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

Pres. Obama to Unveil Plan to Address Climate Change

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, record drought in many states, and wildfires in Colorado, President Obama has announced he will unveil a climate action plan on Tuesday designed to cut the carbon pollution fueling global warming and advance clean energy solutions. Environment America and many others applauded the announcement.

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News Release | Environment New Hampshire

Experts Gather in Keene For Climate Forum To Examine Why President and Other Leaders Aren’t Moving on Climate Solutions

Small business leaders, scientists and environmental advocates got together this afternoon in Keene, New Hampshire to examine the local impacts of climate change and to discuss why Granite Staters are still waiting for a climate solution from the President and Administration officials charged with protecting clean air and public health, not to mention Congress. 

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News Release | Environment America

Dads Ask Pres. Obama to Take Action on Global Warming

Washington, D.C. – As Father’s Day approaches, Environment America is delivering a video from dads across the country to President Obama, asking him to take action on global warming. 

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News Release | Environment America

Senators from States Hit by Sandy Urge Pres. Obama to Cut Carbon Pollution from Power Plants

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez, Charles Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy sent a letter to President Obama today, describing the devastation that Hurricane Sandy caused in their states, to urge him to set limits on carbon pollution from power plants. Scientists have warned that global warming is helping to intensify extreme weather events, and power plants are the largest source of the carbon pollution that’s fueling global warming. The letter was loudly applauded by Environment America and others.

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News Release | Environment America

America Loses Environmental Champion, Sen. Frank Lautenberg, at 89

Washington, D.C. – Longtime New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg died early this morning of viral pneumonia at age 89. Margie Alt, executive director for Environment America, issued the following statement:

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