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.

Issue updates

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Report: Wind energy, tax credits needed to combat global warming

Wind power in Washington could prevent 8 coal-fired power plants-worth of global warming pollution if wind supplied 30 percent of the nation’s electricity needs, according to a new analysis by Environment Washington Research & Policy Center. The analysis comes just as Congress considers whether to renew tax credits critical to wind development.

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Report | Environment Washington Research & Policy Center

More Wind, Less Warming

American wind power already produced enough energy in 2013 to power 15 million homes. Continued, rapid development of wind energy would allow the renewable resource to supply 30 percent of the nation’s electricity by 2030, providing more than enough carbon reductions to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan.

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Report | Environment Washington Research & Policy Center

Star Power: The Growing Role of Solar Energy in Washington

A future in which America gets at least 10 percent of its electricity from the sun is within reach.

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Report | Environment Washington Research & Policy Center

Star Power: The Growing Role of Solar Energy in Washington

A future in which America gets at least 10 percent of its electricity from the sun is within reach.

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News Release | Environment Washington

Washington Attorney General Defends EPA Action on Climate

On Monday evening, Attorney General Bob Ferguson joined 13 additional states and the District of Columbia to stand up for new EPA regulations on global warming pollution. The attorneys general jointly filed a brief with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, defending EPA against an attack launched by Murray Energy Corporation, a coal-mining company. Travis Madsen, State Global Warming Campaign Director for Environment Washington, issued the following statement applauding the states for their leadership.

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