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

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States Charging Ahead toward Electric Cars & Trucks

WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, 8 leading states unveiled an action plan to put more than 3 million electric cars on the road within a dozen years.  This partnership between California, Oregon, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, Connecticut, New York and Maryland outlines steps each state will take to build the infrastructure and develop the markets for zero-emission vehicles; including passenger cars, trucks and transit buses. These eight states are among the 10 states that have adopted strong policies to drive increasingly cleaner, advanced technology cars. Zero-emission vehicles include battery-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles which can travel increasingly longer distances on electricity alone. These technologies enable transportation without oil.

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News Release | Environment America

Gov. Christie Doubles Down to Block Partcipation in RGGI

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News Release | Environment America

More than 600 Local Elected Officials to President Obama: Act on Climate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Obama today received a letter signed by more than 600 local elected officials thanking him for his leadership addressing climate change and pledging their support as local partners in implementing carbon pollution standards for power plants and other key components of the president’s Climate Action Plan. 

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News Release | Environment America

Drought, Flooding, and Extreme Weather Threaten American Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On Tuesday, the U.S. Global Change Research Program published the third National Climate Assessment. The report found that every region of the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii, is currently experiencing the effects of global warming.

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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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