mercury is poison. No one needs it in OUR—not your—air.
We KNOW that you can do the right thing. We applaud your leadership on energy efficiency initiatives. So please, drop the lawsuits. Be responsible citizens.
Mercury is poison. America's political leaders, elected by the people—voted to stop mercury emissions. Don't break your rate payers' trust. Don't contribute to years more of broken hearts—and damaged brains for our children.
[N.B.: the above is my customization of a MomsCleanAirForce.org petition.]