Stopping Carbon Pollution

Power plant

Whether you live in a city, on a farm, or anywhere in between, climate change is affecting your weather and damaging the natural world around you. In order to work towards a clean energy future, America needs carbon pollution controls on the largest industrial sources. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking long overdue steps to limit greenhouse gas emissions from oil refineries and coal-fired power plants, but right now, these highly polluting sources are allowed to release carbon into the atmosphere without any limits.

The National Wildlife Federation’s top priority is to stop the primary cause of climate change – carbon pollution – before it’s too late. NWF is currently fighting major campaigns to:

Electricity generation is the single largest source of global warming pollution in the United States, representing 41 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions. EPA’s newly announced plan to set standards for this sector could require the clean-up of our oldest, dirtiest, least efficient coal power plants. NWF is engaged in a major effort to finalize these rules and dramatically ratchet down our carbon pollution, and we are also supporting EPA's work to address emissions from oil refineries -- the second largest "stationary source" (as opposed to mobile sources like cars and trucks) of global warming pollution in the United States. Strong controls over these big sources will begin holding polluters accountable for their contribution to the climate crisis.

Reducing Emissions in the US and Worldwide

Recognizing that this is a global problem that demands national and international leadership, NWF’s long-term goal is to adopt a national plan that rapidly cuts carbon pollution from all major sources in the US, and safeguards communities and wildlife from the mounting impacts of climate change. The last effort at national legislation – the American Clean Energy and Security Act – passed the House of Representatives in 2009 but stalled in the Senate. Since that time, the impacts of climate change have rapidly escalated. NWF is working hard to get Congress to step up and take action to solve our nation’s most urgent environmental issue.

Avoiding the worst consequences of this disaster also requires a global solution. NWF is partnering with organizations around the world to promote an international agreement that clamps down on carbon pollution, while ensuring that all countries can protect their citizens and wildlife from the impacts of climate change.

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