Help Curb Carbon from Coal

from Wildlife Promise

Atlantic puffins

Atlantic puffins. Photo by Jim Urbach.

Right now, the Environmental Protection Agency is asking for your input on a proposal to limit carbon pollution from new coal-fired power plants. Their proposal would stop any new power plant from being built unless it met strict carbon pollution limits.

Setting strong limits on pollution from any new proposed power plant is an important step in protecting wildlife that under threat from the effects climate change.

From Atlantic puffins in Maine facing starvation, to moose in Minnesota suffering from worsened ticks and heat, and fish in Colorado dying from toxic runoff caused by extreme wildfires—wildlife are counting on us to address climate change now.

Take Action ButtonSpeak up for wildlife at risk from climate change—show your support for limits to carbon pollution.

New limits on carbon pollution from our nation’s existing coal-fired power plants are also in the works. Addressing the power plants that are currently emitting unlimited amounts of pollution into our air is most important step the Administration can take right now to address climate pollution.

This fall, the Environmental Protection Agency is holding listening sessions to gather input from the public on the standards for pollution from existing power plants.

Power plants are the nation’s single largest source of climate change-causing air pollution. Power plants add up to 40% of the carbon pollution in the United States. And while there are limits on arsenic, lead, soot and other pollution from power plants, there are no national limits to the carbon pollution.

Climate Action Plan

In June, President Obama announced his Administration’s Climate Action Plan, a series executive actions to reduce carbon pollution, prepare the U.S. for the impacts of climate change and lead international efforts to address global climate change. The cornerstone of this climate plan is a directive to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to update clean air standards that limit pollution.

Photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Fabiola Forns.

Photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Fabiola Forns.

The Environmental Protection Agency has taken the first step in the Climate Action Plan and released an updated proposal for addressing new power plants. Known as the “Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants,” the standard would ensure that a new coal-fired power plant can only be built if it meets strict pollution limits. In fact, the new pollution standard would require new power plants to emit approximately 60% less carbon pollution than the average coal-fired power plant.

Polluter Opposition

Big Polluters are intent on tearing down the Environmental Protection Agency and spreading climate-denial misinformation, in an attempt to not be held accountable for polluting our air and wreaking havoc on our climate.

Reports over the summer uncovered the vast scope of the climate-denial efforts that Charles and David Koch are funding. The “Koch Brothers” are spending tens of millions of dollars to block climate change legislation—funneling money into non-profits, foundations, and political organizations that spread their message of de-regulation and climate-denial.

Show Your Support for Climate Action

The Environmental Protection Agency needs to hear about the widespread public support for curbing carbon pollution today.

Voice your support for the new carbon pollution standards to ensure no future power plants can dump unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into the air—and urge the Environmental Protection Agency to stick to its commitment to cut the pollution from existing plants that drives climate change.

Or, speak up in person if you live near one of the public listening sessions being held by the Environmental Protection Agency in New York, Atlanta, Denver, Boston, Lenexa, San Francisco, D.C., Dallas, Seattle, Chicago and Philadelphia.