The most important thing you can do this year
Help us defend the Clean Power Plan from opponents attacking climate progress
What’s at stake?
For decades, power plants have been allowed to emit unlimited amounts of carbon pollution. They are the #1 climate polluter in the U.S., responsible for about 40% of greenhouse emissions in the country.
EPA’s Clean Power Plan, now finalized, puts in place key standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. However, the fight isn’t over—and we need your help.Who’s trying to block the plan?
Fossil fuel groups and conservative lawmakers have mounted extensive campaigns to try and block the plan. Specifically,
- In the media: The Koch brothers, owners of vast fossil fuel holdings, have funded campaigns that spread false information about the plan.
- In Congress: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is spearheading the “Just Say No” campaign to encourage states to refuse to comply.
- In the courts: Several lawsuits were filed—and dismissed—before the plan was even finished. We expect more lawsuits now that the rule is final.
- In the states: Governors of several hostile states, especially those that produce coal, have indicated they may not comply with the rules.
What can I do?
A smart, flexible plan
One reason we’re working so hard to protect the plan is because it’s a practical, commonsense way to cut emissions.
Instead of issuing a one-size-fits-all standard, EPA has given states plenty of flexibility in how they lower pollution, including the ability to act individually or in regional groups. Renewable energy and energy efficiency are stressed as key tools, which would boost the clean energy economy.
“It may very well serve as a turning point for the United States—and the world—in our effort to reduce greenhouse gases,” explains EDF’s Ben Schneider, “while pointing the economy toward revitalization through clean energy.”