Global Warming Solutions
On June 2, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a Clean Power Plan that sets targets for states to reduce carbon from their power plants by investing renewable energy and energy efficiency, cleaning up existing power plants, and switching to cleaner fuels. Together with our national federation, we’ve launched a campaign to reach more than 1 million Americans about the local impacts of global warming and the impact President Obama’s Clean Power Plan will have on our children’s future.
Stronger storms, rising seas
The consequences of global warming are apparent. Nobody wants our kids to inherit a world where droughts, heat waves, severe storms and flooding are the new normal. The National Climate Assessment released in May highlights the immediacy of this issue: “Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present.”
Our best chance to tackle pollution
Global warming is primarily fueled by carbon pollution, and the largest single source of this global warming pollution is power plants — responsible for 40 percent of carbon emissions nationally. But unbelievably, for years, there have been no limits on the carbon emissions of these major culprits. If we want to tackle global warming, it’s critical to take on this largest source of unbridled pollution. Now may be our best chance.
Biggest step yet
On June 2, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a Clean Power Plan to finally limit carbon pollution from power plants. The Clean Power Plan sets targets for states to reduce carbon emissions from their power plants by investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency, cleaning up existing power plants, and switching to cleaner fuels. This is the largest action the U.S. has ever taken on climate, and exactly the leadership we need in order to influence other nations to reduce their own carbon emissions.
The fight ahead
Not surprisingly, this proposed plan was no easy win. King Coal, Big Oil, and the rest of the dirty power industry have vehemently opposed these rules for years. But Environment Washington and our allies in the environmental and public health community stood up to this opposition by submitting more than 4 million public comments to the EPA and garnering support from more than 600 local elected officials and hundreds of small business owners.
Not more than a few hours after the long-awaited rule to curb carbon emissions from power plants was released, however, did a curtain of fire from polluters begin. They vehemently and vocally opposed this critically important step for our climate and future generations, claiming it would destroy the economy. We’ve been hearing these tired arguments from polluters for decades. But they were wrong then, and they're wrong now.
We need your help
The single largest step to curb global warming pollution and give our children a better future has been proposed. It's a big deal. But it's not a done deal. Together with our national federation, we’ve launched a campaign to get information to more than 1 million Americans on the local impacts of global warming and ensure President Obama’s proposed Clean Power Plan gets over the finish line.
- Extreme weather events like Superstorm Sandy are already becoming more frequent and severe because of climate change, and 4 out of 5 Americans live in areas that were affected by weather-related disasters between 2007-2011.
- Average U.S. temperatures have increased by more than 2° Fahrenheit over the last 50 years, and 2012 was the hottest year on record. Temperatures are projected to rise by as much as an additional 7° F to 11° F on average by the end of the century, should emissions of global warming pollutants continue to increase.
- Carbon pollution from burning fossil fuels like coal and oil is the main cause of climate change, which increases the intensity and frequency of extreme weather events ranging from droughts and wildfires to hurricanes and severe flooding.