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

State Department Extends Comment Period for Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

On Friday, the State Department announced that the comment period for the Keystone XL tar sands Pipeline will be extended, delaying President Obama’s final decision on the project.

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News Release | Environment America

Much-needed Methane Strategy Should Be Tough, Enforceable

In response to President Obama’s proposed methane strategy today, Environment America Federal Global Warming Program Director Julian Boggs issued the following statement:

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News Release | Environment America

Clean Energy Policies are Cutting Carbon Pollution

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the authoritative international body of climate scientists prepares to release the latest, and by all accounts most alarming, assessment of climate impacts, evidence is growing that the U.S. already has the tools in place to tackle global warming. Clean energy policies, such as standards for renewable energy and energy efficiency, are leading to big reductions of carbon pollution – the leading cause of global warming – according to a new report by Environment America Research & Policy Center. 

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Report | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Moving America Forward

American leadership in the fight against global warming is crucial. America is the world’s largest economy, the second-largest emitter of global warming pollution, and the nation responsible for more of the human-caused carbon dioxide pollution in the atmosphere than any other. Without prompt action by the United States and others to reduce global warming pollution, catastrophic impacts – from coastal flooding to food system disruptions – could become unavoidable. 

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News Release | Environment America

Cleaner Trucks Will Lead To a Cleaner Future

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to President Obama’s directive to the Environmental Protection Agency to set fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, Environment America Executive Director Margie Alt issued the following statement:

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