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 included 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 and improve 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 make 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 Carbon Rules
As part of the President's Climate Action Plan, the Environmental Protection Agency will be developing regulations for carbon pollution from power plants. These rules would apply to both existing and future power plants and are a fundamental piece to reducing our carbon impact and reaching our national climate goals.
Rolled out in June of 2013, these rules are on track to be finalized by June of 2015.
What Makes Good Climate Legislation?
NWF's top priority is the passage of federal legislation that: