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

House Committee Slashes Environmental Funding, Blocks Clean Power Plan and Clean Water Rule

The markup on the FY 2015 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill has resulted in massive funding cuts for many environmental sectors.

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News Release | Environment America

Governor Christie Moves Forward with Plan to Double Down on Climate Inaction

Trenton—After announcing its intentions to do so in May, the Christie Administration today formally proposed to once again prevent New Jersey from participating in a regional program that limits dangerous climate-changing pollution from power plants. This action comes despite the New Jersey legislature twice voting to keep the state in the program, overwhelming bipartisan support for pollution limits from state residents, and a court ruling earlier this year that a previous attempt to dodge the limits was done illegally. 

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News Release | Environment America

New Report: Electric Cars Are Putting the Brakes on Pollution

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- More than 220,000 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles are on America’s roads today, delivering real benefits for our health and our environment, according to a new report released today by Environment America Research and Policy Center. In just the last two years, annual sales of electric vehicles have increased by 500 percent.

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News Release | Environment America

Supreme Court ruling preserves Clean Power Plan and EPA authority

In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to limit carbon pollution from power plants but limited the EPA’s authority to issue permits for a narrow set of industrial facilities.

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News Release | Environment America

Environment America Launches Global Warming Solutions Campaign

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two weeks after Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy announced the Clean Power Plan — the first-ever federal limits on global warming pollution from power plants — Environment America launched a nationwide “Global Warming Solutions Campaign.”

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