NWF: On First Ever Carbon Pollution Limits, We Can't Wait

NWF demands carbon pollution limit action now

03-15-2013 // Miles Grant
Smoke stacks at sunset

The Obama administration may delay first-ever limits on carbon pollution from new power plants, according to a report Friday by the Washington Post.

Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, said today:

“The Environmental Protection Agency went through a rigorous process to design the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from new power plants. They’re long overdue, desperately needed to protect America’s wildlife and communities from climate change, and over three million Americans have spoken up in support of them. Any signal they’re stalled just ensures further delay in confronting climate change at a time when the Americans are looking for momentum.

“We’re now in the fifth year of the Obama administration and industrial carbon pollution remains unregulated. When it comes to climate-disrupting carbon pollution, coal-fired power plants are still allowed to treat America’s skies like an open sewer, free of charge. Poll after poll shows Americans support cutting carbon pollution now to protect current and future generations from global warming-fueled extreme weather – droughts, wildfires, and superstorms like Sandy – and these rules are a down-payment on confronting the climate cliff.”

The climate crisis is the single biggest threat to wildlife this century, according to a recent National Wildlife Federation report, Wildlife in a Warming World. Get more National Wildlife Federation news at NWF.org/News.

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