Stronger storms, rising seas

The consequences of global warming are already apparent across the nation. We’ve seen devastating drought and flooding in the Midwest and destructive wildfires in Colorado and California. Coastal communities are threatened by predicted sea level rise. 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.” If we want to leave our children a safer, healthier planet, we need to act fast.

Largest single source of 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. And 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 49 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. Vermont has no fossil fuel power plants large enough to be covered. 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.

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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 America 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. The EPA is taking public comments on a plan to limit carbon pollution from power plants. But lobbyists for the coal industry and their friends in Washington are up to their old tricks -- including the usual flood of misinformation. They've 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. 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.

Click here to join our campaign and help set the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants.

Global Warming Updates

News Release | Environment America

U.S. House casts 220th anti-environmental vote

Yesterday afternoon, the U.S. House approved two packages of environmental rollbacks, H.R. 2 and H.R. 4. Added to last week’s vote to block clean water safeguards, the move marks the 220th vote of this Congress against air and water protections. Environment America’s Anna Aurilio issued the following statement in response.

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News Release | Environment America

Report: U.S. power plants world’s 3rd largest carbon polluters, edging out India

As world leaders prepare to gather here for the United Nations Climate Summit next week, a new study shows that U.S. power plants alone produce more carbon pollution than the entire economies of India, Russia, Japan or any other nation besides China.

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News Release | Environment America

A True Environmental Champion Has Passed

Environment America Executive Director Margie Alt released the following statement on the death of former Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords

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News Release | Environment New Jersey and The Natural Resources Defense Council

Citizens Urge Governor Christie to Act on Climate

Concerned citizens, parents, scientists, elected officials, health professionals, clean energy business owners and environmental advocates gathered at a public hearing today to speak out against a Christie Administration proposal to repeal rules implementing a program to clean up global warming pollution from power plants – the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). Advocates made the case that we have a moral obligation to protect children and future generations from the worst impacts of climate change, and that Governor Christie needs to act in order to position New Jersey to comply with new power plant carbon pollution standards proposed by EPA.

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News Release | Environment America

New Report: Ranks Top 10 States Leading the U.S. in Solar Power

Solar electric power tripled in the U.S. between 2011 and 2013 and ten states are responsible for 87% percent of that growth; according to a new report,  Lighting the Way: The Top Ten States that Helped Drive America’s Solar Energy Boom in 2013. The report analyzes the amount of solar power installed through 2013 and reviews the policies that responsible for solar’s success.

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