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 Congress: Lawmakers opposing the Clean Power Plan tried to block it through Congressional Review Act resolutions that were vetoed by President Obama, among other tactics.
- In the courts: Polluters have filed suit, claiming the plan will be too costly. Read why this line of reasoning is so often wrong.
- In the states: Some state officials are suing to stop the Clean Power Plan, at the same time their colleagues are creating plans to comply with it. It’s even pitting some governors against their own attorneys general.
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.”