EPA Carbon Pollution Rules Critical to Protect Wildlife from Climate Change
"Coming off America’s hottest year on record and the world’s hottest decade on record, these rules are urgently needed to conserve America’s outdoor heritage for our children’s future."
The Environmental Protection Agency is unveiling landmark limits on carbon pollution from new power plants today.
Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, said today:
"The Environmental Protection Agency’s first-ever limits on carbon pollution from new power plants are critically important to protecting our wildlife, communities and public health from the worst impacts of climate change. The EPA has undertaken a thorough, painstaking design and public comment process, with more than three million Americans speaking up in support of carbon pollution limits. Coming off America’s hottest year on record and the world’s hottest decade on record, these rules are urgently needed to conserve America’s outdoor heritage for our children’s future.
"This debate hinges on a very simple question: Should power plants be able to dump unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into our skies, or is there a reasonable limit? As polluter allies try to strip environmental and public health experts of their authority to limit carbon pollution, the National Wildlife Federation’s members will be working to send a clear message to Congress: The era of denial and delay is over."
The National Wildlife Federation has produced a series of reports this year on climate change’s impact on wildlife, freshwater fish and migratory birds, in addition to our existing series connecting the dots between climate change and extreme weather.