Advocating for Strong Climate Policy
Global warming poses an unprecedented threat to the wildlife and wild places we cherish, and to the natural resources that people and wildlife depend on for their everyday survival. The science has confirmed if we don't take decisive action now to reduce carbon pollution, in the lifetime of a child born today one-third of all wildlife species will be at increased risk of extinction.
The National Wildlife Federation works across the country to advocate for legislation that will help stop carbon pollution and protect America's communities and wildlife from a changing climate.
The President's Climate Plan
In June 2013, President Obama reveled his climate plan which includes directing the Environmental Protection Agency to take steps to limit carbon pollution from new and existing power plants, directing the Department of the Interior to approve solar and winds projects to power more than 6 million homes, cutting methane emissions, and improving energy efficiency by 20%. He also called for an overall reduction of carbon by 3 billion metric tons by 2030- more than half of the annual carbon pollution from the U.S. energy sector.
It is important that we take these steps in the right direction and continue to push beyond the President's climate plan. A national plan to reduce emissions by 50% by 2030 and 80% by 2050 will help to ensure that our wildlife and communities are protected from a changing climate.
While we make progress at home, it is also important that The United States leads internationally as nations around the world try to work together to tackle the problem of climate change.
The Clean Power Plan
As part of the President's Climate Action Plan, the Environmental Protection Agency has developed the Clean Power Plan, which sets first-ever regulations for carbon pollution from power plants. Power plants are the U.S.’s largest source of carbon pollution accounting for about a third of total climate change-driving pollution. These rules apply to both existing and future power plants and promise to reduce carbon emissions from these sources 32% by 2030. The plan is a fundamental piece in reducing our carbon impact and reaching our national climate goals.
What Makes Good Climate Legislation?
NWF's top priority is the passage of federal legislation that:
Clean Power Plan State Fact Sheets