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

News Release | Environment Washington

New Report: Solar Capacity in Washington Grew By 33% in 2013

Environment Washington Research & Policy Center released a new report: Lighting the Way: The Top Ten States that Helped Drive America’s Solar Energy Boom in 2013, showing strong solar growth across the nation including a 33 percent increase in Washington in 2013. The report emphasizes that it is not availability of sunlight that makes states solar leaders, but the degree to which state and local governments have created effective public policy to help capture the virtually unlimited and pollution-free energy from the sun. 

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News Release | Environment Washington

Solar Advocates Gather For "Solar Panel Discussion"

On Thursday evening, representatives from the solar industry, Evergreen students, environmentalists and Olympia residents convened at the Evergreen State College for a “panel discussion” to determine the future of solar power in Washington State.

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News Release | Environment Washington

Global Warming has Winter Games Skating on Thin Ice

Seattle – As the world turns its attention to the Sochi Olympic Games, Environment America revealed a summary of impacts global warming is having on Winter Olympic sports, and highlighting the need to act urgently to reduce the carbon pollution fueling global warming.

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Report | Environment Washington

Skating on Thin Ice

"When it comes to the future of winter sports, global warming has us skating on thin ice. There's still time to keep from sliding off the edge by going after the biggest sources of the carbon pollution fueling the problem." -- Anusha Narayanan, field associate, Environemnt Washington.Eight ways global warming is affecting Winter Olympic sports

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New report: Washington ranks 25th in the nation for solar power

Today, Environment Washington Research & Policy Center released Lighting the Way: What We Can Learn from America’s Top 12 Solar States, a new report highlighting a solar energy boom across the country. Despite high solar potential, Washington State, a leader in producing wind energy, is ranked 25th in the Country for solar power, producing less than one percent of its total energy from the sun.

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