Advocating for Strong U.S. Climate Legislation
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
President Obama has made climate and carbon pollution a main focus of his second term. In his second inaugural address, he stated that, "We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations".
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.
What Makes Good Climate Legislation?
NWF's top priority is the passage of federal legislation that: