On June 25, 2013, the Obama
administration announced a plan for federal climate action unveiling a
suite of measures to limit climate pollution from power plants, increase
renewable energy production, improve energy efficiency standards, and place
better controls on methane and other potent contributors to climate disruption.
The toughest and most essential part of the plan is the pledge to limit climate pollution from existing power plants. These limits will open the markets space for the innovation, investment, and deployment of the clean energy sources that are making fossil fuels obsolete. Read our response to the President's plan here.
In addition, we must draw the line in the sand and say no to building new infrastructure that locks in the use of fossil fuels for the next 50 years. Key issues include coal export from the Northwest and Keystone XL. Success with these two campaigns will lead to smart choices at the crossroads of our economic future.
Actions you can take to help ensure a clean energy future:
- Tell your elected officials to say NO to coal: Power Past Coal
- Urge President Obama to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline
News and commentary
Ending business as usual for polluters can help drive the clean energy economy.
Today, our thoughts go out to folks impacted by Superstorm Sandy. Last year, more than 159 Americans died in the storm and over 72,000 homes and businesses were damaged in New Jersey alone. The official price tag topped $65 billion but the true social costs are immeasurable.
Managers of some of the biggest pension funds in the world are worried about the profitability of fossil fuel companies, according to a report from The Associated Press (via NPR).
While a balanced and effective national climate policy ideally should be the work of Congress, President Obama is right to pursue executive actions that can create the foundations of an aggressive climate strategy until Congress finally accepts the reality of climate change and joins the fight.
We must categorically avoid new investments in long-lived, capital-intensive fossil fuel infrastructure. We can’t solve the problem by making it better and worse simultaneously. We have to stop making it irrevocably, irreversibly worse, so we can indeed make it better.